Pair of Indians Prospects Picked to Play in All-Star Futures Game
Bob Toth | On 28, Jun 2016
Major League Baseball announced the U.S. and World rosters for the upcoming 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and two Cleveland Indians top prospects were selected to participate.
Former Indians first round pick Clint Frazier and catcher Francisco Mejia will represent the organization on Sunday, July 10, in the game from Petco Park in San Diego, California. Frazier is one of six outfielders on the U.S. roster, while Mejia is one of the two catchers selected for the World team.
The exhibition game will feature 15 former first round picks and players from a total of eleven different countries/territories.
Frazier, 21, is having a solid year with the Akron RubberDucks in his first season at the Double-A level.
The right-handed hitting outfielder is in his fourth season in the Indians farm system after being selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft. He has spent full seasons with Lake County (2014) and Lynchburg (2015) prior to joining the ‘Ducks for the 2016 season.
At the time of the announcement, he had appeared in 67 games for the ‘Ducks, hitting .295 on the season with a .381 on-base percentage and .488 slugging percentage. Included in those numbers are 21 doubles, a triple, nine home runs, and 38 runs driven in. Just five times this season Frazier has failed to get on base safely via hit, walk, or hit by pitch.
In the Eastern League, he ranks first in doubles (tied); fourth in OBP; seventh in runs scored and hits (tied); eighth in homers (tied), total bases, and walks; ninth in average and slugging; and 12th in RBI.
Mejia, a switch-hitting catcher, was just promoted on Sunday night to High-A Lynchburg after starting his second season with the Class-A Lake County Captains.
The 20-year-old from Bani, Dominican Republic, currently has a 24-game hitting streak from his time with the Captains. He has yet to appear for Lynchburg since his advancement.
In 60 games with the Captains, he hit .347 with a .384 OBP and .531 slugging. He has 83 hits on the season, including 17 doubles, three triples, seven homers, and 51 RBI. Behind the plate, he has shown improvement, especially in a marked increase in his percentage of throwing out base runners. He was rewarded for his efforts with a trip to the mid-season All-Star Game in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as the starting catcher for the Midwest League’s East Division squad. It was the second mid-season honor of his career, joining his prior All-Star Game in 2014 in the New York-Penn League.
He was leading the Midwest League in batting average, second in slugging, third in RBI, tied for fourth in hits, and tenth in on-base percentage at the start of the day Tuesday.
Last season, current Akron outfielder Bradley Zimmer was the Indians’ lone representative while playing for High-A Lynchburg. He was promoted following his return to the Hillcats. Francisco Lindor was Cleveland’s only participant in 2014, joining the World roster while a member of the Double-A Akron affiliate.