The switch-hitting Mejia has been dealing with a left knee sprain “for weeks,” though the joint is “structurally sound” and shouldn’t require a long-term absence, Acee writes. The injury has contributed to a rough opening to 2019 for Mejia, a touted 23-year-old who has slashed a meager .167/.207/.259 (24 wRC+) with an 18:2 K:BB ratio and endured a power outage (.093 ISO, zero HRs) across 58 plate appearances.
Friars primary catcher Austin Hedges hasn’t been that much better than Mejia at the plate over 91 attempts, having hit .157/.231/.213 (45 wRC+), so Allen won’t have a high bar to clear in his first major league action. The 25-year-old has gotten his initial taste of Triple-A ball this season and batted an effective .279/.358/.529 (113 wRC+) with six home runs in 120 tries. Both MLB.com (No. 19) and FanGraphs (No. 20) rank Allen as a top 20 prospect in a loaded Padres system and hold his offensive potential in high regard. However, as the outlets explain, there are questions about whether the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder will be able to stick behind the plate.