This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
Perhaps no batter has been hotter of late than Cleveland's Francisco Mejia. The switch-hitting backstopper has been a machine for the Indians' organization and has proven that his mammoth hitting streak from a season ago was no fluke. Over his last 10 games at Double-A, Mejia is hitting a robust .463 with 12 RBI. He's crushed five home runs in his last five games, including back-to-back multi-homer outputs just last week. If his power surge continues, Mejia will emerge as one of the truly elite prospects in baseball. He's already arguably the top catching phenom; he has hit at least .333 at every level since the start of the 2016 campaign. Mejia leads the Eastern League in batting at 21 years old, and it isn't even close.
Need to mine a little deeper for some prospect gold? Let's take a look at some less talked about neophytes in this week's Minor League Barometer…
Yordan Alvarez, 1B, HOU – A left-handed swinger from Cuba, Alvarez was held back to start the season but has been raking since his assignment to Low-A. The 19-year-old is slashing .356/.450/.589 with five home runs and 22 RBI through 25 games. He's even flashed a bit of speed, swiping two bags over that span. At 6-foot-5, 225-lbs, Alvarez still has room to mature and refine his power stroke. Furthermore, the Astros likely will not care too much about his strikeout concerns, as long as he can draw the occasional walk and hit the