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Dominican Republic Catcher Francisco Mejia Agrees To Minor League Deal With Milwaukee Brewers

 Matt Tallarini  |    Apr 5th, 2024 7:00pm EDT

Francisco Mejía rounds first base after hitting a double in the sixth inning during the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox at Estadio Quisqueya on Sunday, March 10, 2024, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Dominican Republic catcher Francisco Mejia signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on April 5 and will be assigned to Triple-A Nashville.

Mejia, 28, was born in Bani, Dominican Republic, and has played seven seasons in Major League Baseball during his professional career with the Cleveland Indians from 2017-18, the San Diego Padres from 2018-20, and the Tampa Bay Rays from 2021-23.

Mejia signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels on Feb. 9 and was assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake City the same day.

The Angels released him on Feb. 24, signed a minor league contract with the Rays on March 4, and was assigned to Triple-A Durham.

Mejia played 11 games with the Angels and Rays during spring training. He batted .333, smacking six hits, two doubles, three RBI, two walks, and two strikeouts before he was released on March 27.

Last season, Mejia split his time between Triple-A Durham and the Tampa Bay Rays. He started the season with the Rays and played in 50 games with 160 plate appearances, batting .227, recording 34 hits, 11 doubles, five home runs, 19 RBI, six walks, 38 strikeouts, and a .658 OPS before he was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left knee MCL sprain on July 21.

Mejia played with the Dominican Republic national team in the 2023 World Baseball Classic. The Dominican Republic went 2-2 during the 2023 WBC and was eliminated by Puerto Rico on the last day of pool play on March 15, losing 5-2. Mejia played in three games and posted a .143 average in seven at-bats, scoring one run, recording one hit, one RBI, one walk, and two strikeouts.

Mejia made his MLB debut on September 1, 2017, with the Cleveland Indians and has played seven seasons at the big league level with the Indians from 2017-18, the San Diego Padres from 2018-20, and the Rays from 2021-23 during his professional career.

In seven MLB seasons, Mejia has played in 355 games with a lifetime average of .239 in 1,098 plate appearances, recording 244 hits, 62 doubles, five triples, 29 home runs, 118 RBI, 50 walks, 239 strikeouts, and a .678 OPS.