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Indians Prospect Aims for a Streak Made Famous by Joe DiMaggio

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Francisco Mejia played for the World Team during the All-Star Futures Game in San Diego on July 10. He has recorded a hit in 48 straight games.

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Francisco Mejia stepped out of the clubhouse and into the dugout with little fanfare. He did his usual turns in the batting cage, and the 5-foot-10, 175-pound catcher looked like just another 20-year-old in the minors.

Yet Mejia is something of a modern-day Joe DiMaggio, plying his trade for the Lynchburg Hillcats of the high Class A Carolina League. The Cleveland Indians prospect went into the weekend with a 48-game hitting streak that ranked as the eighth longest in pro baseball history and the best since 1954.

Mejia has had a hit in every game he has played in since May 25, a string that dates to his time with the Lake County Captains of the low Class A Midwest League. Neither Lynchburg Manager Mark Budzinski nor the team’s hitting coach, Larry Day, has had a single conversation with Mejia about the streak, which stands out because of Mejia’s age, his role as a catcher and…

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