Melky Mesa

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Melky Mesa
Melky Mesa 2012.jpg
Mesa batting for the Trenton Thunder in 2012
Free agent
Outfielder
Born: (1987-01-31) January 31, 1987 (age 27)
Bajos de Haina, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 22, 2012 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .400
Hits 6
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 2
Teams

Melquisedec "Melky" Mesa (born January 31, 1987) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees.

Career[edit]

New York Yankees[edit]

The Yankees signed Mesa as an international free agent in 2003.[1] He played in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League (GCL) for the GCL Yankees in 2007,[2] for the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League in 2008,[3] and the Charleston RiverDogs of the Class A South Atlantic League (SAL) in 2009. He was named to the SAL All-Star Game, and participated in the league's Home Run Derby that year.[4]

In 2010, Mesa played for the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and was named the league's most valuable player.[1] The Yankees added Mesa to their 40-man roster November 2, 2010, to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.[5]

The Yankees first promoted Mesa to the major leagues September 10, 2012.[6] Mesa made his major league debut September 22, 2012, against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the 14th inning as a pinch runner with the score tied 9–9. Derek Jeter bunted him to second base, and one batter later, Alex Rodriguez hit a single up the middle which should have brought Mesa home, but Mesa stumbled as he rounded third base and missed the bag. This forced him to backtrack, preventing him from scoring the winning run in his first major league game.[7] He recorded his first major league hit, an RBI single, October 1 off Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Bailey.

Mesa was named the International League Player of the Week for the week ending August 11, 2013.[8]

Mesa was released by the Yankees September 1, 2013.[9]

Kansas City Royals[edit]

Mesa signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals December 28, 2013, and played 23 games for the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers.

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

May 26, 2014, Mesa was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with P. J. Walters for cash considerations.[10] Mesa was assigned to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats May 27, then sent to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons June 12.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Day 17: Melky Mesa". Milb.com. 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  2. ^ "Yankees, down 4-1, rally past Twins, 6-4". Sarasota Herald Tribune. 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  3. ^ Flores, Hilton (2008-06-18). "Good Morning Staten Island". Staten Island Advance. SILive.com. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  4. ^ "Mesa, Venditte lead RiverDogs All-Stars". The Post and Courier. Charleston, SC. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  5. ^ "Mesa added to 40-man roster". The Times-Tribune. Scranton, PA. 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  6. ^ Bradley, Jeff (2012-09-10). "Mark Teixeira to miss next 10-14 days for Yankees with reinjured calf". The Star-Ledger. Newark. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  7. ^ Bradley, Ben (2012-09-23). "Yankees win marathon 14-inning game, 10-9 over Athletics to hold on to sole possession of first". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  8. ^ Parker, John (2013-08-12). "Offensive Players of the Week For the week ending Aug. 11". MiLB. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  9. ^ "Yankees expand roster, add INF Adams and RHP Betances, cut OF Mesa". The Denver Post. Associated Press. 2013-09-01. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  10. ^ Polishuk, Mark (2014-05-26). "Blue Jays Acquire P.J. Walters, Melky Mesa". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 

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