Melky Mesa

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Melky Mesa
Melky Mesa 2012.jpg
Mesa batting for the Trenton Thunder in 2012
Toronto Blue Jays
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 in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

Career[edit]

New York Yankees[edit]

The Yankees signed Mesa as an international free agent in 2003.[1]

Mesa 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.[4] In 2010, Mesa played for the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League. He was named the league's most valuable player.[1] The Yankees added Mesa to their 40-man roster on November 2, 2010 to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.[5]

The Yankees promoted Mesa to the major leagues for the first time on September 10, 2012.[6] Mesa made his major league debut on 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, on October 1 off of 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 on September 1, 2013.[9]

Kansas City Royals[edit]

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

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On 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 on May 27, and he was sent to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on June 12.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Day 17: Melky Mesa | Tampa Yankees News". Milb.com. 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  2. ^ "Yankees, down 4-1, rally past Twins, 6-4". HeraldTribune.com. 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  3. ^ Hilton Flores/Staten Island Advance. "Good Morning Staten Island". SILive.com. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  4. ^ "Mesa, Venditte lead RiverDogs All-Stars | The Post and Courier | Charleston SC, News, Sports, Entertainment". The Post and Courier. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  5. ^ "Mesa added to 40-man roster". Blogs.thetimes-tribune.com. 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  6. ^ "Yanks notes: Mark Teixeira likely out 10-14 days". NorthJersey.com. 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  7. ^ "The Newark Star Ledger. September 23, 2012. section 5 pg. 8". 
  8. ^ http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130812&content_id=56736002&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_opotw&sid=milb
  9. ^ "Yankees expand roster, add INF Adams and RHP Betances, cut OF Mesa". The Washington Post. 2013-09-01. 
  10. ^ Polishuk, Mark (May 26, 2014). "Blue Jays Acquire P.J. Walters, Melky Mesa". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 

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