Mesa batting for the Trenton Thunder in 2012
January 31, 1987 |
Bajos de Haina, Dominican Republic
|September 22, 2012, for the New York Yankees|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||2|
New York Yankees
The Yankees signed Mesa as an international free agent in 2003. He played in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League (GCL) for the GCL Yankees in 2007, for the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League in 2008, 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.
In 2010, Mesa played for the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and was named the league's Player of the Year. The Yankees added Mesa to their 40-man roster on November 2, 2010, to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.
The Yankees first promoted Mesa to the major leagues on September 10, 2012. 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. He recorded his first major league hit, an RBI single, on October 1 against Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Bailey.
Mesa was released by the Yankees on September 1, 2013.
Kansas City Royals
Toronto Blue Jays
On May 26, 2014, Mesa was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with P. J. Walters for cash considerations. Mesa was assigned to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats on May 27, then sent to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on June 12. He re-signed with the Blue Jays in January 2015. On January 12, 2015 he was assigned to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. On April 30, 2015 he was promoted to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. On May 30, 2015 he was demoted back to New Hampshire. He elected free agency on November 7, 2015 and re-signed shortly afterwards.
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