By Juan Paez
A year ago Victor Mesa Jr. arrived, along with his older brother (Victor Victor), to the Marlins of Miami. Since then, the 18-year-old boy had his first season as a professional player with the fish and did nothing but hit and show good offense, one that should thrill his entire organization.
The Cuban showed that, if he has similar sustainable actions, he can eventually become a titular gardener in the majors.
In 47 games in the Gulf Coast League, a rookie circuit in which he was one of the youngest players, he shot 50 hits in 176 at-bats for an average of .284 with the wood. He hit nine doubles, four triples and a home run.
Her performance accompanied her with 24 pushes, 39 scored,
seven bases for balls and a relation of 24 tickets and 29 strikeouts. Registered a
OPS of .764.
“The boy can hit,” said Marlins Player Development Director Dick Scott, to the Miami Herald in reference to Mesa Jr. “For a young man like that, it's great to use your hands as he uses them to give ball with bat batter. He has a lot of conviction and faith in himself. ”
For Victor Jr., the goal is to continue working and climbing in the minor league system in Miami. His arrival in the majors could still be taken at least a couple more years. In fact, as a reference, MLB Pipeline suggests that its arrival in the major leagues could occur in 2022.
If you can maintain performances like your first year in the organization, that possibility would become a reality.
“Honestly, since it started, I knew it was going to be a
good season, ”said Mesa Jr.“ I learned to be professional. I noticed
That is not enough to have talent. You have to work hard, follow one
routine and arrive early at the stadium every day. I've been consistent with that and
It has helped me a lot. ”
The son of the legend Victor Mesa could have an advantage. When many young batters suffer when facing pitchers of the same hand, especially left-handers, he stood out when he challenged sinister coils. Before them, although in a smaller number of appearances, he registered a line of .351 / .455 / .486, while when he faced right shotguns he left numbers of .266 / .342 / .374.
“Even when you are 17 years old (the age of Mesa Jr. in the middle of the campaign), you are not necessarily that far away,” admitted Miguel Rojas, the daily short stop of the Marlins. “You see boys like (Ronald) Acuna, Juan Soto and Bo Bichette, with 20 years. He (Mesa Jr.) is 17, but could cause an impact very soon. For me, you're never too young if you're good. ”
Victor Mesa Jr. statistics in 2019: