Melky Mesa is making a case for himself at Spring Training alongside Ronnier Mustelier and Zolio Almonte. With Curtis Granderson out until May, these 3 are eyeing the 4th Outfield spot more than ever. Each one is a worthy candidate that's for sure. Melky however is the standout of the 3, according to George King of the NY Post, read HERE.
Mesa is hitting .222
with 2 HR's and 4 RBI's. Not bad so far, I'd say. Of the 3, Mesa played at AAA Scranton in 2012,
and got a September call up to NY making his major league debut on Sept.
22 as a pinch runner. You remember that long, marathon game against the Oakland
A's, right? Read HERE. It wasn't until October 1st that he would get his 1st big league hit
against the Boston Red Sox.
Mesa has quite a decent minor league resume too.
He was named the 2010 MVP in the Tampa Yankees Class A league. He also
was named "Best Outfield Arm" in the Yankees Farm system in both 2009, and
Defensively he's outstanding. He
has a cannon of an arm and we're familiar with cannons with Brett Gardner out there already throwing bee lines to home. We've
seen it a lot and with Mesa in either center or left field, we could very well
see more of it. In fact, just a few days ago, Joe Girardi suggested that without Granderson getting work in left field because of his busted forearm, it may be a smart move to put Mesa in Center and move Gardner back to left, if Mesa makes the team of course. Read BRETT GARDNER TO CENTER? THINK AGAIN for clarity on that.
No doubt, Melky Mesa is the talk of
Yankees Spring Training. How do I know? Robinson Cano is even amazed by
him. That is enough to convince me that Mesa is a gifted baseball talent
and one we should continue to keep our eyes on.
-- Rudy Laurens, BYB Writer
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