The Marlins minor league system will look a little different for the final month of the season.
The Miami Marlins gifted three of their top minor league prospects with promotions earlier this week.
The Jumbo Shrimp are Miami’s Double-A affiliate and play in the Southern League. Mesa, who signed an international deal with the organization last offseason with his brother, Victor Mesa, Jr., was one of three outfielders who were promoted by the organization.
What’s even cooler about this decision by the Marlins to move Mesa is that I will have the chance to see him play baseball in my own back yard.
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"According to Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald, “Three Miami Marlins outfielder prospects — all among the organization’s top 15 prospects according to MLB Pipeline — earned promotions on Monday for the final month of the 2019 minor-league season.“Kameron Misner (No. 9) is heading to the Class A Clinton (Iowa) Lumberkings. Connor Scott (No. 14) is moving to Class A Advanced Jupiter Hammerheads. Victor Victor Mesa advances to the Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.”"
The team’s deal for Lewin Diaz this past weekend and netted the Jumbo Shrimp the organization’s No. 12 prospect at first base and gives Miami one of the best talents at the position they have had in a long time.
It is Mesa whom the franchise is counting on to not only become one of the best outfielders in the Majors in time but to also lead the charge of the connection between the Marlins and the Latino community in South Florida.
"“Mesa, the crown jewel of the 2018 international free agency market, showed marked improvement during the past month with Class A Advanced Jupiter after struggling during his first action in organized baseball in nearly two years,” McPherson writes.“The 23-year-old from Santa Clara, Cuba, has hit .321 since June 30, going 34 for 106 with four doubles, eight RBI and 18 runs scored in 27 games for the Hammerheads. He had 12 multi-hit games in that span.”"
With the changes the front office has made through trades and the MLB Draft in the past year, the outfield for the parent club could look a lot different in the coming years. Mesa and others – Monte Harrison included – could be the new wave of the Marlins outfield that makes an impact in as short a time as 2021 and beyond.