With his improvement both on the field and at the plate this past season, when is it feasible to expect Victor Mesa, Jr. to be in the Marlins outfield.
When the Miami Marlins made a splash in the international market in May 2018 they got two outfield prospects for the price of one – technically.
When it was announced that Victor Victor Mesa had signed with the team, it was the first time in years that Marlins had reached into the international pool to find part of their future. When he signed on the dotted line, his brother Victor Mesa Jr. also signed a deal for $1 million. It might’ve been the best money to Marlins spent in some time.
While the older Mesa has had his issues in the team’s minor-league system, it is his younger brother who is turning heads and moving up the prospect ladder. While both players still maybe two years away from sniffing the majors, it’s a good bet that the younger brother of the duo will play in Marlins Park first.
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"“What at first was a throw-in piece to a deal for the fish, has turned out to be more than that. In his first year as a pro, the younger Mesa was the player of the year for the Gulf Coast Marlins,” Yusseff Diaz of Call to the Pen writes.“In 47 games with Miami’s rookie league team, the talented outfielder hit .284, went yard once, smacked nine doubles and knocked in 24 runs.”"
It’s enough of a sample size to show the Marlins front office that there’s plenty of talent and potential for the future. The same could be said about many of the team’s minor-league prospects, but for two players who had been away from the game and are still learning to play on American soil, long after their days in Cuba, there is still plenty of hope that both will be part of the team’s outfield field future.
Looking forward, their success should mean the team CEO Derek Jeter will once again look to find diamonds in the rough on international soil.
It will be interesting to see where Mesa Jr. plays this season, as he continues his ascent. Will the front office determined that he gets his feet wet in Clinton or will he move up to the advanced single-A team in Jupiter?
"“His fluid left-handed swing could translate into good power numbers especially with maturity. He also works the count very well and has a good understanding of the strike zone for his age,” Diaz added."
The Marlins have been blessed with plenty of our prospects in the past 12 months and look forward to being able to take advantage of both players’ speed in the outfield. Mesa Jr. could also help the Marlins as a leadoff hitter and a table set her on the base pads.
At only 18 years old, he is still developing his baseball skills and developing maturity on and off the field. The Marlins aren’t going to rush either of the two moving forward. The plan is to continue to let them develop so when they are ready to make their parent club debut, it will be the kind of impact Jeter in the front office expected when they first signed the form or Cuban stars to their contracts.