• Melky Mesa FSL Player Of The Year

    Posted by on August 31st, 2010 · Comments (7)

    Via MiLB.com -

    The Tampa Yankees have the best record in the Florida State League, and their center fielder, Melky Mesa, has been rewarded for personal and team success with the FSL Postseason Player of the Year Award, which was announced Tuesday.

    Mesa has been slugging for the Yankees all season and sits second in the FSL in home runs (19) and slugging percentage (.475) and third in RBIs (74). The 23-year-old is not all brawn either, as he is fifth in the league with 31 stolen bases and third in triples with nine. Mesa’s play has the Yankees on the cusp of clinching the FSL North’s second-half title and the postseason berth that goes with it.

    Here are Mesa’s minor league numbers to date:

    Year Age Tm Lg Lev G PA R 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
    2006 19 Yankees GULF Rk 40 159 20 7 2 3 22 3 3 11 45 .207 .266 .345
    2007 20 Yankees GULF Rk 49 169 27 10 2 3 13 5 3 9 55 .235 .293 .386
    2008 21 Staten Island NYPL A- 46 128 19 5 2 7 23 4 1 4 38 .221 .252 .467
    2009 22 Charleston SALL A 133 564 76 24 7 20 74 18 6 51 168 .225 .309 .423
    2010 23 Tampa FLOR A+ 121 507 81 21 9 19 74 31 9 44 129 .260 .338 .475
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 8/31/2010.

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    We probably have another three years, at the least, before we can start to re-cycle those “Got Melk?” T-Shirts in Yankeeland. Maybe longer…if ever? Still, for the moment, it’s a nice achievement by the kid.

    Comments on Melky Mesa FSL Player Of The Year

    1. Evan3457
      August 31st, 2010 | 5:57 pm

      I don’t think he’s really a prospect, actually. A 23-yr old in the FSL? .260 BAVG? 1 K every 4 AB? 3 to 1 K/BB ratio. The slugging is nice for the league, and he’s supposedly a good defender.

      You might be looking at Gerald Williams II, if the Yanks are lucky.

    2. MJ Recanati
      August 31st, 2010 | 8:16 pm

      @ Evan3457:
      Agreed. He’s touted as a big swinging guy with some pop and a strong arm in the OF but probably not much of a prospect beyond an outside shot at being a journeyman later on in his career.

      Nevertheless, that makes it two consecutive seasons that a member of the Tampa Yanks has won the FSL MVP as Austin Romine took the honors in 2009.

    3. August 31st, 2010 | 9:09 pm

      Hey, Cano is a better player in the majors than he was in the minors, no?

      [he says, flashing the devil's grin]

    4. clintfsu813
      August 31st, 2010 | 9:25 pm

      No faith in the (New) Melk Man

    5. Raf
      September 1st, 2010 | 3:35 am

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Hey, Cano is a better player in the majors than he was in the minors, no?

      True, but Cano left the FSL behind @ 20 :)

    6. September 1st, 2013 | 4:10 pm

      Three years later, today, Melky Mesa is released off the 40-man roster.

    7. Evan3457
      September 1st, 2013 | 4:46 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Three years later, today, Melky Mesa is released off the 40-man roster.

      They released him because he’s out for the year with an injury, and because he’s got enough time in the minors now to be a free agent. They might re-sign him in the off-season. Or not.

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