Miami Marlins prospect Victor Victor Mesa has been working hard this offseason. Will he get a real chance his presence felt in Miami? Let’s take a look.
Mesa, the son of Cuban legend Victor Mesa was the most sought after free agent in the 2019 class and signed with the fish for a $5.25M bonus. He was characterized as the next savior in Little Havana, which might not have been fair to the young outfielder.
In his first full season, he struggled mightily at the plate, hitting a minuscule .235 between Class A+ and AA. This could have been attributed to rust from an almost two-year layoff.
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Although he didn’t strike out a lot of quality contact was a problem in his first year in pro baseball. Though he did struggle his first year it would be foolish to write off this young talent after only one year.
The outfielder’s defense was Major League caliber when he signed and has only improved, no minor league centerfielder in the current day has the cannon for an arm possessed by Mesa.
In 860 innings last year Mesa didn’t make an error and had 11 assists. This output earned him a Rawlings Gold Glove last season.
Mesa worked tirelessly on his mechanics this offseason. The load of his swing has changed and his hands are also closer to his body. He has also replaced his two-tap with a higher leg kick.
Miami hitting guru Ricardo Sosa worked tirelessly with the young Cuban this offseason, ” We worked diligently on his swing and he is making more quality contact with the adjustments that were made. His swing was totally reconstructed. We also worked on other aspects of his game such as getting him faster and stronger with weight training. He will look better adjusted this year in his second as a pro.”
These adjustments seemed to have worked because during the Arizona Fall League. Suddenly, Mesa started to look like the leadoff hitter the Miami Marlins envisioned when they signed him.
With Salt River of the AFL he hit .271 and stole three bases in 17 games. This output earned him a spot on the league’s all-star team. He was also a key cog in the Rafters championship run in the fall league.
Although many publications have been critical of the young Cuban, in my opinion, the jury is still out on the Miami Marlins prospect.
His hard work once again won him an invitation to spring training as a non-roster invitee
Victor is projected to commence the year in AA but with a good output could reach the Majors in the latter part of the season.
In the make of breach year for the kid from Villa Clara, Cuba one would be a fool to be against something as talented as Mesa.