Why A 16-Year-Old Shortstop Could Be First Woman To Sign With MLB
Move over, Mo'ne Davis. Meet Melissa Mayeux, a 16-year-old from France who made history this weekend when she apparently became the first woman ever to be added to MLB's international registration list. As a result, she can be signed by a Major League Baseball team as soon as July 2. You know, NO BIG DEAL OR ANYTHING.
And if you're wondering just how legitimate Mayeux's chances are, she is a shortstop on France's U18 junior national team and, per Lindsay Berra of MLB.com, while virtually anyone can "technically be added to the list, only those who have the potential to actually be signed are customarily registered."
Mayeux will have a chance to further develop -- and show off -- her skills in August at MLB's European Elite Camp. She was one of four French players selected to attend and will work with a number of former players and managers, including Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin. MLB Director of International Game Development Mike McClellan, who has been watching her play for the past two years, called her "fearless" and a "legitimate shortstop who makes all the plays."
If somehow you're still not sold on Mayeux's abilities or athleticism, please note that she also is a member of France's senior national softball team.
Since she's, you know, just 16, you might want to get used to hearing her name. I have a feeling we'll be hearing it in the near future, in either baseball or softball. Or both.
Bonne chance, Melissa!
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