Melky Mesa named Florida State League Player of the Year


With Melky Cabrera jettisoned to the Braves, Melky Mesa took over the crown as the best Melky in the organization, and he cemented that status by being named the Player of the Year in the High-A Florida State League today. This comes after Austin Romine took home the same award last year. The 23-year-old Mesa has a .351 wOBA in 505 plate appearances for High-A Tampa this year, and he’s a duel threat: he’s second in the league with 19 homers and fifth with 31 steals.

The book on Mesa has always been that he’s extremely talented but raw, with his greatest weakness being his inability to make consistent contact. He improved on that this year by bringing his strikeout rate down to 25.3% (it had been in the low-30′s the last few seasons), but needs to continue that improvement to have an impact in the big leagues. Regardless, congrats to him on the award.

Categories : Asides, Minors


  1. I think Melky Mesa was the best Melky in the organization even before Cabrera ended up in Atlanta.


    • Jobu says:

      Come on Ben, you guys are always down on Melky Cabrera. This is a baseball site and you guys are always down on Melky C just because he is not as good at baseball as most other major league baseball players. How can you forget that time he hit the ball and stuff happened. Or that other time when he threw the ball and a guys was out. You guys need to get off your high horse and let the Melky C play.

      /sarcasm (in case I didn’t lay it on thick enough)

  2. Steve H says:

    This is going to get the completely asinine trade rumors started.

  3. This is impressive.

    I hope Melky Mesa can help Jimbo Fisher put Florida State back into national relevance, it’s been too long.

  4. pat says:

    That makes it back to back years a Yankee has won it.

  5. Jamal G. says:

    It’s going to suck when players in this farm system actually struggle next season.

    • Jobu says:

      Of course they will struggle. It’s not like they are Red Sox prospects.

      Funny story, Peter Gammons told me that the only thing Casey Kelly has ever struggled with was trying not to be so damn good at everything.

      /disclaimer: I have never spoken to Peter Gammons

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