Enter Melissa Mayeux, a 16 year old shortstop out of France. She's been on the international baseball/softball scene for a while now and has started really attracting attention when she became eligible to be one of the international free agents who can sign with a baseball team this upcoming July. Although it can be suggested that she might not know how the Americans are reacting to a female playing baseball. A French female at that.
She's a shortstop who's gotten some praise from scouts for her defensive prowess and even her hitting abilities. Because she's a shortstop that means baseball analysts and experts see a lot of Cal Ripken Jr. and Derek Jeter in her, probably.
If she doesn't get signed, she'll be eligible to play college baseball in America and could possibly even be one of the players for Team France in the next WBC tournament. Which is awesome and funny at the same time.
So anyway, I'm sure that most of the focus on the July 2 shortstops will be on guys like Lucius Fox, Wander Javier, Yonathan Perlaza and Gregory Guerrero (amongst others) but Mayeux might be a name worth keeping in mind. Hey, if those cliche sports movies from the 80's and 90's taught us anything, it's that girls can do anything boys can. Or at least I think that's what the obligatory token girl in almost every movie was supposed to represent.
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