Victor Mesa Leaves Cuba

Victor Mesa Jr. has left Cuba for an opportunity to play major league baseball. He is the son of Victor Mesa Sr. who played 19 years in Cuba and managed the 2013 Cuban World Baseball Classic team. Think of a mix of the Gurriel family and Leonys Martin. The father has a long tradition of playing baseball in Cuba and Victor Mesa and Leonys Martin play a similar game. Victor Mesa Jr. also played for Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Victor Jr. played in six games for Cuba in the 2017 WBC but got only seven at bats hitting .333.

Victor started playing in the Cuban Nacional Series as a 16 year old with Matanzas back in 2012. He has the speed to play centerfield and steal 30 plus bases. There is very little power in his bat though at 21 years of age that may still develop. He did hit .354 and .355 in his last two seasons in the Cuba with OBAs at .400, but those numbers will be greatly reduced in the major leagues, especially with the lack of quality pitching in Cuba.

At 21 years old he will be subject to the international bonus cap, even though he has played six years in Cuba. His younger brother, Victor Victor also defected with him. Not much is known about the younger brother.

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