Mesa and his younger brother Victor Jr. defected from Cuba in May 2018 and signed with the Marlins five months later for a combined $6.25 million, with Victor Victor receiving $5.25 million, a franchise record for an amateur position player. They're the sons of Victor Mesa, a legendary Cuban outfielder who had a game that resembled Rickey Henderson's and was nicknamed "El Loco." Victor Victor debuted in Cuba's top league at age 16, holding his own but not dominating against older competition, and went 3-for-7 in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Mesa's speed and defense are big-league ready right now. He's a well above-average runner with the savvy to steal bases and he chases down balls from gap to gap in center field. Few players at his position can match his arm strength, which earns double-plus grades from some evaluators.
Scouts are less certain about Mesa's offensive upside. He makes consistent contact, but he doesn't drive the ball much with a relatively flat right-handed swing and he puts the bat on the ball so easily that he doesn't walk much. He could wind up as a faster version of Albert Almora and may not require much time in the Minors.
OF Victor Victor Mesa assigned to Jupiter Hammerheads from Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.
Miami Marlins invited non-roster OF Victor Victor Mesa to spring training.
OF Victor Victor Mesa assigned to Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.
Miami Marlins signed free agent OF Victor Victor Mesa to a minor league contract.