Female French Shortstop Becomes First Woman Added to MLB’s International Registration List (Videos)
A 16-year-old female French shortstop named Melissa Mayeux has become the first girl or woman ever added to MLB’s international registration list.
What does that mean? Let’s start at the beginning. International players are not drafted. They are simply signed as free agents. But before they can be signed, they must register with MLB, verifying their birthdate and nationality. Not just anyone can register, though. Players can only register at MLB-sanctioned workshops and tournaments, with only those players considered legitimate prospects allowed to do so.
Melissa Mayeux? As the shortstop for the French U-18 team, she’s been on the radar of Mike McClellen, MLB’s Director of International Game Development, for two years. She is considered a legitimate prospect. And on Sunday, she registered.
Does that mean Mayeux will become the first woman to play Major League Baseball? Nope. Does it mean she will even be signed by a team? Hardly. In fact, according to MLB.com’s Lindsay Berra, Mayeux’s chances are pretty slim. But that’s right now. Keep in mind Mayeux is only 16 years old. Unlike Latin American players, European players aren’t usually signed until they’re 18. In two years, it’s possible that Mayeux will have developed enough to merit real attention from MLB teams. And if she doesn’t sign with anybody, she could always play college ball, or even play against Major Leaguers in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Whatever happens, no woman has even gotten this far before. So this is a little big deal.
Hat Tip – [MLB.com]