Minor Moves: Donald, Mesa

We'll keep track of today's minor moves here:

  • The Royals announced via press release that they have signed infielder Jason Donald and outfielder Melky Mesa to minor-league contracts. Donald, 29, last appeared in the majors in 2012 with the Indians. In 603 career big-league plate appearances, he's hit .257/.309/.362, spending the majority of his time on defense at the shortstop and second base positions. The 26-year-old Mesa received very brief major-league playing time from 2012-2013 with the Yankees, with whom he's spent his entire career. He owns a 246/.313/.438 triple slash in more than 2,800 minor-league plate appearances.


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11 Comments on "Minor Moves: Donald, Mesa"


Junior7188
1 year 8 months ago

Good for Melky Mesa, he has legit power to bad the yankees never gave him a chance. as yankee fan, i hope that Melky Mesa becomes the player he can be with the royals.

kungfucampby
1 year 8 months ago

Was Mesa a butcher with the glove? Why did the Yankees give him such little playing time last season when they needed bodies desperately.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 8 months ago

Mesa was actually a good player he was just careless on the basepaths. If I remember correctly a year or two ago A-rod hit what would have been a walk-off single but Mesa didn’t touch one of the bags as he rounded the bases and it didn’t count. He reminds me of Puig in a way, he was very exciting to watch but a bit immature.

Brian_Bixler
1 year 8 months ago

On top of what you said, that was his MLB debut.

Vmmercan
1 year 8 months ago

A little off. It was Mesa’s MLB debut and it’s not that it didn’t count, it’s that he missed third base and had to go back. The Yankees won the game anyway, and I want to say it was on an error on a ball hit by Mesa (or maybe he ended up scoring the winning run, there was poetic justice is what I remember.)

jjs91
1 year 8 months ago

He got injured towards the end of the year.

Joe Orsatti
1 year 8 months ago

Mesa has an opportunity to be great in KC. He fits right in there too because KC needs a young power bat. I hope he makes it out of camp.

Seth
1 year 8 months ago

Do you pay attention to baseball much? The Royals are full of young power. Mesa would figure to be the 6th outfielder.

Joe Orsatti
1 year 8 months ago

I’m sorry, I meant outfield power. Sure Gordon may be able to hit 15-20 per year, but Cain, Aoki and Maxwell are only giving you 5-10. Also, I like mesa better than maxwell due to age and with Dyson, I believe it all comes down to who has a better spring training. Mesa adds the needed component of a young power outfielder. Sorry about the misunderstanding.

kcstengelSr
1 year 8 months ago

The two get another chance with another organization. Depth and injury insurance for now, but both have an opportunity to be more.

Vmmercan
1 year 8 months ago

Mesa strikes out too much and has yet to really put it together in any form. He’s one of those “toolsy” players who may never make the cut, but it’s a solid addition to a farm system.