Melky Mesa, who manned the Waterfront Park outfield for a season and a half, made his Major League debut for the New York Yankees on Saturday.
The 25-year-old made great strides in his second season in Trenton, batting .277 with 14 home runs and 46 RBI while cutting down his strikeout totals significantly from the previous year. Mesa earned a late-season promotion to Triple-A Scranton, and while his batting average dipped to .230, he still hit nine home runs in just 33 games. That doesn’t include a walk-off postseason home run to keep Scranton alive in the playoffs against Pawtucket, a series they ultimate lost.
Mesa entered Saturday’s Yankees game against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the 14th inning as a pinch-runner for Eric Chavez, and could have scored on Alex Rodriguez single to shallow center field, but he missed third base and had to retreat. Mesa was thrown out at home plate one batter later on a Robinson Cano fielders choice groundout to the pitcher.