French teenager Melissa Mayeux made history Monday, becoming the first female baseball player to be added to MLB's international registration list, according to MLB.com's Lindsay Berra. This means the 16-year-old shortstop will be eligible to be signed by a major league team starting on July 2.
International registration is technically open to anyone, but the list is reserved for serious prospects who have real potential. In the case of Mayeux, MLB Director of International Game Development Mike McClellan believes that to be the case.
"She's a legitimate shortstop who makes all the plays and is very smooth and fluid in the field," he said, per Berra. "She swings the bat really well and is fearless."
Mayeux comes from a baseball family, as her older brother Dylan plays for the French national team―currently as a member of the under-19 group. She's already a member of France's senior national softball team, showing she has little difficulty at the plate, regardless of whether the pitches are thrown under or overhand.
The teenager will be attending MLB's European Elite Camp this summer, one of just four French players to receive an invite, and she's scheduled to travel to Germany for a pitching and hitting camp, where two-time All-Star Steve Finley will help her work on her swing.
All of this is fantastic news for both Mayeux and young women dreaming of a future in the big leagues, although she's unlikely to be signed in July. She'll be eligible to play in the American university system if she goes unsigned, which seems to be a more likely career path for the young shortstop.
Regardless, the fact that Mayeux made the list is a testament to her abilities, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the 16-year-old.