Young women are becoming a backbone to America’s Past Time.
Mo’Ne Davis was the first female to win a Little League World Series and has since appeared in celebrity all-star basketball games and was drafted by the Globetrotters, but also faced adversity in being prematurely recruited by the University of Connecticut.
And now there’s the case of Melissa Mayeux. A soon-to-be listed prospect and a possible contender to be Major League Baseball’s first female competitor.
16-year-old French-born, Melissa Mayeux, made some airwaves in the MLB this past Sunday when she became the first woman to be included in MLB’s international registration list. With that information logged in and in place, Mayeux can claim eligibility as a prospect on July 2. Although her chances of being drafted by a team are scarce, it’s the first time in 150 years that a female candidate has been considered by the MLB.
A shortstop on France’s national women’s softball team, Mayeux will attend a hitting and pitching clinic next week, in addition to an invitation to MLB’s European Elite Camp in August.
Thanks in part to persistent scouting by MLB’s Director of International Game Development, Mike McClellan, Mayeux’s dominance of the French circuit could also land her a spot on France’s 2017 World Baseball Classic roster.
Mayeux won’t sweat it if she’s cleared for professional eligibility, but reminds everyone that her agenda is with France’s U-18 until her 18th birthday. And the future after that? She wants to participate on the collegiate level or any global opportunity she’s granted.