Mesa is slashing .225/.250/.238 through 19 games with High-A Jupiter with four RBI and five stolen bases.
The Marlins gave the 22-year-old Cuban a fairly challenging assignment to begin his pro career in North America, and while Mesa isn't yet hitting the ball with any authority -- only one of his 18 hits, a double, has gone for extra bases -- he hasn't appeared completely overmatched, posting a reasonable 3:10 BB:K. He missed most of camp in March with a hamstring injury, so consider this first month his spring training. He remains Miami's top fantasy prospect and should heat up over the summer.
Mesa is opening the year at High-A Jupiter, Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com reports.
He dealt with a minor hamstring strain in camp, but is expected to be ready for the start of the season. The expectation was that Mesa would be assigned to either High-A or Double-A, and the Marlins will elect to give him a more conservative assignment, albeit to the pitcher-friendly Florida State League.
Mesa (hamstring) might be ready for the start of the minor-league season, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Mesa is progressing well in his recovery from a Grade 1 right hamstring strain, and it sounds like he could be ready for game action when High-A Jupiter starts up play April 4. If Mesa isn't ready to join the Hammerheads at the start of the season, the 22-year-old will stay back at extended spring training to get up to speed.
Mesa was diagnosed Tuesday with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain after undergoing an MRI, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
It's good news for Mesa, as Grade 1 strains are the least severe and typically carry recovery timetables of around 1-to-2 weeks. Mesa had been a member of the Marlins' big-league camp, but he'll be assigned to the minor-league ranks to complete his rehab. The 22-year-old isn't a serious candidate to crack the Opening Day roster, so the Marlins may just elect to keep him at minor-league camp rather than using him in Grapefruit League games once he's shaken off the hamstring issue.
Mesa strained his right hamstring in Sunday's spring training game against the Pirates, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.
The strain appears to be a relatively minor one, as he's considered day-to-day. He'll be examined by team doctors Monday, at which point a clearer picture of his recovery timeline should emerge.
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