Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that one of the top prospects in Cuba, 21 year-old Victor Victor Mesa, and his younger brother Victor Mesa Jr., 16, have left their country to come to the United States to play.
The Mesas are the sons of long-time Cuban National Team manager Victor Mesa Sr., who in addition to his baseball legend, is rather fond of the name “Victor.”
Last year Sanchez wrote that the elder Mesa son, Victor Victor, is a super fast and is a plus defender in the outfield who stole bases and hit for power in Serie Nacional play, which is Cuba’s top domestic league, where he began play at the age of 16.
Despite his extensive experience Victor Victor will be considered an amateur free agent for Major League Baseball’s purposes, subject to the stringent bonus cap, as will his teenage brother. Before they can sign with any organization, however, MLB will have to declare them free agents, which takes some time and paperwork.
Bryce Harper hadn’t even addressed his new hometown fans before his Phillies jersey started selling like hotcakes. Since then, he’s said all the expected things. Talking about joining the Phillies, he said, “From day one, it felt right … I always talk about family and being a family, being one unit, and I get that from this team. Every guy has your back and vice versa. I’m very excited to go into battle with these guys.”
Harper is continuing to pander hard to Phillies fans. Behold his latest Instagram post:
Has anyone ever really longed to see the Liberty Bell?
Harper also famously recreated that Chase Utley scene from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with actor Rob McElhenney on Twitter:
In Harper’s next post, he will talk about alternating bottles of You-eng-ling beers with glasses of “wooder.” He’ll add that every so often he will treat himself to a steak sandwich with cheese on it, then go home to watch all of the movies in the Rocky series.