Mesa Hungry To Achieve Dream

MOOSIC, Pa. – He took a risk this spring, and it didn't work out. But for Melky Mesa, that by no means is the cue to stop fighting. The 26-year-old outfielder is starting the 2013 season with Triple-A Scranton after seeing extensive playing time with the Yankees in camp. Although he didn't make the big league squad, Mesa still believes the goal of playing with the Yankees is very attainable.

Technically, Mesa has already achieved "the goal." A late September call-up last season, Mesa appeared in three games for the Yankees. He only had two at-bats but did record his first Major League hit and RBI.

Still, Mesa says playing a few games at the end of the season won't cut it.

"I don't want to just get there, I want to stay there," Mesa said. "Most people can get there for one or two days, but not everybody can stay for five or 10 seasons, and that's what I want to do."

Although Mesa is still hungry for more, he does admit that finally reaching his dream of playing in the big leagues was something special.

"It's like, ‘Wow I'm here," Mesa said with a laugh. "It felt really good."

Prior to his September call-up, Mesa spent time with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Combined, he appeared in 121 games and batted .264 to go along with his 121 hits, 79 runs, 26 doubles, 23 home runs and 79 RBIs.

"It was a good season," Mesa recalled. "In the beginning I had a little struggle, but I just kept working because I knew good things were gonna happen. Then, I got moved up here [Scranton/Wilkes-Barre], which was a good step."

After the season Mesa took advantage of the warm weather in his native Dominican Republic and played winter ball. While some players use winter ball to work on particular aspects of their game, Mesa chose to focus on his game as a whole, rather than singling stuff out.

"I'm the kind of person that's working on everything because you never know," he said. "If you're working good in defense, you could get down on hitting. So, I just do everything and try to get better and get ready."

Mesa felt ready to go for the 2013 season. That's when the risk came.

He decided not to play in the World Baseball Classic so that he could focus on Spring Training and making the Yankees' Opening Day roster.

Mesa appeared in 25 games with the Yankees and hit .228 with 13 hits, three home runs and 10 RBIs. It was not enough to make the squad, and the Yankees sent him down to Triple-A to start the season. Mesa says although the risk didn't pay off, he still has no regrets about it.

"I just tried to do my job," he said. "Everybody wants to be a professional baseball player in the Major Leagues. I just took a shot to see what happens. There's nothing I can do.

"I wanted to go [to the WBC], but sometimes you have to make decisions," he added. "I chose to make that one."

Mesa is listed at 6-foot-1, and weighs just 190 pounds. Yet, he can still hit for power. Since the start of 2009 when he was with single-A Charleston, Mesa has 71 home runs.

Mesa in no way, however, considers himself to be a power hitter. Rather, he takes pride in that he can do pretty much everything.

"I can run, I can steal bases, I can hit," he said. "Like I said, I just pretty much try to do everything and put it all together."

Mesa does have a tendency to strike out quite a bit, which he knows he has to work on. Last season, he struck out 118 times and so far this season, he has 13 in just six games.

"We've definitely worked on it, but sometimes it doesn't happen the way you want it to," Mesa said of eliminating his strikeouts. "It's a struggle, but I'm just continuing to try and work out of it and see what I can do."

Although the 2013 season has just begun, Mesa says that he could be better, but he still believes good things are going to happen. He's hitting .250 with one home run and three RBIs. He knows he still has to prove himself, but if he can achieve the ultimate goal, he thinks anything is possible.

"I feel good about it," he said of making it to the big leagues. "But, I think I can be better if I can stay there."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nTechnically, Mesa has already achieved \"the goal.\" A late September call-up last season, Mesa appeared in three games for the Yankees. He only had two at-bats but did record his first Major League hit and RBI.
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\r\nStill, Mesa says playing a few games at the end of the season won't cut it.
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\r\n\"I don't want to just get there, I want to stay there,\" Mesa said. \"Most people can get there for one or two days, but not everybody can stay for five or 10 seasons, and that's what I want to do.\"
\r\n
\r\nAlthough Mesa is still hungry for more, he does admit that finally reaching his dream of playing in the big leagues was something special.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's like, ‘Wow I'm here,\" Mesa said with a laugh. \"It felt really good.\"
\r\n
\r\nPrior to his September call-up, Mesa spent time with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Combined, he appeared in 121 games and batted .264 to go along with his 121 hits, 79 runs, 26 doubles, 23 home runs and 79 RBIs.
\r\n
\r\n\"It was a good season,\" Mesa recalled. \"In the beginning I had a little struggle, but I just kept working because I knew good things were gonna happen. Then, I got moved up here [Scranton/Wilkes-Barre], which was a good step.\"
\r\n
\r\nAfter the season Mesa took advantage of the warm weather in his native Dominican Republic and played winter ball. While some players use winter ball to work on particular aspects of their game, Mesa chose to focus on his game as a whole, rather than singling stuff out.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm the kind of person that's working on everything because you never know,\" he said. \"If you're working good in defense, you could get down on hitting. So, I just do everything and try to get better and get ready.\"
\r\n
\r\nMesa felt ready to go for the 2013 season. That's when the risk came.
\r\n
\r\nHe decided not to play in the World Baseball Classic so that he could focus on Spring Training and making the Yankees' Opening Day roster.
\r\n
\r\nMesa appeared in 25 games with the Yankees and hit .228 with 13 hits, three home runs and 10 RBIs. It was not enough to make the squad, and the Yankees sent him down to Triple-A to start the season. Mesa says although the risk didn't pay off, he still has no regrets about it.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just tried to do my job,\" he said. \"Everybody wants to be a professional baseball player in the Major Leagues. I just took a shot to see what happens. There's nothing I can do.
\r\n
\r\n\"I wanted to go [to the WBC], but sometimes you have to make decisions,\" he added. \"I chose to make that one.\"
\r\n
\r\nMesa is listed at 6-foot-1, and weighs just 190 pounds. Yet, he can still hit for power. Since the start of 2009 when he was with single-A Charleston, Mesa has 71 home runs.
\r\n
\r\nMesa in no way, however, considers himself to be a power hitter. Rather, he takes pride in that he can do pretty much everything.
\r\n
\r\n\"I can run, I can steal bases, I can hit,\" he said. \"Like I said, I just pretty much try to do everything and put it all together.\"
\r\n
\r\nMesa does have a tendency to strike out quite a bit, which he knows he has to work on. Last season, he struck out 118 times and so far this season, he has 13 in just six games.
\r\n
\r\n\"We've definitely worked on it, but sometimes it doesn't happen the way you want it to,\" Mesa said of eliminating his strikeouts. \"It's a struggle, but I'm just continuing to try and work out of it and see what I can do.\"
\r\n
\r\nAlthough the 2013 season has just begun, Mesa says that he could be better, but he still believes good things are going to happen. He's hitting .250 with one home run and three RBIs.\r\nHe knows he still has to prove himself, but if he can achieve the ultimate goal, he thinks anything is possible.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel good about it,\" he said of making it to the big leagues. \"But, I think I can be better if I can stay there.\"
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