Who needs A League Of Their Own anymore when you can beat the boys?!
That's the attitude Melissa Mayeux has, anyways! The 16-year-old from France loves baseball — and she's good at it — so she's doing what any girl should do: trying to play professionally!!!
Mayeux is the first woman in history to sign up for Major League Baseball's international registration list, which means that she — just like thousands of men from around the world — can sign with a Major League team as early as July 2!
It's not just for show, either — Mike McClellan, who directs MLB's International Game Development, has watched the young player develop for two years:
"She's a legitimate shortstop who makes all the plays and is very smooth and fluid in the field. She swings the bat really well and is fearless."
McClellan pointed to one game in Spain back in April, where she faced a pitcher three years older than her who was throwing much harder than what she'd seen in France:
"She ripped a base hit off of him, just to the right of second base. She just went with the pitch, and she looked good doing it."
Sounds like she can play!
Mayeux doesn't really think what she's doing is all that special, either! She told MLB.com:
"I grew up with the same boys, so we've known each other since I was very little. I've never had a problem with integration or respect. We're very well connected, and that makes a good team."
As for her future, she wants to continue baseball long-term:
"I would like very much to continue playing baseball in France until I'm 18 years old, and then have the ability to leave for university or another opportunity abroad. I'd like to stay in baseball as long as possible."
It's rare for any 16-year-old to be signed upon registering, but the fact that Mayeux is on the list means she's legit, it isn't just for show, and she can play!