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Jumbo Shrimp Outfielder Mesa First Jax Player Since ’78 To Win Gold Glove

Mesa Photo: Jumbo Shrimp
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Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp center fielder Victor Victor Mesa

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp center fielder Víctor Víctor Mesa has been named a 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipient for defensive excellence.

Mesa recorded 11 outfield assists and handled all 239 of his total chances to record a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 116 games playing for both the Jacksonville Double-A Minor League Baseball team and the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads at different points in the 2019 season, according to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Despite playing in only 76 games defensively with the Jupiter Hammerheads prior to his promotion to Double-A, Mesa’s eight outfield assists finished the season in a tie for the 11th-most in the Florida State League.

He was signed by the Miami Marlins as a non-drafted free agent in 2018.

Mesa, a native of Cuba, is the fourth Jacksonville player to earn a Gold Glove. First baseman Lou Klimchock won the honor in 1966. Outfielder Rocky Craig took home the award in 1973 and George Enright secured the prize as catcher in 1978.