Could This French Shortstop Be the MLB’s First Female Player?

When Melissa Mayeux first took the field, she wasn’t looking to make baseball history. She was just following her older brother.

Now the 16-year-old shortstop from France is generating major league buzz in baseball circles as a prospect who could become the first female MLB player ever.

Mayeux plays on France’s under-18 junior national baseball team and last month became the first female ever to be placed on Major League Baseball’s international registration list, making her eligible to sign a contract with any of the 30 big league teams in the sport called “America’s pastime.”

“I’ve received a lot of messages from many girls who play baseball across the world and who told me that I had become their new idol,” Mayeux told Reuters in a recent interview.

Prospects typically are placed on the international list at Major League Baseball-sanctioned events after verifying their dates of birth and citizenship. While anyone can be placed on the list, only those who have the potential to be signed are generally registered.

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