Mélissa Mayeux, a 16-year-old Frenchwoman, on Monday became the first player in Major League Baseball (MLB) history to be shortlisted to play in the toughest championship in the world.
Mayeux is now part of the International List of Potential MLB Players, a list that MLB teams can draw from as of July 2.
The teenager is however not ready to be recruited by one of the thirty franchises of the MLB.
The international junior baseball and senior softball – the female version of baseball – will first participate with three other French in a course organized by the MLB in Europe in August.
This training course to identify the best European talents will take place under the direction of former players and coaches of the North American League.
Of the 76 players who have participated in previous camps in Europe organized for ten years, only two have evolved in MLB, the Italian Alex Liddi and the German Don Lutz.
« She hits the ball well and she’s not afraid of anything, » said Mike McClellan, MLB’s director of international development who has overseen the French prodigy for two years.
In MLB history, a Frenchman, Joris Bert, was drafted, or selected, by an MLB team, the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007, and played in the Minor League before being released by the Dodgers in 2009.
He had gone through the American system by integrating Frank Philipps College (Texas). In the medium term, Mélissa Mayeux could join an American university.