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Jumbo Shrimp’s Mesa earns 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Award

JACKSONVILLE – Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp center fielder Victor Victor Mesa has been named a 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Award© recipient for defensive excellence, Minor League Baseball and Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., announced Monday.

Mesa is the first Jacksonville player to win a Gold Glove since catcher George Enright did so in 1978.

A native of Villa Clara, Cuba, Mesa recorded 11 outfield assists and handled all 239 of his total chances to record a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 116 games between Jacksonville and High-A Jupiter.

Despite playing in only 76 games defensively with the 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.

Signed by the Miami Marlins as a non-drafted free agent on Oct. 22, 2018, Mesa stole 18 bases in 20 attempts and batted .235/.274/.263 with seven doubles, three triples and 29 RBIs between Jacksonville and Jupiter.

He and fellow Marlins farmhand Jesus Sanchez, who earned the honor for right field, marked each of Miami’s Minor League Rawlings Gold Glove Award© winners.

Mesa 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 Enright notched the prize at catcher in 1978.

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