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Teenage girl from France is eligible to sign with a major-league baseball team

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Is a 16-year-old French girl in line to be the first female major-league baseball player?

On Sunday, Melissa Mayeux was the first known female baseball player to be added to Major League Baseball’s international registration list, according to the league.

The league said that means Mayeux, who is a shortstop on France’s under-18 junior national team, is eligible to sign with a major-league team on July 2.

“She’s a legitimate shortstop who makes all the plays and is very smooth and fluid in the field,” MLB Director of International Game Development Mike McClellan said at MLB.com. “She swings the bat really well and is fearless.”

McClellan told the web site that in April Mayeux got a hit off a 19-year-old pitcher from the Dominican Republic, who was throwing 91 mph.

You can find the MLB.com story here.

Here are some videos of her:

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