July 25, 2021

Prospects of Yankees Past: Hensley Meulens (Pinstripe Alley)

News broke last week that Hensley Meulens has been named the bench coach for the New York Mets. This is one more step in his baseball odyssey that began professionally in 1986 as a member of the Yankees organization. A native of Curacao, he was the first in what is a growing list of major league players to come from that small Caribbean island. Since Meulens began his professional career, the island has seen players such as Andruw Jones, Kenley Jansen, Andrelton Simmons, Ozzie Albies and Didi Gregorius rise to the majors. Meulens was once a prospect that put together an impressive minor league career leading Yankees fan to dream big, especially as his rise coincided with the poor performance of the late 80’s and early 90’s Yankees.

Meulens made his professional debut as a member of the Yankees organization in the Gulf Coast League in 1986. After finding mild success in the GCL, Meulens was bumped to play for the Low-A Prince William Yankees in 1987. The 20-year-old third baseman quickly established himself as a bat to watch blasting 28 home runs, and producing a .942 OPS. His play was impressive enough to earn a late season promotion to High-A Fort Lauderdale, where…

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