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After coaching her, All-Star likes what he sees of pioneering 16-year-old girl at MLB camp

Having spent this week coaching her, two-time All-Star Steve Finley says the French 16-year-old making history as the first woman on Major League Baseball's international registration list is "very coachable" and has "good baseball I.Q."

Speaking to The Associated Press, Finley wouldn't hazard a guess at whether Melissa Mayeux will one day make it to the big league, as she hopes. He says it's unfair to ask whether a player so young is the real deal and that no one can predict if a 16-year-old will graduate to MLB.

But Finley tells the AP that Mayeux wouldn't have been among the 29 kids ā€” all of them boys bar her ā€” accepted at the MLB pitching and hitting camp in Germany this week if she was a bad player.