Height/Weight: 6’3”/205 lbs
College: Northwestern State
Melotakis is a left-handed power pitcher with a plus fastball that sits 94-97 mph and is located to both sides of the plate. His secondary offerings lag behind in the form of a spike breaking ball and an average changeup. However, he’s worked exceptionally hard this season on improving both pitches, as it lends to his projection as a starting pitcher.
The southpaw’s mechanics are fluid and repeatable, as he’s already demonstrated the ability to attack opposing hitters out of the bullpen with his plus fastball. However, will a big-league bullpen be Melotakis’ final destination?
Given his handedness, frame and plus heater—not to mention the fact that Melotakis does have some experience as a starter over the last two-and-a-half seasons—I truly believe an organization will want to develop him as a starter.
A left-hander with that type of fastball is a premium in the major leagues, and, like most of his classmates, he could make his debut by 2016. And if things don’t pan out, a late-inning bullpen role is still a nice backup plan and could have him pitching in the major leagues at some point in 2014.