Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Meloan Gets The Tuscon Love

...but will he get called up to the majors with the Dodgers this year? Well, the Tuscon Citizen seems to think his minor-league performance merits a look.

The best closer in the minor leagues could be former University of Arizona starter John Meloan.

Meloan, who seems to going by "Jonathan" these days, was converted to a reliever after being selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth round in 2005. He was selected by Rotoworld as the 60th-best minor league prospect at midseason, one spot below ex-Cat outfielder Trevor Crowe, a first-round pick in 2005.

Rotoworld called Meloan the "game's best pure relief prospect."

Meloan is ripping through Double-A hitters. Pitching for Jacksonville, he had a 2.11 ERA with a 5-2 record and 17 saves through Thursday.

"He has the arsenal to start, but because of his maximum-effort delivery, the Dodgers figured that putting him in the pen was the best way to keep him healthy. It looks like they were right," Rotoworld wrote.


Rob said...


Eric Karros said...

Sax, you have to stop letting Jhonny Peralta write your headlines