Charlie Mellies

School: Wake Forest

Class: RS Senior

Height: 6′3″

Weight: 210 lbs.

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Pos: RHP

Hometown: Clifton, VA

High School: Centreville HS

Previously Drafted: 2nd round, 2007 (Atlanta Braves)

Honors:

  • 2006 Pepsi Baseball Classic MVP
  • 2006 ACC All-Academic Team
Year Team IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 H/9 RA
2004 Wake Forest 36.2 7.0 4.5 1.6 0.7 10.9 6.96
2005 Wake Forest 82.0 4.7 2.3 2.0 0.7 11.1 5.82
2006 Wake Forest 36.0 8.5 2.3 3.8 0.5 10.8 4.75
2007 Wake Forest 16.0 3.9 2.3 1.8 0.0 11.8 5.63

Strengths:
Mellies is a veteran righthanded pitcher who has succeeded in one of the most challenging conferences in college baseball.  His best pitch is a plus circle changeup that has nearly as much movement as a screwball.  The pitch dives down and in on righthanded hitters and is a true swing and miss pitch.  His delivery is effortless and his command is strong.  He also throws a fastball, a straight changeup and a curve.

Weaknesses:
Mellies isn’t quite as good as his stats would indicate.  His fastball velocity is below average.  Against Virginia Tech on 4/12, he gave up six runs in six innings.  He was hit hard when he left his fastball up and in the middle of the plate.  Mellies is also old; he will be 24 years old before he completes his first professional season.  He missed most of 2006 after undergoing ligament reconstruction surgery.

The Future:
Mellies won’t be successful until he improves his command within the strike zone and develops a third quality pitch.  As a redshirt senior, he won’t have much time to do this but he’s still worth a flier to a team after the 40th round.

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