School: Wake Forest
Class: RS Senior
Weight: 210 lbs.
Hometown: Clifton, VA
High School: Centreville HS
Previously Drafted: 2nd round, 2007 (Atlanta Braves)
- 2006 Pepsi Baseball Classic MVP
- 2006 ACC All-Academic Team
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.
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.
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.