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Thomas Melgarejo

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Thomas Alan Melgarejo

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 220 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Thomas Melgarejo has pitched in AAA for many years and for the Mexican national team.

Melgarejo debuted with the 2005 Saraperos de Saltillo, posting a 3.97 ERA but 1.81 WHIP in 31 outings; as as a LOOGY, he totaled only 22 2/3 IP. He had no saves or decisions. He was then signed by Los Angeles Dodgers scout Mike Brito. [1] He was 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA for the GCL Dodgers, then spent the winter with the Tomateros de Culiacán (4.60 ERA in 22 G; 15 1/3 IP). He was 4-8 with 4 saves and a 6.20 ERA for the 2007 Great Lakes Loons. In 2007-2008, he was 1-2 with a 3.96 ERA for the Tomateros. He had a 2-6, 4.19 record with one save for the 2008 Loons before his season ended due to a left elbow sprain. [2] He only pitched 9 games that winter, with a 5.87 ERA.

The Minatitlán native split 2009 between the Inland Empire 66ers (2-2, 5.70) and AZL Dodgers (0-1, 9.64 in 4 G). For the 2009-2010 Tomateros, he had a 5.73 ERA in 16 outings. He split 2010 between Saltillo (4-1, Sv, 2.01 in 52 G) and Inland Empire (3 R in 3 1/3 IP). In 2010-2011, he pitched for both the Tomateros (1-0, 7.00 in 14 G) and the Águilas de Mexicali (1-0, 3.38 in 4 G). He was with Saltillo for all of 2011 (4-2, 3.55 in 49 G; 38 IP) then was 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA in 26 games for Mexicali in the winter. The Omaha Royals took him in the AAA portion of the 2011 Rule V Draft. [3] He had a 3.12 ERA in 9 games for the 2012 Wilmington Blue Rocks but mostly pitched for Saltillo (0-1, 2.12 in 17 IP over 31 G). With the Águilas in 2012-2013, he was 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in 29 outings.

In 2013, he was 4-2 with a save and a 3.86 ERA for the Saraperos. In winter, he moved from LOOGY to starting pitcher with the Cañeros de Los Mochis and fared well (5-3, 3.04). He was 10th in the Mexican Pacific League in ERA and tied for 10th in wins. [4] He fell to 3-6, 7.14 as a starter for the 2014 Saraperos, though. Back in the bullpen in 2015, his woes continued with both Saltillo (0-1, 20.25) and the Sultanes de Monterrey (2-2, 12.46) before rebounding with Los Mochis (4-3, 3.60 in 28 G). He split 2016 between Monterrey (3.97 ERA in 13 G) and the Tigres de Quintana Roo (1-0, 5.91 in 12 G). He was 1-3 with a 4.37 ERA in the winter.

Melgarejo spent the summer of 2017 with Monterrey (1-0, 3.04 in 40 G) and the winter back with the Cañeros (0-1, 5.77 in 19 G). He joined the Olmecas de Tabasco for 2018 but took a break from them in July as a late addition to pitch for Mexico in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. As one of two southpaws on Mexico's staff (the other was Alejandro Soto), he got into four of their seven games and worked two shutout frames (1 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 1 K). He was second on Mexico in games pitched, one behind Aaron Kurcz. He tied for 4th in the Games in games pitched, one behind Kurcz, Fernando Cruz and Bryan Escanio. [5]

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