Mel Rojas

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Not to be confused with Mel Rojas, Jr..
Mel Rojas
Pitcher
Born: (1966-12-10) December 10, 1966 (age 48)
Haina, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 1, 1990 for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
July 1, 1999 for the Montreal Expos
Career statistics
Won–loss record 34–31
Earned run average 3.82
Strikeouts 562
Saves 126
Teams

Melquíades Rojas Medrano, nicknamed "The Arsonist", (born December 10, 1966, Haina, Dominican Republic) was a pitcher with a 10-year career from 1990 to 1999. He played for the Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers of the National League and the Detroit Tigers of the American League.

His best season was in 1992, when he posted a 7-1 record in 68 relief appearances. Rojas had an amazing 1.43 ERA in 100.2 innings, and a WHIP of 1.043. He primarily was the set up man for closer John Wetteland (37 saves in 1992), but Rojas was able to accumulate 10 saves that season.

On May 11, 1994, Rojas struck out three batters on nine pitches in the ninth inning of a 4-3 win over the New York Mets. Rojas became the 19th National League pitcher and the 28th pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the nine-strike/three-strikeout half-inning.

Mel Rojas is the nephew of Felipe, Jesús, and Matty Alou and the cousin of Moisés Alou.

Mel Rojas' son, Mel Rojas, Jr. was selected 84th overall in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates and is currently playing for the Indianapolis Indians, the Pirates' top affiliate.[1]

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