December 10, 1966 |
Haina, Dominican Republic
|August 1, 1990 for the Montreal Expos|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 1, 1999 for the Montreal Expos|
|Earned run average||3.82|
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' 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.
- Pitchers who have struck out three batters on nine pitches
- List of Major League Baseball all-time saves leaders
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