Jon Meloan

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Jon Meloan
Pitcher
Born: (1984-07-11) July 11, 1984 (age 32)
Houston, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2007, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 2009, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 0–0
Earned run average 4.58
Strikeouts 20
Teams

Jonathan Michael Meloan (born July 11, 1984) is a former pitcher in professional baseball. He played in Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics.

Early life[edit]

He was an academic all-district honoree at James E. Taylor High School in Katy, Texas. Meloan is also a member of the National Honor Society.

Meloan is an alumnus of the University of Arizona, where he was a perfect 10–0 in 11 starts in 2004, in leading the Wildcats to the College World Series. In three seasons with Arizona, he compiled a record of 24–4 in 30 starts.

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 5th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball draft and made his professional debut for the Ogden Raptors in mid-season, going 0-2, 3.69 ERA in 16 appearances, 6 of them as a starter. Primarily a starter in college, he was converted to a relief pitcher at Ogden. His maximum-effort delivery and his 92–94 mph fastball with a pair of strikeout breaking balls led to his consideration as a closer. In 2006, he saw action with the Columbus Catfish, Vero Beach Dodgers and Jacksonville Suns. For the 2007 season, Meloan began the year with Double-A Jacksonville, compiling a 5–2 record with a terrific 2.18 ERA in 35 relief appearances and notching 19 saves to be selected to the Southern League All-Star team. He won the post-season "Double-A Relief Pitcher of the Year" Award.[1][2] After the all-star break, he was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas and he was recalled to the Dodgers on September 1, 2007. He made his Major League debut for the Dodgers that night against the San Diego Padres, working two innings of relief. He wound up pitching in five games for the Dodgers after his September callup, working 7.1 innings and finishing with an 11.05 ERA. On July 26, 2008, Meloan was traded to the Cleveland Indians along with minor league catcher Carlos Santana for infielder Casey Blake.

Cleveland Indians[edit]

On July 26, 2008, Meloan was traded to the Cleveland Indians along with minor league catcher Carlos Santana for infielder Casey Blake. In 2009, Meloan had pitched 44 innings in Triple-A (for the Columbus Clippers) compiling a 0-0 record, with one save in 25 appearances with a 5.52 ERA before being traded on July 2, 2009. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for pitcher Winston Abreu.

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On July 2, 2009, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for pitcher Winston Abreu. Meloan was designated for assignment by the Rays on August 7, 2009

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Meloan was claimed off waivers by the Pirates on August 12, 2009. On August 31, 2009 he was again designated for assignment.[3]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

He was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics on September 2, 2009. After missing all of the 2010 season due to Tommy John Surgery, Meloan Rehabed at Kansas City Sports Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento. The A's released Meloan in October 2011.

2012[edit]

Meloan agreed to sign with the Texas Rangers on March 3, 2012, but the Rangers released Meloan on March 31, before he could play a game in the organization. Meloan started the 2012 season with the Long Island Ducks. The Yankees signed Meloan in June 2012.[4] He then returned to the Long Island Ducks in 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Echan (October 10, 2007). "Third pitch is the charm for Meloan". MiLB.com. 
  2. ^ Ex-Cat Meloan shines as closer tucsoncitizen.com
  3. ^ Pirates call up RH McCutchen to start vs Reds usatoday.com
  4. ^ Ashmore, Mike (June 25, 2012). "Former major leaguer Jon Meloan joins Trenton". 

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