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Mel Rojas

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Mel Rojas
Name: Mel Rojas Jr.
Born: May 24, 1990 in Indianapolis, Ind. USA
College: Wabash Valley (Ill.) JC
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 225 lbs
Bats: B / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 3rd round (84th overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010 (signed for $423,900)
Rojas is a lock to become the highest draft pick ever out of Wabash Valley CC, surpassing Toby Matchulat, a Cubs 11th-rounder two years ago. The son of the former big league closer of the same name, Mel Jr. could go as high as the second round to a team that views him as a five-tool athlete. He's the most debated prospect in the Midwest, as some see him as a tweener who doesn't fit the profile at any outfield position. A 6-foot-3, 200-pound switch-hitter, Rojas has good bat speed and strength, but his flat swing results in a lot of grounders and he doesn't barrel balls consistently. He led all national juco players with 61 steals in 64 attempts, though his naysayers don't think he'll be as prolific in pro ball because his pure speed grades out as just slightly above-average. He may not be quick enough to play center field at the major league level, though he has the arm strength to move to right field. The consensus among area scouts is that he's a fourth- to fifth-round talent, but he'll get picked higher than that. He turned down offers to sign out of the Dominican Republic, and went undrafted a year ago when he redshirted at Wabash Valley.
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