Dodger Prospect #12 Jonathan Meloan

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Name- JONATHAN M. MELOAN
Position- Relief Pitcher
Residence- Leneta, Kan.
DOB- July 11, 1984
Ht- 6-3
Wt- 225
B/T- R/R
How Obtained- Drafted in the fifth round 2005

The 2006 season was remarkable for Meloan. Slated to be part of the Vero Beach rotation, he instead suffered soreness around his elbow that forced them to hold him back in the extended camp. When he finally got back into action, he was used in relief roles in order to limit his innings.

It turned out to be a marvelous turn of events for him as he rocketed upward with exceptional showings at every stop along the way.

He was 1-1, 1.54 at Columbus, 1-0, 3.50 at Vero Beach and wound up at Jacksonville where he was even better with a 1-0, 1.69 record. In all, he threw 52 innings, striking out 91 batters while holding hitters down to a .151 average.

He then went to the Arizona Fall League where he kept up the pace, going 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA. He even picked up a save there. All this led to his being invited to spring training with the parent team.

He increased the velocity on his fast ball from the low to mid-90's. A power slider is a big pitch for him while he uses a curve and changeup occasionally.

He has good control, is able to spot his pitches and has a tenacious manner of pitching. All this combined means the Dodgers plan to keep him in relief roles.

They'll continue to be careful not to overuse him to reduce the strain on that elbow. While he isn't expected to make it to Los Angeles out of spring training, he should go to either Jacksonville or Las Vegas where continued good showings might well thrust him into the Dodger bullpen before the season has run its course.

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