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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Prospect Highlights: Mel Rojas Jr. Showing Off Some Tools

Two video highlights of Mel Rojas Jr from Wednesday afternoon. The first is a triple the other way, showing a nice bat and the speed to make it in standing up. More on Rojas and his season at the plate after the videos.

The second highlight is his quick, accurate throw to the cut-off man to help cut down a runner at third base. It was his fifth outfield assist of the season.

Since moving to Indianapolis, Rojas is hitting .328/.397/.459 in 19 games and he has played all three outfield positions. The 2014 season looks like it is the breakout season we have been waiting for with Rojas since he was drafted in the 3rd round in the 2010 draft. Including his Altoona stats, he has a .309/.383/.449 slash line in 72 games. He doesn’t look like he will ever be a true five-tool player due to lack of power, but he could end up as a strong fourth outfielder for the Pirates, one that is a switch-hitter that can fill in at any of the three positions. He’s going to have to keep playing well for more than 19 games at AAA before we really know if he’s turned the corner, but for now, things are looking very positive.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.


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William Wallace

Maybe they could package a couple of guys with SNYDER/TABATA/GRILLI for a stud SS or a starting stud pitcher. Be sort of like an inventory clearance sale where you buy 2 and get one free. I would hate to lose any of this talent with a Rule 5 or 40 man fiasco.


Would be interesting to see a list of the potential Rule 5 problems – I would guess Rojas is gone if he does not get added to the 40 – or am I wrong/missing something.

R Edwards

With all due respect, it seems silly that Stetson Allie is in your top 20 prospects list, ahead of Rojas. That is heard to justify, on any level.

R Edwards

Thanks John – so the top 20 list is a compiled list of averaging the rankings of multiple people or sources? I get it, that makes sense. It does make me wonder why anyone would still have Allie in a Pirates top 20 prospects list, if these lists are updated based on injuries this year and performances to date. Unless he has a turnabout this year, Allie will essentially be a non-prospect by the year’s end. Rojas always had the tools and athletic ability, now it seems like the light bulb has gone on and he has figured it out. Now, he’s about 6’2″ I think – could we move him to first base??

R Edwards

I agree John – the strikeouts are the biggest issue – I think he’s at or around 30% now in strikeouts. Those are numbers you do not see in pro baseball too often, for someone playing full time. If he cuts that back to the low to mid 20% range, his average will take care of itself.


After this article there will be the usual cries of “lets make a deal”.
It seems like every time a prospect has a few good games the ” want to be GM’s ” come out in full force. So far they would have traded off every prospect except Glasnow.

Ben Swogger

Nice throw by Martinez in that second video

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