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2012 MLB Draft: Minnesota Twins Select LHP Mason Melotakis

On the second day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Minnesota Twins selected Mason Melotakis with the No. 63 overall pick. Melotakis is a six-foot-three, 205 pound left-handed reliever out of Northwestern State University. Born and raised in Texas, Melotakis was originally undrafted out of high school because he was undersized and struggled to consistently pitch in the low-90s. Since entering college, he underwent a growth spurt and increased his velocity to the 94-96 miles per hour range.

He is believed to be a relief pitching prospect as he has displayed that he wears down when he pitches as a starter. He developed into Northwestern's ace reliever and led the team with five saves and ranked fourth in strikeouts with 45 in 40 innings. Melotakis took off as a legitimate prospect when he pitched in the prestigious Cape Cod league with the Bourn Braves where he had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 22-2 in 18.2 innings pitched over 14 appearances.

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