Twins take pitchers Melotakis, Chargois to open second round

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins finished day one of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft by selecting two pitchers. They opened day two by selecting two more on Tuesday.

Minnesota took left-hander Mason Melotakis from Northwestern State with the third pick in the second round (No. 63 overall), then took Rice right-hander J.T. Chargois with the 72nd pick.

Melotakis, a junior, served primarily as a reliever for the Demons. The 6-3, 190-pounder throws a fastball in the 94-95 mph range, topping out around 97.

“I think he’s a reliever,” draft analyst Jonathan Mayo said. “I don’t know if you send a guy like that out to start from the get-go. But with that kind of velocity from the left side, you shorten him up, maybe he’s a lefty set-up guy. The command may not be there to close, but that’s some good power stuff for the back end of the bullpen.”

The Houston native recorded a 3.63 ERA for Northwestern State this season, striking out 70 in 62 innings. Melotakis also pitched for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League this past summer. He appeared in 14 games and went 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA.

Chargois started all 63 of Rice’s games in 2011 at first base before switching to full-time pitcher this past season. He collected a 2.15 ERA in 37 2/3 innings and converted eight saves.

Third Round

After selecting four straight pitchers, Minnesota took Jacksonville University right fielder Adam Walker II with the 97th overall pick. Walker, the 2011 A-Sun Conference Player of the Year, is a 6-4, 225-pound right-handed hitter with as much raw power as anyone in this draft class. He hit 12 home runs this past year for the Dolphins with a .426 on-base percentage.

Walker’s father Adam played running back for the Minnesota Vikings in 1987.

Fourth Round

The Twins used the fourth round’s second pick (No. 130 overall) to select Zack Jones, a right-handed pitcher from San Jose State. He struck out a team-high 64 batters in 50 innings in 2012, recording seven saves for the Spartans.

Jones was originally selected by Kansas City in the 24th round of the 2009 Draft.

Fifth Round

Minnesota didn’t deviate from pitching in the fifth round, using the 160th overall pick on another Rice pitcher, right-hander Tyler Duffey. Duffey worked exclusively as a reliever during his junior season in 2012, fanning 68 in 51 1/3 innings.

— by Jordan Garretson


Three relief pitchers?!?!? I hope they project at least one to be able to stretch out and be a future starter.

Make that 4 relief pitchers😉

at least they’re looking for power pitching out of their picks. Not just slow throwing control types. Pitch to contact mentality has not worked for the twins lately.

First off, it’s spelled Zac*K*, not Zac*H*.

Second, Zack Jones struck out *60* batters in *54* innings in 2012. Where are you getting your numbers?!? — Biography — Team stats

You are awesome. dbag

Can’t help but think that this starter/releiver debate in pitchers so young is overrated. One they’re in camp, see what they’ve got for fvariety and mentality and you can make them into whatever suits them best.

I can see your point on this, but my concern is that we tried this route in the not so distant past with 1st round pick Carlos Gutierrez out of Miami. Tried the starter route and that failed. I tend to think that the college coaches know what they have from a starter/reliever standpoint, if these guys are getting drafted this high, they are the best arms on their team, and they should be able to start over their teammates.

Either way, they went pitching, which they need. Wish they would have taken a chance on Brown from Rochester.

me too, Mitchel Brown was hitting 96 mph in his last start-that’s right-start. KC is loaded with flamethrowing relievers. How are they doing. Starting pitching is key!!!! Brown was 7 slots lower in the 2nd round-signability????

Walker is a great kid. I will wear a Twins jersey if he makes it. Disappointed Milwaukee did not select this home grown player. Go Twins

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