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,” MLB.com 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.
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.
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.
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