Twins sign draftees Melotakis, Jones

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins signed second-round pick Mason Melotakis and fourth-round pick Zack Jones, the club announced tonight.

The terms of the contracts were not announced but the pre-draft value of Melotakis’ No. 63 slot was $818,500 and the value of Jones’ No. 130 slot was $356,700.

Melotakis, a 6-foot-2 left-handed pitcher, and Jones, a 6-foot-1 right-handed pitcher, will both start their professional careers with the Rookie League Elizabethton (Tenn.) Twins after spending a week training at the club’s Spring Training facility in Fort Myers, Fla.

Melotakis posted a 3.63 ERA for Northwestern State (La.) with 70 strikeouts in 63 innings as a junior this season.

“I’m very excited,” Melotakis said. “I was just ready to get going. Our season ended earlier than I expected. I was getting restless. I don’t like to just sit. So now I’m just ready to get going. I wanted to sign early to get into the system as early as I can.”

Jones, meanwhile, had a 4.50 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 54 innings as a junior at San Jose State University

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time,” Jones said. “When you’re waiting for it sometimes it feels like it’s taking forever but for it to be actually here is surreal.”

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