Mitch Meluskey, c, Milwaukee Brewers

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1999 UD SP Mitch Meluskey

I was not aware that Mitch Meluskey was originally drafted by the Indians, in the 12th Round of the 1992 draft.  He was traded to the Brewers in 1995, along with Tony Mitchell, for James Lewis.  Lewis, a pitcher, would struggle in AAA and after a 5.01 ERA season in 1996 would retire from the game.

Meluskey would spend parts of five seasons in the majors.  He would have a very solid 2000 season, hitting .300/.401/.487 and landing 5th in ROY voting. He was actually suppose to be an All-Star that season, but the NL team manager had trouble contacting him in time.  He was a well regarded prospect–BA named him one of the top 100 prospects in the game in 2000–so there was no reason to think that he would not have a great career.

He would never recapture his 2000 season, and was out of baseball  by 2003.  So that was that.

Year Age Tm Lg G AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1998 24 HOU NL 8 8 0 0 1 4 .250 .333 .375 .708 88
1999 25 HOU NL 10 33 1 3 5 6 .212 .316 .333 .649 66
2000 26 HOU NL 117 337 14 69 55 74 .300 .401 .487 .888 117
2001 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Injured)
2002 28 DET AL 8 27 0 1 5 3 .222 .353 .222 .575 64
2003 29 HOU NL 12 9 0 2 2 2 .111 .250 .222 .472 23
5 Yrs 155 414 15 75 68 89 .283 .386 .449 .835 108
162 Game Avg. 162 433 16 78 71 93 .283 .386 .449 .835 108
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/29/2015.

He did, for a portion of 2003, play independent ball…and did very well.  He, I think, had some attitude problems–he did famously punch one of his teammates over batting practice while with Houston–so I am sure that did not help him.

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev Aff G AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2003 29 4.4 Round Rock AA HOU 13 49 1 6 1 0 5 9 .265 .327 .367 .695
2003 29 1.7 Sacramento AAA OAK 4 14 0 4 0 0 1 3 .143 .188 .286 .473
2003 29 0.9 Nashua Ind 35 129 1 15 2 0 16 14 .333 .420 .442 .862
2003 29 0.9 Nashua,Somerset Ind 63 231 2 34 5 0 32 28 .359 .446 .472 .918
2003 29 0.9 Somerset Ind 28 102 1 19 3 0 16 14 .392 .479 .510 .989
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/29/2015.
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