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.
|2001||Did not play in major or minor leagues (Injured)|
|162 Game Avg.||162||433||16||78||71||93||.283||.386||.449||.835||108|
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.