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Tim Melville (Credit: Aflac)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Tim Melville
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Wentzville Holt HS (Mo.)
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Birthdate:10/9/89
Height:6'5"
Weight:205 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):03/20/08
Game(s):Jefferson City

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Comments
Fastball:Melville threw his fastball up to 92 mph in this outing, but there's more in the tank.
Curve:It's a knuckle-curve that he threw around 76 mph. He showed glimpses of a better breaking ball than in the past, including one that was outstanding, though he's still inconsistent with it.
Changeup:It's a below-average offering right now, though it's a pitch that's often the last to come.
Control:His command was below-average in this start and he was having problems with his delivery, perhaps to be chalked up to it being his first start.
Poise:He was outstanding on the mound, making adjustments and not getting flustered.
Physical Description:Melville is a big, strong and imposing pitcher with wide shoulders and plenty of room to fill out.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Projectable frame with plenty of room for growth. That, in turn, could turn an above-average fastball into a plus one.
Weaknesses:A lack of a premium power breaking ball. He'll have to show he's able to throw a plus breaking pitch some of the time to be a top pick.
Summary:One of the top high school arms in the Draft class, Melville has a big projectable frame which has plenty of room for growth. Already possessing above-average arm strength, he could add even more velocity in the future. He shows glimpses of a good knuckle-curve, but will have to find more consistency with it. Same goes for his changeup, which is clearly his third pitch. He draws some comparisons to Yankee Phil Hughes when he was in high school and should find himself gone in the first round just as Hughes did.