Team Michigan Future Games Spotlight: Jarrod Melle, RHP/1B

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By Aaron Wilson
PBR Michigan Assistant Scouting Director

On July 30th through August 1st, PBR Michigan will take a select team of players in the Classes of 2017 and 2018 to represent Michigan at the PBR Future Games in Indianapolis at Grand Park.

Players receive exposure unlike any other event for underclassmen. Last year, 100+ colleges from all over the country were in attendance, including coaches from every Division I power conference in the country. Only players who have a legitimate shot at being a Division I recruit and who have an interest in the possibility of making a verbal commitment during their sophomore or junior seasons have been considered.

To view other Future Games Spotlight Articles, click below.
+ Cole Daniels, LHP/1B
+ Zavier Warren, SS/C
+ Nate Jones, OF/RHP
+ Obie Ricumstrict, MIF
+ John Malcom, LHP/1B
+ Brendel Lovell, RHP/OF
+ Spencer Schwellenbach, SS/RHP
+ Sean O'Keefe, RHP/C
+ Blake Dunn, C/RHP
+ Nolan Petroelje, RHP
+ Joey Zontini, 1B
+ Reese Trahey, OF/RHP
+ Jarrod Melle, RHP/1B
+ Shane Easter, OF/SS
+ Justin Campbell, LHP
+ Noah Bloye, OF
+ Luke McGuire, RHP/3B

Visit our scout blog, which includes velocity, pop times and in-depth scouting reports. The blog will be updated throughout the entire spring, with information on top prospects and top performances, click here.

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Team Michigan Future Games Spotlight: Jarrod Melle, RHP/1B

Jarrod MelleName: Jarrod Melle
Position: RHP/1B
Class: 2017
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 220 pounds
High School: Lowell
Summer Team: Diamonds

Past Showcase/In-Game Performances: 
Date: 6/23/15
Scouting Report: 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame. Strong kid with a high-3/4 arm slot. Quick delivery with downhill plane. Good action and plus control with three pitches. Fastball was explosive at 85-87, while touching 88 mph. Breaking ball and changeup both worked at 73 mph.

Date: 2/23/14
Scouting Report: 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect with big, solid frame. Projects best as a pitcher at this stage. On the mound, he sat 81-82 mph with slight arm side run through a high-¾ arm slot. Consistently in the zone. Maintains direction. Good 69-70 mph breaking ball with gradual 11/5 action in the zone. Changeup is thrown near fastball arm speed at 71-73 mph with similar run to his fastball. Good command of the pitch. Definite follow on the mound. Uses short arm action with some quickness to his exchange. Good arm strength with top velocity of 79 mph across the infield. At the plate, he starts in an open stance. Tendency to bar in his load. Toe tap to initiate his lower half. Dives a bit in his stride. Hands work. Will improve.

Jarrod MelleThoughts on being selected to play at the Future Games and represent the state of Michigan: "I think it is a real honor and am excited to represent Michigan. In 2012, I was chosen to represent USSSA baseball team Michigan and we won the tournament. I am excited about helping our team compete and to show the high level of baseball talent Michigan has to offer.  "

How has PBR helped as far as recruiting and exposure: "Participating in the PBR showcases has helped me get used to having college coaches and scouts watch me perform. The first couple of times were intimidating, but performing in front of them has gotten easier now that I know what to expect. The showcases and PBR reports are also helpful with getting exposure to college coaches and scouts that I might not otherwise have. I am hoping that this exposure will carry over to the recruitment process in order to allow coaches and scouts the ability to see and read about my skills."

Awards or academic accolades you have received: "As a starting pitcher my freshman year, I helped my high school varsity team capture the OK white conference title. As a freshman, I earned 1st team All conference and All district teams. We were repeat OK White Conference champs again in my sophomore year and I was again named to 1st team All Conference an All district teams."

GPA: 3.68 GPA

Fun Fact (Anything unique about yourself): "During my off-time, I love being outdoors fishing, deer hunting and rabbit hunting."

2015 PBR Future Games: Team Michigan

Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Tommy Blitchok MI Grandville 2018 C
Noah Bloye MI Byron Center 2017 OF
Justin Campbell MI Bishop Foley 2017 LHP
Jeff Criswell MI Portage Central 2017 RHP
Cole Daniels MI Saline 2018 LHP
Blake Dunn MI Saugatuck 2017 C
Shane Easter MI Comstock 2017 OF
Nate Jones MI Battle Creek Lakeview 2017 OF
Brenden Lovell MI Vicksburg 2017 RHP
John Malcom MI Detroit Country Day
2018 LHP
Luke McGuire MI Sterling Heights Stevenson 2017 RHP
Jarrod Melle MI Lowell 2017 RHP
Sean O'Keefe MI Saline 2017 RHP
Nolan Petroelje MI Hudsonville 2017 RHP
Obie Ricumstrict MI Mt. Pleasant 2017 SS
Spencer Schwellenbach MI Heritage 2018 SS
Reese Trahey MI Brother Rice 2018 OF
Zavier Warren MI Birmingham Groves 2017 C
Sam Weatherly MI Howell 2017 LHP
Joey Zontini MI Eisenhower 2018 1B

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