Rojas has picked up his hitting since the month of June started.
If there's one common criticism of the approach the Pittsburgh Pirates have taken in the draft, it's been that they've gone too heavy with pitching prospects, leaving the system thin on hitters. Yet when the Pirates selected Mel Rojas Jr. in the third round of the 2010 draft, it raised some questions, as top prep pitcher A.J. Cole was still on the board at the time, despite entering the draft as a potential top 20 pick. Rojas Jr., the son of former Expos closer Mel Rojas, was described as a potential five tool talent who was more on the raw side.
Those raw skills showed when Rojas started his pro career with a .207/.309/.250 line in State College in 2010. Rojas got off to a good start, but quickly faded down the stretch. Part of that was due to fatigue from getting adjusted to a longer schedule than Rojas was used to in college. When I saw him at the end of the year in 2010 his speed and defense looked good, al...
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