Two video highlights of Mel Rojas Jr from Wednesday afternoon. The first is a triple the other way, showing a nice bat and the speed to make it in standing up. More on Rojas and his season at the plate after the videos.
The second highlight is his quick, accurate throw to the cut-off man to help cut down a runner at third base. It was his fifth outfield assist of the season.
Since moving to Indianapolis, Rojas is hitting .328/.397/.459 in 19 games and he has played all three outfield positions. The 2014 season looks like it is the breakout season we have been waiting for with Rojas since he was drafted in the 3rd round in the 2010 draft. Including his Altoona stats, he has a .309/.383/.449 slash line in 72 games. He doesn’t look like he will ever be a true five-tool player due to lack of power, but he could end up as a strong fourth outfielder for the Pirates, one that is a switch-hitter that can fill in at any of the three positions. He’s going to have to keep playing well for more than 19 games at AAA before we really know if he’s turned the corner, but for now, things are looking very positive.