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Right-hander returns to Majors after playing on Long Island for second time

(Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 21, 2019)
– The Colorado Rockies promoted 2019 Long Island Ducks right-handed pitcher Tim Melville to the Major Leagues on Wednesday. He started the team’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field, thereby becoming the third Ducks alumnus to reach the MLB level after playing on Long Island in 2019.

Melville turned in a gem for the Rockies, tossing seven innings of one-run ball to earn his first Major League win. He allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out four batters, throwing 65 of his 101 pitches for strikes. He also impressed at the plate, collecting an RBI single in the fourth inning for his first big league hit and RBI. He later drove in a run with a sacrifice bunt in the sixth. Colorado won the game 7-2.

Melville returns to the Majors after beginning the season with the Ducks. He made two starts with Long Island, winning both and allowing just one run over 12 innings. The righty gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out 13 batters as well. He went on to make 18 appearances (17 starts) with Triple-A Albuquerque in the Pacific Coast League, compiling a 10-5 record with a 5.42 ERA and 94 strikeouts over 96.1 innings. Melville won three consecutive starts for Isotopes prior to his promotion to the Rockies.

This marks the second time the 29-year-old has reached the game’s highest level after pitching with the Ducks. In 2017, his contract was purchased by the Minnesota Twins after going 3-4 with a 3.45 ERA in nine starts as a member of the Flock. He was called up by the Twins in August after going 4-3 with a 2.70 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 11 games (10 starts) with Triple-A Rochester in the International League. The Virginia native was called up to The Show once again later that season with the San Diego Padres after he made two starts with Triple-A El Paso. In addition to the Rockies, Padres and Twins, Melville has also pitched in the Major Leagues with the Cincinnati Reds in 2016.

Following is the complete list of Ducks players to reach MLB after playing on Long Island:

Tim Melville 2019
Colorado Rockies
Minnesota Twins
Fernando Abad 2018 San Francisco Giants 2019
Wilkin Castillo 2018 Miami Marlins 2019
Henderson Alvarez 2017 Philadelphia Phillies 2017
Quintin Berry 2017 Milwaukee Brewers 2017
Rich Hill 2015 Boston Red Sox 2015
Scott Rice 2008 New York Mets 2013
Lew Ford 2009, 2011-Present Baltimore Orioles 2012
Kip Wells 2010 San Diego Padres 2012
Justin Hampson 2010 New York Mets 2012
Joey Gathright 2010 Boston Red Sox 2011
Robinson Cancel 2010 Houston Astros 2011
Erick Almonte 2006 Milwaukee Brewers 2011
Jay Gibbons 2008 Los Angeles Dodgers 2010
Mel Stocker 2006 Milwaukee Brewers 2007
Nelson Figueroa 2006 New York Mets 2008
Ken Ray 2002 Atlanta Braves 2006
Bill Pulsipher 2004 St. Louis Cardinals 2005
Pedro Borbon Jr. 2003 St. Louis Cardinals 2003
Carlos Baerga 2001 Boston Red Sox 2002

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