Could Mel Rojas Jr. Make The Majors?

Written by Jameus Mooney

The bloodline of the Alou and Rojas family lineage in baseball is well-documented. Felipe Alou was a 3x All-Star player and 1994 NL Manager of the Year who hit over 200 homeruns in the Majors. His brother Matty was a multi-time All-Star who won a batting title in Pittsburgh and World Series in Oakland. Both Matty and Felipe as well as their brother Jesus formed the first outfield to consist of all brothers in 1963 with the Giants. Felipe’s son Moises would go onto be an extremely successful ballplayer, perhaps most well-known as the outfielder who didn’t catch the foul ball caught by Steve Bartman in the 2003 NLCS. Moises collected 2,131 hits and 332 homeruns from 1990-2008, across seven teams. He won a World Series with the Marlins in 1997 and was elected to six All-Star games. Luis Rojas, cruent manager of the Mets, is the other son of Felipe Alou. Their cousin Mel was a pitcher in the managers who saved 26 games.

Mel’s son, Mel Jr., now looks to finally reach The Show. Drafted in 2010 by the Pirates, he topped out in AAA ball prior to signing with the KBO’s KT Wiz in 2017. Now 30, he’s likely their MVP after posting a .349/.417/.680 slash with 47 longballs. He cited that he’d “for sure” get a contract with a big league club if he won the MVP for the Major League level. The Brewers are a team that have been known to do such, with last years KBO MVP Josh Lindblom currently on their roster after inking a three year deal last offseason. 2015 KBO MVP Eric Thames went to the Crew prior to the 2017 season. Could Rojas finally get a long awaited MLB contract?

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Jameus Mooney