The future is now for 25 yr old lefthander, Mason Melotakis, who turns 26 on June 28th, 2017. Melotakis was drafted by the Twins in the second round of the 2012 draft out of Northwestern State University, Louisiana.
He underwent "Tommy John Surgery" in 2014 and returned to action in 2016. Melotakis posted an impressive 2.97 era over 33.1 innings, while striking out 42 batters for the AA Chattanooga Lookouts. That trend continued into the Arizona Fall League, where "Melo" lit up one batter per inning, striking out 11 over 11. He only gave up one walk.
Most recently, Melotakis was involved in a bizarre pregame ejection on Friday, April 21st when he and Biloxi reliever Matt Ramsey participated in stare-down from their respective bullpens after the conclusion of the National Anthem. These shenanigans have been occurring more an more frequently, since this highly publicized standoff prior to a Dodgers/Cardinals game 6 standoff in the 2013 NLCS. This time the umpires weren't playing as the boys' standoff looked like it would keep the game from starting on time. Blue moved fast on the ejection, and both teams wasted one reliever from their respective bullpens before play had a chance to begin. http://m.mlb.com/vid...e-with-standoff
Melotakis has yet to surrender an earned run over 6.2 innings in 2017, while striking out 8 and walking only one batter. Many are hoping for a quick promotion to AAA Rochester, with greater hopes that the future might be now for another promising flamethrower, sidetracked by setbacks, but back on schedule to make an impact in a Twins uniform at some point this year.