TUCSON, Ariz. ?C Former Arizona pitcher John Meloan was promoted to the major leagues by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. He joins an LA club that is battling for a postseason berth both in the National League West and the wild card chase.
The right-hander becomes the 58th former Wildcat to make it to the big leagues and the second this season after Shelly Duncan was promoted by the New York Yankees in late July. Meloan is the second of current head coach Andy Lopezˇ?s former UA players (Brian Anderson, Chicago White Sox, 2005) to reach the majors
The fast-rising Meloan, a three-year letterman for the Wildcats (2003-05) and a sixth-round selection by LA in the 2005 MLB First Year Player Draft, was called up after dominating both at the Dodgersˇ? Class AA affiliate in Jacksonville, Fla, and AAA affiliate in Las Vegas this season.
The right-hander went a combined 7-2 with 20 saves, a 2.03 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings pitched in the minor leagues this season. He made his first MLB appearance on Saturday against San Diego and struck out one in two scoreless innings of work.
As a Wildcat, he wrapped up his career with a 24-4 overall record and 4.14 ERA in 248 innings pitched. He tallied 247 strikeouts and limited the opposition to a .260 batting average. His career .857 winning percentage on the mound is the third-best for any Arizona pitcher.
In 2004, Meloan became just the third pitcher in school history to go undefeated (10 or more decisions) in a single season when he finished 10-0 and helped guide the Wildcats to their first College World Series appearance in 18 years.