On Thursday, the club acquired right-hander Winston Abreu from the Rays in exchange for right-handed relief prospect John Meloan. Abreu will join the Tribe's bullpen in the coming days, with a corresponding roster move to be announced at that time.I hear the Rays are also receiving cash in the deal. Tony Lastoria of Indians Prospect Insider ranked Meloan as the Indians #14 prospect:
Meloan was a power arm acquired in the trade that sent Casey Blake to the Dodgers last season, and he was converted to relief work. Meloan's posted a 5.52 ERA in 25 appearances this season and has been passed over on multiple bullpen callups.
Meloan throws a fastball that tops out around 94-95 MPH, and he complements it with a nasty slider that is an out pitch. He also throws a cutter, changeup and curveball which are all good pitches, but are more show-me pitches to set up his fastball and slider. In addition to his talent, one of the big selling points for Meloan is how much of a competitor he is on the mound and his off the charts makeup. With his pitching repertoire to go along with his makeup and composure Meloan has the makings of a dominant backend reliever down the road, perhaps even a closer.