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Kevin Melcher
13  Kevin Melcher
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Overland Park, Kan.

High School:
Blue Valley Northwest

Last College:
Texas Christian University

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 220

Position:
RHP

Experience:
2L

2002 Verizon/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District VII

scouting report

The clear-cut No. 1 starter for the Wildcats, Melcher brings a great deal of maturity and experience to a very young pitching staff... Has been the team's No. 1 or No. 2 starter the last two seasons... Could be the Friday starter, but the coaches would love to keep him on Sunday... His position depends on how the rest of the staff develops... Will be successful on any day... Relies upon his strong intelligence to get guys out... Not going to overpower a batter... Changes speed and disrupts timing... Needs to stay within himself.

during fall drills

Made one start for the Purple Sox on the mound during the Fall Ball World Series... Posted a 0-1 record and a 12.00 ERA in three innings pitched with three walks and one strikeout.

on my summer vacation

Played for the Rochester (Minn.) Honkers of the Northwoods League during the summer... Helped the team to a 13-18 overall record and a third-place finish in the South Division... Posted a 2-3 record and a 5.96 ERA in 12 appearances and three starts... Struck out 30 with 14 walks in 45.1 innings.

as a junior (2002)

One of the team's top three pitchers... Made 16 appearances during the season, including 14 starts, which led all starters... His 16 appearances trailed just closers Franco Pezely and Mitch Walter for the team lead... Compiled a 5-5 record and team-leading 3.39 ERA in 82.1 innings pitched with 54 strikeouts and 22 walks... Ranked second on the staff in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts, while opposing batter hit just .278 against him... Registered a 2-4 record and a team-best 3.80 ERA in Big 12 play in nine starts with 31 strikeouts and 16 walks... Ranked second on the team in league-only games in innings pitched (47.1) and strikeouts.... League batters hit just .269 against him... Did not allow a hit with two strikeouts in one inning of work for the win against Doane in the season opener on Feb. 12... Allowed just one hit in two innings against Southern Nazarene on Feb. 15 with two strikeouts... Had a rough first start of the season against No. 7 Miami, allowing 10 runs (seven earned) on 14 hits with three strikeouts and a walk in 5.2 innings of work... Allowed just two runs (none earned) on eight hits in 7.1 innings in earning a decision against Western Illinois on March 10 with two strikeouts... Struck out a career-best eight in 4.2 innings against Miami (Ohio) on March 14... Allowed just one earned run (six total) on seven hits in the loss to the Red Hawks... Tossed a career-high eight innings against Drexel on March 19 for his third win, allowing two runs (both earned) on seven hits with five strikeouts... Tied his career-high for strikeouts with eight against No. 20 Oklahoma State on March 23 in six innings... Allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits in the eventual 10-5 win... Picked up his fourth win of the season in the series-clincher against No. 8 Nebraska on March 31, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits with six strikeouts in 6.2 innings... Also clinched the series against No. 17 Texas Tech on April 7, allowing just one run on three hits with five strikeouts and one walk in six innings... Saw his four-game winning streak come to an end in a 6-5 loss at No. 16 Texas A&M on April 14, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits with two strikeouts in four innings... Tough luck loser against No. 15 Baylor on April 28, allowing four runs (zero earned) on four hits in six innings with two strikeouts and two walks... Allowed just one earned run on four hits in 6.1 innings in a no-decision at Missouri on May 10 with two strikeouts and three walks... Posted a 0-0 record and 1.42 ERA in one start at the Big 12 Tournament at the Ballpark in Arlington... Drew the start in the opener against Texas Tech on May 22, allowing just one run (earned) on four hits in 6.1 innings with four walks and one strikeout.

as a sophomore (2001)

One of the Wildcats' weekend starters... Made 13 appearances during the season, including 10 starts, which ranked second on the squad... Compiled a 3-3 record and starter-best 5.02 ERA in 61.0 innings pitched with 26 strikeouts and 19 walks... Second on the team in wins and innings pitched... All three wins came in Big 12 play (No. 22 Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Missouri), where he made nine appearances and eight starts... Compiled a 5.17 ERA in 47.0 innings in Big 12 play with 19 strikeouts and 15 walks... In his first career start as a Wildcat, he allowed four runs on six hits in four innings with four strikeouts against No. 9 Nebraska on March 9... Allowed one earned run on seven hits in 6.1 innings pitched in a loss to Texas Tech on March 16... Struck out a season-high six against Arkansas and allowed no hits in three innings of relief on March 20 at the Centenary Classic in Shreveport, La. ... Allowed just one run on six hits in six innings in a 1-0 loss to Texas A&M on March 24... Picked up his first win of the season at No. 22 Oklahoma State on April 7, as he allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings pitched with three strikeouts in 13-8 Wildcat win... Made it two in a row a week later, as he allowed just two runs on eight hits in a season-best seven innings against Oklahoma on April 15... Tied his season-high with seven innings of work against Missouri on April 28, as he earned his third win of the season against the Tigers... Allowed three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks in helping the Wildcats sweep the season series from the Tigers for the first time since 1974.

at texas christian (1999-2000)

Did not see action from the mound in 2000... Redshirted as a true freshman... Coached by Lance Brown.

at blue valley northwest high school

A three-year starter and letterwinner as a pitcher at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kan. ... Posted a 7-0 record as a senior with an ERA of 0.56... Struck out 56 and walked only six batters... In addition to earning first team all-state honors, he was named All-Metro, All-EKC and All-Johnson County as a senior... Team won the EKC Championship as a senior... Owns the Northwest High season and career records in wins, complete games, fewest walks and strikeouts... Pitched in the longest shutout game in American high school history in 1997 at sub-state... Blue Valley Northwest won the game, 1-0, in the bottom of the 21st inning over former Wildcat teammate James Brazeal and Shawnee Mission North... Melcher pitched nine innings of the game from the 10th to the 18th inning... Also lettered three years in soccer... A member of the National Honor Society... Coached in baseball by John Masterson.

personal

(Full name: Kevin Beamer Melcher) was born March 8, 1980, in Kansas City, Mo. ... He is the son of Mike Melcher and Susan Beamer... The oldest of two children, Kevin has a sister, Kate (19)... Lists as his greatest sports thrill as the 1997 regional baseball game between Blue Valley Northwest and Shawnee Mission North that went 21 innings... Majoring in geography.