In the best feel-good story of last season’s Rockies, his time at the club came to an end.
Colorado released right-handed Tim Melville on Monday, ending a short but memorable period in purple pinstripes for the 30-year-old companion. The former pick of the Royals in the fourth round in 2008 was 2-3 with a 4.86 ERA in seven starts for Colorado in 2019, and he dazzled in his first two outings.
Melville, who signed the Rockies out of an independent league last May, said his exciting baseball trip isn’t over yet. As a no-grid invitee at this year’s spring training session in Scottsdale, a broken rib that initially sustained Melville during his last start of 2019 kept him from getting rid of it.
“You have to keep playing like every day is your last day, and like everything is on the line every time. I hope the Rockies fans saw that when I threw last year,” said Melville. “Unfortunately, because of the injury not the chance to play this spring, so that probably made (the decision for a release) easier for the team. ”
The barbecue enthusiast – Melville worked at Little Miss Barbecue in Phoenix the past offseason – thanked the Rockies for his chance. After working for eight years in the minors before making his debut in the top tier in 2016, Melville also had short stints with the Reds, Twins and Padres and overcame a missed season due to Tommy John surgery on the way.
Melville has been with seven different MLB organizations and believes his achievements in a small sample last year will open the door for yet another chance. His pitching arsenal includes a four-seam fastball (90-94 mph), a slider (83-84), a curve ball (78-80) and a changeup (85-86).
“I keep throwing and getting back on the radar with … you never know. With anyone,” said Melville. “Whatever opportunity arises, I’ll make the most of it.
“It’s just like the movie” Finding Nemo “- just keep pitching, just keep pitching. This (release) is not a retirement or anything like that. I am confident where my body is and where my arm is to keep playing. I look forward to what comes next. ”