Prep Baseball Report

Player Spotlight: OF Mark Melville (Lutheran South, 2016)

Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

Mark Melville (Lutheran South, 2016) is a 6-foot-2 200-pound left-handed hitting outfielder.  Melville recently attended the Top Prospect Games and ran a 6.85 60, one of the fastest times for the event and has a 90 mph exit velo.

At the plate, athletic set-up, smooth load, level path, solid contact to middle-pull side during batting practice, aggressive swing, strong hands.  In the outfield, throws right, high three-quarters release, loose arm action, clean exchange, 83 mph positional velo.

Melville is still uncommitted and taking visits to area schools.  He and his Lutheran South teammates are preparing for a successful 2016 season. 

PBR: Are you looking for anything in particular in a school? (Example: high academics, certain academic program, local, etc.)

Melville: When I first look at a school, I look into the academics and what kind of Business program they offer. I plan to major in Finance/Accounting, I look at the teacher to player relationships and look into how they can help student athletes balance their homework with the time consumption of practices.

PBR: How did you do your junior year? What were your high school statistics? And how did your team do? Name some players that will play a key role for Lutheran South in 2016.

Melville: My junior year went really well personally and as a team. I learned a lot about myself as a player and a lot of aspects of my game that can be improved upon to make it to the next level. We began the year off 18-3, our team was hot right out of the gates, ready to compete, but with some difficulties our team faced, we finished the year off 19-10 and lost in the District Championship game 6-5. Looking forward to this upcoming 2016 season, I believe our key players that will play a major role in our goal for the State ring will be myself in center field, Andrew Torbeck in right field, pitchers Noah Stone, Austin Cheeley, and Garrett Tiehes along with infielders Alex Stevenson and Sam Lombard.

PBR: What are you goals for your senior season?

Melville: For my senior season, I have a team goal and a personal goal set. From a team standpoint, I really want to bring home the first State title to Lutheran South baseball. We've come really close these past few years, but this year I can honestly say will be the year we'll do it. From a personal standpoint, my goals are to work the ball opposite field, hit line drives consistently to all fields, and to work on my 2 strike approach.

PBR: What travel team do you play for? Are you playing fall ball with a team?

Melville: The travel team I played for over the summer was the Rawlings Recruits 18u, but I recently switched over to Rawlings Tigers 18u for fall ball. So far this fall we've played at Mizzou and Central Methodist University.

PBR: Do you play any other sports?

Melville: Along with baseball, throughout my high school career, I've played Varsity Soccer and Basketball but have decided for my senior year to put my main focus strictly on baseball.

PBR: What are your ACT and GPA?

Melville: ACT- 23, GPA- 3.1


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