Ivan Melendez-Texas Longhorns First Baseman
Ivan Melendez, according to many national publications, was named Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year. He had an historic season in Texas.
Upon the completion of the regular season, which was 54 games, he was #1 in the nation with 28 home runs. a .941 slugging percentage and 90 total bases. He was second in batting average at .421 and 85 runs bated in. Melendez finished third with 17 doubles and had a .531 on-base percentage. In the postseason, he added four more home runs to become the all-time home run leader in Texas Longhorn baseball history.
Ivan Melendez – Early Years
Ivan Melendez was born on January 2, 2000 and grew up in El Paso, Texas where he attended Coronado High School. He only had one offer to play college baseball and he attended Odessa Junior College.
In his freshman year at Odessa, he played third base for them and was named NJCAA All-American after batting .411 and swatting 17 home runs and driving in 70 runs.The next year (2020) was cut short due to COVID. In 2021, Melendez committed to Texas as a redshirt sophomore. During Melendez’s first season at Texas, he hit .319 with 13 doubles, 3 triples, 13 home runs, and driving in 51 RBI’s.
Ivan Melendez- Possible Future
He was chosen by the Miami Marlins in the 16th round but chose not to go to the professional ranks and improve his stock. It appears he has done just that. In the off-season he has worked out with some professional hitters and during the season at Texas, Melendez will go to the baseball field twice per day to work on his craft.
Scouts have noticed an improvement in his fielding at first base with many very nice grabs of throws in the dirt and catches down the foul line. The move from third to first wasn’t particularly difficult for him.
It is apparent that Ivan Melendez has a pro baseball career ahead of him.