Former Rockies right-hander Tim Melville is nearing a deal with the Uni-President Lions of Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League, per local reports (h/t to CPBL Stats). Colorado released the 30-year-old in May.
Melville has played with seven affiliated organizations (reaching the majors with the Reds, Twins, Padres and Rockies) since entering the pro ranks as a prized high school pitching prospect back in 2008. He’s had some high minors success in recent years, but hasn’t clicked at the MLB level. In 48 career innings over 13 appearances, Melville has a 6.75 ERA/7.63 FIP.
Melville was sidelined by a cracked rib this spring, but it fortunately seems that’s behind him. As CPBL Stats notes, he’ll need to wait out a 14-day quarantine, mandatory for all foreign travelers arriving in Taiwan, before he’s able to take the field.
Which foreign player will he be replacing?
Per CPBL Stats, the club and Logan Darnell parted ways last week.
But the mingled, mingling threads of life are woven by warp and woof: calms crossed by storms, a storm for every calm. There is no steady unretracing progress in this life; we do not advance through fixed gradations, and at the last one pause:–through infancy’s unconscious spell, boyhood’s thoughtless faith, adolescence’ doubt (the common doom), then scepticism, then disbelief, resting at last in manhood’s pondering repose of If. But once gone through, we trace the round again; and are infants, boys, and men, and Ifs eternally. Where lies the final harbor, whence we unmoor no more? In what rapt ether sails the world, of which the weariest will never weary?
“Where lies the final harbor, whence we unmoor no more? In what rapt ether sails the world, of which the weariest will never weary?
Ironically enough it’s in landlocked Wyoming….
Had high hopes for this kid when the Royals drafted him. Ravaged by injuries as I recall, I was glad to see he finally got a taste of the bigs and wish him well in China.