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Alejandro Melean Worked on the Inside Fastball in Venezuela

Alejandro Melean Worked on the Inside Fastball in Venezuela

November 25, 2022

Photo credit: Mark Steffens

Right-handed pitcher Alejandro Melean mastered his inside fastball this off-season while playing in the Venezuelan Winter League.

“In the winter season I learned a lot to master the inside fastball,” explained Melean. “It helped me a lot because it makes my secondary pitches more lethal. It is something I will be able to use next year.”

All of this happened after a breakout 2022 season that saw Melean pitch in High-A and Double-A.

Pitching 62 innings in 2022; Melean fanned 59 batters and maintained a WHIP of 1.15.

Melean talks about the differences between High-A and Double-A, “The difference was that the hitters are more selective and the strike zone is smaller,” Melean said of the jump to Double-A. “That’s why it’s important to get ahead in counts.”

The righty likes to set a line with his 4-seam fastball, “I get a lot out of the straight line in the upper zone,” said Melean. “It has worked a lot for me.”

And once the line is established, Melean works in his off-speed pitches which are: a slider and a changeup.

Melean really likes how his slider tunnels off of his 4-seamer.

“My slider tunnels well off my fastball,” stated Melean. “This is effective when a straight line is in place.”

Be sure to follow Alejandro Melean’s progress next season, as he uses his inside fastball more in the Blue Jays’ system.