PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Aug. 23, 2012) – Rutgers baseball senior Jeff Melillo (Annandale, N.J.) has been named to Perfect Game’s 2012 Summer Collegiate All-America First Team. The catcher was also named the “Top Summer League Rising Senior” by the organization.
Perfect game composed three All-America teams, which looked at the top prospects throughout 25 summer leagues. The organization selected players based on statistical performance, with preference given to those who amassed the statistics in more competitive leagues.
Melillo compiled a .404 batting average in the regular-season, which led the New England Collegiate Baseball League and was 14 points higher than the next closest player, while also winning a league championship with the Newport Gulls.
The Annandale, N.J., native also set a league record for on-base percentage with a regular-season mark of .548. Melillo shattered the record by 22 points, previously set by Mike Tamsin in 2008.
His walks also contributed to the high on-base percentage, taking a base on balls 26 times in 27 games. The catcher led his squad in walks and doubles (12), and was tied for the team lead with 34 runs scored. He was named an NECBL East Division All-Star, and started at catcher on July 22. Melillo hit .280 in the playoffs and hit a two-run homer in the first inning of the championship-sealing game.
As a junior at Rutgers in 2012, Melillo hit .311 with 10 doubles and 30 RBIs. The First Team All-BIG EAST catcher’s .426 on-base percentage ranked second for the Scarlet Knights. He was also named a Johnny Bench Award semifinalist, presented annually to the top Division I catcher.
Perfect Game USA is an amateur baseball scouting service that hosts more than 100 showcases and tournaments each year, devoted to furthering the development and career of the talented high school baseball player.