Luis Meléndez

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Luis Antonio Meléndez Santana

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 165 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

One of a group of talented outfielders to come up with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1970s, Luis Melendez never lived up to his potential. With their outfield already overcrowded, the Cards attempted to turn Melendez into a shortstop but this experiment failed. He finished his career with the San Diego Padres.

His nickname is "Torito", which means Baby Bull.

Luis played for the Ponce Lions, Caguas Creoles and Bayamón Cowboys of the Puerto Rican Winter Baseball League. After his retirement as a player, he became one of the best managers of the league.

Melendez was a coach for the Hamilton Redbirds in 1988, Arkansas Travelers in 1998, New Jersey Cardinals in 2001, and GCL Phillies in 2006-2009.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1989 AZL Cardinals Arizona League 22-31 5th St. Louis Cardinals
1990 Hamilton Redbirds New York-Penn League 30-46 13th St. Louis Cardinals
1994 Savannah Cardinals South Atlantic League 82-55 3rd St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1995 New Jersey Cardinals New York-Penn League 35-41 8th St. Louis Cardinals
2000 Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League 24-44 9th St. Louis Cardinals
2003 Batavia Muckdogs New York-Penn League 30-45 12th Philadelphia Phillies
2004 Batavia Muckdogs New York-Penn League 28-46 14th Philadelphia Phillies

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