EL PASO, Texas -- Texas A&M sends Ivan Melendez and his longhorns packing from the college world series with a 10-2 win.
While the season might be over for Melendez the El Pasoan certainly had a season to remember and gave his city something to smile about.
Melendez was a standout at Coronado he then played JUCO ball at Odessa College and now after his second season with the longhorns, he is arguably the best player in Division 1 baseball.
The stud hitter ended the season at the top of numerous leaderboards - he had the most home runs in all of college baseball with 32 and is now the all-time leader in home runs in longhorn baseball, he also finishes with the most RBIs at 94, he topped the slugging percentage charts with .877 and total bases with 214, and ranks 18th in the nation for his .393 batting average.
That's just the stats, Melendez also finished the season with a slew of awards - The Dick Howser Trophy, The Bragan Slugger Award, The Big 12 Player of the Year Award, Perfect Game/Rawlings, Collegiate Baseball's Player of the Year Honors and there's still a big award that he's expected to get.
Melendez is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award which is set to be announced Friday. He'd be the first UT player to win the award and the first El Pasoan.
The next big thing for Melendez will be the MLB Draft which is set for the middle of July. Last year he was drafted by the Marlins in the 16th round and chose to return to Texas. This year he is expected to be drafted a lot higher which means we might have seen Melendez play amateur ball for the very last time.