THIS YEAR: One of Troy's quickest players, Melikian could be a valuable pinch-runner or outfield reserve as a 2000 freshman.
MIKE GILLESPIE SAYS: Michael has shown great speed on the base paths. He'll help tremendously as a base runner. As he improves with the bat, he could become a prototype leadoff hitter and create havoc as a base stealer.
HIGH SCHOOL: Melikian starred in baseball and football at Clovis West High in Fresno, Calif. ... He made the All-Tri-River Athletic Conference team in both sports ... He helped Clovis West win two league championships in baseball and two CIF titles and three league crowns in football ... An excellent student, he was a CIF Central Section Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a 1999 senior and on the honor roll all four years.
PERSONAL: He plans to major in business at USC ... Michael lists his most memorable sports moment as attending the 1989 World Series game at Candlestick Park when the big earthquake hit ... His favorite pro athlete is Spud Webb ... He enjoys jet skiing and running and also participates in volunteer work ... His birthdate is May 16, 1981.