Bats: Right • Throws: Right
6-1, 200lb (185cm, 90kg)
Draft: Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 3rd round of the 1965 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA) and the California Angels in the 1st round (12th) of the 1966 MLB June Draft-Secondary Phase from University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA).
High School: Western HS (Anaheim, CA)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1968 season
Full Name: John Alexander Messersmith
Nicknames: Bluto or Channel