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Mark Melancon

30-Year-Old Pitcher – Pittsburgh Pirates

2015 Stats

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3-2

ERA

2.23

WHIP

0.93

K

62

SV

51

2016 RotoWire Projections

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Melancon led the majors with 51 saves in 2015, recovering from a shaky April when his fastball didnít touch 90 mph. The 31-year-old set a club record with 35 straight saves ó he blew only two save opp...

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2016 ADP:  90.82

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 215   DOB: 3/28/1985   BORN: Arvada, CO   COLLEGE: Arizona   DRAFTED: 9th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Mark Melancon Contract Information:

Agreed to a one-year, $9.65 million contract with the Pirates in January of 2016, avoiding arbitration.

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Melancon agreed to a one-year, $9.65 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports.

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Mark Melancon Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2008 23 A TAM 13 0 0 25.1 26 8 2 20 6 1 0 0 2.84 1.27
2008 23 AA TRE 19 0 0 49.7 32 10 3 47 12 6 0 2 1.81 0.89
2008 23 AAA SCR 12 0 0 20.0 11 6 1 22 4 1 1 1 2.70 0.75
2009 24 AAA SCR 31 0 0 51.0 37 17 3 51 11 4 0 3 3.00 0.94
2009 24 MAJ NYY 13 0 0 16.3 13 7 0 10 10 0 1 0 3.86 1.41
2010 25 AAA ROU 3 0 0 4.1 5 0 0 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0.00 1.46
2010 25 AAA SCR 3 0 0 56.1 63 23 5 58 31 6 1 6 0 0 3.67 1.68
2010 25 MAJ HOU 20 0 0 17.3 12 6 1 19 8 2 0 0 1 8 3.12 1.15
2010 25 MAJ NYY 2 0 0 4.0 7 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.00 1.75
2010  (Multiple Teams) 25 MAJ HOU/NYY 22 0 0 21.3 19 10 2 22 8 2 0 0 1 8 4.22 1.27
2011 26 MAJ HOU 71 0 0 74.3 65 23 5 66 26 8 4 20 5 3 2.78 1.22
2012 27 AAA PAW 21 0 0 21.2 15 2 0 27 3 0 0 11 0 0 0.83 0.85
2012 27 MAJ BOS 41 0 0 45.0 45 31 8 41 12 0 2 1 1 2 6.20 1.27
2013 28 MAJ PIT 72 0 0 71.0 60 11 1 70 8 3 2 16 5 26 1.39 0.96
2014 29 MAJ PIT 72 0 0 71.0 51 15 2 71 11 3 5 33 4 14 1.90 0.87
2015 30 MAJ PIT 78 0 0 76.7 57 19 4 62 14 3 2 51 2 1 2.23 0.93
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3-Year Averages     74 0 0 72.9 56 15 2 67 11 3 3 33 3 13 1.85 0.92
Career  (View All)     369 0 0 375.7 310 116 22 342 89 19 16 121 2.78 1.06

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Mark Melancon Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Oct. 4 Cin 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.23 0.93
Oct. 2 Cin 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.26 0.94
Sep. 28 StL 1.0 3 3 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.29 0.95
Sep. 25 @ChC 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.95 0.92
Sep. 24 @Col 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.86 0.91
Sep. 22 @Col 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.88 0.92
Sep. 20 @LAD 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.91 0.93
Sep. 19 @LAD 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.94 0.95
Sep. 16 ChC 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.97 0.96
Sep. 15 ChC 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.00 0.98
Sep. 13 Mil 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.03 0.99
Sep. 11 Mil 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.06 1.01
Sep. 9 @Cin 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.09 1.02
Sep. 8 @Cin 0.7 2 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.12 1.02
Aug. 29 Col 1.0 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.71 0.98
Aug. 28 Col 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.45 0.95
Aug. 27 @Mia 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.48 0.97
Aug. 24 @Mia 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.50 0.97
Aug. 23 SF 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.53 0.98
Aug. 22 SF 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 1.55 1.00
Aug. 19 Ari 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.58 1.02
Aug. 18 Ari 1.0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 1.61 1.02
Aug. 15 @NYM 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.64 1.02
Aug. 14 @NYM 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 - 1 0 0 1.67 1.02
Aug. 13 @StL 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.53 1.02
Aug. 8 LAD 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.56 1.04
Aug. 7 LAD 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.41 1.00
Aug. 5 ChC 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.44 1.02
Last 14 Days
6 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
6.0 5 4 4 1 0 10 0 0 0 0-1 3 0 0 6.00 0.83
Last 30 Days
14 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
13.7 7 7 7 1 2 18 0 0 0 0-1 8 0 0 4.61 0.66
Last 60 Days
28 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
27.7 19 14 12 2 3 29 0 1 0 1-1 18 1 0 3.90 0.80

Mark Melancon Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201513434817201.138
201412940520301.164
201312534318201.148

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201515928640713.263
201414831631201.223
201315336542410.288

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201542.0222635732.790.95
201440.3212033410.890.77
201338.701738110.930.75

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201534.7102527711.560.89
201430.7141338713.231.01
201332.331932701.951.21
Mark Melancon Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2008 23 A TAM 13 0 25.1 7.17 2.15 3.33 0.72 80% 2.84 3.36 .321
2008 23 AA TRE 19 0 49.7 8.52 2.17 3.92 0.54 82.9% 1.81 2.82 .238
2008 23 AAA SCR 12 0 20.0 9.90 1.80 5.50 0.45 64.3% 2.70 2.40 .225
2009 24 AAA SCR 31 0 51.0 9.00 1.94 4.64 0.53 68.9% 3.00 2.96 .268
2009 24 MAJ NYY 13 0 16.3 5.51 5.51 1.00 0.00 2.31 69.6% 93.0 MPH 3.86 3.87 .265
2010 25 AAA ROU 3 0 4.1 4.39 2.20 2.00 0.00 100% 0.00 2.96 .343
2010 25 AAA SCR 3 0 56.1 9.30 4.97 1.87 0.80 79.8% 3.67 4.11 .367
2010 25 MAJ HOU 20 0 17.3 9.87 4.15 2.38 0.52 1.33 73.7% 92.8 MPH 3.12 3.32 .269
2010 25 MAJ NYY 2 0 4.0 6.75 0.00 0.00 2.25 1.17 50% 92.8 MPH 9.00 4.95 .420
2010  (Multiple Teams) 25 MAJ HOU/NYY 22 0 21.3 9.28 3.38 2.75 0.84 1.29 68% 92.8 MPH 4.22 3.52 .308
2011 26 MAJ HOU 71 0 74.3 7.99 3.15 2.54 0.61 2.44 79.1% 92.8 MPH 2.78 3.43 .295
2012 27 AAA PAW 21 0 21.2 11.46 1.27 9.00 0.00 88.9% 0.83 1.36 .314
2012 27 MAJ BOS 41 0 45.0 8.20 2.40 3.42 1.60 1.84 53.1% 93.4 MPH 6.20 4.69 .301
2013 28 MAJ PIT 72 0 71.0 8.87 1.01 8.75 0.13 3.79 85.1% 92.9 MPH 1.39 1.79 .312
2014 29 MAJ PIT 72 0 71.0 9.00 1.39 6.45 0.25 2.85 78.3% 92.8 MPH 1.90 2.16 .275
2015 30 MAJ PIT 78 0 76.7 7.28 1.64 4.43 0.47 2.71 77.6% 91.5 MPH 2.23 2.89 .256
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3-Year Averages     74 0 72.9 8.27 1.36 6.09 0.25 80% 1.85 2.17 .280
Career     369 0 375.7 8.19 2.13 3.84 0.53 75.1% 2.78 2.87 .286

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2015 Stat Review for Mark Melancon    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2015 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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4.43 K/BB
GREAT
7.28 K/9
WEAK
1.64 BB/9
ELITE
91.5 MPH Fastball
WEAK
0.5 HR/9
GREAT
2.71 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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2.23 ERA
GREAT
0.93 WHIP
ELITE
2.89 FIP
GOOD
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.256 BABIP
LOW
77.6% Strand Rate
AVERAGE

2016 Projected Stats Breakdown for Mark Melancon

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Mark Melancon: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Melancon (3-2) absorbed the loss Monday night, giving up three earned runs on three hits while striking out two in a 3-0 defeat to the Cardinals.

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Melancon allowed one run on two hits Friday, striking out three in his inning of work to record his 51st save of the 2015 season.

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Melancon notched his 50th save of the season with a clean ninth inning that featured two strikeouts in Thursday's 5-4 triumph over the Rockies.

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Melancon converted his 49th save with a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Rockies.

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Melancon pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his 47th save in a 3-2 win over the Dodgers on Saturday.

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Melancon tossed a clean ninth inning, recording a pair of strikeouts along the way, to record his 45th save in the Pirates 6-3 win over the Brewers on Friday night.

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Melancon was charged with three earned runs while recording only two outs Tuesday in Cincinnati.

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Melancon escaped with his 43rd save of the season Saturday, despite surrendering a two-run home run to Nick Hundley.

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Melancon pitched a clean ninth inning to record his 42nd save as the Pirates downed the Rockies 5-3 Friday night.

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Melancon threw a perfect ninth inning, sitting the Giants down in order to pick up his league-leading 39th save of the year.

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Melancon struck out the side for his 38th save of the season Wednesday against Arizona.

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Melancon was charged with a blown save Tuesday, courtesy of a ninth inning which included two Pittsburgh errors and a single.

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Melancon pitched a clean 14th inning with one hit allowed to pick up his 37th save in a 5-3 win over the Mets on Saturday.

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2015

Melancon finally took over for an ineffective Jason Grilli as Pittsburgh's closer in early May and never looked back. Armed with a cutter learned from former teammate, Mariano Rivera, the 28-year-old right-hander converted 33 of 37 save opportunities and added 14 holds. The Pirates seem to like Melancon more as a setup man but really have no one better to close out games. He allowed 51 hits in 71 innings and fashioned an impressive 71:11 K:BB ratio, compiling a 1.90 ERA and career-low 0.87 WHIP. He remains ahead of lefty Tony Watson in the bullpen pecking order and the team is still finding out how to use newcomer John Holdzkom, making it likely Melancon closes again for Pittsburgh in 2015.

2014

Melancon is expected to serve as Pittsburgh's primary setup man for closer Jason Grilli again in 2014. He collected 26 holds during the first four months before a Grilli injury gave him a chance to close, where the cut-fastball extraordinaire saved 16 games. Melancon's numbers -- 1.39 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 70:8 K:BB ratio -- show his dominance. Right-handed batters seemed to figure him out late in the year, taking his pitches opposite field to the tune of a .286 OBA. Lefties hit just .148/.168/.189 against the right-hander. Fantasy owners wonder whether Melancon's 4.22 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in September was a blip on the radar or a sign of future performance in 2014.

2013

Melancon flamed out spectacularly in April last season and was sent to Triple-A Pawtucket before the month was over. He pitched better in his stay with the PawSox, and was eventually recalled to Boston in June. He had a sneaky good September, while closer Andrew Bailey finished poorly. Making things more interesting, Melancon was sent to Pittsburgh in December as part of the Joel Hanrahan deal. It's expected that Melancon will be the next in line for saves if Jason Grilli is unable to handle the ninth-inning role for the Bucs.

2012

An injury to Brandon Lyon opened the door for Melancon to take over the closing duties for the Astros last season. He doesn't have overpowering stuff, but Melancon responded to the opportunity with a strong 2.78 ERA and 1.224 WHIP, while racking up eight wins and 20 saves. Melancon is an extreme groundball pitcher, posting the fourth highest groundball rate for a reliever pitching at least 70 innings in the National League last year. It's no wonder he's able to keep the ball in the park. The Astros traded Melancon to the Red Sox in December, where he'll set up for Andrew Bailey.

2011

Melancon came over to the Astros in the deal that sent Lance Berkman to the Bronx. He has a live arm and a good mentality for the bullpen. Control has often been a problem, but continued success at making batters miss mitigates the impact. With Matt Lindstrom traded to Colorado, Melancon is one step closer to getting save chances should anything happen to Brandon Lyon this season.

2010

Melancon carried over his 2008 success into 2009, posting a 2.89 ERA and 54:11 K:BB ratio in 32 Triple-A relief appearances. He was adequate in 16.1 innings with the Yankees, and the team still views him as a potential closer down the road because of his temperament and pitching arsenal, highlighted by a sinking fastball that can touch 95 mph and a power curve. Heíll compete for a bullpen spot with the Yankees this season.

2009

Returning from a missed season in 2007 due to Tommy John surgery, Melancon actually came back very strong last season while starting the year at High-A Tampa and eventually finishing at Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Melancon racked up 96 innings of relief over three levels and managed to improve his strikeout rate at each stop. In his arsenal, Melancon has a low-90s fastball that can still touch 95 mph along with a power curveball and a tough changeup. A set-up role at some point in 2009 isn't out of the question and he could win an Opening Day spot in the bullpen. Long term, Melancon profiles as a potential successor to Mariano Rivera as the team's closer.