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Mark Melancon

29-Year-Old Pitcher – Pittsburgh Pirates

2014 Stats

W-L

3-5

ERA

1.90

WHIP

0.87

K

71

SV

33

2014 Preseason Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

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 cl...

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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 deal with the Pirates worth $2.595 million in January 2014, avoiding arbitration.

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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 NYY 2 0 0 4.0 7 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.00 1.75
2010 25 MAJ HOU 20 0 0 17.3 12 6 1 19 8 2 0 0 1 8 3.12 1.15
2010  (Multiple Teams) 25 MAJ NYY/HOU 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
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3-Year Averages     61 0 0 63.4 56 21 4 59 15 3 2 12 3 10 2.98 1.12
Career  (View All)     291 0 0 299.0 253 97 18 280 75 16 14 70 2.92 1.10

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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
Sep. 26 @Cin 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.90 0.87
Sep. 22 @Atl 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.93 0.89
Sep. 20 Mil 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 1.96 0.90
Sep. 19 Mil 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.85 0.87
Sep. 18 Bos 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.88 0.88
Sep. 16 Bos 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.91 0.86
Sep. 14 ChC 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.94 0.86
Sep. 11 @Phi 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 1.97 0.88
Sep. 10 @Phi 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.00 0.87
Sep. 8 @Phi 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.03 0.89
Sep. 5 @ChC 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.07 0.90
Sep. 3 @StL 1.7 2 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.14 0.92
Aug. 30 Cin 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.04 0.89
Aug. 29 Cin 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.08 0.91
Aug. 27 StL 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.11 0.92
Aug. 26 StL 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.15 0.92
Aug. 24 @Mil 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.19 0.92
Aug. 20 Atl 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.24 0.92
Aug. 17 @Was 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 2.28 0.94
Aug. 12 Det 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.15 0.89
Aug. 8 SD 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.19 0.87
Aug. 6 Mia 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.23 0.89
Aug. 3 @Ari 0.7 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 L 0 0 0 2.28 0.89
Jul. 29 @SF 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.12 0.86
Jul. 27 @Col 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 2.17 0.85
Last 14 Days
7 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
7.0 5 1 1 0 1 8 1 0 0 0-1 4 0 0 1.29 0.86
Last 30 Days
15 Games:  Avg. 1.1 IP/G
16.7 10 2 2 0 2 19 1 0 0 1-2 10 0 0 1.08 0.72
Last 60 Days
25 Games:  Avg. 1.1 IP/G
26.3 18 4 4 0 5 31 1 1 0 2-3 15 1 0 1.37 0.87

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Mark Melancon Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201412940520301.164
201312534318201.148
20128717723305.291

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201414831631201.223
201315336542410.288
201210724522603.227

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201440.3212033410.890.77
201338.701738110.930.75
201227.000128945.331.37

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201430.7141338713.231.01
201332.331932701.951.21
201218.002013347.501.11
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 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 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  (Multiple Teams) 25 MAJ NYY/HOU 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
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3-Year Averages     61 0 63.4 8.37 2.13 3.93 0.57 74.6% 2.98 2.87 .302
Career     291 0 299.0 8.43 2.26 3.73 0.54 74.5% 2.92 2.89 .294

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2014 Stat Review for Mark Melancon    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2013 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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6.45 K/BB
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9.00 K/9
GOOD
1.39 BB/9
ELITE
92.8 MPH Fastball
AVERAGE
0.3 HR/9
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2.85 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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1.90 ERA
ELITE
0.87 WHIP
ELITE
2.16 FIP
ELITE
BABIP/Strand

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

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.275 BABIP
AVERAGE
78.3% Strand Rate
AVERAGE

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

Melancon recorded his 33rd save in 37 opportunities Friday, setting down the Reds in order on nine pitches (six for strikes).

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Melancon was not used in a save situation for the second time in three nights Tuesday against the Braves.

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Melancon struck out two in a scoreless inning of relief in a non-save situation against the Cubs on Sunday.

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Melancon retired the side in order in the ninth inning Wednesday to record his 28th save of the season.

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Melancon (2-4) earned the win Saturday, tossing two innings of scoreless relief while striking out three Cubs.

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Melancon took the loss Wednesday against St. Louis, giving up the walk-off single with two outs in the ninth, pitching 1.2 innings and allowing two hits and a walk while striking out two.

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Melancon pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Reds on Saturday to earn his 26th save of the season.

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Melancon picked up save number 25 tossing a clean ninth inning with one strikeout in the Pirates' 2-1 win over Cincinnati on Friday night.

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Melancon picked up his 24th save of the season Wednesday, pitching a scoreless ninth and allowing just one hit.

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Melancon notched just his second save in the month Tuesday, allowing two hits in a scoreless inning against the Tigers.

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Melancon notched his 21st save of the season by striking out all three batters he faced in Friday's 2-1 win over the Padres.

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Melancon was the losing pitcher on Sunday versus the Diamondbacks.

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Melancon gave up a hit and struck out two over a clean ninth inning to pick up his 20th save of the season Tuesday against the Giants.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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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. He’ll 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.