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Mark Melancon | Relief Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/28/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Pirates and RHP Mark Melancon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.4 million contract.
It's a large raise for Melancon, who held a 1.90 ERA while recording 33 saves for the Pirates last season. He's been one of the best relievers in the National League the last two years and will serve as Pittsburgh's closer again in 2015. Jan 16 - 2:53 PM

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Mark Melancon retired the side in order in the ninth inning as the Pirates wrapped up a win against the Reds on Friday.

Melancon required just nine pitches to dispatch of the Reds. He's 33-for-37 in save chances with a 1.90 ERA and a 71/11 K/BB ratio on the year.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 10:09:00 PM

Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Brewers for his 31st save of the season.

It wasn't nearly as tricky as Thursday night, as Melancon needed just eight pitches to set down the Brewers in order. The 29-year-old has converted nine straight save chances and owns a dominant 1.85 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 67/10 K/BB ratio over 68 innings this season.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 10:43:00 PM

Mark Melancon got into hot water, but escaped the ninth inning without any damage, picking up his 30th save of the season in Thursday's win against the Red Sox.

Melancon hit Allen Craig to lead off the inning, then allowed a single to Daniel Nava. Next, Will Middlebrooks hit a grounder up the third base line and it hit pinch-runner Jemile Weeks, who was ruled out for obstruction. From there, Melancon struck out Jackie Bradley, Jr. and got Christian Vazquez to ground out to end the threat. Quite an interesting way to earn save number 30. Melancon has otherwise been lights out, sporting a 1.88 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 67/10 K/BB ratio.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 10:31:00 PM

Mark Melancon was asked to put out a fire in the bottom of the ninth and completed the task, earning his 29th save as the Pirates downed the Phillies on Thursday.

With a 4-0 lead, Jared Hughes put the first two batters he faced on base with a single and a walk, which made it a save situation and Melancon was brought into the ballgame. One of the inherited runners was allowed to score, but Melancon recorded a pair of strikeouts before getting Grady Sizemore to foul out on the third base side to end the game. Melancon is now 29-for-33 in save opportunities with a 3.53 ERA.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 10:45:00 PM

Mark Melancon breezed through the bottom of the Phillies' batting order in the ninth inning, converting his 28th save as the Pirates won 6-3 on Wednesday.

Pirates pitching set down the last 16 Phillies to step to the plate, with Melancon getting the final three. Melancon has locked down 28 saves in 32 chances with a 2.00 ERA and a 61/10 K/BB ratio.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 10:39:00 PM

Mark Melancon picked up his 26th save of the season Saturday in the Pirates' 3-2 defeat of the Reds.

Melancon retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning, one via strikeout. He owns a dominant 2.04 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 54/9 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 frames this season for the Bucs.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 06:57:00 PM

Mark Melancon tossed a perfect ninth inning Friday against the Reds for his 25th save of the season.

Melancon notched one strikeout in the inning and needed just 12 pitches to finish off the victory. He has five straight scoreless appearances and three saves since his blown save against the Nationals on August 17.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:46:00 PM

Mark Melancon converted his 24th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals.

Melancon allowed a first-pitch single to Jhonny Peralta to lead off the ninth but then got two lineouts and a flyout to end it. The right-hander has nailed down 24-of-28 save chances this season and holds a 2.11 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 52/9 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 frames.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 03:54:00 PM

Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Cardinals to earn his 23rd save on Tuesday.

Melancon issued a walk in the inning, but the Cardinals never really threatened to deprive him of the save. The right-hander struck out one, giving him a 52/9 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings, and he owns a 2.15 ERA and 0.92 WHIP overall.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 10:08:00 PM

Mark Melancon worked his way out of a ninth-inning jam, picking up his 22nd save in Tuesday's win over the Tigers.

Staked to a two-run lead, Melancon allowed one-out singles to Alex Avila and Nick Castellanos, but was able to get Torii Hunter to fly out and Rajai Davis to ground out to end the ballgame. Melancon continues to do a good job for the Pirates in the ninth inning, having converted 22 of 25 save opportunities with a 2.15 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, and a 47/7 K/BB ratio.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 10:36:00 PM

Mark Melancon struck out the side in the ninth inning Friday against the Padres for his 21st save of the season.

Melancon has now converted each of his last 11 save opportunities. He owns an excellent 2.19 ERA and 47/7 K/BB ratio across 49 1/3 innings this season.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 10:07:00 PM

Mark Melancon struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to pick up the save against the Rockies on Sunday.

Melancon went through the meat of the Rockies order, retiring Josh Rutledge, Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado to close out the win. He's now got a 2.17 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 42/6 K/BB ratio over 45 2/3 innings of work. As the unquestioned closer on a Pirates team that should be in a lot of close ballgames the rest of the way, Melancon has plenty of fantasy value these days.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 09:24:00 PM

Mark Melancon tallied his 18th save of the season Sunday in the Pirates' 5-3 defeat of the Rockies.

Melancon retired all three Colorado batters that he faced -- fanning one -- in the top of the ninth inning. The right-hander has a fantastic 2.22 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 40/6 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 frames this season. Pittsburgh has won its first three games following the All-Star break for the first time since 2004.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 04:59:00 PM

Mark Melancon slammed the door on the Rockies on Friday, preserving a two-run advantage and earning his 17th save of the season in the process.

He did allow a leadoff single to start the ninth inning, though no damage came of it. He has been terrific to this point in the season, registering a 2.32 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 38/6 K/BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings. He has now made good on 17 of his 20 save chances on the season, and looks poised to hold the job for the remainder of the season.
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 12:28:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
4Elias Diaz
5Sebastian Valle
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
2B1Neil Walker
2Sean Rodriguez
3Steve Lombardozzi
4Gustavo Nunez
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung-ho Kang
3Pedro Florimon
4Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
2Deibinson Romero
3Brent Morel
LF1Starling Marte
2Jose Tabata
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Andrew Lambo
3Willy Garcia
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Vance Worley
6Jeff Locke
7Nick Kingham
8Jameson Taillon
9Clayton Richard
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4John Holdzkom
5Jared Hughes
6Radhames Liz
7Stolmy Pimentel
8Brad Lincoln
9Brandon Cumpton
10Arquimedes Caminero
11Casey Sadler
12Rob Scahill
13Bobby LaFromboise
14Blake Wood