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Mark Melancon | Relief Pitcher | #35

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/28/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 9 (0) / NYY
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Mark Melancon got four outs for his fourth save of the year Friday against the Diamondbacks.
Melancon did allow an inherited runner to score after entering in the eighth, but he protected a one-run lead from there. He has a 1.17 ERA in the early going, which is a nice change from last year's rough start. Apr 23 - 1:13 AM

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Mark Melancon earned his third save of the season Monday in the Pirates' defeat of the Tigers.

Melancon allowed a leadoff single to J.D. Martinez in the bottom of the ninth inning, but he quickly erased that threat with a doubleplay lineout and then Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out swinging. Melancon surrendered a run on Opening Day against the Cardinals, but that was a non-save situation and he has otherwise been sharp.
Apr 11 - 4:37 PM

Mark Melancon delivered a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Reds for his second save of the season.

Melancon needed just seven pitches to lock down the win. The 31-year-old led the majors with 51 saves last season while posting a 62/14 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. He might not have the strikeout upside of some of the elite relievers in the game, but he should be a top-tier fantasy closer option once again.
Apr 8 - 10:50 PM

Mark Melancon earned his first save of the season Wednesday night against the Cardinals.

Melancon was called into the game in the top of the ninth inning after Cory Luebke issued a one-out walk to Matt Holliday and a two-out single to Yadier Molina. The veteran closer induced a soft grounder from Kolten Wong to end that threat and preserve the Pirates' season-opening three-game series sweep. Melancon should be a force all year on another good Bucs team.
Apr 6 - 10:35 PM

Mark Melancon allowed one run in a non-save situation Sunday in the Pirates' Opening Day win over the Cardinals.

Melancon began warming up in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Bucs ahead 3-0 and manager Clint Hurdle decided to go ahead and stick with his ninth-inning man even after the Pirates tacked on a fourth run. Melancon gave up a leadoff single to Yadier Molina then hit Kolten Wong with an inside pitch. Two batters later, Matt Carpenter punched a two-out RBI single into shallow right. Melancon finally induced a flyout from Matt Adams to end the threat and net the Bucs a 4-1 Opening Day win.
Apr 3 - 4:24 PM

Pirates and RHP Mark Melancon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.65 million contract.

It's a jump of over $4 million from last year's salary. Melancon put together a 2.23 ERA and 62/14 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings in 2015 and was arbitration-eligible for a final time this offseason.
Jan 15 - 2:37 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman hears from two rival GMs that the Pirates are listening to trade offers for closer Mark Melancon.

It appears to be a trend around the league, as Heyman also hears that Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson and Phillies fireballer Ken Giles are available for the right price. "Everyone's closer is available," said one GM. "People, especially the young GMs, have no fear of trading their closer." With a weak free agent class among relievers, teams could be willing to pay a big price in the trade market. Melancon led the majors with 51 saves this season while posting a 2.23 ERA and 62/14 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. He made $5.4 million in 2015 and is going into his final year of arbitration. Tony Watson could take over as closer if the Pirates trade him.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 11:58:00 AM

Mark Melancon has been awarded the 2015 Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year.

The 30-year-old right-hander saved 51-of-53 games in 2015 while pitching to a 2.23 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 62/14 K/BB ratio across 76 2/3 innings. The 51 saves not only led the National League, they led the majors. Melancon pitched one inning in the Pirates' 4-0 loss to the Cubs in the NL Wild Card game. He did not allow a run in the appearance.
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 07:22:00 PM

Mark Melancon escaped trouble to convert his league-leading 51st save of the season in Friday's win over the Cubs.

Melancon was in hot water after Starlin Castro's one-out triple scored Chris Denorfia, who had led off the ninth with a double. He responded with a pair of strikeouts, though, getting Jorge Soler and Javier Baez to go down swinging to preserve the victory. The Pirates have won seven straight.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 05:50:00 PM

Mark Melancon pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Rockies on Tuesday to earn his 49th save of the season.

Melancon needed just 10 pitches to get three outs, including one strikeout. The right-hander leads the league with his 49 saves, and the total is easily the highest of his career. Melancon owns a microscopic 1.88 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 53/14 K/BB ratio through 71 2/3 innings overall.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 01:29:00 AM

Mark Melancon picked up his 46th save of the season as the Pirates bested the Cubs 5-4 in the first half of a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at PNC Park.

Melancon struck out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect ninth inning to preserve the Bucs' one-run lead. The right-hander is now tied with Mike Williams (2002) for the Pirates' single-season saves record. Melancon can pass Williams in the nightcap Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 04:47:00 PM

Mark Melancon tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Brewers for his MLB-leading 45th save of the season.

Melancon struck out two batters and needed just 10 pitches to get through the inning. He's now just one save shy of the Pirates' franchise record for saves, which was set by Mike Williams in 2002.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 10:51:00 PM

Mark Melancon is unavailable for Thursday's game against the Brewers.

Melancon has thrown 47 pitches over the past two days, so he'll get a break. Tony Watson will also be unavailable, so Joakim Soria would get the ball in a potential save situation.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 04:48:00 PM

Mark Melancon put out a fire in the ninth inning, earning his 40th save in Monday's 5-2 win against the Marlins.

Antonio Bastardo started the inning, but allowed back-to-back singles to Marcell Ozuna and Casey McGehee to put runners on first and third. Melancon entered and allowed a run to score on a ground out, but got Adeiny Hechavarria to hit into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play. Business as usual for Melancon, who's now 40-for-42 in save situations with a 1.50 ERA and a 44/12 K/BB ratio in 60 innings.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 11:22:00 PM

Mark Melancon picked up his league-leading 39th save on Sunday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a three-run lead against the Giants.

Melancon set down the Giants in order, picking up a strikeout in the process. The 30-year-old right-hander has been unbelievable in his first full season as the Pirates closer, compiling a 1.53 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 44/12 K/BB ratio across 59 innings.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 11:53:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1John Jaso
2Jason Rogers
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jon Niese
4Jeff Locke
5Juan Nicasio
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6Cory Luebke
7Kyle Lobstein
8Ryan Vogelsong
9A.J. Schugel
10Rob Scahill