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Mark Melancon | Relief Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/28/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Arizona
Contract: view contract details

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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. Nov 10 - 11:58 AM
Source: CBS Sports

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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.
Oct 28 - 7:22 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.
Sep 25 - 5:50 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.
Sep 23 - 1:29 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.
Sep 15 - 4:47 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.
Sep 11 - 10:51 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.
Sep 10 - 4:48 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.
Aug 24 - 11:22 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.
Aug 23 - 11:53 PM

Mark Melancon helped the Pirates defeat the Diamondbacks 4-1 on Wednesday, escaping ninth inning trouble for his 38th save.

Antonio Bastardo started the inning, but allowed a bunt single and a walk before manager Clint Hurdle turned to Melancon. The closer allowed an RBI single to Paul Goldschmidt to make it a 4-1 game, but struck out A.J. Pollock, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and David Peralta consecutively to end the game. Melancon is now 38-for-40 in save chances with a 1.58 ERA and a 42/12 K/BB ratio in 57 innings.
Aug 19 - 10:07 PM

Mark Melancon allowed two unearned runs in the ninth inning, blowing the save, but the Pirates still won in 15 innings against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Ender Inciarte reached base on a fielding error by Jung-Ho Kang to open the ninth inning. Melancon then got two quick outs, but a single followed by another fielding error by Sean Rodriguez allowed two runs to score to knot the game at 8-8. Hard to blame Melancon for that, but he gets a blown save nevertheless. It's his first blown save since April 21. Melancon is 37-for-39 in save situations overall with a 1.61 ERA and a 39/12 K/BB ratio in 56 innings.
Aug 19 - 12:30 AM

Despite allowing a run, Mark Melancon picked up his 36th save of the season in Friday's 3-2, 10-inning win over the Mets.

The Pirates scored twice in the top of the 10th to give Melancon a 3-1 lead and a little wiggle room. Wiggle he did, allowing a lead-off double to Juan Lagares before moving the outfielder to third on a wild pitch. Lagares would score on Curtis Granderson's sacrifice fly. Melancon then recorded the next two outs without issue. He's now a stellar 36-for-37 in save chances while pitching to a 1.67 ERA with a 38/12 K/BB ratio over 54 innings. He might not be your prototypical strikeout closer, but batters are hitting just .220 against him.
Aug 14 - 11:40 PM

Mark Melancon nailed down his 35th save of the season Saturday in the Pirates' 6-5 defeat of the Dodgers.

Melancon gave up a leadoff single to Howie Kendrick and a one-out RBI double to Scott Van Slyke, but he was able to protect the Pirates' two-run lead. Joakim Soria pitched a scoreless seventh inning and Joe Blanton was terrific between innings four and six as the Bucs survived a rough Francisco Liriano start.
Aug 8 - 8:00 PM

Mark Melancon allowed a run but still got his 34th save of the season in Wednesday's 7-5 victory over the Cubs.

Melancon allowed a leadoff single to Starlin Castro and a one-out double to Matt Szczur before Addison Russell brought in a run with a ground out. It's the first earned run the right-hander had allowed since May 11, a span of 34 appearances. He struck out Dexter Fowler to end the game. Melancon has blown only one save in 35 opportunities, sporting a 1.44 ERA with a 35/11 K/BB ratio in 50 innings.
Aug 5 - 10:47 PM

Mark Melancon worked around trouble Friday against the Reds for his major league-leading 33rd save of the season.

It wasn't without some drama, as Melancon allowed two hits and a single in the inning. Really, the save should go to Starling Marte, who threw out Brandon Phillips at home plate for the second out before making a diving catch to end it. Melancon hasn't allowed an earned run in 33 consecutive appearances and owns a stingy 1.29 ERA on the year.
Jul 31 - 10:33 PM

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3Josh Bell
2B1Neil Walker
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3Maxwell Moroff
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung Ho Kang
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3B1Josh Harrison
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S1Gerrit Cole
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R1Mark Melancon
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5Rob Scahill
6Bobby LaFromboise
7Jorge Rondon