current status: Off season (on 40-man roster)
#35 P | 6'2", 215 lbs. | Pittsburgh
Birth Date:March 28, 1985 (29 years old) Place of Birth:Wheat Ridge, CO Hometown:Golden, CO
Drafted:Drafted by NY Yankees in 2006 (9th round).
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with Boston in 2012.
Drafted:Drafted by NY Yankees in 2006 (9th round).
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with Boston in 2012.
|Assets:||Strikes out batters and is capable of being a strong late-inning option in the bigs. Pitches with a lot of mound presence and guile.|
|Flaws:||Gets into trouble by walking batters, so control is quite vital in helping him succeed (but isn't always present). Injury issues have been a problem.|
|Career Potential:||Inconsistent but talented late-inning reliever.|
Movements & Injuries
|1/17/2014||Re-signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates to a one-year contract.|
|3/01/2013||Re-signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates to a one-year contract.|
|12/26/2012||Acquired from the Boston Red Sox.|
|6/10/2012||Recalled from Pawtucket (AAA).|
|4/18/2012||Optioned to Pawtucket (AAA).|
|3/09/2012||Re-signed by the Boston Red Sox to a one-year contract.|
|12/14/2011||Acquired from the Houston Astros.|
|9/29/2011||Missed the last 2 regular season games (personal reasons).|
|9/27/2011||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|2/25/2011||Re-signed by the Houston Astros to a one-year contract.|
|8/09/2010||Recalled from Round Rock (AAA).|
|7/31/2010||Optioned to Round Rock (AAA).|
|7/31/2010||Acquired from the New York Yankees.|
|5/20/2010||Optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).|
|5/18/2010||Recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).|
|5/04/2010||Optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).|
|5/01/2010||Recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).|
|3/25/2010||Optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).|
|3/12/2010||Re-signed by the New York Yankees to a one-year contract.|
|10/07/2009||Did not make the playoff roster.|
|9/01/2009||Recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).|
|8/08/2009||Optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).|
|7/10/2009||Recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).|
|5/08/2009||Optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).|
|4/25/2009||Contract purchased from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA).|
|3/15/2009||Assigned to minor league camp.|
|12/26/2012||Boston Red Sox traded Jerry Sands, Stolmy Pimentel, Mark Melancon and Ivan De Jesus to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt.|
|12/14/2011||Boston Red Sox traded Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland to the Houston Astros for Mark Melancon.|
|7/31/2010||Houston Astros traded Lance Berkman and cash to the New York Yankees for Mark Melancon and Jimmy Paredes.|
|6/06/2006||Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 6th round in 2006.|
Pirates closer Mark Melancon has not been great in non save situations this season, since becoming closer. | 09/20/2014 10:43 PM
NewsPirates closer Mark Melancon has not been great in non save situations this season, since becoming closer.
ImpactHe took the loss to the Brewers, giving a run in the ninth, dropping his record to 3-5. However, Melancon has been extremely reliable when Pittsburgh has the lead, with 31 saves a 1.96 ERA. He is an extremely dependable fantasy closer.
Pirates closer Mark Melancon notched his 30th save of the season. | 09/18/2014 11:27 PM
NewsPirates closer Mark Melancon notched his 30th save of the season.
ImpactMelancon has thrived since taking over for Jason Grilli in July of last season.
Melancon tallies save, Bucs sweep Rockies | 07/20/2014 4:59 PM
NewsMark Melancon tallied his 18th save of the season Sunday in the Pirates' 5-3 defeat of the Rockies.
ImpactMelancon 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.
Mark Melancon slams door to earn 17th save | 07/19/2014 12:28 AM
NewsMark 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.
ImpactHe 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.
Melancon earns save as Pirates top Phillies | 07/05/2014 7:04 PM
NewsMark Melancon collected his 16th save of the season Saturday in the Pirates' defeat of the Phillies.
ImpactMelancon gave up a solo home run to Marlon Byrd, but he managed to finish the game off and protect Pittsburgh's one-run lead. The 29-year-old owns a 2.43 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 36/6 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings this season.
Melancon gets final out Sunday for 15th save | 06/29/2014 4:53 PM
NewsMark Melancon recorded the final out of Sunday's win over the Mets for his 15th save of the season.
ImpactMelancon entered with two outs in the ninth to put out a fire started by Jared Hughes. Daniel Murphy singled, extending the Mets' rally, but Melancon was able to get Curtis Granderson to fly out to right to end the game. As the Pirates recently shipped out Jason Grilli to the Angels, Melancon will have the closer's job all to himself until he struggles or Ernesto Frieri shows dominance. Melancon is 15-for-18 in save chances with a 2.33 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP, and a 33/6 K/BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings.
Melancon works scoreless 9th for 14th save | 06/26/2014 10:11 PM
NewsMark Melancon picked up his 14th save, tossing a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Mets.
ImpactMelancon entered the night with back-to-back rough outings, but made short work of the Mets, getting a fly out and two ground outs on seven pitches. The right-hander is now 14-for-17 in save chances. Thursday's outing lowered his ERA to 2.41 and his WHIP to 0.83.
Melancon is shaky in earning 12th save Sunday | 06/22/2014 8:28 PM
NewsMark Melancon allowed two hits and a run in Sunday's ninth inning, but he limited the damage to earn the save against the Pirates.
ImpactMelancon entered and promptly allowed singles to Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, but he recovered to get the next three outs without allowing another hit. The run scored was the first he's given up since May 30. The right-hander has a 2.04 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 33/6 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings and has a chance to run away with the closer role while Jason Grilli struggles.
Melancon earns 11th save as Bucs top Cubs | 06/22/2014 12:20 AM
NewsMark Melancon earned his 11th save of the season Saturday in the Pirates' defeat of the Cubs.
ImpactIt was his first save since officially taking over as the Pirates' closer on Friday. He owns a dominant 1.83 ERA and 0.76 WHIP in 34 1/3 innings this season, and is an obvious must-own in all mixed fantasy leagues.
Mark Melancon takes over as Pirates' closer | 06/20/2014 2:06 PM
NewsMark Melancon will take over as the Pirates' primary closer.
Tom Singer on Twitter
ImpactJason Grilli has been booted from the role, though manager Clint Hurdle has said he intends for it to be a temporary demotion. Melancon boasts a 1.55 ERA over the last two seasons with the Pirates and has filled in a couple times while Grilli was on the DL. He should be a fine fantasy option in the ninth inning. Tony Watson could also see the occasional save chance when matchup dictate it or Melancon needs a breather.
Mark Melancon earns 10th save as Bucs win | 05/26/2014 5:03 PM
NewsMark Melancon earned his 10th save of 2014 in the Pirates' 5-3 win over the Mets on Monday.
ImpactMelancon served up a leadoff homer to Lucas Duda in the bottom of the ninth inning but retired the next three batters he faced -- two via strikeout. The right-hander has been a dominant force in the Pittsburgh bullpen since the start of the 2013 season and may keep getting save opportunities until Jason Grilli (oblique) fully settles back in.
Melancon records ninth save, Bucs beat Nats | 05/24/2014 10:29 PM
NewsMark Melancon recorded his ninth save of the season Saturday in the Pirates' 3-2 defeat of the Nationals.
ImpactBucs closer Jason Grilli was given the night off after earning a save in his return from the disabled list on Friday. Melancon has been flat-out dominant since joining the Pirates last season, but he's expected to be in a setup role going forward.
Melancon converts 8th save in win over Nats | 05/22/2014 10:36 PM
NewsMark Melancon worked around a pair of ninth-inning walks to pick up his eighth save in Thursday's win over the Nationals.
ImpactMelancon, for the most part, has been automatic since taking over as closer in late April. Thursday's outing was anything but automatic, but he still got the job done, closing out the 3-1 victory. Along with eight saves, Melancon has a 2.05 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.
Melancon picks up 7th save in win over O's | 05/21/2014 10:56 PM
NewsMark Melancon worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his seventh save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Orioles.
ImpactMelancon notched a pair of strikeouts in the effort as well. With Jason Grilli on his way back, the Pirates will have to think long and hard about taking Melancon out of his new ninth-inning role. The right-hander has a 2.14 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and 14/3 K/BB ratio in 21 innings.
Mark Melancon takes blown save, loss | 05/15/2014 4:22 PM
NewsMark Melancon took a blown save and a loss after giving up two runs in the ninth Thursday against the Brewers.
ImpactMelancon never got an out; after giving up a single to Ryan Braun, he walked back-to-back batters and then surrendered a broken-bat single to Khris Davis that scored two and won the game. The walks were particularly uncharacteristic for Melancon; he had walked just one batter in 19 innings entering the game. He's now 5-for-7 in save chances since replacing the injured Jason Grilli.
Melancon records fifth save against MIL | 05/14/2014 11:27 PM
NewsMark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth inning to convert his fifth save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Brewers.
ImpactMelancon has been great for the Pirates since taking over as the closer when Jason Grilli hit the DL. Since April 24, Melancon has allowed one run over nine innings, converting five of six save opportunities.
Melancon earns fourth save, Bucs drop Cards | 05/10/2014 10:53 PM
NewsMark Melancon tallied his fourth save of 2014 as the Pirates topped the Cardinals 4-3 on Saturday.
ImpactJustin Wilson, Bryan Morris, and Tony Watson all collected holds in the innings prior as the Bucs clung to a one-run lead. Melancon surrendered a leadoff single to Daniel Descalso in the top of the ninth and later hit Matt Holliday with a pitch, but he struck out Allen Craig swinging to end the threat. Melancon will continue to get the save chances for Pittsburgh while Jason Grilli (oblique) is out.
Mark Melancon slams the door on Cardinals | 05/09/2014 10:41 PM
NewsMark Melancon slammed the door on the Cardinals in the ninth inning on Friday, working a scoreless frame to preserve a two-run victory.
ImpactMelancon allowed a single but was able to escape any further damage. He has now picked up three saves in Jason Grilli's absence and owns a tremendous 1.59 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and 10/1 K/BB ratio through his first 17 innings.
Mark Melancon notches second save | 05/07/2014 4:18 PM
NewsMark Melancon nailed down his second save since taking over for Jason Grilli (oblique) with a perfect inning in Wednesday's win over the Giants.
ImpactIt was a pain-free effort in protecting a one-run lead, as Melancon induced three harmless flyouts to wrap up the victory. He blew a save Monday against the Giants, but Melancon boasts a 1.69 ERA for the season and should remain a fine ninth inning option while Grilli is on the shelf.
Mark Melancon takes first blown save | 05/06/2014 1:01 AM
NewsMark Melancon was charged with his first blown save after giving up a run in the ninth Monday against the Giants.
ImpactThe tying run probably would have scored eventually anyway, but Neil Walker should have knocked down the Buster Posey hit to right that scored it, which would have at least temporarily prevented Hunter Pence from scoring. For Melancon, it was the first misstep since Jason Grilli landed on the DL. He'll continue to close in Grilli's absence.
Melancon dominating out of Pirates' bullpen | 04/28/2014 9:03 PM
NewsMark Melancon boasts a 1.50 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 9/1 K/BB ratio over 12 relief innings for the Pirates this season.
ImpactHe's allowed just one baserunner over his last five appearances. Melancon is handling the closing duties for the Pirates with Jason Grilli likely out until at least well into May with a strained oblique. He saved 16 games in 20 chances last season for the Pirates while Grilli was on the DL.
Melancon blows second save in three days | 09/20/2013 10:59 PM
NewsMark Melancon picked up his second blown save in the last three days, when he was unable to protect a three-run advantage against the Reds on Friday.
ImpactIt unfortunately spoiled another brilliant effort from Francisco Liriano. Melancon allowed a one-out single to Ryan Ludwick, who came around to score an unearned run when Todd Frazier reached on an error. A Zack Cozart single then put the tying run on base in the form of pinch-runner Billy Hamilton. After Hamilton swiped second, Devin Mesoraco reached on a two-run infield single on the ninth pitch of his at bat. While the runs were unearned, it's a black mark on an otherwise stellar season for Melancon.
Mark Melancon blows save vs. Padres | 09/18/2013 10:00 PM
NewsMark Melancon blew his third save of the season Wednesday, allowing two runs on four hits in a loss to the Padres.
ImpactMelancon retired the next two batters after a leadoff single, but the Pads got three straight two-out base knocks from Chris Denorfia, Logan Forsythe and Rene Rivera. It was a crushing loss for the Pirates, but Melancon deserves some slack, as he's still posted a 2.14 ERA while converting 14 of 16 save chances since taking over at closer.
Melancon earns 16th save as Buccos beat Cubs | 09/15/2013 4:41 PM
NewsMark Melancon notched a save against the Cubs for the second consecutive day on Sunday, hurling a perfect ninth inning.
ImpactThe right-hander struck out one and required just 11 pitches. He's recorded saves in seven straight appearances. With a lights-out aura and a sparkling 1.07 ERA and 0.88 WHIP, we expect Melancon to close out the season as closer over Jason Grilli, who doesn't even appear to be the club's No. 2 option at the moment; Kyle Farnsworth hasn't allowed a run in six appearances with the Pirates.
Mark Melancon slams door on Cubs in ninth | 09/14/2013 10:02 PM
NewsMark Melancon slammed the door on the Cubs in the ninth inning on Saturday, protecting a one-run advantage and earning his 15th save of the season.
ImpactMelancon has been incredible at the back end of the Pirates bullpen this season, posting a 1.09 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 65/8 K/BB ratio over his 66 1/3 innings. With Jason Grilli struggling to round back into form, there's a strong possibility Melancon could remain the team's primary closer for the remainder of the season.
Melancon earns 12th save as Bucs beat Rangers | 09/09/2013 11:09 PM
NewsMark Melancon secured his 12th save of the year in the Pirates' 1-0 triumph over the Rangers on Monday.
ImpactMelancon didn't strike out a batter, but that aided him in escaping the frame in just eight pitches. The right-hander is simply pitching too well for the contending Pirates to yank him from the closer's gig in favor of Jason Grilli. Melancon is 12-for-14 in save conversions to go with a 0.85 ERA and 0.85 WHIP.
Melancon notches 11th save, Pirates win 4-3 | 09/04/2013 12:24 AM
NewsMark Melancon earned his 11th save of the season in the Pirates' 4-3 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday.
ImpactOn the same day as the team activated closer Jason Grilli, Melancon showed why the Pirates aren't rushing to restore him to the closer role with his 11th save in 13 chances. The right-hander owns a 60/8 K/BB ratio ERA and a silly 0.87 ERA through 62 1/3 innings this year. Though the job will likely become Grilli's again in time, Melancon still has value in all formats while he holds the closer's baton in Pittsburgh.
Melancon earns 9th save as Bucs beat Giants | 08/24/2013 3:24 PM
NewsMark Melancon notched his ninth save of the season by firing a scoreless ninth inning against the Giants.
ImpactPittsburgh struggled earlier this month, depriving Melancon of adequate save opportunities. He's been dynamite when called upon, going 9-for-11 in save conversions with a 0.91 ERA and 0.83 WHIP over 60 appearances. Incredibly, Melancon is still first in the National League with 26 holds despite not earning his last in over a month. Melancon will add to that total in September, when Jason Grilli is expected to return from the disabled list.
Melancon gives up a run, earns his 8th save | 08/20/2013 1:08 AM
NewsMark Melancon earned his eighth save of the season Monday despite allowing a run on two hits against the Padres.
ImpactNick Hundley's RBI double cut the Pirates' lead to 3-1, but Melancon struck out Mark Kotsay to end the game. Entering the game, Melancon hadn't given up a run since July 21, a span that covered his reign as interim closer with Jason Grilli on the shelf. Melancon is 8-for-10 in save conversions and owns a pretty 0.93 ERA and 0.82 WHIP.
Melancon earns 7th save as Bucs beat Fish | 08/07/2013 11:29 PM
NewsMark Melancon earned his seventh save of the season Wednesday in the Pirates' win over the Marlins.
ImpactMelancon hasn't allowed a run since he took over the closer's job from the injured Jason Grilli on July 23, a span of seven scoreless innings. He owns a shiny 0.84 ERA and 0.81 WHIP.
Melancon earns save as Pirates down Marlins | 07/27/2013 10:39 PM
NewsMark Melancon earned his fourth save of the season Saturday in the Pirates' 7-4 win over the Marlins.
ImpactMelancon has taken over at closer for the Bucs with Jason Grilli in recovery mode from a flexor tendon strain. The 28-year-old right-hander owns an outstanding 0.91 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 48/7 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings this season and is an obvious must-own in standard leagues. Pittsburgh is 1 1/2 games back of St. Louis in the NL Central.
Mark Melancon earns save Wednesday | 07/24/2013 10:48 PM
NewsMark Melancon notched his first save since taking over for the injured Jason Grilli Wednesday, tossing a scoreless inning in a win over the Nationals.
ImpactMelancon came on after Justin Wilson served up a single and a homer to start the ninth. The righty allowed a one-out single to Wilson Ramos and then benefited from a questionable double-play call to end the game where Neil Walker missed the tag on the Nats' catcher. It remains to be seen how long Grilli will be out, but Melancon should be a good fantasy closer while he has the gig.
Mark Melancon named to All-Star team | 07/14/2013 11:18 AM
NewsMark Melancon has been named as a replacement to the National League All-Star team.
Michael Sanserino on Twitter
ImpactIt's not clear whose spot he's taking, but it presumably will be teammate Jeff Locke's (back). The honor is well-deserved, as Melancon boasts a 0.81 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 46/4 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings this season.
Melancon earns second save as Bucs top M's | 06/26/2013 6:52 PM
NewsMark Melancon earned his second save of the season Wednesday as the Pirates topped the Mariners 4-2.
ImpactIt was a 2-2 game until two Pittsburgh runs scored on a Jordy Mercer single in the top of the ninth inning. Melancon allowed two hits to Seattle in the bottom of that frame but escaped without any real damage. Jason Grilli was given another day off after blowing his first save of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Angels.
Melancon earns his second win of the year | 06/24/2013 3:21 AM
NewsMark Melancon earned his second win of the year by tossing a scoreless inning of relief Sunday against the Angels.
ImpactMelancon is somehow out-pitching closer Jason Grilli, who has been one of the league's best stoppers this year (despite the fact that Grilli allowed three runs in the 10th inning Sunday). In holds leagues, Melancon has been a monster. He leads the National League with 22 of them, to go with a miniscule 0.96 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 40/4 K/BB rate over 38 games. The right-hander has been traded three times in his tumultuous four-year career, but it appears as though he's found a home as Pittsburgh's closer of the future.
Melancon gets first save as Bucs beat Cubs | 05/22/2013 10:10 PM
NewsMark Melancon earned his first save of the season Wednesday as the Pirates defeated the Cubs.
ImpactJason Grilli threw 35 pitches on Tuesday night and was unavailable on Wednesday, so Melancon filled in and was able to convert. That setup man and closer combo has been excellent all season for the Pirates.
Mark Melancon records 10th hold | 05/01/2013 4:41 PM
NewsMark Melancon recorded his 10th hold by pitching a scoreless eighth in front of Jason Grilli on Wednesday.
ImpactMelancon has been outstanding, with an identical 0.60 ERA and 0.60 WHIP, but he hasn't made any inroads on Grilli's job, not with Grilli sporting a 0.75 ERA himself. Give the Pirates' bullpen a lot of credit for the team's hot start; of the four relievers used today, the weakest had a 1.59 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP.
Mark Melancon throws hitless inning | 03/22/2013 5:33 PM
NewsMark Melancon pitched a hitless frame Friday in the Pirates' 6-4 victory over the Rays.
ImpactMelancon's 5/4 K/BB ratio isn't very impressive, but he's allowed just two runs -- one earned -- in eight innings this spring. It's not going to move him past Jason Grilli into the closer's role for the Pirates right away, but we wouldn't be surprised to see the two switch spots at some point during the season.
|Date||Team||Opp||GS||DEC||YTD W||YTD L||YTD SV||YTD ERA||CG||SHO||IP||H||R||ER||HR||BB||K||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|Most Innings Pitched (Relief)||2.0||at ChN||Sep 5||1.0|
|Most Strikeouts (Relief)||3||3 times-last: at ChN||last: Sep 5||3|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Innings Pitched||74.1||2011 (Hou)|
|Hits Allowed||65||2011 (Hou)|
|Runs Allowed||31||2012 (Bos)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||31||2012 (Bos)|
|Home Runs Allowed||8||2012 (Bos)|
|Earned Run Average||1.39*||2013 (Pit)|