Mark Melancon

Mark Melancon #35

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  • B/T: R/R
  • 6' 2"/210
  • Age: 30


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Pitches: Strikes, Balls


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Mark Melancon 2015 Postseason Stats

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Mark Melancon Postseason Career Stats

1-0 7.71 4.2 3 1.29

Mark Melancon Stats

3-2 2.23 76.2 62 0.93

Mark Melancon MLB Career Stats

19-16 2.78 375.2 342 1.06

Mark Melancon Bio

  • Full Name: Mark David Melancon
  • Pronunciation: muh-LAN-son
  • Born: 3/28/1985 in Wheat Ridge, CO
  • Draft: 2006, New York Yankees, 9th rd. (284th overall)
  • College: Arizona
  • Debut: April 26, 2009
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Postseason Career Stats 1 0 7.71 5 0 0 4.2 3 1.29
2015 Stats 3 2 2.23 78 0 51 76.2 62 0.93
MLB Career Stats 19 16 2.78 369 0 121 375.2 342 1.06

Mark Melancon Four-seam FB Statcast Averages

Year Team LG NP Pitch Type Avg Pitch Speed (mph) Avg Perceived Speed (mph) Avg Spin Rate (rpm) Avg Extension (feet) Avg Exit Velocity (mph)
2015 Pirates NL 338 Four-seam FB 91.34 92.00 2155.67 6.41 91.00
MLB Avg - - - Four-seam FB 92.89 93.00 2212.21 6.16 90.00


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September 25, 2015 at 5:40 PM ET

Melancon earns save

Pirates closer Mark Melancon earned a save after allowing one run on two hits with three strikeouts across one inning against the Cubs on Friday.

September 15, 2015 at 4:54 PM ET

Melancon earns save

Pirates closer Mark Melancon earned a save after tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the Cubs in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.


Mark Melancon Awards

NL All-Star

Year Team League
2012 Pittsburgh NL
2015 Pittsburgh NL

Setup Man of the Year (GIBBYs)

Year Team League
2013 Pittsburgh NL

Mark Melancon Leaderboards


Season SV Rank
2011 20 16th in NL
2013 16 15th in NL
2014 33 8th in NL
2015 51 1st in NL


Season G Rank
2011 71 25th in NL
2013 72 14th in NL
2014 72 13th in NL
2015 78 2nd in NL


Season HLD Rank
2013 26 4th in NL

Mark Melancon Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
December 26, 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates traded RHP Joel Hanrahan and 2B Brock Holt to Boston Red Sox for 2B Ivan De Jesus, RHP Mark Melancon, RHP Stolmy Pimentel and LF Jerry Sands.
June 10, 2012 Boston Red Sox recalled Mark Melancon from Pawtucket Red Sox.
April 20, 2012 Mark Melancon roster status changed by Pawtucket Red Sox.
April 18, 2012 Boston Red Sox optioned RHP Mark Melancon to Pawtucket Red Sox.
December 14, 2011 Houston Astros traded RHP Mark Melancon to Boston Red Sox for SS Jed Lowrie and RHP Kyle Weiland.
August 9, 2010 Houston Astros recalled Mark Melancon from Round Rock Express.
July 31, 2010 Houston Astros traded cash and 1B Lance Berkman to New York Yankees for Jimmy Paredes and RHP Mark Melancon.
July 31, 2010 Houston Astros optioned Mark Melancon to Round Rock Express.
May 20, 2010 New York Yankees optioned RHP Mark Melancon to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
May 18, 2010 New York Yankees recalled Mark Melancon from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
May 4, 2010 New York Yankees optioned Mark Melancon to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
May 2, 2010 New York Yankees recalled Mark Melancon from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
March 25, 2010 New York Yankees optioned Mark Melancon to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
November 9, 2009 Mark Melancon roster status changed by New York Yankees.
October 7, 2009 New York Yankees reassigned RHP Mark Melancon to the minor leagues.
September 1, 2009 New York Yankees recalled RHP Mark Melancon from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
August 8, 2009 New York Yankees optioned Mark Melancon to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
July 10, 2009 New York Yankees recalled Mark Melancon from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
May 8, 2009 New York Yankees optioned Mark Melancon to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
April 25, 2009 New York Yankees selected the contract of Mark Melancon from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

Mark David Melancon Bio Info

Mark David Melancon (pronounced "muh-LAN-son")...Wife's name is Mary Catherine...One daughter; Brooklyn (9/27/11)...Is a 2003 graduate of Golden (CO) High School, where he played baseball, basketball and football...Was drafted out of high school by the Dodgers (30th round), but did not sign...Attended the University of Arizona, where he set school single-season (11 in 2005) and career (18) saves records (both since passed)...Also set a freshman team record with 29 appearances in 2004...Traveled to Auckland, New Zealand as an ambassador for Major League Baseball during the 2011 off-season; also spent time swimming with great white sharks in Southern New Zealand with his wife during the trip (another diver tagged one of the sharks "Melancon" in his honor)...Along with San Diego catcher Nick Hundley, his former college teammate, and free agent utility player Chris Woodward, helped run "Training with the Pros" baseball camps and clinics for players from age five and up...Spent two weeks conducting baseball clinics in South Africa this past December, along with his wife, as an ambassador for MLB.


Posted a career high in saves and ranked eighth in the league in that department...Went 33-for-37 in save opportunities...Also established career high in strikeouts and tied career high in appearances (also made 72 in 2013)...Posted a 0.89 ERA (40.1ip/4er) and 20 saves (21 chances) in 41 games at PNC Park...Made his fourth straight appearance on a Major League Opening Day roster -- his second straight with the Pirates...Welcomed the birth of his son, Jack, on 4/14...Made eight straight scoreless appearances from 4/14-5/3 (8.0ip)....Served as the team's closer while Jason Grilli was on the D.L. from 4/26 to 5/23 and went 8-for-10 in save opportunities...Won first game on 5/2 vs. Toronto and then recorded first save the following night - also vs. Toronto...Converted four straight saves before giving up two runs in the ninth inning in a 4-3 loss at Milwaukee on 5/15...Converted five straight save opportunities from 5/18 (game two) thru 5/26...Gave up a solo homer to Lucas Duda in the ninth inning on 5/26 at New York, ending his streak of 86.0 innings without allowing a home run, dating back to 4/14/13...Saved 10 games in May; tied for most in the Majors with San Francisco's Sergio Romo...Did not surrender a hit in his first seven appearances in June (6.1ip)...Took over full-time closer duties when Grilli was traded to LAA on 6/27...Was scored upon just once in an 11-game span from 6/26 thru 7/29 (10.1ip/1er); only run allowed was a solo home run to Marlon Byrd at PNC Park on 7/5...Set career high with his 21st save on 8/8 vs. San Diego...Converted career-best 12 consecutive save chances from 6/21 to 8/12; had streak snapped after allowing one run in the ninth inning on 8/17 at Washington, his first blown save since 6/13...Went 1-0 with six saves and a 0.90 ERA (10.0ip/1er) in 10 games between 8/6-30...Pitched 1.2 innings on 9/3 at St. Louis and suffered 1-0 loss; his first outing of more than 1.0 inning since 10/2/12 (1.2ip)...Worked 2.0 scoreless innings and earned the win in the 11-inning suspended game of 9/5 at Wrigley Field (completed on 9/6); the first time he worked 2.0 innings in a game since 9/8/12...Converted each of his last 11 save opportunities, dating back to 8/26...Retired the three San Fancisco batters he faced (1 K) in the Wild Card Game at PNC Park on 10/1.


2013 SEASON: Spent entire season with the Pirates and led staff in appearances (career high)...Recorded the lowest ERA in team history among pitchers with at least 50.0ip exclusively in relief...Posted the second-lowest ERA among National League relief pitchers, trailing only Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel (1.21)...Walked just eight batters - the lowest total among all Major League pitchers with at least 65.0ip...Was named to the National League All-Star team; replaced the injured Jeff Locke on the active roster (did not pitch in the game)...Was scored upon in 11 of his 72 appearances and surrenderd just one home run during the regular season...Ranked second on the club in saves and went 16-for-21 in save opportunities...Made seven consecutive scoreless outings (7.0ip) to start the season...Gave up his first run on 4/14 - a solo home run to Joey Votto at PNC Park - and then made 13 straight scoreless appearances (13.0ip) thru 5/15...Picked up save on 5/22 vs. Chicago (NL) - his first since 8/26/12 and first in the National League since 9/22/11 with Houston...Won his first game on 5/28 at Detroit (1-0 victory in 11 innings)...Suffered his first loss on 6/4 at Atlanta...Earned second save on 6/26 at Seattle...Did not allow a run in a career-best 15.0 consecutive innings from 6/7 thru 7/20...Walked two batters and gave up a run on 7/21 at Cincinnati...Served as the club's closer after Jason Grilli went on the D.L. on 7/23 and recorded first save in that role on 7/24 at Washington...Appeared in 200th career game on 8/3 vs. Colorado...Converted five straight save chances from 7/24 to 8/7...Gave up an unearned run and suffered a blown save on 8/13 at St. Louis...Had ERA as low as 0.78 following his outing on 8/18 vs. Arizona...Converted nine straight save opportunities between 8/19 and 9/15...Suffered blown save and loss while giving up four hits and two runs in ninth inning of a 3-2 loss vs. San Diego on 9/18...Gave up three unearned runs in 0.2 and suffered blown save in next outing on 9/20 vs. Cincinnati...Was scored upon in three of his last four regular season games (3.2ip/6r/3er)...Had a 0.85 ERA (63.1ip/6er) in 64 games thru 9/9; a 5.87 ERA (7.2ip/5er) in his final eight outings...Posted a 0.93 ERA (38.2ip/4er) and held opposing batters to a .192 average (28-for-146) in 39 appearances at PNC Park.

2013 POSTSEASON: Went 1-0 with a 9.82 ERA (3.2ip/4er) in four games...Appeared in four of the five Division Series games against St. Louis...Tossed a scoreless frame in Pittsburgh's Game Two win at Busch Stadium on 10/4...Surrendered a solo home run to Carlos Beltran in the eighth inning of Game Three on 10/6 at PNC Park and suffered a blown save; was credited with the win as the Pirates scored two runs in the bottom of the frame for the 5-3 victory...Struck out two of the three batters he faced in Game Four on 10/7...Gave up three runs, including a two-run homer to Matt Adams, in 0.2ip of Game Five at Busch Stadium on 10/9.

2012 Began season with Boston and was scored upon in each of his first four outings (2.0ip/11er)...Failed to retire any of the six batters he faced on 4/17 vs. Texas, giving up three home runs and allowing a career-high six runs...Was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on 4/18... Did not allow a run in his first 13 games (13.0ip) with Pawtucket thru 5/16 and was scored upon just twice in his 21 Triple-A appearances...His 11 saves for the PawSox were tied for the International League lead during his time with the club from 4/18-6/9...Held Triple-A opponents to a .185 batting average (15-for-81)...Was recalled by Boston on 6/10 and recorded a 4.19 ERA (43.0ip/20er) with 40 strikeouts in 37 outings to end the season...Did not allow a hit in his first four games with the Red Sox after recall (3.1ip)...Pitched a career-high 12.1 consecutive scoreless innings from 6/24 to 7/20...Held opponents to a .207 average (18-for-87) and struck out 25 batters in his final 23.0 innings, beginning on 8/1...Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on 8/26 vs. Kansas City to earn his only save with Boston - his first in the big leagues since 9/22/11 vs. Colorado and the first of his career in the American League...Gave up just one run in 10.0 innings (0.90 ERA) over his last eight outings beginning on 9/2...Struck out a career-high four batters over 1.1 scoreless innings on 9/26 vs. Tampa Bay...Did not allow a stolen base all season (1 CS); his 45.0 innings were the second-most among American League relievers without a stolen base allowed (Kansas City's Louis Coleman led with 51.0ip)...Held right-handed batters to a .227 average (22-for-97), which included a league-low .048 average (1-for-21) from 8/28 thru the end of the season (min. 20 BF). 2011 In 1st full Major League season, took over as Houston's closer in May and collected 20 saves in 25 chances...Finished tied for 3rd in the National League with 8 relief wins. Was only Major Leaguer to record at least 8 wins and 20 saves in 2011. His 8 victories out of the bullpen marked the most by an Astros reliever since Doug Henry also won 8 in 1998. Held opponents to a .234 AVG (65-for-278), including .228 (38-for-167) vs. right-handed batters. Stranded 13 of 17 inherited runners. Was the only member of the Astros Opening Day roster to stay in the bullpen the entire season. Earned 1st Major League save with a perfect 9th inning on 5/6 at PIT (8 pitches, 6 strikes). Went 2-0 with 7 saves and a 0.59 ERA (1 ER/15.1 IP) in his final 14 appearances of the season from 8/24-9/26. Threw 11.2 scoreless frames over final 11 outings beginning 8/29, going 6-for-6 in save opportunities during that time and limiting opponents to a .081 clip (3-for-37)...Struck out 15 batters compared to 2 walks. 2010 Finished the season 2-0 with a 4.22 ERA (10ER/21.1IP) in 22 appearances with Houston and New York (AL) an Astro, posted a 2-0 record and a 3.12 ERA (6ER/17.1IP) in 20 appearances...began the year at Triple A Scranton-Wilkes Barre...recalled by the Yankees on May 2 and stayed up through May 4...spent a second stint with New York from May 18-20...acquired by Houston in the Lance Berkman trade on July 31 and immediately optioned to Triple A...recalled on Aug. 9 and spent the remainder of the year with the Astros...spent the majority of his season at the Triple A level, appearing in a combined 43 games with a 7-1 record, seven saves and a 3.41 ERA (23ER/60.2IP)...allowed runs in only three of his final 16 Major League appearances, posting a 2.63 ERA (4ER/13.2IP) from Aug. 24 through the end of the season...tossed a career-high 3.0 innings, fanning a career-high three hitters on Aug. 24 at PHI in a 4-2, 16-inning Astros win...picked up his first career win on Aug. 17 vs. NYM (1ER/1IP)...RHP Wilton Lopez picked up his first career save that day, making them the first pair of teammates to pick up their first career win and save in the same game since Aug. 2, 2007 (W-McLemore, SV-Moehler). 2009 Was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 13 relief appearances over three stints with the Yankees (4/25-5/8; 7/10-8/8 and 9/1-10/4)... opponents batted .217 (13-for-60, 0HR); LH .276 (8-for-29), RH .161 (5-for-31)... stranded 7-of-15 inherited runners (46.7%)... retired 7-of-13 first batters faced (53.8%)... appeared in consecutive games once (7/31-8/1)...Was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the Yankees' 25-man roster on 4/25 from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre... made his Major League debut the next night in 4/26 loss at Boston, tossing 2.0 scoreless IP (1H, 1BB, 1HBP, 1K)...Suffered his first blown save in 5/1 win vs. Los Angeles- AL, allowing 1H and 1ER in 0.1IP (1BB, 1WP)... was the first run allowed in his Major League career... entered the game with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth inning and allowed all three inherited runners to score on a Gary Matthews Jr. triple... was optioned to Scranton/WB on 5/8...Recalled on 7/10 and allowed 3R (2ER) on 3H in 2.1IP of relief that night at Los Angeles-AL... did not pitch again for 18 days (14 games) until 7/28 at Tampa Bay, tossing a career-high-tying 2.1 scoreless innings (1H, 2K)...Was optioned back to Scranton/WB on 8/8 when RHP Josh Towers joined the Major League staff...Was recalled for a third time prior to 9/1 win at Baltimore... allowed a run in three of his final four outings during September...In 32 relief appearances with Scranton/WB, was 4-0 with three saves and a 2.89 ERA (53.0IP, 37H, 22R, 17ER, 11BB, 54K, 3HR)... recorded 10.1 scoreless IP in relief and struck out 17 batters over six appearances with Scranton/WB prior to his first recall...Appeared in six spring training games as a non-roster invitee, recording a 7.94 ERA without a decision (5.2IP, 9H, 6R, 5ER, 3BB, 5K, 2HR). 2008 Combined at three stops (Single-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre) to go 8-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 41 relief appearances, holding opponents to a .202 batting average (69-for-341, 6HR)... lefthanders batted just .163 (21-for-129, 2HR)... threw more than 1.0 inning in 40 of his 44 outings...Opened the year at Tampa, allowing 6ER in his first three outings (4.2IP, 11.57 ERA)... surrendered just 2ER over his next 20.2IP (0.90 ERA) before being promoted to Trenton on 5/13... tossed at least 2.0 innings in all 19 appearances with the Thunder and converted both his save opportunities...Promoted to SWB on 7/29, where he struck out 22 batters in 20.0IP... appeared in two postseason games with the International League champions, going 1-0 with 3.0 scoreless IP... following the season, was selected as the organization's ninth-best prospect by Baseball America. 2007 Missed the season after having "Tommy John" surgery on 10/31/06... entered the 2007 season ranked as the ninth-best prospect in the Yankees organization by Baseball America. 2006 Made professional debut with short-season Single-A Staten Island, making seven relief appearances and going 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA and two saves... helped lead the Yankees to their second consecutive NY-Penn League Championship, tossing 3.1 perfect innings in three postseason appearances with 6K.