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35 Mark Melancon RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 3/28/1985 | Birthplace: Arvada, CO | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Arizona | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $521,000 | Owned/Started%: 83/70 | Average Draft Position: 109.72
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Pirates RP Mark Melancon gets save in win over Marlins


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) It was just another day at the office for Pirates closer Mark Melancon on Wednesday. The reliever entered closed out the ninth inning of his team's 5-2 win over the Marlins and recorded his 12th save of the season.

Melancon threw 17 pitches in the ninth and allowed a single to Adeiny Hechavarria before closing out the side. He has not allowed a run in his last six appearances. 


Pirates closer Mark Melancon nails down 11th save of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon worked a perfect ninth inning in Pittsburgh's 4-2 win over the Marlins on Monday, earning his 11th save of the season.

Melancon needed just 13 pitches to get through the inning, forcing two groundball outs and one fly out. Melancon lowered his ERA to 3.00 in 21 innings of work. Melancon has not allowed a run in his last five appearances and just one in his last eight.


Pirates' Mark Melancon earns save against Mets


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon recorded his 10th save of the season in Friday night's 4-1 win over the Mets. 

Melancon took over for starter Gerrit Cole in the ninth inning and recorded the game's final two outs. This marked Melancon's fourth appearance in a row without allowing an earned run. He now holds an ERA of 3.15 this season. 


Pirates reliever Mark Melancon notches ninth save on Sunday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Pirates reliever Mark Melancon (S, 9) allowed one hit and nothing else Sunday, nailing down the save against the Cubs.

Melancon did not walk a batter in the outing, now allowing five free passes in 18 1/3 innings of work this season.

Pirates P Mark Melancon earns save in win over Phillies


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon picked up his eighth save of the season in Monday night's 4-3 win over the Phillies. 

Melancon had a two-run cushion in the ninth and allowed a leadoff home run to Odubel Herrera. He then recorded three outs in the next four betters to preserve the win for the Pirates. 

By giving up a home run, Melancon snapped an eight-game streak of not allowing an earned run in a game. Even so, it's his third consecutive appearance that he's been able to record a save. 


Pirates' Mark Melancon earns seventh save Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon gave up a pair of hits Sunday but pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his seventh save.

Melancon opened the ninth by allowing a single then surrendered a one-out infield single to put the winning run on base. He followed it up with a strikeout and groundout to end the game. Melancon owns a 3.77 ERA and 9:4 K:BB ratio in 14 1/3 innings. He hasn't given up an earned run in eight straight appearances.

"It was good to see [Melancon] finish things off," manager Clint Hurdle said to MLB.com. "It's a vote of confidence for the team. They believe in him, and when he goes out there to get things done, he's got to feel better about how things finish.

"He's incrementally getting a little bit better every time out."


Resurgent Pirates closer Mark Melancon notches sixth save


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Much-maligned Mark Melancon, whose job appeared to be in jeopardy early this season, has rebounded with a fine run. He posted his sixth save of the year for the Pirates by retiring the Cardinals in order Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at PNC Park.

Melancon, whose ERA was 8.53 after blowing a save with a three-run ninth on April 21 as some were complaining about decreased velocity, has responded with seven straight shutout innings. He has allowed just three hits and one walk during that stretch.


Pirates' Mark Melancon unavailable Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon is unavailable to pitch Sunday after racking up three saves in the last three days, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Melancon has dealt with some velocity issues this April and owns a 5.79 ERA and 5:4 K:BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings, but he hasn't surrendered a run in any of his three appearances over the last three days. With the closer getting a scheduled break, the team could turn to lefty Tony Watson or righty Jared Hughes in a save opportunity Sunday.


Pirates reliever Mark Melancon earns fifth save Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Pirates relief pitcher Mark Melancon worked a nearly perfect ninth inning Saturday in Pittsburgh's 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks, earning his fifth save of the season.

Melancon got past a single with one out to start the inning after Nick Ahmed was caught stealing second. Melancon finished things off by forcing a groundout to second by Yasmany Tomas. Melancon lowered his ERA to 5.79 in 9 1/3 innings of work this season.

"I do be­lieve ev­ery player has a bank ac­count here," Hur­dle said to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "They in­vest by what they do, and they put things in the bank and those things draw in­ter­est. There come times when you take money out."


Pirates closer Mark Melancon battles back against critics


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon wasn't exactly turning cartwheels over implications that he was losing his grip on the job after a sluggish start to the season.

He blew a two-run lead Tuesday to the Cubs, raising his earned run average to 8.53 and prompting Clint Hurdle and the media to point out that his velocity was down. But after two straight 1-2-3 saves, including one on Friday, he fought back.

"I blew one save - one save," Melancon told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Should anybody lose confidence after one save? That's for them to decide, I guess."

Melancon, whose velocity remains down, had a closed-door meeting with Hurdle in which he was told the closer job was still his.

"I try to put myself in his position," Hurdle said. "What opportunity would I hope to get, based on what I've done for the club. When (his) performance goes the other way, I don't need to be the first one to overreact."

Hurdle also expressed his belief that Melancon can remain effective despite decreased velocity.

"It's about execution and location," he said.


Pirates closer Mark Melancon sets down three pinch hitters for save


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) Closer Mark Melancon (S, 4) set down the Diamondbacks in order in the ninth inning on Friday to earn the save in the Pirates' victory.

All three batters Melancon retired were pinch hitters.

Pirates closer Melancon bounces back Thursday for third save


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Embattled Pirates closer Mark Melancon is suddenly a little less embattled, courtesy of a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close down the Cubs on Thursday for his third save.

Melancon turned an 8-6 lead into a 9-8 defeat Tuesday as his velocity was down and he struggled to throw strikes. But he needed only 10 pitches (seven strikes) to dispatch Pittsburgh's NL Central rival, striking out Addison Russell in the process.

The right-hander is still saddled with a 7.36 ERA.


Pirates RP Mark Melancon will not pitch Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said closer Mark Melancon will not be available to pitch during Wednesday's game against the Cubs, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"He's not available tonight based on the volume of pitches [Tuesday]," Hurdle said, per MLB.com. "He's going to close Thursday if we have a lead late. It's one blown save for me. It would be an absolute overreaction for one blown save to make a switch now. Obviously, the two three-run innings get your attention, but for us, it's pitch execution as much as it is anything, and I still believe the velocity will get back to were we've seen it."

Melancon blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning of Tuesday's loss to the Cubs, but Hurdle said Melancon will remain the team's closer moving forward.

The Pirates are the favorites (-108) over the Cubs on Wednesday.


Pirates' Hurdle on Mark Melancon: We're not seeing same velocity


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) After blowing a two-run lead in the ninth inning of Tuesday's loss to the Cubs, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he's noticed a drop in pitcher Mark Melancon's velocity, reports MLB.com.

"Right now, we're not seeing the crispness we've seen out of his pitches in the past,” Hurdle said. "There's been a velocity drop… of a couple of ticks."

Although Melancon said he's unaware of the drop in his pitch speed, his cutter averaged around 87-88 mph during his struggles Tuesday after averaging 91.6 mph last season, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"I don't pay attention to that," Melancon said. "I'm worried only about results."

Hurdle added that Melancon is not injured and he is not experiencing any pain in his arm, reports MLB Network Radio.

"He's not pitching at the level we've seen the last two years," Hurdle said.


Pirates' Mark Melancon suffers blown save, loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon suffered his first blown save and first loss of the season in a ninth-inning meltdown on Tuesday. 

Melancon started the ninth inning, nursing an 8-6 lead. The first four batters he faced reached base, on a walk and three hits. Melancon gave up three runs on three hits, including a double. He walked two, struck out one and saw his ERA swell to 8.53.

"He never threw the curve for a strike," Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro said. "(We had to) be ready for the cutter and the fastball.''


Pirates' Mark Melancon earns second save Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon picked up his second save Sunday, giving up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 5-2 win over the Brewers.

"I know … strange, huh?" Melancon said to MLB.com. "But there really isn't an adjustment to make because every time I go in there, I treat it as a save situation, no matter what the score is."

Melancon has had his issues over the first two weeks, but he was able to work quickly Sunday, picking up a save after throwing just eight pitches.

"I don't really pay a whole lot of attention to velocity," said Melancon. "It's more about location and results. Velocity isn't something I'm worried about. It's early in the season. Generally, in the past my speed has been slower early -- then it climbs throughout the year."

He owns a 5.06 ERA and 3:1 K:BB ratio in 5 1/3 innings.


Pirates RP Mark Melancon picks up save Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon only needed one out to pick up his first save of the season during Friday's 6-3 win over the Brewers.

After Antonio Bastardo allowed two hits and a run in the ninth inning, Melancon relieved him to record last the out of the game.


Pirates closer Melancon says he's fine physically


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Struggling Pirates closer Mark Melancon has changed his release point and his velocity is down. But he has not complaining about any physical issues.

"No, I'm good," he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

His pitching was not good in his last outing. Entering in a non-save situation against Detroit, he gave up four hits and three earned runs in one inning. But coming off a season in which he saved 37 and compiled a 1.90 ERA with 71 strikeouts and just 11 walks in 71 innings, he will likely have a long leash.

Melancon claimed he was unaware that his release point had changed.

"Maybe it will give me more angle," he said. "It's news to me. I think it's just early. Obviously I'd like to have (velocity) at peak and keep it at peak. I don't have any worries of it not ever getting back. I've always felt like I increased (velocity) throughout the year. My routine in the offseason is always the same."


Pirates' Clint Hurdle to monitor pitcher Mark Melancon's velocity


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle noticed Monday relief pitcher Mark Melancon's velocity was down a bit in his appearance, reports MLB.com. Melancon surrendered three runs on four hits in the ninth inning before finishing off the 5-4 win over the Tigers, but his pitch velocity dropped from an average of 91.8 mph last season to 88.7 mph this season.

"We're going to watch, and we're going to communicate. Concern's not a word that I'm going to use. Disappointed is not a word that I'm going to use," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "I don't think we need to delve deep into emotions. I think you just need to evaluate and have conversations. I think that's one of the best ways to get things done within the clubhouse is when you have a question, you just ask it."


Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon nearly blows win Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon barely survived the ninth inning Monday in Pittsburgh's 5-4 win over the Tigers. 

Melancon surrendered three consecutive extra-base hits to start the inning, including a two-run home run to J.D. Martinez to make it a 5-4 game. Melancon then forced a double play ball after surrendering another single and finished off the game. 

His ERA ballooned to 9.00 in three innings of work this season.


Pirates' Mark Melancon still waiting for first save opportunity


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Mark Melancon is the Pirates' closer this season, but he's still waiting for something to close. 

The Pirates are 2-4 to start the season, and the two wins have been by four and eight runs, respectively. That's limited Melancon's opportunities. 

He's appeared twice, entering a tie game on the road to pitch a scoreless tenth inning, and pitching a scoreless ninth to finish off one of the lopside Pirate wins. 

Melancon has allowed one hit and no walks in two innings, while striking out two. 


Pirates closer Mark Melancon agrees to $5.4M salary for 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Pirates and closer Mark Melancon avoided arbitration Friday, agreeing to a one-year, $5.4 million contract, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Melancon, who is in his second year of arbitration, made $2.595 million in 2014.

Melancon totaled a career-high 33 saves in 2014. He is 6-7 with a 1.65 ERA and 49 saves in two seasons with Pittsburgh.


Pirates tender 11 arbitration-eligible players before deadline


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Pirates have tendered a contract to 11 arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, according to the team's official website. Those players include: Sean Rodriguez, Neil Walker, Francisco Cervelli, Mark Melancon, Chris Stewart, Travis Snider, Pedro Alvarez, Tony Watson, Josh Harrison, Jared Hughes and Vance Worley.

Mark Melancon fans two, converts save No. 32


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon struck out two and needed 20 pitches to complete a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure a 1-0 victory over Atlanta on Monday. He has converted 32 of 36 save chances, with a 1.93 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP over 70 innings of relief.

Mark Melancon closes out Red Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon struck out one and worked his way around two hits in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday. He needed 15 pitches to pick up the save. He has converted 30 of 34 save chances, with a 1.88 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP over 67 innings of relief.