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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%: 87/73 | Average Draft Position: 109.26
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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.

Mark Melancon Ks two for save No. 29


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon struck out two and worked his way around a walk in a scoreless inning of work for the save Thursday night against Philadelphia. Melancon has converted 29 of 33 save chances, with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 26 starts (145 1/3 innings). 

Mark Melancon delivers 28th save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon earned his 28th save Wednesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 6-3 victory over the Phillies.

Melancon has posted perfect innings in four of his last six appearances, and he's surrendered only three earned runs since the All-Star break. The closer owns a 2.00 ERA and 61:10 K:BB ratio in 63 innings.


Mark Melancon slams door shut on Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon struck out one and needed 17 pitches to retire the side in order in the ninth inning to close out a 6-4 win over the Phillies. He has converted 27 of 31 save chances, with a 2.03 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP over 62 innings of relief.

Mark Melancon closes out Reds


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon struck out one and needed 15 pitches to close out a perfect ninth inning and a 3-2 victory over the Reds. He has converted all but four of his 30 save chances. He owns a 2.04 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP over 57 1/3 innings of relief.

Mark Melancon picks up save No. 25


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon picked up his 25th save Friday against the Reds.

Melancon entered the game with a one-run lead, and managed to shut the door. He pitched a perfect inning, striking out one hitter. He threw 12 pitches, nine of which were strikes. Melancon lowered his ERA to 2.08 following the appearance. 


Mark Melancon shuts down Cardinals for another save


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon nailed down his second save in less than 24 hours Wednesday against St. Louis.

Melancon entered with a two-run lead in the ninth and promptly surrendered a single to Jhonny Peralta. But he retired the next three batters in order to secure his 24th save in 28 opportunities.


Mark Melancon records 23rd save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon earned his 23rd save Tuesday, walking one batter and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 5-2 win over the Cardinals.

Melancon's save was his first in two weeks, as he blew his only save opportunity during that stretch. With three straight scoreless outings to his credit, the closer owns a 2.15 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 52:9 K:BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings.