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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 29)
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Birth Date3-28-1985
Height6' 2"
Weight215 lbs
Age29 years, 5 months, 25 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.22010
0.22011
-0.32012
1.52013
1.02014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2009 NYA 24 13 0 16.3 0.0 16.3 0 1 0 1 0 0 74 13 8 7 0 18 10 10 4 10 3.86 4.49 6.03 0.1 0.0
2010 HOU 25 20 0 17.3 0.0 17.3 2 0 0 1 0 0 71 12 8 6 1 18 8 8 1 19 3.12 3.22 3.58 1.7 0.2
2010 NYA 25 2 0 4.0 0.0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 7 5 4 1 11 0 0 0 3 9.00 4.80 5.55 0.3 0.0
2011 HOU 26 71 0 74.3 0.0 74.3 8 4 20 5 0 0 309 65 28 23 5 91 26 20 2 66 2.78 3.22 4.54 2.6 0.2
2012 BOS 27 41 0 45.0 0.0 45.0 0 2 1 2 0 0 194 45 31 31 8 78 12 11 3 41 6.20 4.54 6.40 -2.6 -0.3
2013 PIT 28 72 0 71.0 0.0 71.0 3 2 16 5 0 0 279 60 15 11 1 71 8 8 1 70 1.39 1.61 2.61 13.7 1.5
2014 PIT 29 70 0 69.0 0.0 69.0 3 5 31 4 0 0 270 51 15 15 2 62 11 10 3 68 1.96 2.12 3.14 9.0 1.0
Career2890297.00.0297.01614681800121625311097183497567142772.942.874.0825.02.6

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2006 STA A- 7 0 7.0 3.00 116 .202 .261 .338 .352 .271 .263 69 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2
2008 TAM A+ 13 0 25.3 4.18 101 .250 .262 .337 .394 .259 .308 100 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2008 TRN AA 19 0 49.7 3.30 125 .180 .263 .343 .400 .259 .227 94 10.2 1.0 10.2 1.0
2008 SWB AAA 12 0 20.0 3.06 120 .153 .258 .332 .402 .260 .204 86 4.4 0.4 4.4 0.4
2009 NYA MLB 13 0 16.3 6.03 85 .237 .264 .339 .430 .265 .260 109 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2009 SWB AAA 32 0 53.0 3.76 112 .190 .257 .322 .384 .243 .254 99 8.1 0.8 8.1 0.8
2010 HOU MLB 20 0 17.3 3.58 111 .226 .257 .328 .412 .275 .262 91 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2
2010 NYA MLB 2 0 4.0 5.55 97 .335 .256 .328 .407 .256 .400 121 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2010 ROU AAA 3 0 4.3 3.80 126 .244 .279 .348 .428 .261 .312 99 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2010 SWB AAA 40 0 56.3 4.64 90 .276 .261 .330 .414 .254 .365 94 2.8 0.3 2.8 0.3
2011 HOU MLB 71 0 74.3 4.54 93 .228 .259 .321 .405 .265 .287 102 2.1 0.2 2.6 0.2
2012 BOS MLB 41 0 45.0 6.40 61 .269 .256 .320 .412 .263 .285 104 -2.6 -0.3 -2.6 -0.3
2012 PAW AAA 21 0 21.7 2.52 141 .175 .248 .313 .366 .240 .278 96 5.8 0.6 5.8 0.6
2013 PIT MLB 72 0 71.0 2.61 133 .194 .258 .323 .404 .263 .296 97 13.7 1.5 13.7 1.5
2014 PIT MLB 70 0 69.0 3.14 119 .197 .251 .314 .393 .264 .263 96 9.0 1.0 9.0 1.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2006 STA A- 0 1 2 7 0 7.0 9 2 8 0 84% .263 11.6 2.6 0.0 10.3 1.57 3.86 1.7 0.2
2008 SWB AAA 1 1 1 12 0 20.0 11 4 22 1 53% .204 5.0 1.8 0.5 9.9 0.75 2.70 4.4 0.4
2008 TRN AA 6 0 2 19 0 49.7 32 12 47 3 64% .227 5.8 2.2 0.5 8.5 0.89 1.81 10.2 1.0
2008 TAM A+ 1 0 0 13 0 25.3 26 6 20 2 44% .308 9.2 2.1 0.7 7.1 1.26 2.85 2.7 0.3
2009 SWB AAA 4 0 3 32 0 53.0 37 11 54 3 59% .254 6.3 1.9 0.5 9.2 0.91 2.89 8.1 0.8
2009 NYA MLB 0 1 0 13 0 16.3 13 10 10 0 60% .260 7.2 5.5 0.0 5.5 1.41 3.86 0.1 0.0
2010 ROU AAA 1 0 1 3 0 4.3 5 1 2 0 75% .312 10.5 2.1 0.0 4.2 1.40 0.00 1.0 0.1
2010 SWB AAA 6 1 6 40 0 56.3 63 31 58 5 55% .365 10.1 5.0 0.8 9.3 1.67 3.68 2.8 0.3
2010 NYA MLB 0 0 0 2 0 4.0 7 0 3 1 44% .400 15.8 0.0 2.2 6.8 1.75 9.00 0.3 0.0
2010 HOU MLB 2 0 0 20 0 17.3 12 8 19 1 47% .262 6.2 4.2 0.5 9.9 1.15 3.12 1.7 0.2
2011 HOU MLB 8 4 20 71 0 74.3 65 26 66 5 59% .287 7.9 3.1 0.6 8.0 1.22 2.78 2.6 0.2
2012 PAW AAA 0 0 11 21 0 21.7 15 3 27 0 63% .278 6.2 1.2 0.0 11.2 0.83 0.83 5.8 0.6
2012 BOS MLB 0 2 1 41 0 45.0 45 12 41 8 51% .285 9.0 2.4 1.6 8.2 1.27 6.20 -2.6 -0.3
2013 PIT MLB 3 2 16 72 0 71.0 60 8 70 1 62% .296 7.6 1.0 0.1 8.9 0.96 1.39 13.7 1.5
2014 PIT MLB 3 5 31 70 0 69.0 51 11 68 2 59% .263 6.7 1.4 0.3 8.9 0.90 1.96 9.0 1.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 248 0.4919 0.3911 0.8351 0.5656 0.2222 0.8841 0.7143 0.1649
2010 349 0.5072 0.4585 0.7438 0.6271 0.2849 0.9009 0.3878 0.2500
2011 1094 0.4845 0.4629 0.7782 0.6113 0.3209 0.9043 0.5525 0.2198
2012 735 0.5238 0.4591 0.7923 0.6364 0.2629 0.8612 0.6087 0.2047
2013 988 0.4808 0.5385 0.7744 0.6842 0.4035 0.9108 0.5604 0.2237
2014 942 0.4490 0.5271 0.7278 0.6525 0.4239 0.8913 0.5227 0.2681
Career43560.48490.48880.76930.63960.34360.89430.55330.2279

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2007-04-01 2007-09-05 Minors 157 0 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2006-10-31
2006-10-31 2006-10-31 Minors 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2006-10-31 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 PIT $
2014 PIT $2,595,000
2013 PIT $521,000
2012 BOS $521,000
2011 HOU $421,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,463,000
2011Current$2,595,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$4,058,000
4 yrTotal$4,058,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 98 dSFX1 year/$2.595M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.595M (2014). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.521M (2013). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/1/13. Award bonuses, including $10,000 for All-Star selection.
  • 1 year/$0.521M (2012). Signed by Boston 3/9/12. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from Boston 12/26/12.
  • 1 year/$0.421M (2011). Re-signed by Houston 2/11. Acquired by Boston in trade from Houston 12/14/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed 3/12/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased 4/25/09.
  • Drafted 2006 (9-284). $0.6M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .192 .239 .283 .194
11 vs R (Multi) .263 .299 .336 .233
18 Split (Multi) -.071 -.060 -.053 -.039
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .148 .168 .189 .138
31 vs R (2013) .286 .312 .327 .234
38 Split (2013) -.138 -.144 -.138 -.096
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Mike, who do you foresee getting more saves this year between grilli and janssen?
(chopper from indy)
Hey chopper.

At the moment, I'd go with Jason Grilli. Casey Janssen's health gets me a little nervous, and Sergio Santos -if healthy - might be the best arm in that pen. But Mark Melancon is a risk for Grilli's saves too. I'm leaning Grilli here, not strongly endorsing. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Any good non-closer RP that should be targeted in NL only for $1?
(craneplace from The Present)
In NL-only for $1 you really could grab a number of quality middle relievers and be happy. If you're asking from a saves perspective, I like Vic Black on the Mets, Mark Melancon on the Pirates and Pedro Strop on the Cubs. I don't know if any of those guys will go for $1, but they could get saves. A.J. Ramos is another guy who could be a "post-hype" saves guy and pick up a few or get the job if Steve Cishek gets traded or is ineffective. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)On the NL side, who are some of the closers that are a year a way?
(Willy from Under the Christmas tree)
Rex Brothers, unfortunately since they're going with Hawkins. Mark Melancon, Tyler Clippard, too.. but most of the closer volatility is in the AL. Nick Vincent is a super-sleeper in SD if he can figure out lefties again like he did in 2012. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)True or False. Mark Melancon will be the Pirates closer by the end of the year. Do you like how he's been throwing?
(Roman from Bloomington)
I'll say he'll get some saves but I won't say he'll be named closer. Haven't seen him this spring, but I like his stuff. He's got a great breaking ball and cuts his fastball (can sink it, too). (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some underrated closers to target later in drafts? Do you like Casey Janssen or Jason Grilli?
(zissou from naples)
Grill probably falls into the underrated category. There is a lot of noise about Mark Melancon taking Grilli's job, but Grilli's numbers were solid last year and if he's healthy he probably hangs on. Greg Holland's walk rate was high last year, but the other numbers were strong and like Grilli the noise about Holland's set-up might keep the price low. Tom Wilhelmsen is a somewhat low profile but proved himself in 2012. I like Janssen if the health is there but the health gets me nervous. At least at the moment. (Mike Gianella)
2011-06-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just recently made a trade in one of my fantasy leagues. I get Mark Melancon and Brandon Lyon, but I give up Rick Porcello. I plan to have Melancon and Lyon replace Matt Guerrier and Phil Coke, and I will replace Porcello with James McDonald. Thoughts?
(Big Bob from Cleveland)
My first thought is that the Yankees might like to have Melancon right about now. Sounds like a plan to me, though I know the fantasy cognoscenti always say it's easy to find saves. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-06-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Capps keeps dropping the ball, so to speak, who's next in line for saves there?
(Sully from Los Angeles, CA)
I guess it's still not time to go back to Joe Nathan, ay? I don't know, and I'm not sure that it matters in real-world terms. Even with as much life as they've shown lately, the Twins are 11.5 games out and don't have the ammo to make a real push. Closers will come--just look at the Astros and Mark Melancon... Who the Yankees threw away. (Steven Goldman)
2010-06-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Joe Girardi, grand architect of bullpens the past two years, can work some magic this season? At what point do the Yankees finally allow Mark Melancon (or Jonathan Albaladejo) to push Park/Logan out of the picture?
(Adam from NY)
I hope so, but right now I'm not terribly optimistic that they've got the solutions on hand. Albaladejo ain't it, and I'm skeptical Melancon's it either - they're going to have to go outside the organization to get an arm or two. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-06-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Joe- With Rivera 39 years old, who might the Yanks transition into his successor -- spend a lot on a "proven" closer or let someone like Aceves take over?
(Rich from Evanston)
I think Mark Melancon will be the heir apparent in 2011, although it's not entirely clear that Rivera is going to be done by then. 29/1 K/UIBB this year; is the HR rate a blip or the Hoffmanesque sign of decline? (Joe Sheehan)
2009-06-03 15:00:00 (link to chat)What do the Yankees need to do to hold onto (I know its early) a playoff spot? Sort through their pile of middle relief arms? Or do they need to make a trade? Anything else they should address? Do you think the improved defense and increased Ks mean they are less likely to crash out of the Division Series, as they did in '02, '05-'07?
(Nick Stone from New York, NY)
Hey Nick! The Yanks certainly need to fortify their bullpen, and in the forthcoming BP/ESPN soup du jour I've advocated they try Phil Hughes in relief once Chien-Ming Wang reclaims his starting job. I'd also like to see them give Mark Melancon another look, but I suspect they probably need to get an experienced arm from outside the organization if Brian Bruney's not going to be back anytime soon.

The improved D and high-K staff are nice, but they're compromised by the homer-iffic tendencies of the staff, particularly the bullpen. Until we see Sabathia, Chamberlain and Burnett all firing on the requisite cylinders, I don't think they've got anything that guarantees them a playoff spot, let alone a ride through to the LCS round. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Steven. Do you think the Yankees should trade or release Veras and Ramirez?
(Kevin from Texas)
My coffee finally arrived... It's easy to get frustrated with Veras and Ramirez, particularly the latter because he's so vulnerable to the home run. He's been a mess this year, with more walks than he can sustain, more than anyone this side of Nolan Ryan could sustain, and the longball rate is insane. He shouldn't be released, nor should Veras, but there's certainly an argument to be made for sending him down given that he's done just about nothing right so far. The question is, who do you replace him with? The Yankees have already sorted through Mark Melancon and Dave Robertson and are now looking at Brett Tomko for goshsakes. Steve Jackson sat in the pen for two weeks without being tried like he had been blacklisted or something... Veras's problem has always been control, and it's probably worth giving him more time to get it locked down again. Unlike Ramirez, he's not a gimmick pitcher. (Steven Goldman)
2009-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is my role in the Yankees bullpen going forward, 2009 and beyond?
(Mark Melancon from NY)
I highly doubt you're really Mark Melancon. (John Perrotto)


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Mark Melancon has thrown 4,339 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and the MLB Postseason. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Cutter (93mph) and Curve (82mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (94mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (94mph) and Splitter (88mph).