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Birth Date3-28-1985
Height6' 2"
Weight215 lbs
Age33 years, 3 months, 20 days
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ThrowsR
1.92014
1.92015
1.52016
0.62017
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2009 NYA MLB 13 0 16.3 0 1 0 13 10 10 0 .265 109 7.2 5.5 0.0 5.5 60% .260 .237 1.41 4.48 3.86 122 7.23 155.1 -0.4
2010 HOU 0 20 0 17.3 2 0 0 12 8 19 1 .275 91 6.2 4.2 0.5 9.9 47% .262 .226 1.15 3.21 3.12 82 2.84 64.1 0.4
2010 NYA 0 2 0 4.0 0 0 0 7 0 3 1 .256 121 15.8 0.0 2.2 6.8 44% .400 .335 1.75 4.79 9.00 113 3.95 89.1 0.0
2011 HOU MLB 71 0 74.3 8 4 20 65 26 66 5 .265 102 7.9 3.1 0.6 8.0 59% .287 .228 1.22 3.21 2.78 83 3.84 89.2 0.8
2012 BOS MLB 41 0 45.0 0 2 1 45 12 41 8 .263 104 9.0 2.4 1.6 8.2 51% .285 .269 1.27 4.53 6.20 91 4.05 92.9 0.4
2013 PIT MLB 72 0 71.0 3 2 16 60 8 70 1 .263 97 7.6 1.0 0.1 8.9 62% .296 .194 0.96 1.61 1.39 58 2.22 53.3 2.0
2014 PIT MLB 72 0 71.0 3 5 33 51 11 71 2 .261 100 6.5 1.4 0.3 9.0 60% .258 .193 0.87 2.06 1.90 64 2.30 56.5 1.9
2015 PIT MLB 78 0 76.7 3 2 51 57 14 62 4 .265 97 6.7 1.6 0.5 7.3 58% .251 .203 0.93 2.84 2.23 73 2.63 61.4 1.9
2016 PIT 0 45 0 41.7 1 1 30 31 9 38 2 .273 99 6.7 1.9 0.4 8.2 49% .257 .191 0.96 2.70 1.51 76 3.13 69.4 0.9
2016 WAS 0 30 0 29.7 1 1 17 21 3 27 1 .268 93 6.4 0.9 0.3 8.2 65% .263 .165 0.81 2.10 1.82 72 3.01 66.6 0.7
2017 SFN MLB 32 0 30.0 1 2 11 37 6 29 3 .269 90 11.1 1.8 0.9 8.7 54% .374 .277 1.43 3.24 4.50 80 3.44 73.2 0.6
2018 SFN MLB 16 0 15.0 0 0 1 14 4 11 0 .267 97 8.4 2.4 0.0 6.6 48% .304 .221 1.20 2.65 2.40 85 3.38 76.3 0.3
2010 TOT MLB 22 0 21.3 2 0 0 19 8 22 2 .271 97 8.0 3.4 0.8 9.3 46% .298 .249 1.27 3.51 4.22 89 3.05 68.8 0.5
2016 TOT MLB 75 0 71.3 2 2 47 52 12 65 3 .271 96 6.6 1.5 0.4 8.2 55% .259 .181 0.90 2.45 1.64 75 3.08 68.2 1.5
CareerMLB4920492.0222018041311144728.265997.62.00.58.257%.281.2171.072.812.71763.1171.49.7

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2006 STA A- 7 0 7.0 0 1 2 9 2 8 0 .271 69 11.6 2.6 0.0 10.3 84% .263 .202 1.57 1.88 3.86 83 0.00 0.0
2008 TAM A+ 13 0 25.3 1 0 0 26 6 20 2 .259 100 9.2 2.1 0.7 7.1 44% .308 .250 1.26 3.48 2.85 98 4.99 112.5
2008 TRN AA 19 0 49.7 6 0 2 32 12 47 3 .259 94 5.8 2.2 0.5 8.5 64% .227 .180 0.89 2.83 1.81 71 1.71 36.2
2008 SWB AAA 12 0 20.0 1 1 1 11 4 22 1 .260 86 5.0 1.8 0.5 9.9 53% .204 .153 0.75 2.51 2.70 79 1.56 34.2
2009 NYA MLB 13 0 16.3 0 1 0 13 10 10 0 .265 109 7.2 5.5 0.0 5.5 60% .260 .237 1.41 4.48 3.86 122 7.23 155.1
2009 SWB AAA 32 0 53.0 4 0 3 37 11 54 3 .243 99 6.3 1.9 0.5 9.2 59% .254 .190 0.91 2.81 2.89 73 1.45 32.7
2010 HOU MLB 20 0 17.3 2 0 0 12 8 19 1 .275 91 6.2 4.2 0.5 9.9 47% .262 .226 1.15 3.21 3.12 82 2.84 64.1
2010 NYA MLB 2 0 4.0 0 0 0 7 0 3 1 .256 121 15.8 0.0 2.2 6.8 44% .400 .335 1.75 4.79 9.00 113 3.95 89.1
2010 ROU AAA 3 0 4.3 1 0 1 5 1 2 0 .261 99 10.5 2.1 0.0 4.2 75% .312 .244 1.40 3.34 0.00 92 3.05 57.0
2010 SWB AAA 40 0 56.3 6 1 6 63 31 58 5 .254 94 10.1 5.0 0.8 9.3 55% .365 .276 1.67 4.19 3.68 91 5.12 109.7
2011 HOU MLB 71 0 74.3 8 4 20 65 26 66 5 .265 102 7.9 3.1 0.6 8.0 59% .287 .228 1.22 3.21 2.78 83 3.84 89.2
2012 BOS MLB 41 0 45.0 0 2 1 45 12 41 8 .263 104 9.0 2.4 1.6 8.2 51% .285 .269 1.27 4.53 6.20 91 4.05 92.9
2012 PAW AAA 21 0 21.7 0 0 11 15 3 27 0 .240 96 6.2 1.2 0.0 11.2 63% .278 .175 0.83 1.35 0.83 68 1.05 23.8
2013 PIT MLB 72 0 71.0 3 2 16 60 8 70 1 .263 97 7.6 1.0 0.1 8.9 62% .296 .194 0.96 1.61 1.39 58 2.22 53.3
2014 PIT MLB 72 0 71.0 3 5 33 51 11 71 2 .261 100 6.5 1.4 0.3 9.0 60% .258 .193 0.87 2.06 1.90 64 2.30 56.5
2015 PIT MLB 78 0 76.7 3 2 51 57 14 62 4 .265 97 6.7 1.6 0.5 7.3 58% .251 .203 0.93 2.84 2.23 73 2.63 61.4
2016 PIT MLB 45 0 41.7 1 1 30 31 9 38 2 .273 99 6.7 1.9 0.4 8.2 49% .257 .191 0.96 2.70 1.51 76 3.13 69.4
2016 WAS MLB 30 0 29.7 1 1 17 21 3 27 1 .268 93 6.4 0.9 0.3 8.2 65% .263 .165 0.81 2.10 1.82 72 3.01 66.6
2017 SFN MLB 32 0 30.0 1 2 11 37 6 29 3 .269 90 11.1 1.8 0.9 8.7 54% .374 .277 1.43 3.24 4.50 80 3.44 73.2
2017 SJO A+ 3 3 2.7 0 0 0 6 0 4 1 .278 97 20.2 0.0 3.4 13.5 40% .556 .453 2.25 6.91 13.50 96 5.02 100.9
2017 SAC AAA 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .275 88 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 50% .000 .084 1.00 6.72 0.00 96 3.74 72.1
2018 SFN MLB 16 0 15.0 0 0 1 14 4 11 0 .267 97 8.4 2.4 0.0 6.6 48% .304 .221 1.20 2.65 2.40 85 3.38 76.3
2018 SAC AAA 4 0 3.7 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 .251 4.9 0.0 0.0 9.8 67% .222 .127 0.55 1.58 0.00 73 2.83 62.4

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 246 0.4878 0.3943 0.8351 0.5583 0.2381 0.8955 0.7000 0.1649
2010 349 0.4928 0.4499 0.7389 0.6279 0.2768 0.8889 0.4082 0.2611
2011 1095 0.4968 0.4584 0.7610 0.6011 0.3176 0.8624 0.5714 0.2390
2012 734 0.4864 0.4537 0.7748 0.6134 0.3024 0.8447 0.6404 0.2252
2013 988 0.4332 0.5314 0.7562 0.6776 0.4196 0.8966 0.5830 0.2438
2014 963 0.4226 0.5192 0.7100 0.6290 0.4388 0.8906 0.5205 0.2900
2015 1079 0.4374 0.5014 0.7542 0.6335 0.3987 0.8696 0.6116 0.2458
2016 1016 0.4646 0.4813 0.7607 0.6123 0.3676 0.8824 0.5850 0.2393
2017 502 0.4323 0.4562 0.7686 0.5991 0.3474 0.9077 0.5859 0.2314
2018 229 0.4803 0.4934 0.7522 0.6545 0.3445 0.8750 0.5366 0.2478
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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
2020 SFN $14,000,000
2019 SFN $14,000,000
2018 SFN $20,000,000
2017 SFN $14,000,000
2016 PIT $9,650,000
2015 PIT $5,400,000
2014 PIT $2,595,000
2013 PIT $521,000
2012 BOS $521,000
2011 HOU $421,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$33,108,000
2018Current$20,000,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$53,108,000
2 yrFuture$28,000,000
10 yrTotal$81,108,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 98 dISE Baseball4 years/$62M (2017-20)

Details
  • 4 years/$62M (2017-20). Signed by San Francisco as a free agent 12/16. $20M signing bonus ($12M at signing, $8M deferred). 17:$4M, 18:$10M, 19:$14M, 20:$14M. Melancon may opt out of contract after 2018 season. Full no-trade protection. At signing, highest average annual value ever for a relief pitcher.
  • 1 year/$9.65M (2016). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 1/15/16 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Washington in trade from Pittsburgh 7/29/16 with $3,374,863 remaining on contract. Pirates paid Nationals $0.5M as part of the deal.
  • 1 year/$5.4M (2015). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 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 by NY Yankees 3/12/10. Acquired by Houston in trade from NY Yankees 7/31/10
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by NY Yankees 4/25/09.
  • Drafted by NY Yankees 2006 (9-284) (Arizona). $0.6M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .188 .243 .246 .188
11 vs R (Multi) .222 .249 .301 .196
18 Split (Multi) -.033 -.006 -.055 -.007
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .221 .276 .283 .213
31 vs R (2016) .190 .211 .261 .154
38 Split (2016) .031 .066 .023 .059
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

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DateQuestionAnswer
2017-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)20 team dynasty league with 25-man MLB and 25-man MiLB rosters. We're allowed to draft HS/NCAA kids for our farm system, I have the best team on paper by a country mile, and a tendency to win most of my deal (maybe I'm lucky, maybe I play with 19 rubes, maybe it's Maybeline). I have an absolutely filthy SP staff (Kluber, Thor, Strasburg, Verlander, Carrasco, Hamels, Nola, Matz, Giolito, Estrada). My potential trade begins with my offer of Nola, Matz, and a 2018 Rd 1 prospect pick for Seth Beer (OF, Clemson, 2018 class), Austin Beck (OF, HS, 2017) and either Mark Melancon or Evan Gattis. Trade partner is demanding 2 SPs for Beer or 3 for Beer + another player, and wants one of the 2-3 SPs to be Carrasco or better. This guy's biggest need is SP and I think my offer is more than fair. He thinks it's only fair I pay $1.20 on the $1.00 for once (for justice) and says no deal unless I bleed a bit... Who's being unreasonable?
(Josh from Evanston)
You're right that your starting rotation is filthy for a 20-team dynasty. I'm not sure either side is being unreasonable as much as it's a realistic demand given the league context. No one really has any incentive to try and do a fair deal with you right now (especially if they're potentially helping you prolong your reign). Given your position, you might simply have to expect to overpay some in any deal given the way teams are likely to work with you.

Again, I don't think either of you are unreasonable, but if 1) you have the best roster and 2) you generally win trades, it's going to be hard for you to get what looks like an even exchange on paper. (Eric Roseberry)
2017-04-11 19:00:00 (link to chat)How long would you wait to freak out about a player's performance this season if they're just confirming troubling trends already in place (Shields walking people, Frazier popping pitches up, Giants bullpen being dead, just to throw some examples out)
(jfegan from Progressive Field pressbox)
Happy you jim-jammed this question into the chat queue!

I run the risk of running afoul of all of those studies evaluating how many PAs/IPs it takes before a given stat stabilizes by offering my own opinion. It's super context-specific, though. With regard to the Giants bullpen, I'm not worried at all if Mark Melancon gets off to a bad start. I suspect he'll be his usual, effective self. But the rest of the bullpen is a lot of the same guys as last year, no?

Frazier is doomed to crater, as he's a power bat the White Sox acquired from outside the organization.

That said, I guess freaking out is context dependent, too! How many disasters would have to befall the Cubs before you would reasonably start to worry about their ability to cruise into the playoffs? But if you're the aforementioned Giants you have a much smaller margin for error.

Then again if you're a Giants fan maybe you should wait a decade or two before you freak out about anything. (Nick Schaefer)
2016-04-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Have one slot available to go dumpster diving for future saves. Who would you pickup: Andrew Bailey or Caleb Cotham? Any other dark horses you like out there? Cheers
(Red Phil from Closer to you)
I took Bailey in the one 12-team mixed I do, but this is because it's first come/first serve and Cotham was gone. I like Cotham better. The free agent pool in all of my leagues looks pretty dire, and most of the alluring names have already been taken. You can try Neftali Feliz if he's there, even though I believe in Mark Melancon and think he'll be fine. (Mike Gianella)
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)The next closer to lose his job is...? Next pitcher to get tommy-John is...?
(Gabe from The quickening)
Mark Melancon if the velocity doesn't come back soon.

Impossible to guess. Mat Latos would seem like the guess if he didn't already have a separate, known issue. (Mike Gianella)
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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