Mark Melancon Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/28/1985 (36)
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San Diego Padres closer Mark Melancon collected his third save Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants. It's official, Melancon is now a perfect 3-for-3 in save opportunities and has been tabbed to close every tight contest to begin the season. There was discussion the Friars would utilize a committee with Melancon, Emilio Pagan and Drew Pomeranz, but the proof has been on the field. Despite a 22 percent career strikeout rate, the 36-year-old clearly has the moxy to finish the job. Expect him to earn the majority of closing opportunities until proven otherwise with Pagan and Pomeranz supporting in setup roles.
San Diego Padres reliever Mark Melancon breezed through the ninth inning to collect his first save Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. With questions surrounding the Friars late-game hierarchy, Melancon required just seven pitches to nail down the 8-7 victory. If Opening Day was any indication, reliever Emilio Pagan handled the seventh frame before being spelled by Drew Pomeranz in the eighth. The Padres didn't take the lead until the bottom seventh, so it's possible the order would shuffle if the situation was different. Regardless, Melancon appears the early frontrunner to head the closing committee. He should be scooped by all managers scrounging for saves.
San Diego Padres reliever Mark Melancon could be tabbed to close games in 2021. Entering spring training, the ninth inning looked to be Drew Pomeranz' job, but subsequent injuries to the bullpen could lead to a hierarchy reshuffling. The 36-year-old Melancon enters his first year in San Diego after posting a 2.78 ERA with 11 saves with the Atlanta Braves last year. Despite just a career 22 percent strikeout rate, Melancon boasts a closer's pedigree with 205 saves across 12 seasons. RotoBaller currently lists reliever Emilio Pagan as the designated door-slammer, but the Padres appear headed for a committee with Pagan, Melancon and Pomeranz. While these arms hold ideal value in holds leagues, Melancon's 287 ADP makes him a worthwhile dart throw with a shot at double digit saves.
Despite only playing in 23 games in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Mark Melancon continued to prove his value on the field.Melancon had eleven saves in 2020, following a 2019 season in which he went 5-2 with 12 saves while playing for the Giants and Braves. The Braves' bullpen was filled with talent in 2020, requiring Melancon to have a break every now and then. With a potentially full season, the 35-year-old could end up providing a boost to any bullpen. In 2019 he almost tied his career high in strikeouts with 68 punchouts. A repeat of this performance will almost certainly contribute to success. For the first time since 2016, Melancon's WAR was 1.0 in 2020, while he dominated the postseason with five strikeouts and two saves in 6.1 innings. Melancon has signed on with the Padres, but the crowded bullpen might make it difficult for him to stand out. Despite this, Melancon's value should not be taken for granted. 2021 looks to be the year thatMelancon can reaffirm himself as a high-profile reliever in a market that is deep with talent. Keep an eye on the veteran at ADP 267 for some late-inning help with the potential for save opportunities.