Melancon with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
|Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 35|
March 28, 1985 |
Wheat Ridge, Colorado
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|April 26, 2009 for the New York Yankees|
(through May 15, 2013)
|Earned run average||3.64|
Early years 
Melancon was born in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and attended Golden High School, where he lettered all four years in baseball and basketball and three times in football. He helped the team capture the Colorado 4A State Championship in baseball. Melancon was named to the All-State Team twice in his career (as well as twice in football and once in basketball), and graduated as a member of the National Honors Society.
Melancon was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 30th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft. Melancon didn’t sign, instead following through on his commitment to the University of Arizona.
College career 
As a member of the Arizona Wildcats baseball team, Melancon set a single-season freshman record by making 29 appearances, and followed that by going 2-0 with two saves in five postseason appearances. While pitching for the USA National Team over the summer, Melancon made 10 appearances and led the club with five saves.
Melancon was given Arizona’s closer’s job as a sophomore, appeared in 34 of the team’s 60 games, and set a new single-season record with 11 saves.
In 2006 he set the school’s career saves record in the second game of the year. Melancon came down with elbow pain which was ultimately diagnosed as a strained elbow ligament. He didn’t require surgery; however, he was shut down in early April and didn’t pitch the rest of the season. Melancon finished his college career with 18 saves.
Professional career 
Minor leagues 
In 2008 he pitched for three of the Yankees minor league affiliates: the Single-A Tampa Yankees, Double-A Trenton Thunder and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, going 8-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 41 relief appearances, holding batters to a .202 batting average. Following the season, Baseball America rated him the organization's ninth best prospect.
New York Yankees 
Melancon was called up to the majors for the first time on April 25, 2009. He made his major league debut as a relief pitcher against the Boston Red Sox on April 26, pitching two scoreless innings. He was optioned back to Triple-A on May 8, and recalled on July 9. Though he was not on the postseason roster, he got his first World Series ring as the Yankees won the World Series over the Phillies.
Houston Astros 
Boston Red Sox 
On December 14, 2011, Melancon was traded to the Boston Red Sox for infielder Jed Lowrie and starter Kyle Weiland. After only his first four appearances in 2012, where his ERA was 49.50, Melancon was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on April 18, the day after he gave up six runs, including three home runs, without recording an out against the Texas Rangers. Melancon was recalled June 10 after an injury to Rich Hill.
Pittsburgh Pirates 
- "2003 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft". Baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- "Prospect Profile: Mark Melancon". Riveraveblues.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- MELANCON THE NEXT JOBA?[dead link]
- Manuel, John (2008-11-10). "New York Yankees top 10 prospects". Baseballamerica.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- "Yanks restock after injuries compound". Newyork.yankees.mlb.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- Julie Jacobson/Associated Press. "Report: New York Yankees recall reliever Mark Melancon". Nj.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- "Astros on verge of dealing Berkman to Yanks". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- Red Sox Acquire Mark Melancon For Jed Lowrie & Kyle Weiland MLB Trade Rumors
- "Mark Melancon sent to Triple-A". Espn.go.com. 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- Red Sox Acquire Joel Hanrahan From Pirates
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Arizona Wildcats bio