Mark David Melancon (born March 28, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball.

Early yearsEdit

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.[1] Melancon didn’t sign, instead following through on his commitment to the University of Arizona.

College careerEdit

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 careerEdit

Melancon was drafted by the New York Yankees in the ninth round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft.[2]

Minor leaguesEdit

Melancon pitched for the Yankees Single-A Staten Island Yankees in 2006. He missed the entire 2007 season after having Tommy John surgery in October 2006.[3]

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.[4]

New York YankeesEdit

Melancon was called up to the majors for the first time on April 25, 2009.[5] 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.[6]

Houston AstrosEdit

Melancon was traded along with Jimmy Paredes to the Houston Astros for Lance Berkman on July 31, 2010.[7]

Boston Red SoxEdit

On December 14, 2011 he was traded to the Boston Red Sox for infielder Jed Lowrie and starter Kyle Weiland.[8]


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