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.
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.
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 YankeesEdit
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.
Boston Red SoxEdit
- ↑ 2003 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
- ↑ Prospect Profile: Mark Melancon
- ↑ MELANCON THE NEXT JOBA?
- ↑ New York Yankees top 10 prospects
- ↑ Yanks restock after injuries compound
- ↑ Report: New York Yankees recall reliever Mark Melancon
- ↑ Astros on verge of dealing Berkman to Yanks
- ↑ Red Sox Acquire Mark Melancon For Jed Lowrie & Kyle Weiland MLB Trade Rumors