2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Mark Melancon
Colby Conway takes a closer look at Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Mark Melancon to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
Mark Melancon was as good as they came a few years ago for fantasy purposes. He posted 33 or more saves in each season from 2014-2016, before the wheels came off the wagon a bit. His time with the Giants was the greatest, but his start to 2019 wasn’t bad, as he posted an 8.55 K/9 and a 3.50 ERA across 46.1 innings of work. However, when he went to Atlanta, things picked up a bit. He notched 11 saves (23 appearances) without blowing a single opportunity, and while his ERA rose to 3.86, his 1.83 FIP and 2.16 xFIP tell a different story. Additionally, his K/9 rate went up to 10.29 and his miniscule 0.86 BB/9 was exceptional. It’s still a deep bullpen in Atlanta, but there’s a clear-cut choice for team lead in saves this season. Is it Melancon? Keep reading to find out.
When Melancon went to Atlanta, he started throwing his curveball more, and his cutter less. His four-seam fastball, you ask? Forget about it. It was hardly used!
Because of the slight shift in repertoire,...