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Mark Melancon

#34 | RHP
Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks
Mark Melancon
Name: Mark David Melancon
Born: Mar 28, 1985 in Wheat Ridge, CO
High School: Golden
College: Arizona
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 9th round (284th overall) by the New York Yankees in 2006 (signed for $600,000)
A heavy college workload, particularly on a struggling 2006 team, finally caught up to Melancon, clouding an otherwise rosy draft picture for one of the best arms available. He set an Arizona freshman record in 2004, pitching in 29 games as he helped the Wildcats to the College World Series, and set a single-season record with 11 saves in 2005. His team struggled this season, though, with Melancon working longer stints to try to stretch a thin pitching staff. He had not pitched since feeling elbow pain April 7, and an MRI exam revealed a strained elbow ligament. He doesn't need surgery but he was not expected to pitch again before the draft. Melancon showed scouts plenty before getting hurt, sitting in the 92-95 mph range with good life on his fastball. He can pitch up in the zone with his heater to set up a 12-to-6 downer curve, a power pitch that at times sits in the 84-85 mph range. The delivery that helps create the quality power stuff also put stress on his elbow, though, and limits him to a future in the bullpen. If he can show he's healthy, Melancon could be the first college closer drafted, as early as late in the first round.
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