Mark Melancon Wins NL Reliever of the Year

Mark Melancon has won the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year award. He picked up 51 saves this year in 53 chances, leading the majors and setting a Pittsburgh Pirates’ single-season record. He converted 35 straight saves during the season, which is also a team record. Melancon made 78 appearances this season, posting a 2.23 ERA in 76.2 innings, with 62 strikeouts, a .207 BAA and an 0.93 WHIP.

Melancon had a 5.36 WPA, with 49 shutdowns and just three meltdowns. That 5.36 WPA was the third best in the majors behind Zack Greinke  and Jake Arrieta. Those were the best numbers of his career. Fangraphs has him at a 1.5 WAR, which is actually the lowest of his three seasons in Pittsburgh.

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Travis P

Has been a great member of the PBC…now time to steal 2 or 3 prospects for him and let his impact go on for another 7 years or so…

Bill W

Best reliever in baseball and we want to sell him for prospects! He was automatic and should be retained.


Luckily no one is asking me and the Pirates will do what they’ll do regardless of our little comment section here…but I have to say I wouldn’t be heartbroken to see him go if the returns were spectacular. Tony Watson is waiting to step in and the Pirates have one of the strongest bullpens in the league. I just read an article about how strong the depth is for the Pirates. It’s key to maintaining a competitive club. Let’s see what the FO decides. Should be interesting.


This might be the nail in the Melancon in Pittsburgh coffin…and should equal a HUGE return for the bucs.

Blaine Huff

It’s going to be interesting, that’s for sure. I’m all for trading when folks they’re at their highest…Melancon isn’t going to get any bigger than this and, realistically, won’t be worth a QO after next season no matter what he does in 2016.

Now let’s see if NH can get a Snider return plus a ML ready middle infielder for him.

James M

what is wpa?


James: Arik already answered your question but here’s how some of the Pirates signed at least through 2016 rated among MLB Relievers – No. 1. Melancon 5.36, No. 2. Tony Watson 4.22, No. 26. Jared Hughes 1.50, No. 46. Arquimedes Caminero 1.11. Great stuff.

Arik Florimonte

“win probability added”


John … I read somewhere that Melancon’s “advanced metrics” are declining. Have you any insight into this?


Congrats to Mark!


Second that

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