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Monday, December 5, 2016

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: MARK MELANCON CLOSER SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

Whether it was Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo, or Hunter Strickland, the San Francisco Giants had arguably the worst ninth inning results in the major leagues in 2016.  It was a gigantic issue that followed the team into the postseason where more blown saves cost them the divisional round series versus the Chicago Cubs.  Thus it was no shock that the Giants opened the vault in signing free agent closer Mark Melancon to a four-year deal worth $62 million.  You can make the case that over the last two years, no closer has been better as Melancon has nailed down 98 saves during that span with ERA’s of 2.23 and 1.64.  In fact if you include the seasonal range of 2013-16, Melancon has registered an ERA under 2.00 in 3 of them which speaks to his high level of dominance.  Melancon accomplishes all of this despite the fact his K/9 has reached 9.0 in just two of his 8 major league campaigns; again lending credence to how potent his stuff is.  The strengths here lie in Melancon’s impeccable control (1.51 BB/9) and a home run rate that is as tiny as it gets (0.38 HR/9).  Turning 32 in March, there is no reason Melancon should not be a top five fantasy baseball closer yet again.  

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