The last time we checked in with reliever Mark Melancon (UA '06) he was giving up bombs in Boston last season and on his way back down to the minor leagues.
After being acquired by the Red Sox prior to the 2012 season, the righty allowed five home runs in his first four appearances of the season and was sent packing to Triple-A Pawtucket for two months with an ERA of 49.50.
He came back to Boston at the end of June and finished out the year in the big leagues, eventually lowering his ERA to 6.20.
That apparently wasn't good enough to impress the Red Sox brass because they sent him packing again, this time in a December trade to Pittsburgh.
Oh how a change of scenery has benefited Melancon.
The Golden, Colorado native has allowed just one earned runs in his first 19 appearances this season working as the main setup man for Pirates closer Jason Grilli. Melancon has been credited with 13 holds for Grilli who is tied for the Major League lead with 15 saves (Mariano Rivera).
Even more astonishing is Melancon has struck out 20 batters in those 19 innings and has walked just one.
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