Mark Melancon Having Problems Adjusting

Posted: 16th September 2009 by Rob Abruzzese in MLB
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Lost in the shuffle Yankee brawls last night was another bad performance by the highly touted pitching prospect Mark Melancon. Throughout his minor league career one thing that has been a major standout was his impeccable control. In 53 innings in the minors this season he walked just 11 batters and in 95 innings last year he walked just 22. In just 1.1 innings last night he managed to walk a batter, hit another, and throw two wild pitches. That doesn’t sound like the same guy. His overall numbers in the majors this season, while the sample size is small, are still alarming. In just 16.1 innings, his control has virtually abandoned him, 10 walks, four hit batters, and three wild pitches. That’s nearly a batter an inning before he has even allowed a single hit. The good thing ...

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