Ever since Melancon’s cutter has slowly declined, his curve has provided good relief. A striking 39.2 K% is backed up by excellent command and his 2.5% BB% is a significant improvement, down from 6.4% last year. Hitters only batted .182 against the curve, with only 2 hits going for extra bases. This pitch keeps Melancon relevant in high leverage situations.
His four seamer is not thrown often, but when it is he keeps it on the inside corner with good spin.
Melancon’s cutter was the pitch he threw most often and it moved right around league average. He uses it all over depending on the handedness of the hitter he is facing.
After 6 years of dominance with his cutter, Melancon saw his primary pitch regress in 2017 and it performed even worse in 2018. He put up back-to-back years of negative pVal, caused by a sharp decrease in K%, a jump in BB%, and an enormous increase in LD%.
Although his primary pitch has hurt him recently, Melancon’s curveball is still a lethal pitch. He threw it more than 25% of the time and was a deadly strikeout pitch when he used it. Hitters failed again and again to figure out his curve as they triple slashed .159/.213/.273 when facing it last season.
Melancon throws a four-seamer as a secondary fastball when he wants to catch hitters off guard. The pitch was not utilized much as it put up a negative pVal and failed to induce a single swinging strike
Melancon only threw his splitter 22 times last year, but when he did it was a solid pitch. It registered a swinging-strike rate of 23% and out of the 5 times the ball was put in play 4 were grounders. Batters only hit .167 against the pitch last year with a -4 wRC+.