2022 Player Outlook
Melancon has proven to age like fine wine and while he doesn’t come with impressive strikeout numbers, he was incredibly reliable in 2021 as he finished with 39 saves. But that came with the Padres. Now he’s with Arizona and while he had a 2.23 ERA in 2021, he had a 4.24 xERA and he did allow 3.48 BB/9. He turns 37 right around the time the season starts, and he’ll easily open as the team’s closer. How many save opportunities will be at his disposal is tough to read, but he’s not a terrible value as the 21st relief pitcher currently being drafted.