Quick Mark Melancon notes

Yanks, Twins talkin' Santana
Who would you rather?

Do you know how to pronounce it? It’s not “Mellon-cone” as I’ve heard some say, it’s actually “Muh-lan-sin.” But I digress.

A couple of subscription pieces bring some very promising info about the righty as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. This Pinstripes Plus piece notes that he resumed throwing his breaking ball in Dominican Instructs and feels so good that he stayed a little longer than originally scheduled. This BA piece notes that the former University of Arizona closer has been invited to spend Spring Training with the big league club. That says tons about what the Yanks think of him.

If you’ve never seen the nastiness this guy brings, here’s a clip of him closing out Staten Island’s Championship win last year, and here’s his scouting video. Yay lack of news.

Yanks, Twins talkin' Santana
Who would you rather?
  • Casper

    Do we know where he’s expected to start the ’08 season? Trenton?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’m thinking Tampa if he feels great and everything goes well in ST. They like the kid and they think he can move quickly, but they won’t be reckless and stupid with him.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        That kinda came out wrong – I didn’t mean to say that your comment was stupid Casper. I meant to say that they’ll be careful with him and not take many risks early on. There, that’s much better.

        • Casper

          Yeah stop being a dick…

          Just kidding, no worries. Didn’t take it that way at all… I flinched when writing in “Trenton” because it was out of left field anyway, I’m at work and didn’t bother to look up his player-profile anywhere.

  • Count Zero

    The Dominican news is certainly good to hear. BP help from him in ’09 is not out of the question.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Not at all. Frankly, I wouldn’t be completely shocked if he got a Sept call-up in 2008.

  • Brian

    I’ve seen his name written Melançon, though I can’t find where, which I guess destroys my claim. That said, if that’s correct, the c would have a soft sound and it would be more like “Mel-an-sohn”.

  • Sam

    He gets off the mound pretty quick. Is there a video of the Championship Game from another angle?

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I haven’t seen any on You Tube. Maybe if you did around the intranets you can find one.

  • dan

    I don’t think the level he starts at will have an effect on his health, as long as he’s not overthrowing or something. I think almost definitely Tampa; sending him to Charleston for a month is gonna be a waste of time. Any potential injury that could happen in Tampa won’t be prevented against lesser competition in Charleston.

  • dan

    and the scouting video won’t load. it might just be me (old computer), but is it working for everyone else?