SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The San Francisco Giants have a new closer, and he was introduced on Friday afternoon at AT&T Park.
Mark Melancon, sitting with manager Bruce Bochy, team President Larry Baer, and General Manager Bobby Evans, said he had a great respect for the Giants organization–and reiterated his desire to play with a winning club.
Melancon also mentioned the Giants were a family-oriented organization, something that was high on his list.
The three-time All-Star also said he was excited to have defensive wizards, shortstop Brandon Crawford and second baseman Joe Panik, behind him.
The 31-year-old has been an elite closer for the last couple of years.
In 2016, he posted a 1.64 ERA and converted 47 out of 51 saves with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals.
Although effective, Melancon is not a traditional closer in that he doesn’t blow away hitters. He only had 65 strikeouts in 71.1 innings pitched, but gets quick outs, pitching to contact.
Former Giants closer Santiago Casilla blew nine saves in 40 attempts in 2016.
The Giants had 32 total blown saves.