Mark Melancon: To start off the year, in college, I think I got hurt in April, but before that it went really well. I felt great and then a couple of weeks, I started to feel an injury in my elbow. That kept me out the rest of the season from April on. Fortunately, I still got drafted and came to a great team like the Yankees. I didn't sign for a long time, not because of money or anything like that. A lot of people think that, but I could have been out here two weeks after the draft, but it was just some things had to be worked out in terms of going through the hierarchy. I don't even know what it was. By the time I got here, I went to Tampa, worked out a little bit, and then came up to Staten Island and it's been great ever since. I haven't thrown as well as I'd have liked to, but I have to be patient and realize I'm just coming back from an injury and been off for a while.
PinstripesPlus: What would you say is your biggest strength as a ball player? What do you bring to the field and to your team?
Melancon: My competitiveness. No matter what situation, I want to be in the game and I feel that helps me battle through anything.
PinstripesPlus: Heading into the offseason, what do you need to work on the most to be ready for next season and what will you be doing to work on it (specifically)? What's your biggest weakness right now?
Melancon: I'm going to Instructs, and then I don't know what's after that. There's been talk of other things, but as of right now, I'm just going to Instructs and then heading home. [I'd like to work on] my fastball location. I mean, you can always work on location, but just getting healthy and throwing 100% like I did at the beginning of the season.
Melancon: Fastball, curveball, changeup, and a two-seamer. Fastball in the low 90's. Curveball, high-70s, 80. Changeup about 80. My strikeout pitch is the curveball. I'd like to work the most on fastball location. Fastball and changeup.
PinstripesPlus: To give our fans a better idea of the type of player (pitcher) you are, who would you compare your game to at the Major League level and why?
Melancon: I get that a lot, but I don't know. I like to consider myself as a fastball pitcher, a power pitcher. I like Roger Clemens' work ethic. Changing eye elevation. I like how he works. I don't want to say Roger Clemens, because that's pretty cliché, but I don't know.
PinstripesPlus: In the brief time that you've been with this team, have any of the players caught your eye or impressed you as having the highest upside?
Melancon: I played with a couple of these guys before. Colin Curtis and Kyle Larsen. I'm impressed with Kontos. I don't know. I haven't been here long enough.
PinstripesPlus: How exactly do you pronounce your name?
Melancon: Me-lan-son. Me-lahnson, Me-lanson. Probably what's correct is Me-lahnson, but everybody says Me-lanson. I even say Me-lanson, so.