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Future Closers?

Postby Fluidoz » Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:04 am

Does anyone know a site that has a descent list of potential future closers? Or does anyone know of a few? I know it is a fickle position. And new ones pop up every year. I think finding a future closer is harder then finding a future 30/30 man. But my league has decided to expanded our farm system from 10 guys to 20. And I'm thinking about putting a few good future closer prospects on my list. This is our 20th year for our NL and AL only leagues. And thanks to some help from Baseball America I have a few names so far.

NL-Max Scherzer- Ari -Already Taken
Ryan Tucker-Fla
Rob Byson-Milw
Eddie Kunz-NYM
Chris Perez- STL-Already Taken

AL- Mark Melancon-NYY-Had Tommy John last year.
Jake McGe-TB-Already Taken
Kasey Kiker-Tex- Already Taken

Can anyone help find a few more? Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance
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Re: Future Closers?

Postby sprtsgy1989 » Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:09 am

mat latos may move 2 closer
id grab him i think its a win win
he has pot 2 be an ace or a stud closer
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Re: Future Closers?

Postby stevethumb » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:09 pm

minor league teams leading closers translate very poorly to successful major league closers..that said, brian anderson SFG has a chance
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Re: Future Closers?

Postby sprtsgy1989 » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:45 pm

stevethumb wrote:minor league teams leading closers translate very poorly to successful major league closers..that said, brian anderson SFG has a chance

i like sregio romo from the giants also
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Re: Future Closers?

Postby thomasps3 » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:34 pm

You may want to ascertian why the closer posiiton is so fickle, and instead of drafting for a position, draft the best players available. The cache you will have simply by going with best available will allow oyu to trade your prospects for a ml closer when you need. Otherwise, this strategy is doomed to:

A. leave you with a bunch of middle relievers at the ML level

and

b. leave you with no trading chips when you had the opportunity to draft a good player, not a player with a good position.

However, with that being said, I can understand why you want future closers. I would point to guys like:
Yorman Bazardo in DET
Mark Melancon - NYY (surgery, who cares, Mariano is signed for 3 years)
Chris Tillman - Orioles
Justin Masterson - Red Sox
Aaron Poreda - White Sox

and in doing so, you can look at appropriate hitting prospects, and see what I mean when you go bobbing for closers in the MiLB draft and chances are you will miss completely, and through no fault of your own.
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Re: Future Closers?

Postby jwhands » Sun Mar 16, 2008 2:07 am

One guy that is being overlooked is Morlan. I projected him as being the replacement for Nathan in a few years. Now that he is in Tampa, he may be looked at closely to finish games for the Rays. I know that some reports are stating that McGee will be groomed as a closer, but don't rule out Morlan yet.
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