This would be a real dark horse for closer as he has to get past at least League and Jansen but Paco Rodriguez has been outstanding. He was drafted in the second round last year and made it to the majors the same year. Here are some of his stats:
2012 minors 19-2/3 IP 0.92 ERA 0.86 WHIP 32K 6 BB 0 HR .159 BAA
2012 majors 6-2/3 IP 1.35 ERA 1.05 WHIP 6K 4BB 0 HR .136 BAA
2013 majors 14 IP 2.57 ERA 0.64 WHIP 16K 3 BB 0 HR .136 BAA
Definitely small sample size so far but his performance is starting to get the attention of Mattingly.http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgersnow/la-sp-dn-dodgers-paco-rodriguez-back-of-bullpen-20130510,0,3906457.story
Mattingly admits he has thought of shaking things up, but is reluctant to appear he is giving up on anyone with almost four-fifths of the season remaining.
One reliever who may be flat-out earning his way to the back of the bullpen is left-hander Paco Rodriguez. He has not allowed a run in his last five outings, striking out 10 in 6 2/3 innings.
“The way Paco is going, he’s getting righties and lefties out, he’s a guy we’re really going to have to take a look,” Mattingly said. “It’s hard to stay status quo, but you kind of want to stick with your plan and to your guns.
“You hate to just jump ship on that and give up on guys. That wouldn’t be giving up on guys, just him making enough noise to say, `Hey, I can pitch back here and get both guys out.’ He’s working his way more and more really to that role.”
Paco was a reliever all through college playing in the SEC for Florida. Of 86 appearances, only 2 were starts. His college stats are in line with what he has done so far as a professional:
3 yrs 127-2/3 IP 2.18 ERA 1.08 WHIP 151K 30 BB
I think the fact that he has always been a reliever back to college has helped him get off to such a fast start to his professional career.
I've picked him up in a deep NL only keeper league. I think he's worth keeping your eye on.