Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Advanced Fantasy Baseball - Closer Reports

Our friend Jon Williams from Advanced Fantasy Baseball and Big Leagues Monthly brings to us the pre-season closer reports for EVERY team in Major League Baseball.  He lets us know who is slated to be the closer to start the year, who is next in line and then the sleepers on each teams roster.  Be sure to follow Jon on twitter @BigJonWilliams and the Big Leagues Monthy @BigLeaguesMag


Cincinnati Reds
Closer – Jonathan Broxton
Next – Sean Marshall
Sleeper – Aroldis Chapman
Super-Sleeper – Jose Arredondo

It would appear that Jonathan Broxton has recovered from years of abuse at the hands of Joe Torre. His strikeout rate and fastball velocity will probably never be what they were again but Broxton has learned to be effective with what he has which is a still a nice low to mid 90s fastball. As long as his control is there he should be an effective mid-tier closer. Only the return of Aroldis Chapman to the bullpen would force an effective Broxton from the closer role.

Click here to see the rest of the National League closer reports

Texas Rangers
Closer – Joe Nathan
Sleeper – Robbie Ross
Super-Sleeper – Joakim Soria

Joe Nathan completed his return from TJS with the Texas Rangers in 2012 and looked almost as good as ever. The strikeouts were there. The command was there. He did not seem to suffer much in the more hitting oriented environment. As he nears 40-years old, Nathan can be expected to fade a bit but there are not many signs of that in his 2012 statistics. Scheppers allowed a few too many homers in his first Major Leagues stint but he has the stuff to be the Rangers closer of the future. Joakim Soria was signed this offseason after the Royals declined to re-sign him as he rehabbed from TJS. Soria is expected to be ready by the All-Star Break and while he contribute in the second half, he is more likely to be of value in 2014.

Click here to see the rest of the American League closer reports


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