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May 9, 2014

Raising Aces

Making Setup Man Magic

by Doug Thorburn


One of the more visible signs of change in today's game is the reshaping of the bullpen, which has led to an increased emphasis on stockpiling ace relievers. Baseball has become saturated with strikeouts, and the solution becomes more concentrated as a game gets to the late innings and the leading team trots out a conga line of pitchers who specialize in whiffs. Today's ’pen is mightier than it’s ever been before.

From a prospect standpoint, it’s easy for a pitcher to get lost in the shuffle once he has transitioned out of the rotation and into the bullpen because of a lack of command or arsenal depth. However, the increased specialization of the modern bullpen is throwing a couple of former top prospects back into the limelight.

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