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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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Masshole

Betances mechanics must pose less of a problem in short bursts out of the pen than they did in the rotation? Do you think they'll prevent him from being a reliable lock-down closer? To date his results have been excellent.

May 09, 2014 07:27 AM
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johnorpheus

Can you break down Shelby Miller?

May 09, 2014 11:33 AM
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BillJohnson

Too late, Shelby is already broken.

May 09, 2014 14:10 PM
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onearmedecon

Withrow has to be "most likely to kill a batter on a beaning." He seriously has no idea where the ball is going half the time.

May 09, 2014 15:05 PM
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