2019 MLB Draft Guide: Drafting Closers
Justin Vreeland takes you through the pros and cons of drafting closers and throws in some suggested names you may want to invest in as well as some to avoid.
The closer position is one of the few positions that has many different strategy routes. Should you invest in a top-tier guy? Should you take a risk on lower-tier options? Or do you just punt the position altogether? Most of that depends on your league type and league settings. From there, you need to figure out the route you want to take and who is worth targeting. Let’s dive in!
Why Draft Them?
The elite closers can make a huge difference on your strikeouts, K/9, ERA, WHIP, and more depending on the categories offered in your league. The difference between an early round selection of Kenley Jansen and an end of draft selection of Shane Greene equated to six extra saves. There were also some huge differences in their value in other areas; Jansen had 17 more strikeouts, a 2.11 better ERA, and a 0.38 better WHIP, and that is in a down year for Jansen. Those numbers may not sound like a lot, but over the course of a season that can make a huge difference on your pitching...