2020 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. Is it worth investing a premium draft pick in a top-tier guy? Would you rather take risks on lower-tier options? Or do you just punt the position altogether? Most of that depends on your league type and league settings. I cannot stress enough the importance of knowing your 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?
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 Aroldis Chapman and an end of draft selection of Alex Colomé equated to seven extra saves. There were also some huge differences in their values in other areas; Chapman had 30 more strikeouts, a 13.4 K/9 (compared to an 8.1 K/9 for Colome), and a 2.21 ERA (compared to 2.80 for Colome). Those...