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2022 Player Outlook

Clase opened the season as Cleveland's primary closer and finished the season with 24 saves, never losing the job; something very few closers can actually boast these days. He did lose some saves work early in the year to James Karinchak, but the cream always rises to the top and Clase continued to dominate. His strikeout rate was good though, surprisingly, not great considering how he hit triple-digits on the radar gun 45-percent of the time, but he gave up just six home runs over 67 innings which ranked fourth among qualified relievers. The second half was really where it was at for Clase as he was beyond dominant with a 0.82, a 0.61 WHIP and a 33:2 K:BB over 33 innings following the All Star break and that is what everyone who drafts him this season will be expecting. Maybe factor in a bit of regression, but Clase should be treated and drafted as a top-five closer in 2022.

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