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The Dynasty Guru’s 2020 Top 75 Dynasty League Relief Pitchers, #41-75

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Without further ado, it’s time to continue our 2020 consensus rankings by looking at the 41-75 relief pitchers in dynasty leagues.

41. TY BUTTREY, LOS ANGELES ANGELS, (AGE: 26, PREVIOUS RANK: 45)

The Angel’s second fiddle (behind Hansel Robles) is a former starter who finally found breakthrough success as a reliever when he posted a 2.25 ERA and struck out over 13 batter per 9 innings as a 25 year-old in Triple-A.  Buttrey continued that success in the big leagues with a 3.31 ERA and a slightly lower-but-still-good 11 K/9 after making his Major League debut.  Buttrey entered 2019 as a sleeper to be the Angels’ closer, but wasn’t quite been as stellar as his debut indicated he could be.  Buttrey still put together a solid season, with an ERA just under 4 and a K rate that measures similarly to his 2018 debut (10.5 K/9).  Buttrey doesn’t appear to be the closing threat that he looked like in 2018 after a more lukewarm first full season (and a very strong season from Robles), but there may be some post-hype sleeper possibilities here. (Ross Jensen)

42. COLIN POCHE, TAMPA BAY RAYS, (AGE: 26, PREVIOUS RANK: NR)

The unconventional owner of the so-called “invisiball”, Poche made a name for himself in 2018 after posting a 0.82 ERA (yes, you read that right) and a 0.788 WHIP, while striking out 15 batters per nine innings.  Unfortunately, pitching in the juiced Triple-A environment of 2019 had a negative impact on Poche’s numbers, and he struggled with an ERA over 6 (albeit only in 26 innings).  The underlying metrics remained the same (elite K rate, similarly impressive walk rate), however, and those results didn’t scare the Rays away from calling him up anyway and using him often in higher leverage situations.  2020 could certainly end up being a breakout season for Poche, who, despite only throwing in the low 90’s, could end up netting quite a few saves and holds for you fantasy squad.  (Ross Jensen)

43. ADAM OTTAVINO, NEW YORK YANKEES, (AGE: 34, PREVIOUS RANK: 23)

The rare breed of pitcher that has found success in Colorado, Ottavino moved to the New York Yankees in 2019 and ended up having one of his best seasons.  Ottavino finished the season with a 1.90 ERA and struck out nearly 12 batters per nine innings.  That said, he is entrenched in one of the deepest bullpens and behind one of the best shutdown closers in the league, Aroldis Chapman.  Nonetheless, Ottavino can certainly assist your squad in leagues that value holds (he had 28 in 2019), and you can also rest assured that the peripherals will remain solid for at least another year or two. (Ross Jensen)

44. MYCHAL GIVENS, BALTIMORE ORIOLES, (AGE: 29, PREVIOUS RANK: 35)

On its surface, Givens will enter 2020 coming off the back of his worst season in Baltimore, in which he posted a career high ERA (4.57) and WHIP (1.190).  The results can mostly be attributed to a surprising increase in the amount of long balls given up by Givens, rising from 0.5 home runs per nine innings in 2018 to 1.9 (nearly a 400% increase). Givens’ career trend also doesn’t look favorable, as he has posted yearly ERA highs now two years in a row.  However, Givens also posted a career high in strikeouts per 9 innings, with 12.3 and doesn’t have a ton of competition in the Oriole’s bullpen.  Givens could serve as a cheap option to gain some saves. (Ross Jensen)

45. DELLIN BETANCES, NEW YORK YANKEES, (AGE: 31, PREVIOUS RANK: 22)

While 2019 was a lost season due to a torn achilles, prior to that Betances was one of the best relievers in the game.  Over his career Betances has compiled a 2.36 ERA and has been one of the league’s best strikeout artists, striking out an impressive 14.6 batters per nine innings (behind only Hader and Chapman for career K/9 rate) and totaling 100+ strikeouts in 5 straight seasons.  If he fully recovers from his injury, Betances will once again be one of the finest relievers in baseball and would be the closer for practically any team other than the Yankees (where he is behind one of the two ahead of him in career K/9 rate, Aroldis Chapman). If your team can get by without the saves, or if holds possess value in your league, Betances could be an enticing buy-low opportunity. (Ross Jensen)

46. MICHAEL LORENZEN, CINCINNATI REDS, (AGE: 28, PREVIOUS RANK: NR)

Lorenzen will enter 2020 as the Reds’ top setup man after a successful 2019 campaign in which he posted a 2.92 ERA and struck out 9.2 batters per nine innings.  2020 could end up being an even better season for Lorenzen, who has reportedly been looking to further improve his already-top shelf velocity (average velocity of 96.9 MPH on his fastball in 2019). While he lacks the imposing strikeout rate of the Reds current closer, Raisel Iglesias, if Iglesias struggles out of the gates, Lorenzen could supplant him and net your team another closer. (Ross Jensen)

47. DANIEL HUDSON, WASHINGTON NATIONALS (AGE: 32, PREVIOUS RANK: NR)

In 2019, the once highly-sought-after dynasty starter finally completed his conversion to effective reliever.  2020 was Hudson’s best season in the role to date, posting a 1.44 ERA after moving to the Nationals (2.47 overall) and ending the season as a World Series champ.  The bad news? In the three seasons preceding 2019, Hudson had an overall ERA of 4.61 (although it progressively improved each season), and his 2019 3.97 FIP also suggests there may be some regression for Hudson in 2020.  Hudson also possesses average strikeout rates (8.8 K/9 in 2019), suggesting he could be a good candidate to sell high. (Ross Jensen)

48. ZACK BRITTON, NEW YORK YANKEES, (AGE: 32, PREVIOUS RANK: 36)

Yet another lock-down relief pitcher coming out of the Yankees bullpen, Britton has been nothing short of fantastic over the last five seasons, compiling an overall ERA of 1.83.  While the strikeout rates are not quite as eye-popping (7.8 K/9 in 2019 and 8.6 K/9 over the last five seasons) as some of the other late inning options for the Yankees (namely Betances and Chapman), it’s hard to argue with the results. If you don’t need high strikeout numbers from your reliever, Britton should continue to be one of the best for the next two to three seasons, at a minimum. (Ross Jensen)

49. JOSE ALVARADO, TAMPA BAY RAYS, (AGE: 24, PREVIOUS RANK: 18)

Alvarado entered 2019 as a sleeper pick to join the ranks of elite MLB closers after an impressive 2018 in which he posted a 2.39 ERA and struck out 11.3 batters per nine, while regularly firing pitches near 100 MPH at the opposition.  The season started out well enough for Alvarado, but son fell apart at the seams.  Alvarado couldn’t find the strike zone, and as a result of walking over 8 batters per nine innings, Alvarado’s ERA ballooned to 4.8 and he posted a downright ugly 1.867 WHIP.  Alvarado reportedly was dealing with family concerns that may have interfered with his mental focus and performance.  Heading into 2020, Alvarado’s family is happy, healthy, and safe, and the 24 year old still possesses the same repertoire that made him a favorite sleeper in 2019.  There is immense post-hype sleeper potential here. (Ross Jensen)

50. KEVIN GINKEL, ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS, (AGE: 25, PREVIOUS RANK: 25)

In High-A 2018, Ginkel posted a 0.99 ERA, a 0.841 WHIP, and 13.2 K/9.  In Double-A 2018-2019, Ginkel posted a 1.82 ERA, a 0.826 WHIP, and 13 K/9.  In Triple-A 2019, Ginkel had a 1.62 ERA, a 1.080 WHIP, and 19.4 K/9.  How is that for impressive?  Ginkel followed those numbers up by putting together a 1.48 ERA, 0.986 WHIP, and 10.4 K/9 in the big leagues over 24 innings.  Over the last three years, Ginkel has been nothing short of dominant at every level he has played.  There is very little to suggest that anything will change in 2020.  Ginkel could push Archie Bradley for saves soon – add him to your roster before he becomes unaffordable! (Ross Jensen)

51. Matt Barnes, Boston Red Sox, (Age: 30, Previous Rank: 43)

Barnes enjoyed another solid season in 2019, posting a 3.78 ERA and 2.93 xFIP in 64.1 innings. He continued a five-year trend of increased curveball usage, throwing it 50.7% of the time in 2019 (a 10% increase over 2018) and it led to a career-high 15.39 K/9 and 14.9% Swinging Strike rate but also a career-high 5.32 BB/9. A few yellow flags went up during Barnes second half as his strikeout rate dropped 7%, walk rate went up 3.5%, and his Fly Ball rate went up 15.5%. It doesn’t signal that the end is near, by any means, but it something worth keeping an eye on during Spring Training and the early parts of the season. Barnes’ control, or lack thereof, hurts his chances at being the closer if something were to happen to Workman, but he still profiles as an above-average high strikeout reliever, albeit with a high WHIP. (Trevor Foster)

52. Aaron Bummer, Chicago White Sox, (Age: 26, Previous Rank: NA)

Bummer experienced some good luck in 2019 which certainly aided his breakout season. His .228 BABIP and 82.3% LOB% point to some likely regression on the horizon for both his ERA and WHIP and his 13.7% K-BB% does not exactly paint the picture of a pitcher capable of repeating a low 2’s ERA. It was not all luck though; Bummer saw a two mile-per-hour bump in his velocity (93.5mph to 95.3mph) and, thanks to his sinker which he throws 70% of the time, induced groundballs at an elite 72.1% clip which shows he can maintain a good ERA (just not one quite as good as 2.13). Bummer has the skills to be a solid option in a major league bullpen, but his mediocre strikeout rate, likely ERA and WHIP regression, and lack of saves do not offer a whole lot of fantasy value right now. But, if he were to have continued success and get a chance to move into the closer role, he could provide more value in the future. (Trevor Foster)

53. Trevor May, Minnesota Twins, (Age: 30, Previous Rank: 48)

2019 was a tale of two seasons for May as he was a completely different pitcher in the first half then the second half. His first-half K-BB% of 13.3% and his 4.63 xFIP were drastically different from his second-half marks of 27.6% and 3.67. May’s second-half success may lie in a pitch mix change in July, as he abandoned his curveball, picked up a slider, and started throwing his elite fastball a bit more (17.4 pitch value per Fangraphs). These changes led to more strikeouts and better control but also to a higher Fly Ball rate and Hard-Hit rate, which can be dangerous in the age of the happy-fun-ball. Regardless, the second half skill gains were noteworthy and if he can sustain them into 2020, he could be a solid contributor to your fantasy staff, even without the saves. (Trevor Foster)

54. Kyle Crick, Pittsburgh Pirates, (Age: 27, Previous Rank: NA)

One year removed from a 2.39 ERA, Crick put up a stinker in 2019 with a 4.96 ERA and his xFIP that suggests he should have been even worse. While he induced more swings and misses in 2019, his BB% jumped 6.5% and he was hit 8% harder than he was in 2018. Even with the 8% jump, he was still in the 94th percentile for Hard Hit rate and xBA and that is not something you would expect to see from a guy with a 4.96 ERA, even with his poor control. Crick recently attributed his poor results in 2019 to tipping his pitches and it would go a long way to making sense of strong skills but poor results. Presuming Crick can correct his pitch tipping, his control will be the difference between him being a lockdown setup man with a chance for occasional save opportunities, or simply just another average bullpen arm. (Trevor Foster)

55. Andrew Miller, St. Louis Cardinals, (Age: 34, Previous Rank: 30)

It was a fun ride while it lasted. After four consecutive years of posting an ERA under 2.05, Miller now has back to back years of an ERA over 4.00. His fastball velocity now sits at 92.7mph, which isn’t horrible but is down 2mph from 2017 and 3mph from 2016. He is still striking out 29.7% of batters he faces, but it is a far cry from the 39% to 45% he was striking out just a few years ago. Carlos Martinez being added back to the rotation and the injury to Jordan Hicks could open the door for Miller to get some save opportunities early in the year, but he seems unlikely to beat out Gallegos for the job. Without saves, Miller is no longer talented enough in the ratio categories to be much more than a backend relief option. (Trevor Foster)

56. Amir Garrett, Cincinnati Reds, (Age: 27, Previous Rank: NA)

Garrett’s 2019 will be most remembered for his display of his boxing ability, but as far as his pitching ability goes, he is showing signs of being a valuable set up man. Garrett threw nearly 20% more sliders last year and enjoyed better results; his K-rate rose 5% (to 31.2%), his Swinging Strike rate rose nearly 3% (to 16.2%), and his Groundball rate rose 16% (to 53.9%). Garrett also pitched better than his overall stat line may indicate, he suffered a lat strain on July 3rd and just wasn’t the same pitcher after as his ERA and Hard Hit rate skyrocketed and his K-BB% plummeted. The results he showed in the first half when he was healthy were promising and those combined with the skill gains he made paint the picture of someone with the potential to be a top-tier non-closer. To reach that potential Garrett will have to refine his control (14.2% walk rate) but he is just entering his prime and I think his best is yet to come. (Trevor Foster)

57. Tommy Kahnle, New York Yankees, (Age: 31, Previous Rank: NA)

Apparently cutting down on his caffeine intake was all Kahnle had to do to return to his 2017 level. Ok, maybe an extra tick of velocity and a pitch mix change that had him throwing his fastball about 10% less and his changeup 12% more had something to do with it too. Whichever narrative you prefer, the result is the same; Kahnle was excellent in 2019. He was in the top 8% of pitchers for xBA, xSLG, and xwOBA and in the top 4% for K%. His 2.69 xFIP and 2.79 SIERA suggest he should have been even better than his 3.67 ERA and thanks in part to his elite changeup (0.13 xFIP and 43.5% K-BB) he induced groundballs at a 50.4% rate. The lack of saves hurts his value but Kahnle possesses one of the better skillsets on the back half of this list and will be a solid contributor in strikeouts and ratios. He is one of the better non-closer relief pitcher options and how can you not want a guy like this on your fantasy squad. (Trevor Foster)

58. Robert Stephenson, Cincinnati Reds, (Age: 27, Previous Rank: NA)

I may as well copy and paste the first few lines of Amir Garrett’s profile in this space, minus the boxing part of course. Stephenson transitioned to the bullpen in 2019 and, like Garrett, greatly increased his slider usage (up 16.5% to 56.6%). This, along with a 1mph bump in velocity, led to excellent results as Stephenson’s Swinging Strike rate jumped to 18.9% (one of the top marks in the league), his Strikeout rate rose to 30.9%, and his Walk rate dropped to 9.2%, almost a 5% improvement over his last extended MLB stint in 2017. He was in the top 5% of the league in xBA, xSLG, xwOBA, and Hard Hit%, and in the top 15% for fastball spin and K%. To sum it up, Stephenson is very good. For now, he is unlikely to contribute in saves, but he will provide plenty of strikeouts and solid ratios. The Reds have a talented bullpen, but with the skills Stephenson has shown, it would not surprise me to see him as the Reds future closer. (Trevor Foster)

59. Shane Greene, Atlanta Braves, (Age: 31, Previous Rank: 38)

Greene falls 21 spots in this year’s rankings, and this has more to do with opportunity (or lack thereof) than any significant decline in skills. After being traded from Detroit to Atlanta before the trade deadline, Greene stumbled a bit and only recorded one save the rest of the season. With Melancon and Will Smith now in the mix, it is unlikely he sees many (if any) save chances this year. Greene had a 3% jump in swinging-strike rate last year but outside of that his skills were very consistent with 2018. An almost 2mph decline in velocity is concerning though. His .238 BABIP points to some likely regression in 2020 and projection systems have him around a 3.75 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. While those are still quality ratios, he doesn’t provide elite strikeout numbers and without the saves, he profiles as a middle of the road relief option. (Trevor Foster)

60. Matt Magill, Seattle Mariners, (Age: 30, Previous Rank: NA)

Magill had a very inconsistent first half last year that eventually led to him getting DFA’d by the Twins in mid-July and then dealt to the Mariners for cash. You know how the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and Magill turned out to be a solid pickup for the Mariners. In 20.1 innings in Seattle, he had a 3.54 ERA, 3.15 xFIP, 1.23 WHIP, and a 24.7% K-BB% and made a pitch mix change during this time where he essentially dropped his slider and threw just his fastball and curveball. It wasn’t all roses though; he had a 47.4% Hard Hit rate during his time with the Mariners and has ranked in the bottom 5% of both Hard-Hit rate and Exit Velocity each of the past two seasons. He is currently slated to be the Mariners closer, but he will have to be better at limiting hard contact to retain this role throughout the season and into the future. (Trevor Foster)

61) A.J. Minter, Atlanta Braves, (Age: 26 Previous Rank: 13)

Minter is a pretty solid example of the volatility of relief pitchers. Last year the stuff, the hype, and the potential role had Minter towards the top of our list. 2019, however, was a much different story than the narrative we had expected to unfold. The “injury blips” we noticed towards the end of 2018 unfolded into a mess of a season for Minter. Minter’s 2019 began with shoulder soreness, a dip in velocity, and control issues which led to some time in Triple-A. He performed well at Triple-A posting a 11.91 K/9, and an xFIP of 2.90. However he was limited to only a few games towards the end of the year due to more shoulder issues. Minter has undergone offseason therapy for his shoulder in the hopes of avoiding surgery. There’s no question about the stuff, but his health and role now have us significantly more skeptical than we were a year ago. (Patrick Magnus)

62) Luke Jackson, Atlanta Braves, (Age: 28 Previous Rank: NR)

An average of 96.3 MPH on his fastball was good for placing him in the 90th percentile of velo. All that velo kept the higher k-rate Jackson established in 2018 around in 2019. The blazing fastball is paired primarily with a wipeout slider, and curve that is sprinkled in as well. Jackson does a great job of getting hitters to swing and miss, however quality of contact was a significant issue for the right hander. A 25.6% homerun to flyball rate was just too damn high for him to keep the closer role. The home run issue and other arms in the bullpen mean that the save chances for Jackson are very low, but he will post strong K numbers and decent ratios for a reliever. (Patrick Magnus)

63) Chad Green, New York Yankees, (Age: 28 Previous Rank: 37)

Green has showcased elite stuff from the bullpen since he was first brought up in 2017. While he hasn’t been handed the ball in the 9th on a consistent basis, he certainly has closer stuff. For his dynasty value though, he’s locked away in a tremendously deep Yankee bullpen, and they’ve found Green is a weapon best used in multiple innings. Thus while his chances at acquiring saves are low, Green remains one of the best non-closer options for relievers. He’ll pitch 70 innings, strikeout 12 per-nine, all while demonstrating strong control. That’s an effective reliever worth rostering, and if anything ever happens to Chapman he’s got a decent chance at collecting saves. (Patrick Magnus)

64) Ryne Stanek, Miami Marlins, (Age: 28, Previous Rank: 56)

From one Florida baseball team to another, Stanek went from Rays opener to Marlins bullpen arm. Once in the Marlins organization Stanek went from opener to closer, though he struggled when given the ball in the 9th. In fact his time with the Marlins as a whole in 2019 was not all that fun to watch. Stanek was coming off of a hip injury, and so the hope is that he has recovered in the off-season. If Stanek returns to form he is a decent end game bet for saves, as the Marlins current options remain quite fallible. (Patrick Magnus)

65) Michel Baez, San Diego Padres, (Age:24 Previous Rank: NR)

The 24 year-old made his MLB debut last year with a blazing fastball, curve, and change up. There was some hope that the young hurler would end up in the rotation, but injuries and a decline in stuff seem to have Baez in the pen for the foreseeable future. The Padres pen is also already quite loaded in 2020, and what role Baez will fill is a bit of a mystery. His stuff and potential make Baez a guy worth monitoring and owning in deeper leagues, but he’s unlikely to see high-leverage situations right off the bat. There’s potential here, but he remains a middle innings dude for now only worthy of speculation. (Patrick Magnus)

66) Tony Watson, San Francisco Giants, (Age:34 Previous Rank: NR)

Watson was not his dominant self in 2019, and at 34 years old we have to wonder is he going to return to form? In 2018 Watson set career highs in strikeout rate and ERA with the Giants, and the expectation was more of the same in 2019. So what happened? Batters appeared much more ready for Watson’s secondary offerings in 2019, particularly his slider which was not nearly as effective as it was in 2018. Beyond his underperformance, Watson’s 2019 was troubling as he was shut down with a fractured wrist as well. Thus there’s healthy and stuff risk here. Still, The two factors that could keep Watson dynasty relevant are his location and potential role. With Will Smith now in Atlanta the gig for closer is open in San Francisco, but with Kapler calling the shots who knows how the closer situation pans out. He’ll be a cheap add/risky add for dynasty leaguers in 2020. (Patrick Magnus)

67) Jairo Diaz, Colorado Rockies, (Age: 28 Previous Rank: NR)

Ah yes, a Rockies bullpen arm who is not the designated closer. Well I mean, you are reading the 68th ranked reliever on this list. So this is as much your fault as it is mine. Jairo posted some strong numbers in 2015 but has been working his way back from Tommy John. Finally, in 2019 he returned to a steady role in the majors. The velocity was very much still there for Diaz as he averaged 97 MPH on his fastball. Over 57 innings he managed to post above-average strikeout numbers, limited flyballs and collected a handful of saves. The ERA may never be pretty, and with Ober and Davis in front of him, Jairo may not get save opportunities either. Still, he’s only an injury or a trade away from being relevant. (Patrick Magnus)

68) Sam Tuivailala, Seattle Mariners, (Age:27 Previous Rank: NR)

Another veteran arm who makes this list mostly due to the fact that he’s on a bad team with the potential for save opportunities. Tuivailala got a late start to the season due to recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. While he did lose a bit of velocity post-surgery, he managed to post career-high strikeout numbers and a minuscule 3.4% HR/FB rate. That’ll get the job done, although he did struggle with control, which is worth keeping an eye on in 2020. The Mariners’ pen is less than impressive these days, so it’s possible Tuivailala works himself into the closer role at some point this season. (Patrick Magnus)

69) Seranthony Dominguez, Philadelphia Phillies, (Age: 25 Previous Rank: 16)

Another fall from grace, and another example of the extreme volatility at the position. Dominguez went from closing out 16 games at 24 years old, full of great stuff and sky-high potential to… A drop in velo, drop in K/9, an increase in walks, and only 24.2 innings pitched due to an elbow injury. He managed to avoid TJ, thankfully. Dominguez’s sophomore campaign was a disaster. Yet all is not lost for the young hurler. The Phillies went bargain shopping for bullpen help this off-season, David Robertson is out until the second half, and Hector Neris has the job locked down for now. BUT there’s always a chance Dominguez swoops up some save chances. Injury risk is still a large factor and should also be considered when rostering the right-hander. (Patrick Magnus)

70) Peter Fairbanks, Tampa Bay Rays (Age: 26, Previous Rank: NR)

Fairbanks started out his minor league career as a starter but exhibited some big-time control issues. The Texas Rangers migrated him to the bullpen fulltime by 2017 before shipping him off to the Rays in 2019. Despite some serious strikeout numbers (15.63 K/9) and a 3.45 FIP for the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate, success did not translate for Fairbanks once he hopped to the big league club. In 21 innings, he maintained 12 K/9 but had a ghastly 6.86 ERA and 5.01 FIP. A two-pitch reliever who leans heavily on his offspeed stuff (he threw his slider 56.1% of the time), Fairbanks should use 2020 as a stepping stone to a possible closing job in 2021. (Tyler Burgess)

71) Zack Burdi, Chicago White Sox (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 51)

Zack Burdi has shown plenty of ability to get outs but has not managed to stay healthy. Making just 7 appearances after coming back from Tommy John surgery in 2018, the White Sox took things slowly by starting him at single-A before bumping him up to AA. Again, the injury bug bit Burdi with a ligament tear in his right knee. The Pale Hose placed him on the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule-5 draft and expect to give him a chance to crack the major league roster with a strong showing in spring training. With a fastball that can touch 100 MPH, he has the stuff to make it, but time will tell if his body will let him. (Tyler Burgess)

72) Pedro Baez, Los Angeles Dodgers (Age: 31, Previous Rank: NR)

Despite decent major league success (career 9.45 K/9, 3.03 ERA, 1.10 WHIP in 339 innings) Baez has a solitary save to his name. He was a steady hand near the back of the Dodger’s bullpen in 2019. He had a couple of appearances where he got knocked around a bit but was otherwise fairly reliable. Despite a rougher past two seasons for stalwart closer Kenley Jansen, the closer job in LA remains fairly secure. However, if Jansen were to fall flat, Baez is the likeliest candidate to benefit. Dodgers’ president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has insinuated that the closing job is not necessarily as locked down as it has been in years past. (Tyler Burgess)

73) Reyes Moronta, San Francisco Giants (Age: 27, Previous Rank: NR)

With Will Smith out of town, Moronta would be the next man up for saves in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the hard-throwing righty underwent surgery for a torn labrum this past September and looks to be out for at least the first half of the season. Despite the expectation that he will take over closing duties once healthy, his lack of control will add to the uncertainty of his ability to hang on to the job. He’s had a sub-3 ERA each of the last 3 seasons, but his FIP and xFIP have gone up each year, tipping the scales at 3.57 and 4.83 in 2019, respectively. If you take a chance on Moronta, have the Tums ready. (Tyler Burgess)

74) Tanner Rainey, Washington Nationals (Age: 27, Previous Rank: NR)

Speaking of control issues, here comes Tanner Rainey. Owner of an impressive 13.78 K/9 in 2019, Rainey also managed a jarring 7.08 BB/9. Yikes. His track record in the minors wasn’t much better, so there isn’t really an expectation for him to reign in his control any time soon. He’ll provide plenty of strikeouts when on the mound, but will have to exhibit some big-time changes before he’s pushing for higher leverage opportunities. With plenty of more capable arms ahead of him in the Nats’ bullpen and liability any time he’s on the mound, Rainey shouldn’t end up in many (if any) closing situations in 2020. However, as the great Lloyd Christmas once said: “So, you’re telling me there’s a chance?” (Tyler Burgess)

75) Nick Burdi, Pittsburgh Pirates (Age: 27, Previous Rank: NR)

Burdi is a sleeper in the Pirates bullpen: having lost a year to season-ending surgery last June to relieve symptoms of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome recovery, the erstwhile 2nd round draft pick (in 2014) has a nice heater that touches 99 and a plus-plus slider. He’s reported to camp healthy, so if 1) his heat is where it should be, and 2) Keone Kela struggles, he could get in the mix for save opportunities. (Ian Hudson)

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