Top 25 RP’s (13-14):
Ken Giles (14):
Ken Giles is one of the most underrated closers in the game. Last season, he put up an impressive 1.87 ERA, with a 1.00 WHIP on 23 saves. What makes him standout is his advanced stats. His fastball velocity, strikeout %, XWOBA, XSLG, and XBA are all in the top 95th percentile of the league. Giles primary uses a fastball and slider combo, and the outcomes are positive so that does not bother me. He will likely be drafted in rounds 14 to 18 which to me doesn’t reflect his true talent. Ken Giles could easily be a top 5 RP next year. He has the advanced stats to back this claim up. Take a risk and draft him over the likes of Kenley Jansen and Craig Kimbrel. He will be cheaper and possibly better.
Brandon Workman (13):
If I told there was a closer in 2018 that had a 1.88 ERA over 71.2 IP, you would probably guess that I was talking about Liam Hendriiks or Kirby Yates, but those numbers actually belong to the Red Sox 9th-inning man: Brandon Workman. Workman finished in the 99th percentile in terms of barrel % (0.7), xBA (.173), xSLG (.233), and WOBA (.208). The only thing that kept Workman from finishing in the top 5 of RP’s last year was the packed Boston bullpen. Workman was one of six Boston relievers to record a save last year, and even though he lead the pack, he only recorded 16 saves in 22 opportunities. Unlike 2019, Workman will open the 2020 season as the clear option to close games in Boston, and while it is hard to tell if the Red Sox will be any good this year considering recent distractions, Workman has top 10 RP upside.
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