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2007 Back-Up Closers

I am going to put-up my middle relievers in two parts. Today's will be the middle relievers who are now back-up closers. Tomorrow or the day after, I will put up the rest. At this level of ranking, only AL- and NL-only leagues find legitimate draftees. In mixed leagues, there are so many starting pitchers and closers to chose from that back-up closers go undrafted with the exception of a handful or so. Those are ranked amongst the top 10 or so on my list.

I chose to present these players in order of my rankings based on 2006 numbers. No matter where they are ranked, all are valuable. As back-up closers, the last player listed, Henry Owens, is arguably more valuable than the first one listed, Scot Shields, because owens is more likely to close than Shields.

PITCHERS Team IP W SV K ERA WHIP K:BB
Shields Scot LAA 87.67 7 2 84 2.875 1.072 3.50
Zumaya Joel DET 83.33 6 1 97 1.944 1.176 2.31
Howry Bobby CHC 76.67 4 5 71 3.170 1.135 4.18
Broxton Jonathan LAD 76.33 4 3 97 2.594 1.231 2.94
Capps Matt PIT 80.67 9 1 56 3.793 1.153 4.67
Otsuka Akinori TEX 59.67 2 32 47 2.112 1.073 4.27
Wheeler Dan HOU 71.33 3 9 68 2.523 1.150 2.83
Linebrink Scott SD 75.67 7 2 68 3.568 1.216 3.09
Wainwright Adam STL 75.00 2 3 72 3.120 1.147 3.27
Duchscherer Justin OAK 55.67 2 9 51 2.910 1.096 5.67
Soriano Rafael ATL 60.00 1 2 65 2.250 1.083 3.10
MacDougal Mike CHW 29.00 1 1 21 1.552 0.931 3.50
Rincon Juan MIN 74.33 3 1 65 2.906 1.345 2.71
Nolasco Ricky FLA 140.00 11 0 99 4.821 1.414 2.41
Gregg Kevin FLA 78.33 3 0 71 4.136 1.391 3.38
Gonzalez Mike PIT 54.00 3 24 64 2.167 1.352 2.06
League Brandon TOR 42.67 1 1 29 2.531 1.008 3.22
Farnsworth Kyle NYY 66.00 3 6 75 4.364 1.364 2.68
Julio Jorge AZ 66.00 2 16 88 4.227 1.318 2.51
Coffey Todd CIN 78.00 6 8 60 3.577 1.436 2.22
Tankersley Taylor FLA 41.00 2 3 46 2.854 1.439 1.77
Timlin Mike BOS 64.00 6 9 30 4.359 1.469 1.88
Bray Bill CIN 50.67 3 2 39 4.086 1.480 2.17
Turnbow Derrick MIL 56.33 4 24 69 6.870 1.686 1.77
Pena Tony AZ 30.67 3 1 21 5.576 1.435 2.63
Tavarez Julian BOS 98.67 5 1 56 4.470 1.561 1.27
Nelson Joe KC 44.67 1 9 44 4.433 1.366 1.83
Hernandez Roberto CLE 63.67 0 2 48 3.110 1.461 1.50
Wood Kerry CHC 19.67 1 0 13 4.119 1.373 1.63
Fruto Emiliano WSH 36.00 2 1 34 5.500 1.611 1.42
Wilson Brian SF 30.00 2 1 23 5.400 1.767 1.10
Mastny Thomas CLE 16.33 0 5 14 5.510 1.531 1.75
Reitsma Chris FA 28.00 1 8 13 8.679 1.929 1.63
Owens Henry FLA 4.00 0 0 2 9.000 2.000 0.50