Future ‘apagafuegos’ of the West Division of the National League | AT BAT


Parents with Kirby Yates and the Dodgers with the curazoleño Kenley Jansen, have the taponeros most stable in the West of the National League. But not much time should pass before the start of a new changing of the guard.

Here’s a look at who could be options in the future for each team:

* D-backs: J. B. Bukauskas

Bukauskas was acquired by the D-backs, coming from the Astros as part of the change by Zach Greinke, before the date limit changes from last year. The right-hander, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the tenth best prospect from Arizona, has a straight explosive that can touch 98 miles per hour.

The command has been a problem at times for him, but did not produce swings failed. The plan of the D-backs is to form it as an opener, relying on his arsenal of four pitches to be able to set it in that role. But if it ends up being moved to the bullpen, you have what is necessary to fill the position of closer.

* Dodgers: Brusdar Graterol

Eric Gagne needed to be replaced at a time, so that the same thing will happen with Jansen, the historical leader of the Dodgers in saves and is under contract until 2021.

The successor of Jansen could have come in the change with the Twins that led The Angels to Graterol to change Kenta Maeda. The venezuelan wore prepared to assume the responsibility of the innings end, the look a line of three-digit speed, and with fall in the preseason. MLB Pipeline lists as the fifth best prospect in the Dodgers.

Although the right-handed, 21 years of age underwent Tommy John surgery in the 2016 and had an impingement in the shoulder last year, Graterol had an impact with the Twins then recovered and launched an innings was dominant in his only presentation in the postseason at Yankee Stadium, something complicated for a young man of 21 years. In addition to their health problems, the native of Dungeon must take care of your weight. Launch to 100 miles per hour is not something that is learned. Definitely has wood taponero.

* Giants: Reyes Moronta

The Giants started the preseason with the position closer to the vacancy, then that Will Smith decides to sign with the Braves in the offseason. Moronta had been the favorite for the job, of not having suffered a devastating injury that ended in surgery to repair a tore the labrum in September, which ended his season. The dominican began to launch in February, but not waiting his return to the Giants until minimum of August.

There will be many questions with regard to how he will return from his second major surgery on the arm (he underwent Tommy John when he was in the minors), but the quisqueyano of 27 years is set as the closer of the future, after you register effectiveness of 2.66 in 132 presentations in the Elderly.

* Parents: Emilio Pagan

Yachts may be the best reliever of the Largest in the present, but is 33 years old and hopes to be a free agent in the next offseason, leaving many doubts with respect to the position closer to San Diego. Again, it helps to have one of the bullpens deeper, with multiple options to choose from to your next taponero.

Pagan has already occupied that role, earning 20 saves with Tampa Bay last year, leaving effectiveness of 2.31 and a rate of 36% strikeout. Right now, the monticular with puerto rican ancestry seems to be destined to inherit the position. Although other young people like José Castillo, Andrés Muñoz, Michael Baez, Anderson Espinoza and Javy Guerra, could pelearle the role in the future. Of course, Parents would love to be able to count on Yates for a few more years, but they have options regardless of what happens.

* Rockies: Jairo Diaz

The plan was for Diaz to develop as taponero, when the club acquired from the Angels after the season of 2015. But Tommy John surgery cost him the entire season of 2016. The venezuelan was limited to four games in the Largest in 2017, while serving her recovery, and accompanied his wife, who was struggling with cancer that ended up causing his death. After returning in 2018, shone in 2019, with 63 strikeouts and five saves in 57.2 innings. The powerful straight-Diaz and his slider is developing, along with his desire to occupy the role, could be the factors that lead to the post of taponero.

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