Having two or three strong middle relievers can go along way to building a excellent pitching staff. Three strong middle relievers can give you 200 plus innings of excellent ERA, Ratio, K's and with a little luck between 15 to 20 wins. If they can give you a few saves, even better. Also the beauty of these guys is most of them go at the end of the draft when teams fill out their rosters so you can get these guys for just a couple of dollars most of the time. Here is the list in alphabetical order.
Mike Adams - SD - Age 31 - 2009 Stats - 0W, 0 SV, 0.73 ERA, 0.594 Ratio, 45K's in 37 IP.
No, those ERA & Ratio are not a typo, after missing the 1st couple of months of the 2009 season saying Adams dominated is putting it mildly. With the chance of Heath Bell getting traded (Twins are scouting him with Joe Nathan out for the year) sometime this season Adams would have a chance to become the closer as would Luke Gregerson.
Rafael Betancourt - Col - Age 35 (end of April) - 2009 Stats - 4W, 2SV, 2.73 ERA, 1.107 Ratio, 61K's in 56 IP. Colorado manager Jim Tracy has said that Betancourt is his 8th inning man. With the Rockies offense maybe can you some more cheap wins.
Todd Coffey - Mil - Age 29 - 2009 Stats - 4W, 2SV, 2.90 ERA, 1.159 Ratio, 65K's in 83 2/3 IP. Will be the 7th inning man for the Brew crew. Again with Milwaukee's offense can get some cheap wins along with good ERA & Ratio.
Luke Gregerson - SD - Age 25 - 2009 Stats - 2W, 1SV, 3.24 ERA, 1.240 Ratio, 93K's in 75 IP. Remember what I said about Heath Bell.
LaTroy Hawkins - Mil - Age 37 - 2009 Stats - 1W, 11SV, 2.13 ERA, 1.200 Ratio, 45K's in 63 1/3 IP. Did a nice job closing for Houston last year when Valverde was hurt.
Ryan Madson - Phil - Age 29 - 2009 Stats - 5W, 10SV, 3.26 ERA, 1.228 Ratio, 78K's in 77 1/3 IP. Brad Lidge most likely will start the year on the DL which means a few saves for Madson. Also after the year Lidge had last year if he falters again Madson will be 1st in line for the ball regarding the 9th inning.
Nick Masset - Cinn - Age 27 - 2009 Stats - 5W, 0SV, 2.37 ERA, 1.026 Ratio, 70K's in 76 IP. The 8th inning man for General Dusty.
Dan Meyer - Fla - Age 28 - 2009 Stats - 3W, 2SV, 3.09 ERA, 1.165 Ratio, 56K's in 58 1/3 IP. Leo Nunez is the closer come opening day HOWEVER remember Nunez has a bit of a high walk rate (27 in 68 2/3 IP last year) and Nunez gave up 13 homers last year as well. Meyer starts the year as the setup man but if Nunez falters Meyer could get 1st crack at the closers job.
Franklin Morales - Col - Age 24 - 2009 Stats - 3W, 7SV, 4.50 ERA, 1.525 Ratio, 41K's in 40 IP. Has great stuff, I know the ERA & Ratio were high last year but he is kid and will get better this year. Most likely Street will start the year on the DL and Morales will be the closer the 1st couple of weeks of the season.
Jason Motte - Stl - Age 27 - 2009 Stats - 4W, 0SV, 4.76 ERA, 1.411 Ratio, 54K's in 56 2/3 IP. Like Morales, Motte has really good stuff and is young so he should get better. Keep in mind Ryan Franklin is not exactly a kid anymore.
Takashi Saito - Atl - Age 40 - 2009 Stats - 3W, 2SV, 2.43 ERA, 1.347 Ratio, 52K's in 55 2/3 IP. Numbers should be better now that he is back in the NL. Also keep in mind how much are the Braves going to use Wagner on back to back days? Saito if he stays healthy might get you 10 saves as well as his other numbers.
George Sherill - LA - Age 23 - 2009 Stats - 1W, 21SV, 1.70 ERA, 1.115 Ratio, 61K's in 69 IP. Joe Torre's 8th inning man closed for Baltimore last year before getting traded to the Dodgers last year and setting up Broxton.
NL King - C.Lizza