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2010 Relief Pitcher Profile: Joe Nathan, Closer, Minnesota Twins

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 11: Pitcher Joe Nathan #36 of the Minnesota Twins sighs after Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees scored in the ninth inning on a Robinson Cano #24 of the Yankees single RBI in Game Three of the ALDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on October 11, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Yankees defeated the Twins 4-1. (Photo by Genevieve Ross/Getty Images)
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Todd FarinoCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2010
Team: Minnesota Twins
Projections: 44-4-2.25-1.10-74 (SV-WIN-ERA-WHIP-K)
Average Draft Position:  77th pick 
Recommended Draft Round: 4
Team Saves Projection: 50
Injury Risk/Stability: 10/10
Top 50 Rank: #1

Joe Nathan was absolutely dominant in 2009. He finished with 47 saves and a near bottomless WHIP of 0.93. In 2010, the American League Central division is terrible and possibly worse than last year. He gets close to 80 games against division foes like the Royals, Tigers, Indians, and White Sox. The Twins didn't do much to improve the team and should be able to give Nathan nearly as many chances as last season.

The True Guru Draft Strategy: Nathan started slow, but never looked back. He should be the first closer drafted in any league and is a good deal in round five. His ADP is round seven, so you could try waiting till round 6, but expect to lose him.

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