2010 MLB Closer Profile: Andrew Bailey, Oakland Athletics

Todd FarinoCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 29:  Pitcher Andrew Bailey #40 of the Oakland Athletics throws to first base against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on August 29, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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By Todd Farino, www.thecloserreport.com

Projections: 39-5-1.91-.96-96 (SV-WIN-ERA-WHIP-K)

Average Draft Position:  132th pick 

Recommended Draft Round: Nine

Team Saves Projection: 46

Injury Risk/Stability: 10/10

Top 50 Rank: No. 3

Andrew Bailey had a fantastic 2009 and earned his AL ROY award. In 2010 he will continue his dominance and establish himself as a stud closer. His K/9 rate is off the charts and his ERA and WHIP will set the foundation for any fantasy bullpen. The only negative for Bailey is the Oakland lack of commitment to winnings and the amount of save opportunities he will get.

The True Guru Draft Strategy: Bailey is currently going around the 132nd pick in drafts. We have him ranked 56th overall and you should feel comfortable taking him in the ninth round. You can wait longer, but risk losing him.