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Wilton Lopez—Houston Astros
Lopez throws a lot of strikes—he has a .67 walks-per-nine ratio—the best in the Majors.
Evan Meek—Pittsburgh Pirates
Meek may be the closer for the Pirates come opening day. He was one of the more dominating relief pitchers in 2010, with the exception being the month of August. Still, a 2.14 ERA, 70 K and 1.05 WHIP is productive.
Aroldis Chapman—Cincinnati Reds
The Cuban Missile spent the majority of the season in AAA Louisville, but did find his way to the majors late in the year. He has been known to throw 105.1 MPH and will likely take over for Arthur Rhodes as the setup man for Francisco Cordero. Still, 105.1 MPH is enough to get in ANY bullpen as far as I’m concerned.
Kyle McClellan—St. Louis Cardinals
McClellan may be called in to start some in 2011, following the injury to Adam Wainwright. He’s a ground ball pitcher who had 19 holds in 2010. He had 60 strike outs in 75 innings pitched.
Kerry Wood—Chicago Cubs
Wood will return home to Wrigley Field in 2011 after splitting the last two seasons between Cleveland and New York in the American League. While age is creeping upon the 33 year old, he’ll likely be a setup man for Carlos Marmol in 2011.
Takashi Saito – Milwaukee Brewers
Saito is a versatile reliever that can fill many roles with the Brewers in 2011. He has experience closing in the situation that John Axford struggles with. He had a 11.50 strike-out per nine ratio in 2010.