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Jose Alvarado

Jose Alvarado

RP - TB
Age: 24Bats: LThrows: L

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Alvarado initially appeared on the verge of becoming this year's Blake Treinen, dominating out of the gate with 16 strikeouts and four saves in 10 scoreless outings. The early monopoly on Tampa Bay's closing gig proved a mirage, and his command abandoned him long before suffering an oblique strain right before the All-Star break. Out for six to eight weeks, there's no use stashing him in any re-draft leagues.

The Rays are in no hurry to name a closer, and they may not assign the job to a single pitcher at any point in 2019. But the early frontrunner to lead the team in saves is Alvarado, who has two of the team's first three saves this year and closed out eight games for Tampa Bay last season.

With a full season as the Rays' closer, Alvarado could end up one of the top 10 closers in baseball. There is some more risk with him than the guys who have done it for years, but we could be looking at 90 Ks with excellent ratios and 35 saves which makes him a total steal late in drafts.

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