The Real Closer of the Future

John Autin over at High Heat Stats Blog pointed out that the length of the average save is dwindling. Watch it disappear:

We can all see where this is going. It’s simple math, really. Another twenty-five years, and the average save will be another two outs shorter. By then, rosters will be forty men deep at all times, and you’ll have your first inning dude, your second inning dude, and so on. Simple math.

You know who’s ready for that day?

This guy.

Of the 508 relievers that pitched more than one inning of relief in 2011, Dennys Reyes got the least amount of outs per appearance. He pitched in four games and was credited with six outs. It *might* have something to do with his career 3.60/4.52 platoon split in his FIP, but why quibble. The future will use him just right.

He’s got a jump on us all.

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Maybe Reyes’ 2.40 WHIP was also a factor.

I think the man you’re looking for is really Randy Choate.


Indeed. Here’s your IP/G laggardboard of pitchers over the past 6 years:

G – IP / G
Randy Choate – 232 – 0.52
Trever Miller – 389 – 0.62
Ray King – 146 – 0.62
Randy Flores – 263 – 0.63
Dennys Reyes – 329 – 0.63
Mike Myers – 134 – 0.63

Mr. Choate is in a class by himself.