Most baseball fans know Hunter Strickland as the rookie who kept giving up home runs in the playoffs two years ago, but the stuff was evident even then; he was just pressed into a high-leverage role before he was ready. If last year was any indication, though, that's not the case anymore. He looked every bit like the Giants' closer of the future, not only striking out about a batter per inning but turning in the third-lowest WHIP (0.86) for any reliever with at least 50 innings. Santiago Casilla kept the Giants on pins and needles last season, submitting a 1.28 WHIP while recording 38 saves, and isn't your prototypical closer, so you could see them pulling the plug on him at some point this year. Would they go back to Sergio Romo, or would they look to the future with Strickland? Both are logical handcuff options in NL-only leagues.
2016 Outlook: Hunter Strickland
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