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Friday, August 07, 2009
Potential closer Chris Bootcheck?Posted by Paul Singman at 4:12pm
The Pirates have called up their Triple-A closer, Chris Bootcheck, whose last name is reminiscent of the former major leaguer now minor leaguer Mark Bellhorn. The former Angels first round pick is now 30 years old, but is having a renaissance season in Triple-A. He is striking out 11.29 batters per nine innings and walking just 1.55, good for a 7.29 K/BB ratio.
Assuming he will play a normal relief role I normally would not report such a minor call up, but Rotoworld says this about his situation:
Don't be shocked if the Pirates give him some save opportunities to kick the tires on him.
Currently Matt Capps holds down the Pirates closing job, though he is not having a tremendous season sporting a 5.50 ERA. Even still, I am skeptical the Pirates will throw save chances Bootcheck's way unless Capps really blows up.
If you are desperate for saves and have the roster opening though, you could probably do worse. If you are in a Yahoo league, however, Bootcheck is not even in the player universe yet so you'll have to wait.
Paul has been managing fantasy baseball teams for many seasons and writing for THT Fantasy over the past three years. He is currently a student at UPenn welcomes readers' thoughts at his email here or in the comments below.
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