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2013 Position Rankings: Relievers

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Projecting which pitchers eventually will star in big league bullpens is never easy because many minor league starters end up shuffling to relief. But in recent years it has become a little more easy to predict who might close out big league games, as teams have grown more comfortable with the idea of grooming closers in the minors. Of the top 10 saves leaders in 2012, four were minor league closers in the year before they reached the big leagues.

Minors | #A.J. Ramos#Brad Boxberger#Bruce Rondon

New Cubs Regime Finds Team In Need Of Pitching

Phil Rogers -Premium Content

For Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod, the pitching landscape they inherited with the Cubs was a wasteland. A lack of pitching depth exacerbated by two midseason trades led directly to the Cubs' first 100-loss season since 1966, and the outlook for pitching—especially power pitching—was just as grim in the farm system. Nothing is more important for the new regime than addressing that shortage.

Minors | #Cubs#Jason McLeod#Jed Hoyer

Pitching Development Has Become Oakland’s Strength

Casey Tefertiller -Premium Content

When one pitcher went down, another came up. As the Athletics battled into September with their ragtag collection of kids and bargains, part of what kept them fighting was an influx of young arms, immediately ready for big league competition. The likes of A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily, who were never big-name prospects, filled in capably for the experienced veterans. More than anything else, the A's of the first dozen years of the new millennium have been an organization built upon the development of young pitchers.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Pulse