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Jonathan Holder has a realistic shot of making the All-Star team

Middle relievers have only recently started receiving universal recognition for their individual performance in Major League Baseball, due to the new age of numbers in the sport. Saves are no longer the all-telling, ultimate stat about a reliever’s success and WAR, ERA+, and other metrics have opened the eyes of fans on just how valuable it is for a team to have dominant relievers outside of the ninth inning role. Their widely agreed on importance has led to a lot of non-closer relievers making the All-Star team in recent seasons. The American League squad had two of them in 2017 and 2015, and a whopping four in 2016. If this trend continues, the AL should feature at least one or two non-closer relievers, and possibly more, with the scarcity of lockdown closers in the AL in 2018. The Yankees feature a lot of highly talented middle relievers and the pitcher who has surprised everyone the most, Jonathan Holder, has a very realistic shot of cracking the AL All-Star squad.

BBB Update: Top Prospect Countdown Coming Soon

Hey everyone. I just wanted to give everyone a quick update with what is upcoming on the Bronx Bomber Blog. First off, a few members of our team including myself (Chad Raines), Julian Bussells, Sammy Criscitello, Phil Akre and James Grande are working vigorously to come out with the BBB's first edition of the top prospect countdown. We’ve been working and conducting research through the weekend in hopes of getting our collaborative list together today. Therefore, this project will publically begin sometime this week. Our plan is to start with honorable mentions of those who just missed the cut, then write brief summaries on our top 30 prospects. We will start at number 30 and work our way down all the way to the top prospect in the organization daily to stay tuned with that.

Now is the time where we shift our focus on speculation about the offseason to previewing the 2016 season. With pitchers and catchers reporting in less than a month, this is an exciting time for baseball fans alike! By the time our prospect countdown is completed, the Yankees will be gearing up to play in their first Spring Training game, so that is certainly something to be excited about.

My apologies for the slow start in 2016, but we’re picking it up as the season draws closer. Thanks for sticking with us, and here’s to a great 2016 season.

Article by: Chad Raines
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