While bullpens continue to evolve, over the last three seasons only two relievers recorded at least 100 strikeouts, Dellin Betances and Brad Hand . After being traded from San Diego to Cleveland, Hand finds himself atop the bullpen hierarchy and within the second tier of closers according to average draft position.

Hand finished with two wins, five losses, 32 saves, 106 strikeouts, 28 walks, a 2.75 ERA and 1.11 WHIP last season. For the third straight year, he increased his swinging strike percentage. He also reduced contact allowed to 67.7 percent. His strikeouts minus walks percentage did drop due to more walks, but as he hones his arsenal, Hand could rebound in the year ahead.

Over the last three years, Hand’s saved 54 games with 47 holds, an eye popping 321 strikeouts, a 2.62 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. Since Cleveland continues to try and shed payroll, Hand will benefit as the clear option for saves in 2019. At a time when clarity does not present itself with many organizations,...