Power Rankings: Top 10 Closers in ’15

  1. Huston Street (Los Angeles Angels)

Huston Street’s best days are probably behind him, right? Well, it’s hard to say. When you look at certain statistics, you could make the argument that 2014 was Street’s best year.

Street is 31 years old, and had his highest mark in saves in 2014 (41) with only three blown saves. His fastball did not do much to strike anyone out in 2014 (18.2 K%), but was still improved compared to much of his career. Street doesn’t strike too many batters out (8.65 K/9), but he has no problem keeping guys off the bags. His 0.94 WHIP was fourth-best of his career.

Back in 2005, Street was the AL Rookie of the Year (beating out Robinson Cano). His ERA that year was a 1.72. It looked like that was the best we’d ever see from Street, who averaged a 3.19 from 2006 to 2013, until last year. The two-time All-Star dominated with the Padres and the Angels last year and finished with a stellar 1.37 ERA, which was good enough for best among closers in 2014.

A slight slip could occur for Street after his stellar year, but I still expect him to go out and remind everyone that 31 is not that old.

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