Cincinnati Reds will now go with the closer-by-committee system to close out games.
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Senior Fantasy Baseball Expert Shawn Childs examines the backend of each team in the National League Central's bullpen as we get ready for opening day!
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Cincinnati boasted the top bullpen in baseball last year and come into 2013 with great depth despite losing Aroldis Chapman to the rotation. They don't have any reliever prospects knocking on the MLB door right now, but there are a lot of strong arms that could make a case in the future.
At the beginning of this season the Reds had three relievers unavailable on the DL. At that time no one expected their pen would have a problem with overcrowding this season. Nick Masset is now making rehab outings to rejoin a bullpen with the lowest ERA in MLB. Meanwhile J.J. Hoover has been lights-out at Louisville since Bill Bray's return forced him back to AAA.
Right hander JJ Hoover will no longer compete with top prospects Julio Teheran, Randall Delgado and Arodys Vizcaino after the Braves traded him to the Reds for third baseman Juan Francisco days before the season opener.
Bill Shanks talks with pitching prospect J.J. Hoover about the upcoming season.
February 1, 2012