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Angels | Ernesto Frieri: one of MLB's best?

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ernesto Frieri is due a big bump in salary this offseason, the first in which he's arbitration-eligible. From May 23, 2012 -- the day he recorded his first career save -- through Wednesday, July 10, Frieri is tied for ninth in the majors in saves (45) and tied for eighth in save percentage (90.0). In that span, he's held batters to a .579 OPS while posting a 2.81 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He was working on a cutter and a changeup in spring training, but he's thrown fastballs 89.3 percent of the time this year, according to pitchF/X. Frieri said that he believes he's rediscovered an appropriate release point in the past few days.

Fantasy Tip: Frieri still has bouts of wildness, but his largely (and theoretically, since he really throws a four-seamer and a variation of a two-seamer) single-pitch repertoire is just deadly, as long as he's mechanically sound. The Halos have no reason to look elsewhere for a closer in the near future.

2013-07-11 11:32:34 | Source: - Alden Gonzalez

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