RELIEVERS: Filtering early projections to find skill sets

Happy New Year! This column takes a quick look at the early projections through the following filters: BF/G less than 10.0, IP greater than 35, xERA less than 4.00, WHIP less than or equal to 1.25, DOM greater than 8.0, BB/9 less than 3.5, and BPV greater than or equal to 130. These are arbitrary filters and you can tweak it any way you want in your own spreadsheets. In fact, plenty of great pitchers like Aroldis Chapman (LHP, NYY) and Dellin Betances (RHP, NYM) are out because they miss a filter (walks in both of these cases).

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