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Best of the System: The Top Five Closers

Best of the System: The Top Five Closers

Closers are very rarely born, they are very often made. The two best closers in the National League over the last two years have been Eric Gagne and John Smoltz, neither of whom came through the system as relievers, much less closers. In the last five years the tide has started to swing. Major League teams are looking to the college ranks and finding ready made closers to insert in their minor league bullpens. The Padres are no different as this week's Best of the System suggests.

#6)  Coming out of a top college program, pitching in tough, pressure filled situations and having a low ninties fastball were just a few of the reasons the Padres took David O'Hagan in the ninth round of the 2004 draft.  The former Stanford Cardinal is not a power pitcher, but with a sharp slider and developing change he's perfectly molded for closer duties and the Padres had hoped after a quick...

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