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3. Wade Davis
At this point, we may need to begin to wonder if the Kansas City Royals replaced Wade Davis with a strike throwing cyborg at the end of the 2013 season, and no one noticed. Since converting to the bullpen, Davis has been a true force of nature, turning into the best setup man in baseball.
On the heels of his amazing 2014 season, he has been even better this year. Last week, Davis allowed only one hit in his three innings of work, walking two while striking out five batters. This continues his run for the start of the 2015 season where Davis has yet to allow a run, earned or otherwise, this year.
It would have been foolhardy to expect that Davis would have been able to replicate his 2014 campaign, which may be considered one of the ten best in baseball history for a pitcher who pitched over fifty innings. Instead, he has improved upon that season thus far. Despite a dropoff in strikeouts, Davis has allowed only nine hits and six walks in 22 innings this season, posting an incredible 0.682 WHiP.
Wade Davis has turned into one of the more reliable relievers in baseball, and has been a true weapon for the Royals. Last week was a continuance of that dominance.
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