Sunday, January 25, 2009
Chad Qualls 2009
Chad Qualls is considered the leading candidate to be the Arizona Diamondbacks closer in 2009. Frankly, there shouldn't be any other candidates. Qualls is a terrific pitcher. Even if his incredible 2008 (K/9: 9.2, BB/9: 2.3, GB%: 58.3) was a bit of a fluke, a reversion to his 2007 statistics (K/9: 8.8, BB/9: 2.8, GB%: 56.7)would still make him a terrific pitcher and an outstanding closer. Given Qualls' success in a limited time as closer at the end of 2008, I think he's going to be handed the role and won't relinquish it. Given how far Qualls has fallen in some mock drafts, he's definitely someone that I'd be targeting for this season.