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AAA Relievers Looks Ready

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While our bullpen is a collection of question marks, we've got a few guys in SLC making their case to join the big league pen. Yesterdays game against the River Cats was a perfect example of this. Armando Diaz figured something out last season and has grown into an effective middle inning reliever. He's had an impressive start to this season across two levels and has an ERA under 3 on the year. Perhaps we'll see him in Anaheim next year. Rich Thompson picked up right where he left off before a DL stint. He's currently sporting an ERA under 1. Similar to Jason Bulger, one of the more versatile arm in our bullpen (when healthy), Thompson can go multiple innings, and has enjoyed tremendous success in AAA but rocky performances in the majors. Thompson seems like he could help alleviate the stress of long relief or keep things close in a tie game as good as, if not better than his counterparts in Anaheim (Bell, SOS, Shields, K-Rod 2.0). Michael Kohn, well there's not much more I can say that hasn't already been said. Having him in AAA is like having a brand new Mercedes sitting under a tarp in your garage. Eventually you want to take the car on the road to serve its purpose right? Maybe he's ready for the 9th inning right now, or maybe he's not ready for the big leagues at all. But there's really only one way to find out, it's clear AAA batters aren't any more of a challenge that AA batters were.

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