Top 10 Potential Injury-Risk Sleepers

Joe Nathan
Text: Eric Mack,
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Joe Nathan

RP, Minnesota Twins

Career highs by category:
12 Wins, 1.34 ERA, 95 Ks, 0.91 WHIP, 47 Saves

2 Wins, 2.75 ERA, 75 Ks, 1.11 WHIP, 32 Saves

Nathan is this year's Wagner, who overcame the same elbow-ligament replacement surgery. Nathan won't be 12 months out of surgery until Opening Day -- unlike Wagner who was over 18 months removed -- but he is a few years younger at the time of surgery/return. That counts for something. The fact Nathan might not open the year as the Twins' closer should only help him fall further on draft day, if not out of the draft pool altogether. The Twins are a top contender with a deep pitching staff, all of which could combine to make Nathan the rags to No. 3 overall closer story Wagner was.

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