1. Ryan Dull (P)
Sep 8, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Ryan Dull (66) throws a pitch against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Houston Astros 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
This reliever has been outstanding since being called up on September 1 – especially for being a 32nd round draft pick back in 2012. Since being brought up to the Majors, Dull has pitched a total of 11 innings where he has allowed only three hits and zero runs. Dull’s ERA currently resides at 0.00. Additionally, he has already earned his first Major League save just the other night against the Houston Astros.
Dull’s performance has refreshed the bullpen. The A’s relief staff has been disastrous this entire season and Dull’s outings so far this month provides a glimmer of hope for the future bullpen. He has worked his way quickly up the Minor League ladder and, based on his numbers this season, it is not surprising that he was called up this September.
Dull split his time between Double-A and Triple-A this year. He had an accumulated 0.74 ERA and only allowed five runs over 61 innings pitched. Dull is proving this September that he is ready to assume a spot in an MLB bullpen. Based on how terrible the bullpen was this season, it would not be surprising to see Dull earn a full time relief position with the Athletics in 2016. Hopefully A’s fans will be seeing a lot more of Dull in the future.
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