Daniel Bard throws hard — he had the best average fastball velocity, 97.9 MPH, of any reliever in 2010 — and has a plus slider that generated a swing and miss almost 17 percent of the time last season. His 1.93 ERA looks extremely impressive, though sabermetric measures like FIP (3.37) and tERA (3.28) paint a somewhat different picture.
However, based on his pure stuff, Bard has a chance to become an elite level closer. Will he reach those feats in 2011? Read more at Fire Brand of the American League>>>