In this edition of 2019 Fantasy Boom, we examine reliever Anthony Swarzak of the Seattle Mariners.
Swarzak, 33, appeared in 29 games last season for the Mets due to injury, posting a 6.15 ERA. However, he put together a solid 2017 season, splitting time between the White Sox and Brewers, compiling a 2.33 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 70 total appearances.
Although he only has 6 career big-league saves, Swarzak has the stuff to close out games. With a fastball and slider, he's struck out 166 hitters in 135 appearances since the 2015 season, while walking a total of 47 hitters.
The Mariners don't have a particularly strong bullpen, but Swarzak will likely be a solid bet as the first guy out of the bullpen for the ninth inning. The team also has potential closers in Cory Gearrin and Shawn Armstrong, but I don't factor them into the equation unless Swarzak really falters. Nevertheless, Swarzak will be on track for a ~30 save season and a nice middle-to-late pickup.