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2012 Player Profile: Brian Wilson, San Francisco Giants

By Todd Farino, The Closer Report

After a tough start to the 2011 season, the face of MLB Brian Wilson rebounded nicely and put up a solid, but disappointing season for the San Francisco Giants. The All Star veteran closer ended last April with a 6.97 ERA and was looking like he was headed to the DL. Instead, Wilson bounced back and finished with 36 saves in 41 chances.

At 30, Wilson is in the prime of his career and poised for a bounce back year. The Giants are just one season removed from a World Series championship and seem like they are a shell of that team. While the Giants offense will get a boost with the return of Buster Posey, but still won’t score much. However, the Giants have an incredible pitching staff and a strong bullpen and will hold plenty of leads for the big guy to close out. Linceum, Vogelsong, and Cain could total 50 wins alone.

Brian Wilson is no joke and last season’s rough start is an anomaly and should be treated as so. He one of the most feared closers in the league and his funny personal side is seen nowhere on the mound.

Expect a normal dominating season from Brian Wilson.

The Closer Report 2012 Projections: 41 Sv – 5 Wins – 2.45 ERA – 1.22 WHIP – 79 Ks

2012 Fantasy Draft Analysis:

Wilson should be drafted high and no matter where he ends up in the ADP, he’s a bargain. If healthy, he’s a lock 40+ save closer with 4+ wins. He will bring a higher than wanted WHIP, but he’s just a massive bullet for your fantasy team. He’s likely to have an opening ADP of round 7-9. Brian Wilson is a great pick in any of those rounds.

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