15. Daniel Bard
Previous ranking: 16th
The fireballer's ascent was one of the joys of the 2009 season -- he consistently tempted triple digits on the radar gun while emerging as the primary righthanded setup man out of the bullpen. But don't give him Papelbon's job just yet -- he had a 4.76 ERA in the second half. That he's added a usable changeup has to be an encouraging development.
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