One of baseball’s top commentators weighed in on the best relievers in the game and he lists San Diego Padres closer Kirby Yates just shy of the pinnacle.
Yates, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney (paywall) ranks second, behind Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Yates, who came to the Padres from the Los Angeles Angels in 2017, saved 41 games last year and posted a 1.19 ERA. He also struck out 101 batters. He represented the Padres at the All-Star Game as well.
Meanwhile, he spoke to reporters this week and addressed the complications of the shortened season.
Yates called the Padres “a tight group” when asked how the team would respond to safety protocols and restrictions due to Covid-19.
“We will be fine and we’ll still have fun,” he told 97.3 The Fan. “And we’ll figure out ways.”
Summer camp continues for the Padres in advance of their July 24 home opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Kirby Yates was asked how the team will maintain their unity despite all of the health and safety guidelines: pic.twitter.com/szO6mw7x8I
— 97.3 The Fan (@973TheFanSD) July 8, 2020
– Staff reports