Andrew Bailey is coming off an outstanding 2009 season for the Oakland Athletics, where he was selected as the American League’s Rookie of the Year. In his impressive rookie campaign, Bailey went 6-3 with 26 saves in 30 chances (87%) and had a 1.84 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 91 strikeouts, and 24 walks in 83.1 innings pitched. Bailey is looking to avoid the “sophomore slump” this season, and although he only has 1 save so far he is off to a great start. He has had only one save opportunity through the first 15 games for the A’s, who are 9-6 thus far. Bailey has yet to give up a run in the 4.0 innings he has pitched in 5 appearances so far. Although it is still early, it looks like Bailey will be avoiding that “sophomore slump” and he will start to pile up the saves for the A’s. As soon as the A’s start getting into more save opportunities for Bailey, expect him to start racking up the saves all season long. In only his second season, Bailey has already proven to be one of the top closers in the game and he will be an integral part for the A’s run at a division title in the stacked AL West.