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2015 Rangers Positional Review: Setup Man

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    Sam Dyson #47 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during game two of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 9, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

    With the Rangers' surprising season in the books, let's take a look at the season on a position-by-position basis.

    2015 Setup man
    The guy:Sam Dyson
    The promoted:Shawn Tolleson
    The mess:Ross Ohlendorf/Tanner Scheppers

    Before the Rangers pulled the trigger and demoted Neftali Feliz as closer, setup man Shawn Tolleson was one of the few bright spots in a bullpen littered with trash. When Tolleson was named closer in mid-May, the rest of the bullpen struggled.

    Then, came the trade deadline. Jon Daniels acquired Jake Diekman and Sam Dyson — both unheralded at the time — and both turned into lockdown, late-game relievers with the snap of a finger. Dyson, in particular, was suddenly untouchable at the plate. As a Ranger, he worked 31 1/3 regular-season innings with a 1.15 ERA with 30 strikeouts and four walks. Dyson had a 2.45 ERA in his four postseason games.

    Dyson was a huge reason the Rangers were able to shorten games over the second half of the season and will be a central figure in the bullpen in 2016.