All-Angels Team: Closing Pitcher

By Brian Helberg
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Bryan Harvey (1987-1992)

When Bryan Harvey left the Angels in the winter of 1992, he was the franchise’s all-time leader in saves with 126. Harvey was originally signed by the California Angels as an amateur free agent in 1984, before making his debut with the Halos in May of ’87. Harvey mixed in a low 90’s fastball with a devastating forkball, but his epic handlebar mustache was perhaps his most useful tool. Hitters simply took one look at the cookie-duster and lay down their bats in respect.

Bryan Harvey put up some really nice numbers during his time with the Halos. Harvey was named an All-Star in 1991 after posting a career high 46 saves for the Angels. Harvey went 16-20, with a 2.44 ERA in an Angels’ uniform. His forkball led to plenty of punch-outs, as he averaged 10.7 strikeouts per 9 innings. Harvey did a nice job keeping the ball in the strike zone, as he issued just 3.3 walks per 9 innings. He allowed 6.4 hits per 9 innings, and just 0.7 home runs per 9 innings during his tenure in Anaheim. Harvey totaled 8.4 wins above replacement as a member of the Angels. His save numbers are considerably lower than his fellow candidates, but Harvey may have the best numbers of anybody on this list.