Closing Time 4/16: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Next In Line
1
-
T1
Edwin Diaz 1 Jeurys Familia
2
-
Kenley Jansen 2 Pedro Baez
3
-
Josh Hader 3 Junior Guerra
4
-
Blake Treinen 4 Lou Trivino
5
-
Aroldis Chapman 5 Zack Britton
6
-
T2
Sean Doolittle 6 Kyle Barraclough
7
-
Kirby Yates 7 Craig Stammen
8
+1
Roberto Osuna 9 Ryan Pressly
9
+1
Felipe Vazquez 10 Keone Kela
10
-2
Jose Leclerc 8 Shawn Kelley
11
-
Brad Hand 11 Neil Ramirez
12
+1
Jose Alvarado 13 Diego Castillo
13
+1
Will Smith 14 Sam Dyson
14
-2
T3
Ken Giles 12 Joe Biagini
15
+10
A. J. Minter 25 Chad Sobotka
16
+8
Ryan Brasier 24 Matt Barnes
17
-2
Wade Davis 15 Scott Oberg
18
-2
Raisel Iglesias 16 David Hernandez
19
-2
Jordan Hicks 17 Andrew Miller
20
-2
Cody Allen 18 Ty Buttrey
21
-2
T4
Shane Greene 19 Joe Jimenez
22
-2
Alex Colome 20 Kelvin Herrera
23
-2
Greg Holland 21 Archie Bradley
24
-2
Anthony Swarzak 22 Connor Sadzeck
25
-2
Pedro Strop 23 Steve Cishek
26
-
Blake Parker 26 Trevor Hildenberger
27
-
T5
Hector Neris 27 Pat Neshek
28
-
Sergio Romo 28 Adam Conley
29
-
Mychal Givens 29 Miguel Castro
30
+UR
Wily Peralta UR Ian Kennedy

Light pink row designates Closer By Committee

  • Arodys Vizcaino has finally been placed on the IL as he continues to deal with ongoing shoulder problems. This should mean it’s A.J. Minter time for the foreseeable future, if not the season. Minter’s numbers have been pretty pedestrian to begin the season, but he too is coming off injury issues of his own and should continue to get stronger the more he pitches.
  • At this point, I think it’s time to officially anoint Ryan Brasier as the Red Sox closer. After Matt Barnes earned the first save of the season, Brasier has earned the past 3 and given the success the two are having right now, there’s no reason for Alex Cora to change a thing.
  • Even with David Robertson hitting the IL with a sore elbow today (hopefully nothing serious), I still don’t think I want any of the Phillies relievers in 10 or even shallow 12 teamers. It really seems as if Kapler wants to just rotate save chances with every member of that bullpen before actually letting a reliever run with the role.  Seranthony Dominguez still doesn’t have a save and only has two holds, but he could be the biggest beneficiary for saves/holds with Robertson out.

Graphic by Michael Haas (@digitalHaas on Twitter)

Rick Graham

Rick resides in the Boston area and has experience as a player and coach at the collegiate level. He has been covering relievers for Pitcher List since 2017.

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Comments


Dan

Wouldn’t Taylor Rogers be next in line for the Twins? He’s been pretty regularly getting the 8th inning. Hildenberger grabbed a save cleaning up Parker’s mess, but seems pretty clear Rogers is ahead of him on the depth chart. Hildenberger is off to a solid start though.

Rick Graham

I think Rogers is the guy if the opposing team has 3 lefties due up in the 9th. He seems more likely to be used as a specialist. I could be wrong, its too early to get a feel for how Baldelli plans on using his bullpen.

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