Closing Time 5/28: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Next In Line
Josh Hader 1 Junior Guerra
Edwin Diaz 2 Robert Gsellman
Kirby Yates 3 Craig Stammen
Kenley Jansen 4 Pedro Baez
Aroldis Chapman 5 Zack Britton
Felipe Vazquez 7 Kyle Crick
Roberto Osuna 6 Ryan Pressly
Blake Treinen 8 Lou Trivino
Brad Hand 9 Nick Wittgren
Ken Giles 11 Joe Biagini
Will Smith 12 Sam Dyson
Hector Neris 14 Adam Morgan
Sean Doolittle 10 Kyle Barraclough
Jordan Hicks 13 Carlos Martinez
Raisel Iglesias 15 Amir Garrett
Shane Greene 17 Joe Jimenez
Greg Holland 18 Yoshihisa Hirano
Alex Colome 19 Kelvin Herrera
Jose Alvarado 23 Diego Castillo
Luke Jackson 22 Dan Winkler
Hansel Robles 21 Ty Buttrey
Blake Parker 25 Taylor Rogers
Sergio Romo 29 Tayron Guerrero
Steve Cishek 20 Pedro Strop
Marcus Walden UR Brandon Workman
Shawn Kelley 26 Jose Leclerc
Scott Oberg UR Carlos Estevez
Roenis Elias 27 Brandon Brennan
Ian Kennedy 30 Scott Barlow
Shawn Armstrong UR Paul Fry

Light pink row designates Closer By Committee

  • While it was a shaky week for a lot of closers, Cubs closer Steve Cishek may have had it the worst.  In his one save attempt this past Friday, he proceeded to walk the leadoff hitter before giving up a go-ahead 2-run HR to Eugenio Suarez before promptly being pulled from the game. He hasn’t pitched since and with Pedro Strop due back this week, a door might have opened for Strop to get his job back upon returning. My best guess is they will form some sort of committee until one of them proves to be the superior option.
  • The Red Sox seem dead set on going with a full-blown “whoever’s available for the 9th can pitch” approach with the closer position with Marcus Walden seeing two chances the past week. Matt Barnes is almost exclusively working the 7th and 8th innings now, and Ryan Brasier hasn’t seen a save chance in over a month so, for now, I’ll say Walden is the favorite for the bulk of saves now, but next week it could be Brandon Workman, or who knows, maybe it will be Heath Hembree.
  • Scott Oberg is filling in for injured closer Wade Davis for the next week or so and might be worth a look for those desperate for saves. The K/BB rate is gross and his FIP (4.20) is much more indicative of his true talent than his 1.88 ERA, but he’s still first in line for saves on a team that isn’t completely terrible.
  • Mychal Givens has been removed from the closer role after a tumultuous week, leading to Shawn Armstrong earning a save yesterday. He’s not a recommended add, nor is anyone else worth owning in this bullpen at the moment.
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.




are you worried about osuna at all? he’s been through a rough patch as of late, and he was overly lucky to begin the season, so i see this as simple regression. velocity is up over the last few outings, even.

that said, his numbers still have plenty of room to regress. with a few more of these, might hinch move to pressly? how long is osuna’s leash?

Rick Graham

I think this is just simple regression, and I don’t see much more coming anytime soon. He’s got a long leash and barring a disastrous week or two, I don’t foresee Pressly taking his job anytime in the near future.


The TB bullpen is still so frustrating. By now, one would think a clear closer would emerge, or is this just the new norm? Castillo is getting forgotten by his manager.

Rick Graham

It feels like they are trying to limit Castillo and Alvarado’s usage by using one or the other more often for certain stretches. But with Alvarado’s recent struggles, maybe we see Castillo used more in that closer role again.


I see you added a few stash candidates at the bottom of the list this week. However, for the most part you’ve excluded pitchers with any sort of longer term injury. If these are supposed to be ROS rankings, which I believe they are, why exclude injured pitchers? A pitcher going from UR to Top 15 makes no sense.

Rick Graham

tough one, I guess Oberg though since he definitely won’t be closing a month from now. Cishek still has a chance.

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