Closing Time 5/7: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Next In Line
1
-
T1
Edwin Diaz 1 Jeurys Familia
2
+3
Josh Hader 5 Jeremy Jeffress
3
-1
Kenley Jansen 2 Pedro Baez
4
-
Kirby Yates 4 Craig Stammen
5
-2
Blake Treinen 3 Lou Trivino
6
-
Aroldis Chapman 6 Zack Britton
7
-
T2
Roberto Osuna 7 Ryan Pressly
8
-
Felipe Vazquez 8 Kyle Crick
9
-
Sean Doolittle 9 Kyle Barraclough
10
-
Brad Hand 10 Nick Wittgren
11
-
Jordan Hicks 11 John Brebbia
12
+1
Ken Giles 13 Joe Biagini
13
+2
Will Smith 15 Sam Dyson
14
+2
T3
Wade Davis 16 Scott Oberg
15
+8
Hector Neris 23 Pat Neshek
16
+2
Greg Holland 18 Archie Bradley
17
-
Shane Greene 17 Joe Jimenez
18
+1
Alex Colome 19 Kelvin Herrera
19
+2
Ryan Brasier 21 Matt Barnes
20
-6
Raisel Iglesias 14 Michael Lorenzen
21
+1
Blake Parker 22 Taylor Rogers
22
-2
T4
Pedro Strop 20 Steve Cishek
23
+UR
Diego Castillo UR Jose Alvarado
24
+1
A. J. Minter 25 Luke Jackson
25
+UR
Shawn Kelley UR Chris Martin
26
-2
Hansel Robles 24 Ty Buttrey
27
+2
Mychal Givens 29 Miguel Castro
28
-2
Sergio Romo 26 Nick Anderson
29
-1
T5
Anthony Swarzak 28 Roenis Elias
30
-
Ian Kennedy 30 Wily Peralta

Light pink row designates Closer By Committee

  • Hector Neris has firmly established himself as the Phillies closer at this point, and I can’t see David Robertson’s eventual return changing anything. Robertson was being used strictly in the 8th inning of games prior to his injury, so it’s safe to pick up Neris where he’s still available. In addition to plenty of save chances, he should rack up a ton of strikeouts and help with low ratios, as long as he keeps the ball in the yard.
  • There still isn’t much clarity in the Rays closer position, but Diego Castillo is probably the favorite right now. I’m not sure if Jose Alvarado is dealing with some injury or what the deal is but he only pitched 0.2 innings this past week and 2.1 over the past two weeks. They could just be limiting his innings but at this point, but it feels pretty extreme to only use your best reliever for just over two innings in two weeks. I still think Alvarado is worth holding for now, but make sure you own Castillo as well.
  • Luke Jackson picked up his second save of the year Sunday night and did so comfortably, putting more pressure on A.J. Minter for the Braves’ closer job. Minter had pitched the night before and may have been unavailable for that game, but it’s still a bit concerning he couldn’t pitch in back-to-back games. The good news is Minter has seemed to find himself the past two outings, working 2 innings, allowing 0 baserunners and adding 5 K’s. Jackson has been great, but I think it’s a matter of time until we see Minter closing out games again.
  • How long will Shawn Kelley be closing out games in Texas? That still likely all depends on Jose Leclerc. Kelley’s been great this year, but Leclerc’s the guy once the team feels he’s worked out his issues. He worked the 7th inning of a 3-run game this past Saturday and had a clean 1-2-3 outing with 2 K’s and picked up his first hold of the year. My guess is he’ll be back closing out games by late May or early June.
  • Cody Allen is set to come off the IL today, but it doesn’t sound like he will be reinserted back into the closer role anytime soon. Unlike Leclerc, Allen is on a one-year deal and not the Angels “closer of the future,” so it could be a while for him to get the job back, if he ever does. For now, it still seems like Hansel Robles will handle the bulk of the save chances, with Ty Buttrey mixing in every now and then.
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


Jim

Isn’t it completely plausible that the Braves will go to a committee to limit Minter’s use and possibly explore Jackson as a closer?

Rick Graham

100%. I just still think their best bet is for Minter to regain his form since he’s proven to have the most upside of the lot.

Rick Graham

Tough one since both make good stashes, but I think I’d sit tight. Castillo may be the better bet for the next month, but I still like Leclerc longterm.

stevek

Hi Rick – need to pick up a 3rd closer and this is who is available: Romo, LeClerc, Strop, Castillo, Allen, Givens, Rogers, Minter, Robles, Swarzek. Who should I go with?

Swfcdan

Reason for dropping Iggy quite so much? Know he’s been off and the Reds haven’t won much lately, but save opps can come along in bunches for closers. Maybe they’ll use him less in non-save situations after his outburst!

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