Closing Time 7/16: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Next In Line
1
-
T1
Josh Hader 1 Jeremy Jeffress
2
-
Kirby Yates 2 Craig Stammen
3
-
Kenley Jansen 3 Pedro Baez
4
-
T2
Aroldis Chapman 4 Zack Britton
5
-
Roberto Osuna 5 Ryan Pressly
6
-
Felipe Vazquez 6 Kyle Crick
7
-
Brad Hand 7 Nick Wittgren
8
-
Will Smith 8 Tony Watson
9
-
Hector Neris 9 Edubray Ramos
10
+1
Craig Kimbrel 11 Pedro Strop
11
-1
Ken Giles 10 Daniel Hudson
12
-
Edwin Diaz 12 Seth Lugo
13
-
Carlos Martinez 13 John Gant
14
-
Sean Doolittle 14 Fernando Rodney
15
-
Liam Hendriks 15 Blake Treinen
16
+3
T3
Hansel Robles 19 Ty Buttrey
17
+5
Ian Kennedy 22 Jake Diekman
18
+2
Taylor Rogers 20 Blake Parker
19
-3
Emilio Pagan 16 Diego Castillo
20
+1
Luke Jackson 21 Anthony Swarzak
21
+2
Raisel Iglesias 23 Michael Lorenzen
22
+2
Wade Davis 24 Scott Oberg
23
-6
Shane Greene 17 Joe Jimenez
24
+2
Greg Holland 26 Yoan Lopez
25
-7
Alex Colome 18 Aaron Bummer
26
-1
Shawn Kelley 25 Jose Leclerc
27
-
Sergio Romo 27 Nick Anderson
28
-
T4
Roenis Elias 28 Cory Gearrin
29
+UR
Mychal Givens UR Paul Fry
30
-1
Brandon Workman 29 Heath Hembree

Light pink row designates Closer By Committee

  • The Rays continue to go the unconventional route at closer, with Emilio Pagan being used in the role roughly over 50% of the time currently. After picking up a save Sunday, Pagan was brought in to get the last out in the 7th inning Monday night (his 3rd day working in a row), where he proceeded to cough up a run on two hits before getting the final out. Oliver Drake went on to get the save later on in the game, but that’s not something I’d expect a lot of moving forward. I still like Pagan a lot, with his K rate and ratios helping out owners, so even if he’s only getting one or two save chances a week, I’d be holding on t0 him in most leagues.
  • We are about two weeks away from the trade deadline, so I’ve adjusted the bottom of the rankings to account for the likelihood that Shane Greene and Alex Colome will likely be dealt soon and possibly into non-closer situations. I haven’t moved Will Smith yet, because his upside is huge if he can land in a spot where he will continue to close. I know it’s not looking very probable at this point, but I’m holding out hope.
  • Nathan Eovaldi is set to begin his rehab assignment in the coming days, which will likely end the continuous closing carousel in Boston. If all goes well in his rehab, expect Eovaldi back at some point next week. As far as where he ranks on this list, right now I’m thinking he’ll probably slot in near the top of tier 3 to start.
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


Micah

Can you speak to why you have Biagini as Giles’ handcuff instead of Hudson? Seems like recent usage would lean towards Hudson, although I know he’s also a trade candidate.

Rick Graham

Thank you for pointing that out, I had meant to change that actually haha. Hudson’s definitely the handcuff to Giles right now, assuming both aren’t moved at the deadline.

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