Last updated: 6/27/17

*This list is compiled only of relievers who are the designated CLOSERS for their respective teams
*These rankings are heavily based upon which relievers are most likely to hold onto the job for any number of reasons (skills, trades, health, and job security)

I created a table that shows every important stat (including Sabermetrics and underlying stats) to show how the CLOSERS are really pitching HERE

TIERED CLOSER RANKINGS
Elite Tier

Kenley Jansen – Has yet to issue a walk or blow a save this season pairing with a 15 K/9 rate
Craig Kimbrel – Control is back – looks like his vintage self again with a 16.7 K/9

Very Good Tier
Aroldis Chapman – Looks healthy coming off his injury – he’s a top 3 closer
Corey Knebel – He has elite skills, he just needs to lock the job down, but he’s blown a couple
David Robertson – BB and FB rates a little high but he looks elite and won’t lose closer role
Edwin Diaz – Looking dominant again, getting tons of swings and misses
Raisel Iglesias – Velocity and swinging strike rate way up and he’s getting all the saves there
Felipe Rivero – Looks like he’s already running away w/ the job; has elite skills, will move up

Solid/Slight Blemish Tier
Roberto Osuna – Dominant closer but mental health issues could cause him to miss time
Ken Giles – Elite skills but is getting hit a bit and Hinch uses others to close too often
Wade Davis – GB% way down, getting lucky, and health still a concern but overall very good
Greg Holland – Still an injury/wear-down risk, but looks very very good overall
Jim Johnson – Skills are good, just not stranding enough runners; not much trade risk
Mark Melancon – As solid as they come but lower K% keeps him out of top tiers

Some Risk Tier
Cody Allen – FB and BB rates too high; Miller will be get saves for awhile now
Kelvin Herrera – HR rate up and getting hit hard; just hasn’t been his dominant self this year
Alex Colome – More sliders and less fastballs have led to Ks coming way down and BB rate up
Brandon Kintzler – GB pitcher pitches to contact; not a closer but 0 competition in MIN pen
AJ Ramos – Bad control backed by low First strike%; Swinging Strike% down too – mediocre
Addison Reed – Looking hittable lately and is a definite trade candidate as well

Lots of Risk Tier
Andrew Miller – Will get saves for a few weeks while temporarily switching roles w/ Allen
Fernando Rodney – Untouchable since May but control still terrible; Bradley still behind him
Brandon Maurer – Looks to have a tentative hold on the closer role again but he’s shaky
Seung Hwan Oh – Back to looking shaky again but luckily Rosenthal is struggling as well
Hector Neris – Apparently he’s been reinstated as closer already – on shaky ground though
Santiago Casilla – He’s just not good, a trade candidate, and Madson has been very good lately

Likely to Lose the Job Shortly Tier
Matt Bush – Looks shaky lately-could be an injury there with his endurance/injury concerns
Justin Wilson – Shaky since taking over as closer and a trade candidate as well-likely to set-up
Brad Brach – Britton should be back closing by late June to early July

DL/Out
Zach Britton (forearm – out until around the All-Star Break)
Koda Glover (back – out indefinitely)
Bud Norris (knee – out indefinitely)

*For the relievers most likely to take over as CLOSER at some point, check out Speculative Saves
*Make sure to check out each team’s Closer Depth Chart as well

BREAKDOWN OF DIFFERENT CLOSER RISKS
Skills Risk (highest risk)
Fernando Rodney
Brandon Kintzler
Brandon Maurer
AJ Ramos
Seung Hwan Oh
Kelvin Herrera
Alex Colome
Bud Norris
Hector Neris
Brad Brach
Santiago Casilla
Justin Wilson

Job Security Risk
AJ Ramos
Brandon Kintzler
Brandon Maurer
Ken Giles
Seung Hwan Oh
Fernando Rodney
Matt Bush
Hector Neris
Brad Brach
Santiago Casilla
Bud Norris
Justin Wilson

Dellin Betances

Health Risk
Alex Colome
Wade Davis
Brandon Kintzler
Greg Holland
Roberto Osuna
Zach Britton
Aroldis Chapman

Matt Bush

Trade Risk (lowest risk)
AJ Ramos
Alex Colome
Fernando Rodney
Matt Bush
Santiago Casilla
Brad Brach
Jim Johnson
Justin Wilson
Addison Reed
Koda Glover


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