Last updated: 8/8/17

*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 – Most dominant closer in baseball right now
Craig Kimbrel – Control is back – looks like his vintage self again with a 16.7 K/9

Very Good Tier
Felipe Rivero – Looks like a top 3 closer
Raisel Iglesias – Velocity and swinging strike rate way up and he’s getting all the saves there
Aroldis Chapman – Looking much more like his vintage self lately – could move into elite tier
Roberto Osuna – Two badly blown saves in a row – are mental health issues a concern?
Cody Allen – FB rate too high and Miller will occasionally get saves, but he’s very good
Edwin Diaz – Getting tons of swings and misses and looking more like his 2016 self

Solid/Slight Blemish Tier
Greg Holland – Looking very good despite lingering health and wear-down concerns
Wade Davis – Allowing some walks all of a sudden and has lingering health concerns
Kelvin Herrera – Looking much better of late after struggling earlier in the season
Ken Giles – Hinch uses others to close too often and he hasn’t been vintage Giles this season
Corey Knebel – He has the strikeout rate to join the elites, but allowing too many baserunners

Some Risk Tier
Zach Britton – Still not looking 100% but he’s closing for the Orioles again
Alex Colome – Struggled earlier this season but looks better lately
Brad Hand – Looks like he’s the Padres’ new closer; should move up very quickly
Trevor Rosenthal – Looking like the dominant 2014-2015 closer again; could move up fast
Fernando Rodney – Prone to blow-ups but only 1 blow-up since May; Bradley behind him
Sean Doolittle – Still closing in Washington even after Kintzler was acquired…we’ll see
AJ Ramos – Now closing for the Mets – still has same issues but should keep the job
Hector Neris – Looking much better lately, just not getting many save opps in Philly
Shane Greene – Announced as the new Tigers closer but Joe Jimenez looms behind him
Arodys Vizcaino – Closing in ATL now – too many HR allowed, and needs to secure the role
Blake Treinen – Looks like the A’s new closer – a bit shaky though, needs to establish himself

Lots of Risk Tier
Bud Norris – A couple big blow-ups lately leave him looking tentative to hold the job
Tyler Clippard – Last man standing for CHI, but he’s really really bad; 0 competition though
Brad Ziegler – Tentatively named the closer; has bad skills and is likely to lose the job

Likely to Lose the Job Shortly Tier
Sam Dyson – Closing while Melancon is out (could keep the job) – looks much better in NL

DL/Out
Mark Melancon (right pronator – 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
AJ Ramos
Corey Knebel
Blake Treinen
Zach Britton
Tyler Clippard
Bud Norris

Mark Melancon
Brad Ziegler
Sam Dyson
Shane Greene

Job Security Risk
Fernando Rodney
Shane Greene
Zach Britton
Trevor Rosenthal
Mark Melancon
Brad Ziegler
Blake Treinen
Brad Hand
Sean Doolittle
Tyler Clippard
Corey Knebel
Sam Dyson
Bud Norris

Health Risk
Alex Colome
Wade Davis
Greg Holland
Roberto Osuna
Brad Ziegler
Aroldis Chapman
Bud Norris
Zach Britton
Mark Melancon

Trade Risk (lowest risk)
None


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