MLB Closer Watch 2014

Tracking Every MLB and Minor League Bullpen

Our new supercharged Closer Watch shows the up-to-date state of every bullpen in MLB and how it's been performing lately. We track and display a selection of closers, setup men and possible closers-in-waiting in major and minor league ball. We hope this helps you identify everything from individual opportunities for vulture saves to the entire future of your home town franchise, all in a single glance.

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Britton LHP
1.69 WHIP, 9.4 K/9
1.05 WHIP, 4.8 K/9
Miller LHP
0.44 WHIP, 11.0 K/9
1.50 WHIP, 5.4 K/9
3.00 WHIP, 0.0 K/9
Matusz LHP
0.42 WHIP, 3.9 K/9

Orioles Closer Watch

With Jim Johnson gone, young Oriole Tommy Hunter looks like the best bet to take over closing duties, though wildly-effective Darren O'Day or new Oriole Andrew Miller could press for the job, too. Beyond that, there's an interesting assortment of unproven arms and converted starters to look at, but nothing too attractive in the short term. If the new unit doesn't gel, the O's could make some early-season roster moves to mix things up.

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  Red Sox

0.00 WHIP, 0.0 K/9
0.00 WHIP, 9.0 K/9
0.00 WHIP, 9.0 K/9
0.50 WHIP, 13.5 K/9

Red Sox Closer Watch

Kenji Uehara rose up and seized Boston's closer's role in 2013, turning in a dominating second half of the season, and he looks like the safe bet for 2014 as a result. Behind him, the team has an odd assortment of journeymen and home-grown up-and-comers that looks scattered to us, but who are we to question success?

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2.00 WHIP, 15.0 K/9
2.00 WHIP, 18.0 K/9
0.42 WHIP, 15.4 K/9
3.00 WHIP, 0.0 K/9
Thornton LHP
2.10 WHIP, 2.7 K/9
3.75 WHIP, 6.8 K/9
1.00 WHIP, 6.8 K/9

Yankees Closer Watch

Well, it's time. With Mo actually gone for good, ex-setup ace David Robertson is the man standing all alone in the Yankee spotlight, ready to take over for the best closer in baseball history soon. No pressure, Dave. If Robertson falters or looks less like a True Yankee than expected, many fans will holler for minor league phenom Mark Montgomery to ascend to the throne instead. The roster is thin on setup and backup choices, so we expect some fresh reinforcements to arrive via trade sometime soon, too.

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0.00 WHIP, 27.0 K/9
2.99 WHIP, 13.5 K/9
0.00 WHIP, 11.6 K/9
1.49 WHIP, 13.5 K/9
Ramos LHP
0.00 WHIP, 3.0 K/9
1.50 WHIP, 9.0 K/9

Rays Closer Watch

After a year of bouncing around and looking lost, Grant Balfour lands in Tampa with a fresh two-year contract and the keys to closing duties. Should he falter, the mercurial Joel Peralta and himself-reborn Heath Bell are lurking. Lefty setup specialist Jake McGee should bounce back from a so-so 2013, as well.

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  Blue Jays

0.33 WHIP, 3.0 K/9
Cecil LHP
1.00 WHIP, 13.5 K/9
Loup LHP
1.49 WHIP, 0.0 K/9
2.99 WHIP, 13.5 K/9
2.39 WHIP, 5.4 K/9

Blue Jays Closer Watch

After an early season riddled with disappointments and injuries, the Blue Jays have been happy to see Casey Janssen, at least, remain a relatively stable rock at the back end of the bullpen. Eight or nine other pitchers have worked in setting him up already, with none of them really locking down the job at any point. Deeper down the system, minor-league closer Neil Wagner could be a long-term setup answer, though starter Brett Cecil, a college closer himself, is probably the nastiest lefthander on the roster.

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Closer Watch key and words of caution: Bolded names are best-bets to be closing for the immediate future; other pitchers are sorted from backup options right now (usually setup or short-relievers) to less-likely or future candidates. The order is hand-chosen and updated only every week or two based on who we would bet on, ourselves, for the future. Data is much more current than commentary, and readers may draw their own different conclusions based on the data displayed here or elsewhere. Game by game graphs show up to ten most recent outings for each pitcher, scored from poor (one red dot) to excellent (four green dots), based on counting stats, with special bonus points for saves and holds. Closers with more than a couple of red dots probably won't be closing much longer. Rate stats are shown for up to ten of a pitcher's most recent outings. Players whose most recent outing was in the minor leagues are labeled with the level of that most recent appearance. A gray star indicates a prospect who is also tracked as a prospect at Disabled List status is courtesy published MLB information and may lag behind conventional wisdom by a day or two. Pitchers who have thrown two, three or more days in a row, including yesterday, are flagged as 'Tired'. Data auto-publishes several times per day from Scouting Book's own data feeds, but can lag behind reality, and sometimes gets further delayed by gremlins, especially when feeding after midnight.