MLB Closer Watch 2014 NEW

Tracking Every MLB and Minor League Bullpen

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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1.08 WHIP, 6.5 K/9
1.35 WHIP, 8.7 K/9
Marshall ★
1.12 WHIP, 10.1 K/9
Harris AAA
1.00 WHIP, 6.0 K/9
Perez LHP
0.71 WHIP, 19.3 K/9
Barrett  ★ AAA
1.86 WHIP, 6.5 K/9
Stites ★
1.75 WHIP, 10.2 K/9
Hively AA
1.18 WHIP, 8.5 K/9

Diamondbacks Closer Watch

The big trade that sent young closer Addison Reed to Arizona in the offseason seems to have answered the rotating ninth inning problem that the Diamondbacks struggled with in 2013. Reed is one of the best young closers in baseball, and now that he has a pitcher-friendly park to work in, he should blossom to wider acclaim. The team also retained most of its veteran bullpen, so options abound if Reed struggles.

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1.37 WHIP, 6.8 K/9
Brothers LHP
2.54 WHIP, 10.8 K/9
1.24 WHIP, 10.2 K/9
2.50 WHIP, 9.0 K/9
Lopez AAA
2.50 WHIP, 0.0 K/9
Logan LHP DL
1.50 WHIP, 7.5 K/9
2.14 WHIP, 3.9 K/9
Roberts AA
1.09 WHIP, 3.4 K/9

Rockies Closer Watch

Can 41 year old LaTroy Hawkins really pitch effectively enough to hold down closing duties in Colorado this season? If not (and we're betting 'not'), flamethrowing lefty Rex Brothers and veteran Matt Belisle are always available.

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0.62 WHIP, 9.0 K/9
2.14 WHIP, 13.5 K/9
Rodriguez LHP
1.61 WHIP, 8.3 K/9
1.34 WHIP, 3.7 K/9
1.36 WHIP, 3.7 K/9
2.03 WHIP, 7.7 K/9
1.77 WHIP, 5.0 K/9
Garcia ★ AAA
1.84 WHIP, 10.4 K/9
Nelo AA
1.69 WHIP, 10.6 K/9

Dodgers Closer Watch

Kenley Jansen was always the Dodger organization's chosen man, and he enters 2014 as the de facto ninth inning solution, despite the looming presences of so many other onetime closers on the roster. Brian Wilson, Chris Perez and Brandon League will probably all get their moments in the sun.

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1.11 WHIP, 10.0 K/9
0.78 WHIP, 9.4 K/9
Torres LHP
2.07 WHIP, 12.5 K/9
0.90 WHIP, 9.5 K/9
Quackenbush ★
0.87 WHIP, 12.4 K/9
Rearick ★ AAA
1.26 WHIP, 12.8 K/9

Padres Closer Watch

With Huston Street gone to Anaheim in a shocker of a midseason trade, new Padre Joaquin Benoit is the best bet to close for the forgotten Padres, though the returning Dale Thayer is also very capable, too. Beyond that, San Diego has a rich farm, but not much that's quite MLB-ready. Of course, that also describes the rest of the Padres roster, so no worries.

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0.72 WHIP, 7.6 K/9
1.08 WHIP, 11.9 K/9
Affeldt LHP
0.50 WHIP, 3.6 K/9
Hembree ★ AAA
1.03 WHIP, 11.2 K/9
0.91 WHIP, 8.8 K/9
1.68 WHIP, 3.2 K/9
Lopez LHP
1.10 WHIP, 2.8 K/9
Bochy ★ AAA
1.36 WHIP, 0.0 K/9
Quirarte AA
0.75 WHIP, 4.5 K/9
McCormick AA
1.05 WHIP, 10.3 K/9
Hall ★ AA
0.90 WHIP, 5.7 K/9

Giants Closer Watch

As expected, fireballers Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla remained solid rocks for the Giants in 2013, and there's little reason to expect any different this year. Heck, even if they're hurt or (gasp!) traded, the Giants are absolutely stacked in minor league relief prospects.

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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.