MLB Closer Watch 2017 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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1.22 WHIP, 11.0 K/9 0.0
Simmons ★
1.13 WHIP, 7.4 K/9 2016.3418
Rutckyj AA
1.79 WHIP, 5.4 K/9 .0
Kelly AAA
1.80 WHIP, 5.4 K/9 .0
Krol LHP
2.18 WHIP, 12.3 K/9 2014.2964

Braves Closer Watch

In 2015, the grizzly old Jason Grilli was holding down closing duties admirably for the Kimbrel-less Braves, at least until a leg injury ended his season. Young Arodys Vizcaino took over at that point and was even better, leaving the question of who closes in 2016 quite open. While Vizcaino looks like the best possible answer, the Braves might choose to pump up Grilli's value for a few months before the July deadline before handing him the ball again. Shae Simmons and wily old Jim Johnson are still available in relief-relief.

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1.39 WHIP, 8.7 K/9 0.0
Dunn LHP
1.71 WHIP, 9.0 K/9 0.0
0.94 WHIP, 15.6 K/9 0.0
Morris A+
0.00 WHIP, 0.0 K/9 .0
Hand LHP
0.68 WHIP, 10.8 K/9 0.0
1.50 WHIP, 10.5 K/9 0.0
1.66 WHIP, 6.0 K/9 0.0
Donatello AA
1.64 WHIP, 5.4 K/9 .0
Kinley AAA
1.05 WHIP, 10.3 K/9 .0
1.55 WHIP, 10.0 K/9 0.0
Lazo AAA
1.50 WHIP, 6.8 K/9 .0

Marlins Closer Watch

While import Carter Capps looked like a possible option to close for Miami this spring, his questionable elbow bumped AJ Ramos firmly back into the role. Bryan Morris is the best bet after that, but keep in mind that the Marlins have very very very many options in the farm system: this team has been loading up on power arms for years.

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1.45 WHIP, 8.7 K/9 2014.2835
0.77 WHIP, 13.0 K/9 0.0
1.73 WHIP, 9.3 K/9 2013.3439
Bastardo LHP
1.50 WHIP, 13.5 K/9 0.0
0.78 WHIP, 10.6 K/9 0.0
Blevins LHP
1.25 WHIP, 11.3 K/9 0.0
1.61 WHIP, 8.3 K/9 0.0
Edgin LHP
2.57 WHIP, 10.3 K/9 0.0
Gilmartin LHP
0.00 WHIP, 6.8 K/9 2015.2792
Verrett ★
1.71 WHIP, 13.5 K/9 2016.3390
1.58 WHIP, 12.7 K/9 2015.3321
Sewald AAA
1.60 WHIP, 8.1 K/9 .0
Morris AA
1.34 WHIP, 14.3 K/9 0.0

Mets Closer Watch

We're really going to miss spelling Jenrry Mejia's name for people, but it seems unlikely we'll be writing about Jammering Jank for awhile, since his lifetime ban from baseball keeps him from undertaking many activities in that department. In Flatbush, we'll keep looking at Addison Reed as an intriguing and experienced young option at closer, but let's be clear, this gig belongs to Jeurys Familia now, whose lights-out performance down the stretch in 2015 earned him quite a mandate. Anthony Bastardo is the presumptive backup plan to the backup plan.

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4.50 WHIP, 9.0 K/9 0.0
1.75 WHIP, 12.4 K/9 0.0
1.37 WHIP, 7.9 K/9 0.0
Hinojosa AAA
1.41 WHIP, 10.3 K/9 .0
0.72 WHIP, 9.3 K/9 0.0
Araujo ★ LHP AAA
1.08 WHIP, 5.4 K/9 2016.2878
Stumpf AA
1.00 WHIP, 12.0 K/9 .0
1.90 WHIP, 7.4 K/9 0.0
Hollands AA
2.53 WHIP, 4.2 K/9 .0
1.42 WHIP, 5.7 K/9 0.0
Joaquin A+
1.05 WHIP, 8.0 K/9 .0

Phillies Closer Watch

With Ken Giles shipped off to Houston in order to shore-up the rebuilding supplies in Philly, we're left with a jumble of capable but boring options. With old names like Andrew Bailey, Ernesto Frieri and Edward Mujica possibly in play again, David Hernandez will have a very short leash this spring There's a lot of talent on the farm, too, so a few months of seasoning could make things look very different. It's mix and match for awhile, most likely.

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0.32 WHIP, 10.6 K/9 0.0
Rivero ★ LHP
1.66 WHIP, 11.0 K/9 2016.3263
1.50 WHIP, 12.4 K/9 2014.3394
1.34 WHIP, 7.4 K/9 0.0
Perez LHP
0.78 WHIP, 9.9 K/9 0.0
4.00 WHIP, 13.5 K/9 0.0
1.87 WHIP, 10.1 K/9 0.0
Grace LHP
1.44 WHIP, 6.5 K/9 0.0
1.06 WHIP, 10.5 K/9 .0

Nationals Closer Watch

Jonathan Papelbon gets paid an awful lot of money, so you'd best be sure the Nationals will be letting him close out ballgames until and unless he falls down pretty hard. Shawn Kelley, Yusmeiro Petit and Oliver Perez are the likeliest cohorts for now, with a very rich system of youngsters bubbling up behind.

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Data last calculated 10/31/2016


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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.