NEW MLB Closer Watch

Every Team's Closers and Closers-in-Waiting

Who's closing, who's next in line, and who's a future sleeper? Our new intelligent Closer Watch shows the up-to-date state of every bullpen in MLB and how it's been performing lately.

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Data is updated many times per day; commentary less frequently. How it Works

  White Sox

1.55 WHIP, 2.0 K/9
1.45 WHIP, 4.4 K/9
Jones DL
INF WHIP, 0.0 K/9
1.02 WHIP, 6.9 K/9
Downs LHP
2.14 WHIP, 6.4 K/9
Troncoso AAA
1.16 WHIP, 6.1 K/9
Boggs AAA
2.58 WHIP, 6.5 K/9
2.29 WHIP, 9.5 K/9
Thompson ★ AAA
2.34 WHIP, 13.5 K/9
Vance AA
1.10 WHIP, 11.7 K/9

White Sox Closer Watch

With Addison Reed gone to Arizona, closing duties in Chicago are up in the air for 2014, though incoming Ronald Belisario looks like a nice candidate. Nate Jones and Matt Lindstrom also return, and will be given their chances in turn. Bounceback candidate Mitch Boggs and rookie Daniel Webb could also factor into the mix here.

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1.43 WHIP, 8.2 K/9
1.30 WHIP, 14.1 K/9
Pestano AAA
1.82 WHIP, 15.3 K/9
0.77 WHIP, 9.0 K/9
Wood AAA
1.90 WHIP, 8.6 K/9
Aardsma AAA
1.03 WHIP, 8.3 K/9
0.77 WHIP, 8.0 K/9
Lee ★
1.12 WHIP, 7.9 K/9
Guilmet ★ AAA
0.66 WHIP, 10.5 K/9
Tejeda AA
1.57 WHIP, 7.1 K/9
Stowel AA
3.00 WHIP, 9.0 K/9

Indians Closer Watch

John Axford moves to Cleveland and should get the first shot at the closer's job to enter the season, though Vinnie Pestano is the better talent here. Deeper than that, it's anyone's guess at present.

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1.94 WHIP, 10.8 K/9
1.49 WHIP, 14.8 K/9
1.76 WHIP, 6.4 K/9
Smyly LHP
0.50 WHIP, 9.0 K/9
Coke LHP
2.25 WHIP, 4.5 K/9
Whelan AAA
0.00 WHIP, 3.4 K/9
Mercedes AAA
1.12 WHIP, 7.9 K/9
Valdez AA
1.33 WHIP, 4.5 K/9

Tigers Closer Watch

Veterans Joe Nathan and Joba Chamberlain provide a new look to the Tiger bullpen in 2014, though it might be old standbys Al Albequerque and/or Bruce Rondon who are doing the heavy lifting come midseason. If nothing else can be counted upon in Detroit, count on this: the team will make whatever moves are necessary to keep the Tigers in contention.

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1.00 WHIP, 15.4 K/9
1.11 WHIP, 18.0 K/9
0.78 WHIP, 4.3 K/9
1.37 WHIP, 7.9 K/9
Wade AAA
1.70 WHIP, 2.9 K/9
Collins LHP DL
6.00 WHIP, 0.0 K/9
1.20 WHIP, 5.4 K/9
Joseph ★ LHP AAA
2.28 WHIP, 16.2 K/9
Triggs AA
1.13 WHIP, 2.9 K/9
Culver AA
1.45 WHIP, 9.6 K/9

Royals Closer Watch

Young righthander Greg Holland and tiny Tim Collins stepped up in a big way to stablilize the Royals' bullpen last year, and there's no reason to think they won't be around to do it again in 2014. Converted starter Aaron Crow is always lurking, as well. (Luke Hochevar, who was in the discussion all winter, is lost to reconstructive surgery and will return in late 2015.)

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Perkins LHP
1.25 WHIP, 12.4 K/9
1.57 WHIP, 3.9 K/9
1.16 WHIP, 7.5 K/9
Tonkin ★
0.85 WHIP, 8.7 K/9
Melotakis ★ A+
1.50 WHIP, 7.5 K/9

Twins Closer Watch

The Twins haven't had a name-brand closer since Joe Nathan moseyed off to Texas, but they have a bevy of competent hands to tide them over for the short term. Ex-Tiger Casey Fien and guitar hero Jared Burton will have chances this year, though it looks like it will be ex-starter Glen Perkins, despite his lack of classic closer stuff, who will get the ball in April. Lefthander Mason Melotakis, himself a closer in college, is probably the nastiest 2014 possibility still on the farm, though while he's starting, the more traditionally dextrous Mike Tonkin might get the chance first.

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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.