MLB Closer Watch 2015 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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Grilli DL
0.96 WHIP, 14.0 K/9
1.21 WHIP, 4.2 K/9
Avilan LHP
1.00 WHIP, 10.1 K/9
Russell LHP
0.70 WHIP, 11.1 K/9
1.30 WHIP, 12.6 K/9

Braves Closer Watch

In trading away baseball's best closer for fill-ins and prospects, the Braves shed the last pretense they had anything in mind other than rebuilding. The group left behind Kimbrel is a ragged lot, too, as the Braves have brought in a handful of rented veterans like Jason Grilli and Jim Johnson to hold things together while the team rebuilds for the future. The late bloomin ex-Cub James Russell and the returning Arodys Vizcaino have substantial upside for the years to come, too.

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1.44 WHIP, 7.6 K/9
Ramos LHP
1.20 WHIP, 3.6 K/9
Dunn LHP
1.94 WHIP, 16.2 K/9
0.72 WHIP, 10.9 K/9
0.80 WHIP, 17.1 K/9

Marlins Closer Watch

Since bumping Heath Bell right out of Miami in 2012, young Steve Cishek hasn't really looked back. AJ Ramos and Mike Dunn remain nice backup options here, and might get some work in as well. Aaron Crow and Carter Capps, two highly-regarded prospects who've not yet lived up to expectations, will also get a chance to rekindle their heat here. The Marlins' ballpark remains a good place to hide out and work on your game without any of that pesky media attention getting in the way.

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0.84 WHIP, 6.7 K/9
Torres LHP
1.86 WHIP, 3.7 K/9
1.11 WHIP, 4.0 K/9
Black AAA
2.61 WHIP, 10.5 K/9
0.92 WHIP, 12.5 K/9
0.00 WHIP, 27.0 K/9
Rice AAA
1.50 WHIP, 9.8 K/9

Mets Closer Watch

While Bobby Parnell was sleeping off surgery in 2014, young Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia stepped up big time, making this a very interesting situation to watch as Parnell recovers and returns to the bullpen. Mejia is the hottest arm, but you know what they say about candles that burn twice as bright.

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0.75 WHIP, 5.3 K/9
1.03 WHIP, 14.9 K/9
1.40 WHIP, 10.1 K/9
De Fratus
1.81 WHIP, 7.9 K/9
Diekman LHP
1.64 WHIP, 11.3 K/9

Phillies Closer Watch

You know they'd love to trade him, but for now Jon Papelbon remains an albatross on the Phillies, and one whose job looks pretty secure, to boot. Ken Giles and Jake Diekman are very good setup men behind him, but neither is a serious threat to take his job away anytime soon.

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1.26 WHIP, 6.2 K/9
1.13 WHIP, 8.4 K/9
0.50 WHIP, 18.0 K/9
0.92 WHIP, 7.3 K/9
Davis AA
1.82 WHIP, 6.6 K/9
Thornton LHP
0.89 WHIP, 6.7 K/9

Nationals Closer Watch

In Washington, Drew Storen returns to the job he held two years ago, and he'll be under a lot of pressure to perform right out of the gate. If he shows weakness, ex-Toronto closer Casey Janssen will be happy to step in, as would veteran Craig Stammen or even young Blake Treinen. There are a lot of high expectations for the Nats this year, and this a team whose window on winning is starting to close: don't expect much patience.

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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.