MLB Closer Watch 2014 NEW

Every MLB and Minor League Bullpen Situation

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

If you want even more up-to-date info on shifting closer situations, you can also follow @scoutingbook on Twitter.

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


0.60 WHIP, 6.3 K/9
1.00 WHIP, 10.0 K/9
1.22 WHIP, 11.0 K/9
Schlitter ★ AAA
1.87 WHIP, 5.1 K/9
Russell LHP
0.88 WHIP, 5.0 K/9
Parker AAA
1.54 WHIP, 14.8 K/9
Fujikawa ★
1.63 WHIP, 9.8 K/9
Coleman AAA
1.39 WHIP, 7.2 K/9
Rosscup LHP
1.61 WHIP, 8.3 K/9
Batista ★ AA
0.94 WHIP, 6.9 K/9

Cubs Closer Watch

Which pitcher closes in Wrigley this year isn't exactly going to matter very much, when the Cubs are squarely focused on 2016 as their real coming out party. Chicago has a future to think about, after all, and if the team can develop a stable of young relievers, it could really pay off when the rest of the team blossoms.

Cubs Bullpen >


Chapman LHP
1.11 WHIP, 18.0 K/9
1.90 WHIP, 6.1 K/9
Parra LHP
1.77 WHIP, 6.1 K/9
Hoover AAA
1.10 WHIP, 12.6 K/9

Reds Closer Watch

Aroldis Chapman, bionic face and all, remains the scariest figure in the Reds bullpen, at least when healthy. Behind the 105mph lefty sits fellow southpaw Sean Marshall, a resurgent Manny Parra, and an entire platoon of effective young guns. This is a great bullpen, even if the specific roles aren't quite set in stone.

Reds Bullpen >


1.11 WHIP, 8.0 K/9
Broxton AA
1.56 WHIP, 4.3 K/9
1.00 WHIP, 1.8 K/9
Wooten ★ AAA
1.31 WHIP, 6.7 K/9
Gorzelanny LHP
2.09 WHIP, 9.4 K/9
De La Torre AAA
2.28 WHIP, 10.9 K/9
Holle AA
1.20 WHIP, 4.1 K/9
Shackelford AA
1.06 WHIP, 7.8 K/9
Toledo AA
1.20 WHIP, 7.8 K/9

Brewers Closer Watch

After using Francisco Rodriguez more shrewdly than anyone expected, the 2014 Brewers started the season in loaded-up shape. K-Rod and Jim Henderson got the lion's share of save opportunities out of the gate, with late-season add-on Jon Broxton stepping in for the stretch. Brandon Kintzler, meanwhile, is still pushing up at all of them.

Brewers Bullpen >


0.90 WHIP, 9.0 K/9
Watson LHP
0.96 WHIP, 6.8 K/9
Wilson LHP Tired
0.87 WHIP, 6.8 K/9
Frieri AAA
1.37 WHIP, 6.8 K/9
1.31 WHIP, 5.9 K/9
Mazzaro AAA
1.46 WHIP, 5.2 K/9
1.20 WHIP, 8.6 K/9
Thornton AAA
1.33 WHIP, 11.0 K/9

Pirates Closer Watch

The resurgent Jason Grilli enjoyed a glorious comeback as the grizzled Pirate closer in 2013, but he was bumped in early 2014 by ex-Yankee Mark Melancon, who has a capable-enough crew of young arms behind him, including ex-Angel Ernesto Frieri and a deep pool of farm hands. It might not be conventional bullpen, but it's an effective one.

Pirates Bullpen >


2.04 WHIP, 8.6 K/9
Neshek Tired
1.03 WHIP, 10.1 K/9
Motte AA DL
0.00 WHIP, 0.0 K/9
Siegrist ★ LHP AAA
1.71 WHIP, 12.5 K/9
Martinez ★
1.04 WHIP, 5.4 K/9
0.77 WHIP, 7.8 K/9
Freeman LHP
1.80 WHIP, 11.9 K/9
Stoppelman AA
1.77 WHIP, 9.0 K/9
Wyatt ★ AAA
0.81 WHIP, 6.6 K/9

Cardinals Closer Watch

The late innings have become a little more conventional and lot younger in the post-LaRussa era, with phenom Trevor Rosenthal still looking like the best of a strong squad. Should be stumble, the Cardinals have a number of other options, from the reconstructed Pat Neshek (a longshot) to young guns like Carlos Martinez and Kevin Siegrist, both of whom look like competent closers already.

Cardinals Bullpen >


Scouting Book Home Page

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.