MLB Closer Watch 2016 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.

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  Cubs

Rondon
1.60 WHIP, 7.2 K/9 2013.2571
Strop
1.00 WHIP, 9.0 K/9 0.0
Grimm
1.63 WHIP, 12.3 K/9 2013.3153
Wood LHP
0.66 WHIP, 9.0 K/9 0.0
Alvarez AA
1.17 WHIP, 14.5 K/9 .0
Warren
1.25 WHIP, 8.3 K/9 2013.2965
Cahill
1.40 WHIP, 6.3 K/9 0.0

Cubs Closer Watch

Hector Rondon blossomed into one of baseball's best relievers down the stretch last season, giving him a pretty firm grip on the job moving forward, with Pedro Strop (right) and Rex Brothers (left) forming a late-inning setup combo behind him. Justin Grimm, the most closer-like of the bunch, also lurks.

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  Reds

Cingrani LHP
2.30 WHIP, 8.3 K/9 2013.3015
Wood
1.05 WHIP, 10.3 K/9 0.0
Ohlendorf
1.81 WHIP, 7.4 K/9 0.0
Hoover AAA
1.66 WHIP, 17.0 K/9 .0
Chacin AA
1.38 WHIP, 16.6 K/9 .0
Lorenzen
1.23 WHIP, 6.9 K/9 2015.3512
Muhammad AA
1.62 WHIP, 4.5 K/9 .0
Diaz
1.03 WHIP, 10.1 K/9 0.0
Sampson
1.32 WHIP, 7.1 K/9 2015.2837
Johnson AAA
1.08 WHIP, 6.5 K/9 .0

Reds Closer Watch

By all accounts, JJ Hoover will get the first look as Aroldis Chapman's successor in Cincinnati, but he probably won't have much of a leash. Jumbo Diaz and Blake Wood are also options, here, along with converted starter Tony Cingrini and a fairly deep system full of hard-throwers. Unless Hoover catches fire early, this one could be up-and-down for awhile.

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  Brewers

Jeffress
1.00 WHIP, 4.5 K/9 2014.2083
Smith LHP Tired
0.59 WHIP, 13.5 K/9 0.0
Thornburg
0.63 WHIP, 11.5 K/9 2013.2832
Blazek
3.00 WHIP, 0.0 K/9 0.0
Knebel
1.26 WHIP, 7.3 K/9 2015.3514
Chapman AA
1.50 WHIP, 11.6 K/9 .0
Magnifico ★
2.16 WHIP, 9.7 K/9 2016.3839
Jones AA
1.50 WHIP, 13.5 K/9 .0
Horst AAA
6.00 WHIP, 0.0 K/9 .0
Goforth ★ AAA
2.04 WHIP, 6.5 K/9 2016.3021
Cravy
0.85 WHIP, 6.9 K/9 0.0
Jones AA
1.50 WHIP, 13.5 K/9 .0

Brewers Closer Watch

New Milkwaukee manager Craig Counsell is known to be of a sharp and modern mind when it comes to the job of closer. Basically, he doesn't believe it exists. That's exciting news to those of us who like subversive thinking, but frustrating news to fantasy players worldwide, who like to call it 'closer by committee', though none of those get a vote. In lieu of a formal arrangement, Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith are the veteran bets for saves here, with young Corey Knebel and a battery of prospects, many of who could get a look from the rebuilding Brewers in 2016

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  Pirates

Melancon
1.09 WHIP, 8.2 K/9 0.0
Watson LHP
1.03 WHIP, 8.4 K/9 0.0
Feliz
2.21 WHIP, 11.4 K/9 0.0
Hughes
0.88 WHIP, 7.0 K/9 0.0
Caminero
2.15 WHIP, 7.6 K/9 0.0
Nicasio
0.84 WHIP, 13.8 K/9 0.0
Scahill
1.08 WHIP, 7.6 K/9 2014.3302
Lobstein AAA
2.53 WHIP, 2.1 K/9 .0
Haley AA
1.39 WHIP, 11.6 K/9 .0
DuRapau AA
2.19 WHIP, 6.2 K/9 .0

Pirates Closer Watch

The best closer nobody remembers, Pirate closer Mark Melancon won the 2015 NL Relief Pitcher of the Year award from MLB last year (be honest: did you know that?), which gives him a pretty solid lock on the job again this time. Veterans Tony Watson and Neftali Feliz are also a phone call away, followed by Jared Hughes, Archie Caminero and a wealth of minor league heat.

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  Cardinals

Oh ★
1.20 WHIP, 10.8 K/9 2016.4023
Siegrist LHP
1.00 WHIP, 12.6 K/9 2014.3594
Broxton
1.03 WHIP, 9.3 K/9 0.0
Rosenthal
1.33 WHIP, 9.0 K/9 2013.3007
Tuivailala
1.82 WHIP, 9.6 K/9 0.0
Shaban AA
1.80 WHIP, 4.7 K/9 .0
Perry AA
4.50 WHIP, 4.5 K/9 .0
Socolovich
0.54 WHIP, 7.4 K/9 0.0
Tuivailala
1.82 WHIP, 9.6 K/9 0.0
Bowman
1.82 WHIP, 6.8 K/9 0.0

Cardinals Closer Watch

Solidifying his grip as one of the National League's best closers, Trevor Rosenthal should be clockwork again for the Cardinals in 2016. Jordan Walden, Kevin Siegrest and Jon Broxton are overqualified setup men, here, and any of them could fill-in well, should Rosenthal suffer injury. Siegrest, in particular, was unhittable as fill-in closer last season. Deeper in this very deep stable, IFA signee Seung-Hwan Oh, a very capable closer himself, may struggle to get even seventh inning work, at least in April.

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Data last calculated 9/26/2016

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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 ScoutingBook.com. 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.