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


0.66 WHIP, 9.0 K/9
0.00 WHIP, 9.0 K/9
0.00 WHIP, 9.0 K/9
0.75 WHIP, 6.8 K/9
4.00 WHIP, 4.5 K/9
0.37 WHIP, 6.7 K/9
Santiago LHP
2.25 WHIP, 0.0 K/9

Angels Closer Watch

The Angels just couldn't hold out any longer. After cobbling together a half-season in which they've barely held onto a wild-card spot, they pulled the trigger to bring in veteran closer Huston Street, who should finally provide some stability. The selection of hot but flaky arms behind him is probably enough to ride out the season, too, but this bullpen isn't as deep and rich as it once was, making playoff projections shaky.

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1.28 WHIP, 3.9 K/9

Rangers Closer Watch

With Joe Nathan and Joakim Soria out of the picture (with both now pitching in Detroit) a fully-recovered Neftali Feliz is the best bet in Texas. If he stumbles, the still-deep Ranger bullpen also features lefty Neal Cotts and young righthander Tanner Scheppers, who looked very good last season, and the sometimes-starting Alexi Ogando to turn to, should things get ugly.

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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.