MLB Closer Watch 2014

Tracking Every MLB and Minor League Bullpen

Our new supercharged Closer Watch shows the up-to-date state of every bullpen in MLB and how it's been performing lately. 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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0.92 WHIP, 5.2 K/9
Sipp LHP
1.20 WHIP, 14.0 K/9
1.38 WHIP, 8.3 K/9
Fields ★
0.40 WHIP, 19.6 K/9
Zeid ★
2.08 WHIP, 7.0 K/9
Valdes AAA
0.53 WHIP, 9.6 K/9
Clemens AAA
1.68 WHIP, 3.4 K/9
Ambriz AAA
2.12 WHIP, 9.0 K/9
Stoffel ★ AAA
1.62 WHIP, 10.8 K/9

Astros Closer Watch

Veterans Chad Qualls and Jesse Crain are the top contenders to handle closing duties for the rebuilding (building?) Astros entering 2014, but as with most of the team, the more interesting talents to watch are younger and deeper in the system for now. If the team is serious about building around a young core (and they should be) then Josh Fields is probably the one to watch here.

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0.30 WHIP, 8.1 K/9
Grilli Tired
1.08 WHIP, 8.6 K/9
0.75 WHIP, 6.8 K/9
De La Rosa
2.62 WHIP, 6.8 K/9
Kohn AAA
2.11 WHIP, 11.0 K/9
0.45 WHIP, 9.8 K/9
Santiago LHP
0.66 WHIP, 6.0 K/9
Rasmus ★
0.95 WHIP, 7.2 K/9

Angels Closer Watch

After some shakeups, young Joe Smith is the latest pitcher holding the potato in Anaheim, with Dane De La Rosa also looking capable at times. The midseason addition of grizzly Jason Grilli also adds some drama here. For a team that's historically been one of the better bullpens in baseball, it seems odd for the Angels to push on with such an unproven lot, but maybe we're too skeptical here.

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Doolittle LHP
0.96 WHIP, 16.4 K/9
1.50 WHIP, 5.6 K/9
0.77 WHIP, 5.2 K/9
1.62 WHIP, 5.4 K/9
Abad LHP
0.75 WHIP, 5.8 K/9
1.02 WHIP, 3.6 K/9
F-Rodriguez AAA
1.09 WHIP, 11.5 K/9
O'Flaherty LHP
1.25 WHIP, 6.8 K/9
Newby ★ AAA
1.80 WHIP, 7.4 K/9
Flores ★ AA
0.94 WHIP, 6.9 K/9
Hooker AA
2.00 WHIP, 7.5 K/9

Athletics Closer Watch

The green-and-gold closer situation remains one of the least stable in baseball, quite literally by design. There are a half-dozen viable in-house candidates already, led by 2012 breakout Ryan Cook and often unhittable Sean Doolittle, but drop-in veteran Jim Johnson got the first shot at the job. No matter what happens in the spring, of course, the odds of a midseason Moneyball-style shakeup are always very, very high in Oakland.

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1.24 WHIP, 10.2 K/9
1.05 WHIP, 11.9 K/9
0.50 WHIP, 7.1 K/9
1.00 WHIP, 5.1 K/9
Furbush LHP
0.89 WHIP, 8.1 K/9
Pryor ★ AAA
1.23 WHIP, 9.0 K/9
Coffey AAA
1.18 WHIP, 9.0 K/9
Smith ★ AAA
0.72 WHIP, 10.2 K/9
1.31 WHIP, 11.0 K/9

Mariners Closer Watch

The man with the crooked cap should bring some stability to the Mariner relief corps, but the group of young, hard-throwing and wild arms behind him remains mainly unchanged from years past in Seattle. If they all mature just a little, this could be a good bullpen, but even once Rodney's experience is factored in, it's all still a pretty green group.

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1.36 WHIP, 9.8 K/9
0.78 WHIP, 5.0 K/9
1.89 WHIP, 4.3 K/9
1.71 WHIP, 7.7 K/9
Burns ★ AA
0.93 WHIP, 14.9 K/9
Rowen ★ AAA
1.40 WHIP, 6.3 K/9

Rangers Closer Watch

With Joe Nathan out of the picture, a recovering Neftali Feliz is the hungriest pitcher in Texas, and he should get the first chance to close games for the Rangers. If he's not ready, it wasn't that long ago that Joakim Soria was one of the game's best. The deep Ranger bullpen also features young 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.