Closer In Waiting Power Rankings: April 6, 2017: Neris/Bush Lead The Way

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone constantly on the lookout for the next potential closer? That’s what we are trying to pinpoint here, with our Top 5 Closer In Waiting Power Rankings. These rankings look at the pitchers who appear capable of taking over their team’s respective closing duties (though in some cases, will need some help to get there). Keep in mind, if a pitcher is currently part of a committee they will not be included in these rankings (i.e. the Oakland A’s situation) despite not currently “holding” the job outright.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at how things stand:

Current Closer
1.Matt BushTexas RangersSam DysonDyson has taken the Shawn Tolleson route & one more poor showing could lead to a change
2. Hector NerisPhiladelphia PhilliesJeanmar GomezCan someone explain why Gomez was handed the job?
3. Koda Glover Washington NationalsBlake TreinenTreinen showed a crack on 04/05/17 & with concerns about Shawn Kelley's workload Glover should be next up if change needed
4. Michael Lorenzen Cincinnati RedsRaisel IglesiasThey talked about multiple closers, but for now appears Iglesias holding role w/Lorenzen laying in wait
5. Corey KnebelMilwaukee BrewersNeftali FelizFeliz is a tough closer to fully buy into & it appears that Knebel is the next up when he drops the ball

Injury Setup Men To Monitor:

  • Jake Barrett – Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Carter Capps – San Diego Padres


  1. DEAN WHITE says:

    THIS IS AWESOME. Please make this a regular thing.

  2. BillBoy says:

    Great article! How about Barraclough and Carl Edwards, worth a flier?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Both def. are, though I like Edwards better. Miami has built a deep bullpen and Barraclough’s control is a concern

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