Closer In Waiting Power Rankings: April 7, 2017: Is Glover Climbing & More

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 and Cincinnati Reds situations) despite not currently “holding” the job outright.

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

Current Closer
1.Matt Bush (1)Texas RangersSam DysonDyson has taken the Shawn Tolleson route & one more poor showing could lead to a change
2. Hector Neris (2)Philadelphia PhilliesJeanmar GomezCan someone explain why Gomez was handed the job?
3. Koda Glover (3)Washington NationalsBlake TreinenTreinen showed a crack on April 5th & then didn't start 9th in 1 R game on April 6. With concerns about Shawn Kelley's workload Glover should be next up if change needed
4. Corey Knebel (5)Milwaukee BrewersNeftali FelizFeliz is a tough closer to fully buy into & it appears that Knebel is the next up when he drops the ball
5. Luke Gregerson (NR)Houston AstrosKen GilesGiles is not at risk yet, but he's lost the role before, took an L in a non-save situation and has an experienced closer behind him. It's worth noting, but not a change we'd expect at this point.

Dropped Off Rankings:

  • Michael Lorenzen – Cincinnati Reds (4) – This looks more like a committee between Raisel Iglesias and Drew Storen at this point

Injured Setup Men To Monitor:

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


  1. Floyd The Barber says:

    Great article!
    Bush seems to be one to pick up, but any chatter for Barraclough or Carl Edwards?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      I love Edwards and he will likely get an opp if something happens to Davis. Barraclough’s control is too spotty in a deep bullpen

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