Closer In Waiting Power Rankings: April 10, 2017: Neris New #1 (Though No Sure Thing) & 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.Hector Neris (3)Philadelphia PhilliesJeanmar GomezAfter Gomez' meltdown yesterday there's no doubt that change is coming. While Neris deserves the opportunity, would it really be surprising if the Phillies used varying excuses (keeping him in 8th inning role, future arbitration decision) to instead give Joaquin Benoit the job?
2.Koda Glover (1)Washington NationalsBlake TreinenTreinen has shown cracks but that came working three consecutive days. Glover's shaky outing yesterday helps slow the change, but it will come at some point.
3.Arodys Vizcaino (NR)Atlanta BravesJim JohnsonJohnson blew his first save yesterday & we all know that he's not the future for Atlanta. One or two more poor outings could lead to Vizcaino, who has done the job before, being given another opportunity.
4.Matt Bush (2)Texas RangersSam DysonDyson has taken the Shawn Tolleson route & one more poor showing could lead to a change. That said Dyson appeared to bounce back yesterday and isn't a lock to be replaced.
5.Corey Knebel (4)Milwaukee BrewersNeftali FelizFeliz is a tough closer to fully buy into & it appears that Knebel is the next up when he drops the ball

Dropped Off Rankings:

  • Luke Gregerson (5) – Houston Astros

Injured Setup Men To Monitor:

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


  1. Sam says:

    What about Nate Jones? Tough outing yesterday but Robertson should get traded, no?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      It’s possible, but it’s hardly a given (and certainly not imminent). Jones is on radars for sure, but his only shot is a trade

  2. Katman says:

    What’s going on in Miami? I figured Ziegler was brought in to be #2, but he’s been first man out of the pen two outings in a row. What do you think is going on? Could Phelps be the man?

  3. Moon Man says:

    Who are the top SP eligible guys that could become closers this year? I know you’ve mentioned keeping an eye on Bradley. Being able to start a closer in an SP spot gives an advantage in a few leagues.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Bradley is the only one that comes to mind right now, though someone speculated Anibal Sanchez at one point (I’m not buying that one). It takes a special circumstance and for everything to come together perfectly for it to happen, but it’s something we’ll watch closely!

  4. chris says:

    And the Phillies closer is?

    Benoit. I think he may keep the job for the rest of the season. It seems the Phillies want Neris to be their version of Andrew Miller.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      He’s going to have some rope, that’s for sure. I’m not sure it’ll be ROS, but for the forseeable future (August/September)

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