Closer In Waiting Power Rankings: April 12, 2017: New Names To Monitor, Bush Assumes #1 & 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 (3)Texas RangersSam DysonDyson has taken the Shawn Tolleson route & his most recent melt down will likely lead to a change. Jeremy Jeffress is also an option, but he has had his own struggles this season. Chances are Bush is going to get an opportunity to close.
2. Arodys Vizcaino (1)Atlanta BravesJim JohnsonJohnson blew his first save Sunday & 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.
3. Koda Glover (2)Washington NationalsBlake TreinenTreinen has shown cracks but that came working three consecutive days., while Shawn Kelley has struggled since Opening Day (though he appeared to be getting ready for a save opportunity on Monday). Glover's shaky outing earlier this week helps slow the change, but it will come at some point.
4. Brad Hand (5)San Diego PadresBrandon MaurerMaurer's recent struggles came in a non-save situation and Carter Capps is the long-term solution. That said Hand has been impressive and currently appears to be next up if a change is made.
5.Justin Wilson (NR)Detroit TigersFrancisco RodriguezIt's hard to imagine the Tigers replacing Rodriguez, but one a veteran team it's not unthinkable given his struggles. While Joe Jimenez is the long-term solution, if a change is needed now it'll be Wilson who gets the shot.

Dropped Off Rankings:

  • Hector Neris (4) – Philadelphia Phillies – He’ll get back on the rankings before long, but for now it’s Joaquin Benoit’s job

Others We’re Monitoring:

  • Corey Knebel – Milwaukee Brewers
  • J.J. Hoover – Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Trevor Rosenthal – St. Louis Cardinals

Injured Setup Men To Monitor:

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


  1. Sam says:

    Great list! Thanks for the regular updates!!

  2. Brian says:

    Is Daniel Hudson worth stashing in a 14 team league? I have Diaz and my number one and I’m watching Dyson explode in front of my eyes but was lucky enough to get Bush off of waivers. 8 bench spots in the league but I don’t want to cut anyone else. I’m leaning towards letting him go. What do you think?

  3. Steve says:

    I am in a league that uses K/9 ratio as a category in H2H. Do you feel Koda Glover is going to produce worthy ratios and a 9+ K/9 and thus worth rostering in a K/9 league even without save opps?

    His K/9 was really healthy in AA and below, however, since facing more patient hitters in AAA and MLB his K/9 has plummeted (albeit somewhat small sample approx. 50 IP). His MLB swinging strikes are only 10.5% in his approx. 25 IP. I am legitimately concerned because his spin rate on his main pitch, his sinker, is pretty mediocre although improved this year. Blake Trinen has a 2386 RPM spin, Glover 2216 RPM (was sub 2200 last year). Glover’s sinker was destroyed last year to the tune of .471 BAA and was his 2nd most thrown pitch behind his slider. I just don’t know if that sinker is good enough to make him a high strikeout pitcher at the MLB level.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      He’s not a guarantee, but he is a pretty good bet. Depending on the alternatives I’d roll the dice with him

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