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Closer In Waiting Power Rankings: April 8, 2017: Glover Takes Over #1 Spot & More

Saturday, April 8, 2017 7:34
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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. Koda Glover (3) Washington Nationals Blake Treinen At one point it looked like Glover would win the job this spring, and now it seems inevitable he gets a shot. Treinen has shown cracks early on, with the most recent coming on his 3rd consecutive day of work (which could give him a pass).
2. Matt Bush (1) Texas Rangers Sam Dyson Dyson has taken the Shawn Tolleson route & one more poor showing could lead to a change
3. Hector Neris (2) Philadelphia Phillies Jeanmar Gomez Can someone explain why Gomez was handed the job?
4. Corey Knebel (4) Milwaukee Brewers Neftali Feliz Feliz is a tough closer to fully buy into & it appears that Knebel is the next up when he drops the ball
5. Luke Gregerson (5) Houston Astros Ken Giles Giles 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.

Injured Setup Men To Monitor:

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


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