Closing Time 5/30: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Ranking baseball's closers for the 2023 season.

Ryan Helsley has pitched fairly well this season, and while not being as dominant as last year, I don’t have many concerns with Helsley outside of the fact that, well, what really is his role here?

Over the past month, Giovanny Gallegos and Helsley have pitched 13.1 and 13.2 innings respectably, with Gallegos posting a 3.38 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 9 K’s while Helsley has been better, with a 2.63 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 16 K’s. Despite that, Gallegos has five saves to just three for Helsley, with them now having six saves apiece on the season.

While it’s frustrating for those of you who spent a top 100 pick on Helsley in drafts, I think you still should be rostering him at this point as he’s not hurting your ratio’s and he’s actually picked up three wins this past month as well. Just don’t expect 20+ saves from him.




  • Liam Hendriks made his 2023 debut on Monday, and while it was a rough outing, it’s just great to see him out there again. The velocity is down 2 MPH right now and his command isn’t sharp, so we should expect it to be a bit until Hendriks is back to full form, but give it time as he did return rather sooner than we all originally thought.
  • David Robertson currently has 3 saves over the past month, while Adam Ottavino has two, and Brooks Raley and Drew Smith each have one a piece. Over the past two weeks, Robertson, Ottavino and Raley each have one save. With other closers working their way into full time closer status, Robertson slides down a bit this week as he is fully in a committee.


  • Pete Fairbanks is going back on the IL again (this time for a hip injury) so we are back to Jason Adam as the Rays closer once again. Adam has pitched well in save situations this season, although he does have a 4.50 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in May. That does however come with 20 K’s in 12 innings, and he currently has 7 saves in the month of May.
  • The Diamondbacks continue to split their save chances evenly amongst Andrew Chafin and Miguel Castro, and each are worth a look in most leagues right now. I still like Chafin a little bit better in the long run, as the swing and miss stuff is better and this bullpen doesn’t need to restrict him to a left handed specialist role (at least once Joe Mantiply returns).


  • Pierce Johnson now has a 6.23 ERA and 1.80 WHIP on the season, as things have gone off the rails for him in May, but where could the Rockies turn to from here? The two most logical answers are Justin Lawrence or Jake Bird, so that being said I’d imagine Daniel Bard or Brad Hand could start mixing in to save situations soon.
  • Dylan Floro had a tough blown save this past week in Colorado, allowing three runs on four hits, while JT Chargois was called on to close out the Marlins’ 2-0 win on Sunday. This bit of insecurity here should be enough to quell any concerns A.J. Puk may not return to the closer role once activated from the IL. Puk seems close to a return, and could be back on the list by next week.



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Rank Pitcher Change
1Devin WilliamsT1-
2Félix Bautista-
3Josh Hader-
4Alexis Díaz
5Emmanuel Clase-
6David Bednar-
7Jordan Romano-
8Paul Sewald
9Ryan Pressly-
10Jhoan Duran-
11Raisel Iglesias-
12Liam Hendriks+UR
13Camilo Doval-
14Evan Phillips
15Alex Lange-
16Kenley Jansen-
17Scott Barlow+1
18Carlos Estévez+1
19Will Smith+1
20Ryan Helsley
21David Robertson-4
22Craig Kimbrel+2
23Jason Adam+UR
24Clay Holmes-1
25Andrew Chafin-3
26Mark Leiter Jr.+1
27Kyle Finnegan
28Pierce Johnson-3
29Dylan Floro-3
30Trevor May-

Rick Graham

Rick resides in the Boston area and has experience as a player and coach at the collegiate level. He has been covering relievers for Pitcher List since 2017.

2 responses to “Closing Time 5/30: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday”

  1. John-Michael says:

    Sir-not-appearing Kendall Graveman?
    I am so happy to see Hendriks back healthy and pitching. Still think Graveman might have more use then some guys listed here. Short and medium term atleast. Love the list as usual, you are awesome Rick. Thanks keep up the great work. Will hang up and listen

  2. Brian Blinn says:

    Andrew Chaffin going down makes sense. He got 4 saves in the last 7 days and didn’t give up a run. Others have a factor on the ranks but he didn’t lose 3 spots.

    Just phone it in next time Graham.

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