Closing Time 6/11: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Ranking baseball's closers for the 2024 season

Two AL Central closers that had sleeper potential early on in the season have been struggling as of late, as as a result are moving down the list significantly this week. James McArthur has had trouble missing bats lately with just a 14% strikeout rate since the start of May and it’s led to a high BABIP (.340) and WHIP (1.68). This has also led to a 7.90 ERA over that span which is surely frustrating for McArthur mangers and Royal fans alike, but the 3.71 SIERA isn’t horrible and this team really has no alternatives at the moment. McArthur is probably still a safe bet to close out games, at least until the Royals trade for someone (they had interest in Kenley Jansen this offseason before settling for John Schreiber…), but he’s far from being a must roster right now.

Michael Kopech on the other hand will likely benefit from being traded himself, although it’s not a guarantee he is moved or that he would be a closer wherever he should land. Kopech has also been dealing with high BABIP issues since the start of May (.370) but his command has also been an issue (14.3% walk rate) and the swing and miss has come back down to earth (26.8% strikeout and 12.2% swinging-strike rates). We’ve seen Kopechs velo drop a little as well, as he’s now sitting around 98 mph more often, and he has not been trusting his secondaries at all making it easy for hitters to time him up. Theres a ton of upside here if he goes to a team with good pitching development that can fix him in their lab, but he may only be worth holding on to in deeper holds leagues at this point.




  • Edwin Díaz is expected to return to the Mets bullpen today and should be back in the closer role right away. Díaz looked fine in two rehab assignments and more likely than not this IL stint was just a chance for him to reset/recharge after having some rough outings. As long as he can get luck back on his side, or at least neutral, he should go back to being a top closer option.
  • Tier 3 has changed this week as they are the group I really don’t know how to value or rank as they may all be short term closing options. I suppose that could be the case for almost anyone on this list anyway, and I personally would rather one more month of Trevor Megill or Tanner Scott closing out games than waiting and hoping for guys like Camilo Doval or David Bednar to turn things around. It’s still early enough in the season to justify chasing upside here over “security”.


  • Tier 4 gets knocked down a bit and it really comes down to personal preference, roster construction and league settings as to which Tier (3 or 4) you should value higher. In shallower leagues, points leagues, SV+HLD leagues or even most head to head formats, I’d rather have someone from Tier 3. In roto leagues, or deeper leagues where saves may be harder to come by, Tier 4 probably has the better long term, rest of season value.
  • Héctor Neris is starting to settle down and has now strung together a nice string of outings over his past 9 innings pitched. Over this span he holds a 27.3% strikeout rate, 0.89 WHIP, and 3.21 SIERA, which all are pretty good and we will gladly take from Neris. However, this does come with just 9.9% swinging-strike and 20.4% CSW rates along with 84 Stuff+ so lets not get too excited just yet as the stuff clearly isn’t there yet.



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Rank Pitcher Change
1Emmanuel ClaseT1-
2Josh Hader-
3Andrés Muñoz-
4Mason Miller-
5Ryan Helsley
6Edwin Díaz+UR
7Pete Fairbanks-
8Evan Phillips-2
9Jhoan Duran-1
10Clay Holmes-1
11Trevor Megill
12Tanner Scott+8
13Yimi García+8
14Craig Kimbrel
15Paul Sewald-4
16Robert Suarez-4
17Camilo Doval-4
18David Bednar-4
19Raisel Iglesias-4
20Kirby Yates-3
21José Alvarado-3
22Kyle Finnegan-
23Kenley Jansen-
24James McArthur
25Alexis Díaz-
26Héctor Neris+3
27Carlos Estévez-1
28Michael Kopech-4
29Jason Foley-2
30Jalen Beeks-

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.

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