Closing Time 6/18: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Ranking baseball's closers for the 2024 season

Two NL Central closers that have been struggling as of late, Alexis Díaz and Héctor Neris, are getting close to droppable territory. Amongst active MLB closers, Díaz and Neris rank last in SIERA, xFIP, and strikeout-minus-walk rate, while also being in the bottom five in CSW, swinging-strike rate, WHIP, and ERA. I think there may be some hope still with Díaz at least, as the stuff is still grading out well, but Neris is only the Cubs closer because they have no other options at this point. Both teams are still just two games out of a playoff spot so they should be looking to upgrade the bullpen this deadline and there should be plenty of options available as there are now eight AL teams five games or more out of playoff contention as well as two in the NL so we could be looking at 10 potential sellers come late July.




  • Edwin Díaz has looked like vintage Edwin Díaz since returning from the IL, albeit in only 2 innings. I still think we are more likely to see Tier 1 Díaz moving forward and with other closers in the top 10 looking shaky of late, I feel pretty confident moving Díaz into the top three.
  • Craig Kimbrel could honestly be in the top five at this point, but there’s likely to be some volatility again at some point. Over his past 13 innings of work though, he has been elite with a 34.1% strikeout-minus-walk rate, 1.71 SIERA, and no runs allowed. One interesting number over this span though is his swinging-strike rate which is only 10%, which is wild considering he has a 38.6% strikeout rate, but the 23.5% called strike rate is sixth highest amongst relievers over that span.


  • Carlos Estévez has turned out to be an effective closer option this year despite the lack of swing-and-miss stuff, he’s managed to allow just three walks on the season vastly improving upon his 11% walk rate from last season. Estevez should be a solid trade chip for the Angels at the deadline so I would be surprised if he were closing out games come August, but crazier things have happened.
  • Michael Kopech continues to rack up strikeouts and despite only having five saves on the season, I do have hope for him after he is dealt to a new team. Will he get saves with said new team? Probably not, but there are some teams out there (Cubs, Royals, Reds, Rangers?) where Kopech may be the team’s best option to close still.


  • Jason Foley only has one save since May 25th, but he’s at least pitched better as of late, allowing zero earned runs in June on just three hits and one walk while striking out walk. He still should be the favorite for saves here, but it’s probably a committee approach, and who knows, Foley shouldn’t be considered off the table in trade talks this summer.
  • With Yimi García landing on the IL this week, Chad Green gets a chance to fill in as the team’s closer for the next week or two until either Jordan Romano or Garcia returns. Romano is close to mound work, with a rehab assignment to follow so we could see him back sometime next week potentially.


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

4 responses to “Closing Time 6/18: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday”

  1. Babbo B says:

    Alexis Diaz has 9 saves in his last 12 appearances (including today) along with a workable 2.5 ERA/3.0 FIP/4.3 xFIP and 1.4 WHIP, and he’s near-droppable?

  2. krsfaz says:

    No worries with how Seattle is using Munoz?

  3. Brad says:

    Is Tanner Scott a buy or sell in SV only leagues?

  4. David says:

    This kid said Leclerc has been great lately and Yates has been meh? Lol

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