Closing Time 6/21: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Ranking baseball's closers for the 2022 season.

I haven’t really talked about Josh Hader at all because there’s no real need as we all know how talented the guy is. He really belongs in a category by himself as the most feared reliever in baseball. It’s crazy to see how he has continued to improve over the past 3 seasons, and even upping his fastball velocity from 94.5 mph in 2020 to 97 mph this season. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Hader is having the season that he is, and he is even looking like a good value pick at his pre-season ADP.




  • The Royals only have four saves as a team over the past month, but all 4 have gone to Scott Barlow, further distancing himself from Josh Staumont. While his strikeout numbers are down and the Royals are struggling to win games, Barlow has still been mostly effective this season and shouldn’t hurt you in any category.
  • Corey Knebel was removed from the Phillies closer role last week, leaving a committee for the time being between Seranthony Domínguez and Brad Hand. I personally prefer Domínguez by a fairly wide margin but Hand is likely worth an add in 16 teamer roto leagues for the time being.


  • Liam Hendriks was placed on the IL with a dreaded forearm strain but he expects to return by July 1st. In the meantime, Kendall Graveman and Joe Kelly will hold down the closer role, and despite Kelly’s save last night, I’d still prefer Graveman if I had to roster one.
  • Tanner Scott has been given an opportunity to run away with the Marlins closer role, but has struggled in his last two outings, allowing three earned runs while walking three over 1.2 innings pitched. Anthony Bender could return before the All-Star break, and somehow may wind up getting his job back.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Edwin Díaz+1
3Raisel Iglesias+1
4Kenley Jansen+1
5Emmanuel Clase
6Taylor Rogers+1
7Jordan Romano+1
8Ryan Pressly+1
9David Bednar+1
10Camilo Doval
11Clay Holmes+2
12Craig Kimbrel-1
13Ryan Helsley+1
14David Robertson+1
15Joe Barlow
16Daniel Bard+1
17Jorge López+2
18Gregory Soto-
19Scott Barlow+6
20Tanner Rainey-
21Emilio Pagán
22Diego Castillo-
23Seranthony Domínguez+UR
24Tanner Houck-
25Tanner Scott-2
26Kendall Graveman+UR
27Colin Poche+UR
28Mark Melancon+1
29A.J. Puk+UR
30Hunter Strickland+UR


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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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