Closing Time 6/4: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Ranking baseball's closers for the 2024 season

Jordan Romano landed on the IL this past week due to elbow inflammation, but it does sound like it is relatively minor and he could begin throwing again as soon as this weekend. In his absence, Yimi García expects to see the majority of the save chances, and rightfully so as he holds a 1.57 ERA (2.58 SIERA), 0.74 WHIP, and 33.7% strikeout rate over 23 innings this season. The question now becomes, can García keep the role if he continues to perform well while Romano is out and the answer to that should be yes. How the Blue Jays feel about that remains to be seen, but this team is in turmoil right now and can’t afford to keep rolling out Romano at less than 100% in the closer role if they are still trying to contend this season.

However, if they do wave the white flag, they are in last place in the division after all, and end up as sellers at the deadline, García will likely be their biggest trade chip (assuming they don’t move Bichette and Vlad Jr.) and we probably will see Romano closing out games (if healthy) for the last two months of the season. The situation should become more clear in a month or so, but for now, I’d be rostering García wherever I can given that he has been this team’s best reliever all year (by a wide margin) and does have the upside and closer experience to stick in this role.




  • There are few actual changes this week to the list, but let’s talk about Tier 3 here, because this is the tier that is full of allegedly “safe” closers, but every one of them scares me a little and I would totally understand preferring a Tier 4 option (especially Alvarado or Megill) over one of them.
  • Craig Kimbrel has certainly righted the ship since tentatively losing his closer role, as he now has gone 7.2 innings without allowing a baserunner, also striking out 10 and converting five saves. It’s a small sample size and I’d be surprised if we don’t see another rough stretch from him at some point this season. For now though, you’re glad to roster him.
  • Paul Sewald has been excellent since returning from the IL, allowing a home run in his first game back but zero runs since. Sewald’s never going to be a big swing-and-miss reliever, but he does have 8 strikeouts over 8.1 innings and there really isn’t much to complain about with Sewald at the moment.


  • Camilo Doval has been another closer that just hasn’t lived up to expectations, as he has a 17.6% walk rate over his past 17.1 IP, and that only comes with a 22.4% strikeout rate making his 4.7% strikeout-minus-walk rate the second lowest amongst closers over that span ahead of only Alexis Díaz. Over that span, Doval has a 4.67 SIERA and 1.85 WHIP (highest WHIP amongst closers).
  • David Bednar only allowed three earned runs and had a 1.05 WHIP in May after a tumultuous April, but what do the underlying metrics suggest about Bednar’s May? Well, he was still struggling to miss bats with just 18.4% strikeout, 9.2% swinging-strike, and 23.8% CSW rates, with the swinging-strike rate being the second lowest amongst all active closers. He also held a 4.62 xFIP for the month, fifth worst amongst closers. The stuff still is there for Bednar to turn things around, but it’s been a concerning start to the season to say the least.



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