Closing Time 7/18: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Ranking baseball's closers for the 2023 season.

It’s another short week as we only got a weekend’s worth of games to go off of, but one that stood out was how well Devin Williams threw this past weekend. He was able to pick up three saves in three days (as did Jhoan Duran this past weekend), striking out five, letting up zero hits, and most impressive, allowing zero walks.

The majority of trouble Williams finds himself in is self-inflicted as he still holds a 12.6% walk rate for the season, and while the strikeout rate is down this year, Williams should still be a great reliever to roster the rest of the season.




  • Jordan Romano felt some tightness in his lower back during the All-Star game and has yet to pitch since with Tim Mayza and Erik Swanson picking up saves over the weekend. I don’t think this should be a long-term concern, but it’s something to keep in mind. If Romano does wind up needing an IL stint, Swanson would be the preferred add.
  • Aroldis Chapman appears to have taken over as the Rangers’ closer, and it’s not due to anything Will Smith has done, but the front office was likely pushing for Chapman to be in the closer role after trading for him recently. Chapman should be the favorite for saves the rest of the way, but I also wouldn’t rule out another bullpen move or two from this team.


  • After a strong run of outings that allowed Scott McGough to retake the closer role, he has gone on to really struggle as of late and could be in danger of losing the closer role again. Over his past 8 IP, McGough has allowed 10 R (9 ER) on 14 hits, and 7 walks and has just 1 save since June 26th. He’s still in the closer role for now, but it may be worth scooping up Andrew Chafin or Miguel Castro in deeper leagues.
  • Hunter Harvey will miss some time with a forearm strain, leaving Kyle Finnegan to resume closing duties for the Nationals. Harvey is likely to miss more than the minimum time, so Finnegan, who has been pitching well with a 1.65 ERA and 0.95 WHIP over his last 27.1 IP, could be worth a look in deeper leagues where saves are sparse.



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Rank Pitcher Change
1Félix BautistaT1-
2Craig Kimbrel
3Ryan Pressly-
4Paul Sewald-
5Jhoan Duran+1
6Camilo Doval+3
7Devin Williams+4
8Jordan Romano-1
9A.J. Puk-4
10Raisel Iglesias-2
11Josh Hader-1
12Emmanuel Clase-
13David Bednar-
14Alexis Díaz-
15Pete Fairbanks-
16Evan Phillips
17Aroldis Chapman+UR
18Kenley Jansen-
19Scott Barlow-
20Alex Lange-
21Carlos Estévez-
22Clay Holmes
23Adbert Alzolay-
24Scott McGough-2
25Jordan Hicks-
26David Robertson-
27Kyle Finnegan
28Justin Lawrence-
29Trevor May-
30Kendall Graveman-

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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