Closing Time 8/18: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Rick Graham ranks baseball's closers for the 2020 season.

Aroldis Chapman returned to the field last night, and while he worked around a pair of hits, his stuff still looked as electric as ever. He featured seven 100+ mph fastballs out of the 20 pitches he threw and his slider looked good as well, finishing with a 44% CSW. Chapman averaged around 98 MPH on his fastball last year, so if he can sustain his 2017 velocity, to go with his improving slider, he may be the top closer in baseball again.



  • With Oliver Drake landing on the IL, Nick Anderson has become the Rays de facto closer, although with the Rays these things can change rather abruptly. That being said, Anderson is just too good of a pitcher not to be considered in the elite tier, and even if he gets 70% of the save chances just as Emilio Pagan did last year, he should still finish as one of the top relievers in fantasy baseball.
  • I put Edwin Diaz as the Mets closer but this should honestly read as Edwin Diaz/Seth Lugo. My guess is Diaz will start to get chances this week, but he and Lugo both need to rostered in all formats still.


  • It looks as if Andrew Miller will get the first crack at the Cardinals closing role, at least until Carlos Martinez or Ryan Helsley return that is. Miller’s fastball velocity has been hovering around 93 MPH since the team returned to play which is a good sign. We’ll see how he holds up.
  • With Jairo Diaz’s WHIP ballooning to over two, Bud Black announced he would no longer go with a set closer. Carlos Estevez picked up the teams latest save, and while he had an injury scare on a comebacker that hit his pitching hand, it sounds like he will be ok. He’s probably the best bet for saves going forward but Daniel Bard could be in the mix as well.


  • Trevor Gott has certainly pitched himself out of the closer mix in San Francisco, although there aren’t many better alternatives for Gabe Kapler to choose from. Tyler Rogers has been better lately, so perhaps he starts getting chances, but it’s mostly just a situation to avoid.
Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Drew Pomeranz+UR
3Aroldis Chapman+UR
4Liam Hendriks-2
5Nick Anderson+10
6Kenley Jansen-1
7Taylor Rogers
8Raisel Iglesias-1
9Edwin Díaz+UR
10Alex Colomé-
11Ryan Pressly+3
12Trevor Rosenthal+7
13Rafael Montero+7
14Mark Melancon
15Andrew Miller+UR
16Brad Hand+1
17Archie Bradley-8
18Brandon Workman-10
19Héctor Neris-13
20Daniel Hudson-9
21Joe Jiménez
22Rowan Wick-1
23Ty Buttrey+4
24Keone Kela+UR
25Anthony Bass-3
26Brandon Kintzler-
27Carlos Estévez
29Cole Sulser-1
30Taylor Williams-

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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.

2 responses to “Closing Time 8/18: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday”

  1. micah.mclain@gmail.com says:

    Thanks, Rick! Are you holding out any hope for Oliver Drake or Hirano contributing holds, saves, or solid ratios this season?

  2. Perfect Game says:

    Hey Rick. How do you think Pressly looks after his last couple appearances? Velo and secondary pitches? Turned the corner?

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