Thursday, March 31, 2016


With closer battles being set as the season gets ready to launch, here are the updated rankings from those who man the ninth inning. 

1.  Craig Kimbrel:  Aroldis Chapman suspension puts Kimbrel back on top.
2.  Wade Davis:  The best setup man hands down in baseball the last two years, we expect nothing but more unittable dominance. 
3.  Trevor Rosenthal
4.  Kenley Jansen:  Got new life once the Chapman deal fell through.  Only knock here was ill health.
5.  Aroldis Chapman:  Only reason Chapman not ranked number 1 is due to the month-plus he will sit out. 
6.  David Robertson
7.  Mark Melancon:  Was not touched last season from May onward. 
8.  Jeurys Familia:  Velocity was back to normal his last spring outing so no worries there. 
9.  Zach Britton
10. Jonathan Papelbon:  Still as good as ever as he successully became a different closer on the fly due to dropping velocity. 
11. Cody Allen:  Massive strikeout rate terrific but needs a tad more consistency.
12. Ken Giles:  Worried how long the leash is here with Luke Gregerson close behind.  On pure stuff though few compare. 
13. Glen Perkins
14. Francisco Rodriguez:  Still getting it done despite his own dropping velocity.  Will get tons of chances in Detroit.
15. A.J. Ramos:  Leash a whole lot longer now and K rate checks out nicely. 
16. Hector Rondon
17. Santiago Casilla
18. Sean Doolittle:  Just has to stay healthy and top ten numbers guaranteed.
19. Huston Street:  Never a fan of his due to career-long health woes and now the K rate dropping. 
20. Jake McGee:  Very good sleeper closer due to very high K rate despite Coors Field. 
21. Roberto Osuna:  Did a terrific job last season but have to see Osuna do it again to move him up.  Drew Storen breathing down his neck. 
22. Shawn Tolleson
23. Brad Ziegler
24. Brad Boxberger:  Has the high K rate needed to be a weapon in the ninth inning but walks and home runs a problem.  Also starts season on DL. 
25. Steve Cishek
26. Arodys Vizcaino
27. J.J. Hoover
28. Jeremy Jeffress
29. Fernando Rodney
30. David Hernandez



  1. Who do you recommend in place of Boxberger? and wouldn't they still be better than Rodney. thanx

  2. yes we rank the 30 prospective closers and not the handcuffs. Alex Colome will close for Tampa Bay while Boxberger is out and Dellin Betances for Chapman and/or Andrew Miller.