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Comparing Early Closer Depth Charts

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I’ve gathered all the closer depth charts I could find from across the Internet into one place for your perusal. Where is there disagreement?

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I’m a big fan of bullpens in fantasy baseball. I kind of like the volatility, craziness, and, most importantly, the way you can get an elite option off the waiver wire in the middle of the season. You can’t do that at too many positions. With all that volatility comes a lot of uncertainty in predicting who will close for some teams. Most fantasy baseball websites post closer grids, depth charts, bullpen reports, etc. tracking each team’s bullpen roles. This time of year we know very little about how managers will use their relievers, but that doesn’t stop everyone from taking a stab at it.

In this post, I’ve collected all of these bullpen depth charts from five different sites. If you are wondering where Yahoo, CBS, Rotographs, and Closer Monkey are, well, they haven’t updated their depth charts yet for 2017. I thought it would be useful to have all of these in one place as you prepare for drafts. I’ve got a table for the presumed closer(s) on each team and another for the next in line guys. The cells with “x” in them just mean that all of the sites had the same name as ESPN did.

ESPN Razzball Rotoballer MLB.com Fantasy Pros Rotoworld
Team Closer Closer Closer Closer Closer Closer
Arizona Fernando Rodney x x x x x
Atlanta Jim Johnson x x x x x
Baltimore Zach Britton x x x x x
Boston Craig Kimbrel x x x x x
Chicago Cubs Wade Davis x x x x x
Chicago White Sox David Robertson x x x x x
Cincinnati Raisel Iglesias, Drew Storen, Michael Lorenzen Raisel Iglesias, Drew Storen Raisel Iglesias Raisel Iglesias Tony Cingrani, Raisel Iglesias, Michael Lorenzen Raisel Iglesias
Cleveland Cody Allen Cody Allen Cody Allen, Andrew Miller Cody Allen Cody Allen Cody Allen
Colorado Adam Ottavino, Greg Holland Adam Ottavino, Greg Holland Adam Ottavino Greg Holland Adam Ottavino Adam Ottavino
Detroit Francisco Rodriguez x x x x x
Houston Ken Giles x x x x x
Kansas City Kelvin Herrera x x x x x
Los Angeles Angels Huston Street, Cam Bedrosian, Andrew Bailey Huston Street Huston Street Huston Street Huston Street, Cam Bedrosian, Andrew Bailey Huston Street
Los Angeles Dodgers Kenley Jansen x x x x x
Miami A.J. Ramos x x x x x
Milwaukee Neftali Feliz Neftali Feliz Neftali Feliz Neftali Feliz Carlos Torres, Corey Knebel Neftali Feliz
Minnesota Brandon Kintzler, Glen Perkins, Trevor May Brandon Kintzler Brandon Kintzler Brandon Kintzler Brandon Kintzler, Glen Perkins Brandon Kintzler
NY Mets Jeurys Familia x x x x x
NY Yankees Aroldis Chapman x x x x x
Oakland Ryan Madson, Santiago Casilla, Sean Doolittle Ryan Madson, Santiago Casilla Ryan Madson Ryan Madson Ryan Madson Ryan Madson
Philadelphia Jeanmar Gomez, Hector Neris Jeanmar Gomez, Hector Neris Jeanmar Gomez Jeanmar Gomez Jeanmar Gomez, Hector Neris Joaquin Benoit
Pittsburgh Tony Watson x x x x x
St. Louis Seung Hwan Oh x x x x x
San Diego Brandon Maurer x x x x x
San Francisco Mark Melancon x x x x x
Seattle Edwin Diaz x x x x x
Tampa Bay Alex Colome x x x x x
Texas Sam Dyson x x x x x
Toronto Roberto Osuna x x x x x
Washington Shawn Kelley, Blake Treinen Shawn Kelley Shawn Kelley Shawn Kelley Shawn Kelley, Blake Treinen Shawn Kelley

ESPN Razzball Rotoballer MLB.com Fantasy Pros Rotoworld
Team Next Up Next Up Next Up Next Up Next Up Next Up
Arizona Jake Barrett Enrique Burgos Randall Delgado Randall Delgado Jake Barrett Jake Barrett
Atlanta Mauricio Cabrera Arodys Vizcaino Arodys Vizcaino Arodys Vizcaino Mauricio Cabrera Arodys Vizcaino
Baltimore Brad Brach Darren O'Day Brad Brach Darren O'Day Brad Brach Darren O'Day
Boston Tyler Thornburg x x x x x
Chicago Cubs Carl Edwards Hector Rondon Hector Rondon Hector Rondon Carl Edwards Hector Rondon
Chicago White Sox Nate Jones x x x x x
Cincinnati Tony Cingrani, Blake Wood Michael Lorenzen Drew Storen Drew Storen None Michael Lorenzen
Cleveland Andrew Miller Andrew Miller Bryan Shaw Andrew Miller Andrew Miller Andrew Miller
Colorado Jake McGee Greg Holland Greg Holland Adam Ottavino Jake McGee Jake McGee
Detroit Alex Wilson Alex Wilson Justin Wilson Justin Wilson Alex Wilson Mark Lowe
Houston Will Harris Will Harris Luke Gregerson Luke Gregerson Will Harris Will Harris
Kansas City Joakim Soria x x x x x
Los Angeles Angels JC Ramirez, Deolis Garcia Cam Bedrosian Cam Bedrosian Cam Bedrosian None Cam Bedrosian
Los Angeles Dodgers Pedro Baez Sergio Romo Pedro Baez Sergio Romo Pedro Baez Pedro Baez
Miami Kyle Barraclough Brad Ziegler Brad Ziegler Brad Ziegler Kyle Barraclough Kyle Barraclough
Milwaukee Corey Knebel x x x None x
Minnesota Ryan Pressly, Taylor Rogers Ryan Pressly Glen Perkins Glen Perkins None Ryan Pressly
NY Mets Addison Reed x x x x x
NY Yankees Dellin Betances x x x x x
Oakland Ryan Dull, Liam Hendriks Ryan Dull Santiago Casilla Sean Doolittle Ryan Dull Sean Doolittle
Philadelphia Joaquin Benoit, Pat Neshek Joaquin Benoit Hector Neris, Joaquin Benoit Hector Neris None Hector Neris
Pittsburgh Daniel Hudson x x x x x
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Kevin Siegrist Kevin Siegrist Kevin Siegrist Trevor Rosenthal Kevin Siegrist
San Diego Ryan Buchter Ryan Buchter Carter Capps Carter Capps Ryan Buchter Carter Capps
San Francisco Hunter Strickland x x x x x
Seattle Steve Cishek x x x x x
Tampa Bay Brad Boxberger x x x x x
Texas Matt Bush Jim Jeffress Matt Bush Matt Bush Matt Bush Jim Jeffress
Toronto Jason Grilli x x x x x
Washington Koda Glover, Sammy Solis, Trevor Gott Blake Treinen Blake Treinen Blake Treinen None Blake Treinen

As you can see, there is much disagreement on the teams with very fluid open competitions, but agreement on almost all of the stable situations. The Reds have already said they will use Iglesias, Lorenzen, and Storen in the role. I can’t trust Greg Holland since he hasn’t really been the same since his surgery in 2015. Ottavino also had Tommy John, but he looked better than Holland in 2016, so my money’s on him. No, I didn’t literally gamble money on Ottavino being the closer, it’s just an expression. Sheesh.

As for the other murky situations, I think the returning incumbents in Philly, Minnesota, Oakland, and Washington will start with the job again. I would prefer Feliz in Milwaukee and Bedrosian in Anaheim, but maybe the teams won’t think the same way as I do. Street has looked rough in the past couple seasons.

There is much more disagreement between the sites when it comes to the next in line guys. There are some very intriguing names here like Carter Capps, Matt Bush, Brad Brach, Blake Treinen, Kyle Barraclough, and Carl Edwards, to name a few. They all have great skill and are just waiting for an opportunity. Although not shown, Shae Simmons in Seattle is interesting and could easily jump over Cishek into second position.

Update: I just added Rotoworld’s depth charts to the tables and they have some, er, curious choices. Benoit as closer in Philly? Mark Lowe as first in line behind K-Rod in Detroit? I’m not sure where they got these ideas, but the rest of their projections seem reasonable.

Those are my initial thoughts on these lists. I hope they provide some value at this early point. We should know much more about these situations near the end of spring training. Until later, Tschus!