Ranking the 15 projected closers in the American League

Chapman saved 37 games in 2019. [Image Source: Flickr | Arturo Pardavila III]
Chapman saved 37 games in 2019. [Image Source: Flickr | Arturo Pardavila III]

There are a lot of teams in the American League who should be confident with who they are trotting out in the ninth inning.

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With the regular season just a little over a month away from beginning, we have been taking a look at the projected starters at each position. After ranking most offensive starters, let’s take a look at the closers in the American League.

As a subjective list, many of the players can almost be considered interchangeable as to where they are ranked. Depth charts were taken from Fangraphs.


Aroldis Chapman, Yankees

During Chapman’s three seasons with the Yankees, he has struck out an absurd 14 hitters per nine innings and owns a 2.61 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP.


Brandon Workman, Red Sox

Imagine if Workman could limit the walks (5.9 per nine innings in 2019, was 3.0 in 2017-18) as last year, he stifled hitters to the tune of a .123 batting average allowed and finished with 104 strikeouts in 71.2 innings.


Liam Hendriks, Athletics

The 31-year-old Hendriks was a breakout star in 2019 as he owned a stellar 1.80 ERA (career 4.72 entering last year) and struck out 124 batters in 85 innings.

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