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.

1

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.

2

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.

3

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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