Ranking the 15 projected closers in the National League

Kenley Jansen looks to go back to being a dominant closer. [Image Source: Flickr | Malingering]
Kenley Jansen looks to go back to being a dominant closer. [Image Source: Flickr | Malingering]

Kirby Yates and Josh Hader are two of the most unhittable relievers in the game today.

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With the regular season just a little over a month away from the beginning, we have been taking a look at the projected starters at each position. After ranking the closers in the American League, let’s move on to their counterparts in the Senior Circuit.

As a subjective list, many of the players can almost be considered interchangeable as to where they are ranked. This list was especially difficult as a few are looking to rebound from 2019 seasons that were nowhere close to their standards. Depth charts were taken from Fangraphs.

1

Kirby Yates, Padres

What a dominant 2019 season it was for Yates (finished ninth in NL Cy Young voting) as he posted a stellar 1.19 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, saved a MLB-leading 41 games, and struck out 101 batters in 60.2 innings.

2

Josh Hader, Brewers

Striking out an absurd 16.4 batters per nine innings last year (and 15.8 in 2018), Hader is as lights-out as they come, but his one bugaboo is the long ball (15 home runs allowed in 75.2 innings in 2019).

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