The Best Current MLB Closers

Over 700 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Current MLB Closers
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From the hardest throwers to strikeout leaders, who's the best closer in the MLB right now?

Notching saves and solidifying wins for the starting pitcher (and their team), MLB closers play an important role in baseball. Not only must they come in and shut things down late in the game, but they're also expected to do it as quick as possible—avoiding baserunners and walks. Nevertheless, the best current closers in baseball do it on a regular basis, and that's why they hold such an key spot in the roster. Of all the top pitchers playing today, though, who closes things out better than the rest? 

Easily topping the list of best current closers are Kenley Jansen and Craig Kimbrel, as they're two of the most lights-out pitchers in the game right now—even among starters. Then you have Aroldis Chapman of the Yankees, who's one of the hardest throwing pitchers in the league—lest we forget Wade Davis, Blake Treinen. and phenom Edwin Diaz. Of course, these are far from the only closing pitchers shining in the MLB right now. Who do you think is the best current closer in baseball?

Vote up your top choices for best closers below and feel free to add others who may be missing from the list. 

Most divisive: Craig Kimbrel
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  • Emmanuel Clase
    Cleveland Guardians
    116 votes
    • Birthplace: Río San Juan, Dominican Republic

    Emmanuel Clase, a force to be reckoned with on the mound, is known for his blazing fastball and unwavering determination. Earning respect from his teammates and opponents alike, Clase has cemented himself as one of the top relief pitchers in the league and is rapidly gaining recognition for his exceptional command and control. Breathing new life into the closer role, his powerful presence on the field simultaneously inspires awe and sparks fear in the hearts of hitters.

  • Josh Hader
    Milwaukee Brewers
    193 votes
    • Birthplace: Millersville, Maryland

    Few pitchers can match the electrifying energy and intensity that Josh Hader brings to the game; undeniably, he is one of the most feared closers in MLB today. His unique combination of deception and velocity has left many batters questioning their chances at the plate. Hader consistently proves that he's not only a force to be reckoned with, but also a true game-changer, making him instrumental in his team's success.

  • Edwin Diaz
    New York Mets
    293 votes
    • Birthplace: Naguabo, Puerto Rico

    When it comes to sheer dominance on the mound, few can rival the prowess of Edwin Diaz. Known for his blistering fastball and devastating slider, Diaz overwhelms hitters with seemingly effortless ease. Tirelessly working to maintain control and consistency in every pitch, this fireballer has secured his reputation as a premier closer in the big leagues.

  • Liam Hendriks
    Chicago White Sox
    133 votes
    • Birthplace: Perth, Australia

    Liam Hendriks has quickly ascended the ranks to become one of the most respected and reliable closers in all of baseball. Sporting an impressive arsenal of pitches that includes a high-velocity fastball complemented by filthy breaking balls, Hendriks thoroughly frustrates opposing hitters. As both a leader in the bullpen and a master of his craft, few pitchers are more deserving of his elite status.

  • Ryan Pressly

    Ryan Pressly

    Houston Astros
    107 votes
    • Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

    Tantalizing hitters with his dazzling curveball and high-octane fastball, Ryan Pressly has solidified his position as one of the most effective late-inning relievers in the game. His continued development and mastery of his craft are a testament to his ceaseless dedication, devotion, and passion for baseball. With an innate ability to dominate under pressure, it's no surprise that Pressly has quickly emerged as a go-to option for securing the most critical outs.

  • Aroldis Chapman
    New York Yankees
    396 votes
    • Birthplace: Holguín, Cuba

    One cannot discuss MLB's best closers without mentioning the legendary Aroldis Chapman. His unparalleled velocity and devastating slider have made him a nightmare for hitters, while his ability to shrug off high-pressure situations with ease is nothing short of remarkable. Chapman's unwavering consistency and tenacity throughout the years have solidified his standing as a true titan among closers.