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The Best Current MLB Closers

Updated January 14, 2020 3.8k votes 437 voters 5.2k views31 items

List RulesFrom 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. 

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    Aroldis Chapman
    225
    131

    Aroldis Chapman

    New York Yankees

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceHolguín, Cuba

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 2
    Kenley Jansen
    139
    123

    Kenley Jansen

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityCuraçaoan

    BirthplaceWillemstad, Netherlands

    BatsSwitch

  • 3
    Roberto Osuna
    115
    101

    Roberto Osuna

    Houston Astros

    PositionPitcher

    BatsRight

  • 4
    Craig Kimbrel
    125
    115

    Craig Kimbrel

    Chicago Cubs

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceHuntsville, Alabama

    BatsRight

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  • 5
    Edwin Diaz
    103
    94

    Edwin Diaz

    New York Mets

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityPuerto Rican

    BatsRight

  • 6
    Brad Hand
    89
    81

    Brad Hand

    Cleveland Indians

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChaska, Minnesota

    BatsLeft-handed

  • 7
    Sean Doolittle
    88
    80

    Sean Doolittle

    Washington Nationals

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRapid City, South Dakota

    BatsLeft-handed

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  • 8
    Blake Treinen
    73
    65

    Blake Treinen

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BatsRight

  • 9
    Ken Giles
    80
    73

    Ken Giles

    Toronto Blue Jays

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

    BatsRight

  • 10
    Felipe Vazquez
  • 11
    Shane Greene
    62
    74

    Shane Greene

    Alanta Braves

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceClermont, Florida

    BatsRight

  • 12
    Raisel Iglesias
    49
    57

    Raisel Iglesias

    Cincinnati Reds

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityCuban

    BatsRight

  • 13
    Álex Colomé
  • 14
    Corey Knebel
  • 15
    Keone Kela
    35
    49

    Keone Kela

  • 16
    Wade Davis
    56
    81

    Wade Davis

    Colorado Rockies

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLake Wales, Florida

    BatsRight-handed

  • 17
    Brandon Morrow
    44
    67

    Brandon Morrow

    Seattle Mariners

    PositionRelief pitcher, Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSanta Rosa, California

    BatsRight-handed

  • 18
    Bruce Sutter
    4
    8

    Bruce Sutter

    Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceLancaster, Pennsylvania

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  • 19
    Jeurys Familia
  • 20
    Seranthony Dominguez
    28
    46

    Seranthony Dominguez

    Philadelphia Phillies

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityDominican

    BatsRight

  • 21
    Joakim Soria
    28
    47

    Joakim Soria

    Oakland Athletics

    PositionRelief pitcher

    NationalityMexico

    BirthplaceMonclova, Mexico

    BatsRight

  • 22
    Kelvin Herrera
    30
    54

    Kelvin Herrera

    Chicago White Sox

    PositionPitcher

    NationalityDominican Republic

    BirthplaceTenares, Dominican Republic

    BatsRight-handed

  • 23
    Cody Allen
  • 24
    Brad Boxberger
  • 25
    Fernando Rodney
    31
    58

    Fernando Rodney

    Detroit Tigers

    PositionPitcher

    BirthplaceSamaná, Dominican Republic

    BatsRight-handed