Collette Calls: NL Closers in Waiting
Collette Calls: NL Closers in Waiting

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

We mostly know the closers in the National League. We also know that closers lose their role 30-35 percent of the time year after year, so speculating on who might be next in line helps in-season, especially if you roster those guys in the end game or even the reserve rounds. Let's look at each of the team bullpens in the National League (AL was last week) to see who may be the guy based on skills. We'll include the current closer in the numbers for context.

These were the league totals for relief pitchers in 2015 for the statistics below:

K-BB%K%BB%FB%HR/FB%Z-Contact%Swinging-Strike%First-Pitch Strike%


Jim Johnson29110177211190861
Jason Grilli14025327475791561
Arodys Vizcaino13917279373871258
Ian Krol12972013321591856
Andrew McKirahan1299178221088958
Bud Norris1231626103316841160
Matt Marksberry1085191541790956
Daniel Burawa5411209272089963
Jose Ramirez52-10101944081862

Jason Grilli is the safest statistical skillset of the bunch, but he's also very old and is coming back
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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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