Bullpens can tend to cause frustration at times, but 2020 is looking pretty clear. There are only a few committee approaches that we will have to deal with. While there might be a few trial and error approaches to closer roles, more than half the league sets up with pretty stable situations. This is a great place to start as you head into your fantasy drafts, but be sure to get back here throughout the season. There will be plenty of moving parts, which will be reflected within the depth chart.



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Arizona Diamondbacks

Archie Bradley

Junior Guerra

Andrew Chafin


Atlanta Braves

Mark Melancon

Will Smith

Shane Greene


Baltimore Orioles

Mychal Givens

Richard Bleier

Hunter Harvey


Boston Red Sox

Brandon Workman

Matt Barnes

Josh Taylor


Chicago White Sox

Alex Colome

Aaron Bummer

Steve Cishek


Chicago Cubs

Craig Kimbrel

Rowan Wick

Kyle Ryan


Cincinnati Reds

Raisel Iglesias

Michael Lorenzen

Amir Garrett


Cleveland Indians

Brad Hand

Nick Wittgren

Emmanuel Clase


Colorado Rockies

Scott Oberg

Jairo Diaz

Wade Davis


Detroit Tigers

Joe Jimenez

Buck Farmer

Jose Cisnero


Houston Astros

Roberto Osuna

Ryan Pressly

Josh James


Kansas City Royals

Ian Kennedy

Scott Barlow

Kevin McCarthy


Los Angeles Angels

Hansel Robles

Ty Buttrey

Kenyan Middleton


Los Angles Dodgers

Kenley Jansen

Pedro Baez

Joe Kelly


Miami Marlins

Brandon Kintzler

Jose Urena

Ryne Stanek


Milwaukee Brewers

Josh Hader

Brent Suter

David Phelps


Minnesota Twins

Taylor Rogers

Sergio Romo

Trevor May


New York Mets

Edwin Diaz

Dellin Betances

Seth Lugo


New York Yankees

Aroldis Chapman

Zack Britton

Adam Ottavino


Oakland Athletics

Liam Hendriks

Yusmeiro Petit

Joakim Soria


Philadelphia Phillies

Hector Neris

Seranthony Domingez

Adam Morgan


Pittsburgh Pirates

Keone Kela

Kyle Crick

Richard Rodriguez


San Diego Padres

Kirby Yates

Drew Pomeranz

Andres Munoz


San Francisco Giants

Tony Watson

Shaun Anderson

Jandel Gustave


Seattle Mariners

Yoshihisa Hirano

Matt Magill

Sam Tuivailala


St. Louis Cardinals

Carlos Martinez

Giovanny Gallegos

Andrew Miller


Tampa Bay Rays

Emilio Pagan

Nick Anderson

Diego Castillo


Texas Rangers

Jose Leclerc

Rafael Montero

Jesse Chavez


Toronto Blue Jays

Ken Giles

Anthony Bass

Shun Yamaguchi


Washington Nationals

Daniel Hudson

Sean Doolittle

Will Harris


Safe Closer Situations

San Diego is one of the first places I am looking for saves, and it starts with Kirby Yates. He is coming off a season where he had a 42% strikeout rate, 5.4% walk rate, and a 41 save season. ERA estimators backed his strong 1.19 ERA, with a 2.05 SIERA. Barring any sort of injury, Yates is about as safe as they come.

Aroldis Chapman continues to be a rock, although out of the top end closers his walk rate is the only real red flag for him. He has worked through this his entire career, so nothing really to note there. He had a 36% strikeout rate and 37 saves last season. Look for him to be the rock at the end of games once again.

Houston's bullpen struggled a bit at the end of last season and into the postseason. Roberto Osuna remains a safe saves option, who had a 29% strikeout rate and 4.7% walk rate last year. The Astros went out and got him for a reason, and that was to hold down leads. He finished the year second in saves. Look for more of the same in 2020.

Kenley Jansen had a rockier 2019 than some expected. He is going to be in line for saves again, but is a little bit more of a risk due to some changing velocities and health concerns.

While Milwaukee was throwing out a possible Josh Hader trade, he enters 2020 still the closer in Milwaukee. He has electric stuff, and a 48% strikeout year. He also had 37 saves. Hader's name value is going to make him a popular add early in drafts.

Oakland will turn to Liam Hendricks in a full time role, and he is one of the top 2020 closers to target. He had a 38% strikeout rate last season, and 2.48 SIERA. He projects to top 30 saves this year, coming off a 25 save season where he was only closing part time.

If Toronto can make a jump in wins as projected, Ken Giles is going to benefit. He is a strong arm, who had a 1.87 ERA and 23 saves in 2019. His strikeout rate was about 40%, and he is projected to be a top ten closer in 2020.

Bounce Back Seasons

Craig Kimbrel is with the Cubs, coming off basically a year off. While he will have plenty of save opportunities, his efficiency is still a question. Kimbrel is obviously one of the better closers over the last decade, but time off is a concern. He is still worth the draft day risk.

The Mets did not get what they were expecting, but numbers suggest Edwin Diaz was a bit unlucky. He had a .377 BABIP, and his 5.59 ERA was over two runs higher than his xFIP and SIERA. I would expect Diaz to bounce back, and the Mets have him in a full time roll. Betances will be ready to roll if he does struggle again.

Washington is headed for a committee season, but Sean Doolittle struggled for most of 2019. He had a 5.08 ERA and 4.01 SIERA. Those are not numbers you want to see out of your closer. Daniel Hudson will be in the mix and the same goes for Will Harris.

Value Closers

Ian Kennedy transitioned into a closer role, which bodes well for him and his fantasy value. Kennedy has a good curveball and isn't built as a starter anymore. Kennedy projects for just around 30 saves, and an above average strikeout rate. He had a 3.41 ERA and 3.46 SIERA which is about right for Kennedy.

Brandon Workman has the stuff to be a closer, but can be a bit erratic. Alex Cora used a committee approach, and with Boston still looking for a manager, the bullpen is still up in the air. Workman's 36% strikeout rate is excellent, but the 15% walk rate is where he gets into trouble. I still like his upside in 2020.

Keone Kela isn't a household name, but projects for over 25 saves and also a big strikeout rate. Walks can be a problem, which seemingly is a trend with value closers this year.


Tampa Bay and Baltimore are the two big committees right now. Baltimore gave chances to Mychal Givens, who had a 33% strikeout rate in 2019, but also a 10% walk rate. His ERA was about a full run higher than ERA estimators. Givens should see a bulk of the chances early on, and in the back end of drafts I would look to give him a chance. He has the stuff, but control can be a problem.

It is hard to argue against the Rays process for how they use their pitching, mainly because it works. For fantasy it can be an issue for pin pointing saves, which is disappointing given they have a ton of talent. Emilio Pagan is the more talented arm, who had a 36% strikeout rate and 20 saves last season. This is the name to go with on draft day. After that, Diego Castillo saw eight saves, and a 3.08 ERA.