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2017 Fantasy Baseball Closers

Keep up with the latest changes to each team's closer situation.

2017 Closer Depth Chart for Fantasy Baseball

Team Current Closer Security Health Other Closing Candidates
ARI Fernando Rodney Low Good J.J. Hoover, Tom Wilhelmsen, Archie Bradley; Jake Barrett (10-day DL, shoulder)

2017 Closer Situations: Team-By-Team Analysis

Arizona Diamondbacks
Arizona Diamondbacks

Current Closer: Fernando Rodney

Next In Line: J.J. Hoover, Tom Wilhelmsen, Archie Bradley; Jake Barrett (10-day DL, shoulder)

(4/27): Despite having issues with putting runners on base for much of his career, the 40-year-old Rodney earned a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks in the offseason and was named the closer to open the campaign. Rodney successfully converted his first six save chances of the season, but was far from dominant while doing so, as he was still conceding far too many hits and walks. Things finally caught up with him April 26, when he blew his first save of the season after surrendering five runs on six hits in a loss to the Padres. Rodney's long-term experience (and success) as a closer will still afford him some time to turn things around, but he likely has less margin for error than he did previously.

In the event Rodney is unable to right the ship, Hoover probably would rank as the top candidate to take over closing duties. Though he's previously struggled with keeping the ball in the yard, Hoover has been outstanding through his first nine appearances with the Diamondbacks, allowing no home runs over eight innings while generating a 12:3 K:BB ratio and a 2.25 ERA.

After Rodney, Wilhelmsen possesses the most prior closing experience in the bullpen, but he's submitted a 5.19 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 8.2 innings this season, which likely keeps him behind Hoover in the pecking order.

Barrett will be included in the late-inning mix once he returns from the disabled list, but the Diamondbacks would likely prefer to keep him in a setup role.

Former top starting pitching prospect Archie Bradley could also garner looks in high-leverage, late-inning situations when the need arises. Bradley has been exceptional thus far in his conversion to relief duty, giving up two run in 14.1 innings while striking out 17 batters.

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