2020 Fantasy Baseball: Closer Depth Chart & Bullpen Updates

Stay up-to-date with this closer depth chart & bullpen updates from FIVE-TIME national champ Fantasy Baseball Expert Shawn Childs.

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Brad Hand
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Closer Depth Chart

In this weekly closer depth chart by Shawn Childs, track every bullpen in the MLB with this handy visual tool. You’ll know every promising or struggling arm as well as an ability to monitor the movements of relievers as they climb their way toward the ninth inning! Premium members also have access to the weekly closer report.

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Chicago Cubs

In the Twitter-verse, Craig Kimbrel was given his Last Rites as the Cubs’ closer having butchering his first save chance (four walks, a wild pitch, and a hit batter over one-third of an inning). His fastball held value, but he had no idea where it was going. Jeremy Jeffress cleaned up Kimbrel’s mess to earn a save. He struggled in 2019 (5.02 ERA and 1.37 WHIP), but Jeffress does have closing experience.

Cleveland Indians

Brad Hand is 2-for-2 in save conversions while allowing a run over two innings with four strikeouts. James Karinchak looked sharp in his first two appearances (no runs over three innings with four strikeouts).

Minnesota Twins

The Twins sniped Taylor Rogers for a save on Monday night when Sergio Romo pitched in the ninth inning. Romo didn’t allow a run with no hits and one strikeout. Rogers has yet to see game action this year while remaining the top closing option for Minnesota.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays have yet to use Nick Anderson in a closing role in 2020. Over two appearances, he didn’t give up a run with two hits, one walk, and one strikeout. Surprisingly, Tampa turned to Oliver Drake to close in two wins. Drake pitched well in 2019 (3.21 ERA and 70 strikeouts over 56 innings), but his fastball sits in the low 90s. This situation should remain fluid over the summer.


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Shawn Childs has been a high stakes Fantasy baseball and football player since 2004 where he had success in his first season (three titles and $25,000 in winnings). In early years of the high stakes market in Fantasy baseball, he was ahead of the curve in player evaluation, draft value, and free agent bidding setting up four top-five finishes in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. He has four AL-only Auction titles, one NL-only title, and five Main Event titles plus an overall title in 2012 at RTFBC (netted $10,000). This success led to an induction into the NFBC Baseball Hall of Fame. His success in the high stakes market led to a career in providing Fantasy Baseball and Fantasy Football content. On the football side, he’s competed and won in all different formats – auctions, draft championship, main events, and high-dollar leagues. He won 2nd place overall in the 2014 Most Accurate Salary Cap Expert contest at FantasyPros.As a dual-sport player, it was natural to transition to the daily games where he is a “swing for the fences type of guy.” Childs has appeared in one FanDuel NFL Live Final and one DraftKings NFL Live Final, a season-ending tournament which led to a couple of chances to win over $1,000,000.