Skip to main content

Closer Report: David Bednar, Craig Kimbrel, Gregory Soto (2022 Fantasy Baseball)

May 20, 2022
Taylor Rogers

Taylor Rogers tops the closer report heading into Week 7.

Welcome back to another edition of the closer report. We are seeing some pretty significant risers and fallers this week. Here is a look at the updated chart.

FantasyPros My Playbook

Rank Team Closer Change from last week Notes
1 Padres Taylor Rogers +1 Leads MLB in saves
2 Brewers Josh Hader -1 Second in MLB in saves
3 White Sox Liam Hendriks +3 Three saves in the past week
4 Rockies Daniel Bard +1 5th in MLB in saves
5 Yankees Aroldis Chapman -1 Allowed run in four straight appearances
6 Blue Jays Jordan Romano -3 Dealing with injury
7 Mets Edwin Diaz +1 Second blown save of the season Thursday
8 Braves Kenley Jansen -1 First blown save of the season Wednesday
9 Dodgers Craig Kimbrel +2 7-for-7 in save opportunities
10 Angels Raisel Iglesias -1 Allowed four runs last two outings
11 Giants Camilo Doval +2 Has not allowed a run in the last four appearances
12 Cardinals Giovanny Gallegos 0 Blown save Thursday in extra innings
13 Phillies Corey Knebel -3 First blown save of the season, shaky ERA
14 Diamondbacks Mark Melancon +1 8-for-9 in save opportunities
15 Guardians Emmanuel Clase +1 Allowed run in three straight appearances
16 Rangers Joe Barlow +2 Day-to-day with blister
17 Pirates David Bednar +7 Three saves past week
18 Rays Andrew Kittredge +1 Took the loss in a non-save opportunity Monday
19 Astros Ryan Pressly -5 Two appearances last two weeks
20 Athletics Dany Jimenez +1 Seven saves, 0.59 ERA on the season
21 Tigers Gregory Soto +5 Two saves last week, Michael Fulmer remains in the mix
22 Mariners Committee -2 Diego Castillo earned a save Sunday after Drew Steckenrider almost blew it.
23 Twins Emilio Pagan 0 Pagan leads the way but not a super save situation
24 Cubs David Robertson -2 Scoreless inning Wednesday in return from COVID IL
25 Royals Committee +3 Scott Barlow and Josh Staumont each notched save the past week
26 Red Sox Committee -1 Hansel Robles is the first Red Sox reliever with multiple saves
27 Marlins Committee -10 Cole Sulser pitched the 9th inning in a non-save opportunity; the situation remains unclear
28 Orioles Jorge Lopez +1 Blew save Thursday
29 Nationals Tanner Rainey -2 Blew save Thursday
30 Reds Committee 0 Tony Santillan and Art Warren blew saves, and Alexis Diaz recorded save


Biggest risers and fallers:

This week, David Bednar (RP – PIT) is the biggest riser, moving up seven spots from last week in the rankings. After splitting the closer role with Chris Stratton earlier in the season, Bednar has taken complete control of that role converting all eight of his save chances so far this year, including three in the past week to go along with his 0.90 ERA on the year. He has not allowed a run in eight straight appearances as of May 19 and has recorded 27 strikeouts to three walks across 20 innings pitched. While the Pirates are not a great baseball team, it is still valuable to have a reliever like Bednar with a lock on the closer role in his respective bullpen.

The Marlins’ situation was the biggest faller of 10 spots. After Anthony Bender was the clear closer to begin the season, it has been a bit more of a committee situation ever since Dylan Floro returned from injury. The last save they had converted was by Bender all the way back on April 30.

Another pretty big faller was Ryan Pressly, dropping five spots from last week. This all comes down to opportunity as of late. After returning from the injured list on May 5, he blew a save that same day before recording a save on May 7. Ever since then, he has only appeared in two games out of the Astros bullpen, with Houston going on a hot streak as a team, winning many games by more than three runs. Pressly remains the clear closer in Houston nonetheless.

MLB DFS Lineup Optimizer

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | SoundCloud | iHeartRadio

Beyond our fantasy baseball content, be sure to check out our award-winning slate of Fantasy Baseball Tools as you prepare for your draft this season. From our free mock Draft Simulator – which allows you to mock draft against realistic opponents – to our Draft Assistant – that optimizes your picks with expert advice – we’ve got you covered this fantasy baseball draft season.

Closer Report, Featured, Featured Link, MLB