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Projecting the Next Wave of Elite MLB Closers
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There may be no position in the MLB with more turnover than the closer role, and as such the high-end talent tends to come in waves.

Craig Kimbrel is widely regarded as the best closer in the game today, but the next wave of dynamic young relievers is on their way, and someone from the group will be looking to unseat him.

So here is a look at guys who could find themselves in the ninth-inning role within the next couple years.

Only players who still maintain their rookie eligibility were included, so youngsters like Addison Reed and Ryan Cook were not included, though their futures in the ninth-inning role appear as bright as anyone's.

 

*Prospect pitch grades (current grade/projected grade) via Jonathan Mayo at MLB Prospect Watch.

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