Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Closers for 2023 MLB Season

Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Closers for 2023 MLB Season


Opening Day is rapidly approaching, which means it's time to begin prepping for your 2023 fantasy baseball drafts.

Here at The Duel, we'll have you covered every step of the way, and that begins with the first step of draft prep — identifying this year's top fantasy baseball assets. You can check out our top 100 fantasy baseball player rankings here and top 25 team names as well.

With that in mind, here are the top 10 fantasy baseball closers for the 2023 MLB season.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings 2023

10. David Bednar, Pittsburgh Pirates

9. Felix Bautista, Baltimore Orioles

Felix Bautista is the definition of a hard-throwing reliever. His sinker and fastball each top out at 99 mph, while his splitter checks in at 89 mph and his curveball at 85 mph. The 27-year-old posted a 2.19 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP across 65 2/3 innings as a rookie last season. Bautista is the unquestioned closer for a Baltimore squad that is looking to take a major step in the right direction in 2023. That makes his floor much higher than any veteran stuck in a committee on a contending team.

8. Raisel Iglesias, Atlanta Braves

7. Ryan Helsley, St. Louis Cardinals

6. Jordan Romano, Toronto Blue Jays

5. Devin Williams, Milwaukee Brewers

The emergence of Devin Williams certainly played a role in Milwaukee's trade of closer Josh Hader at last season's trade deadline. The 28-year-old owns an impressive career 2.03 ERA and has tallied 250 strikeouts across 155 1/3 innings pitched. Williams is a great closer, as his 1.6% home run percentage shows that he rarely gets beat with a power swing. Teams will need to string together multiple hits to beat him, which will be tough considering the Brewers' stellar infield defense.

4. Ryan Pressly, Houston Astros

3. Josh Hader, San Diego Padres

2. Emmanuel Clase, Cleveland Guardians

1. Edwin Diaz, New York Mets

Everything went right for Edwin Diaz in 2022. He posted a career-best 1.31 ERA to go along with 32 saves across 62 innings pitched, which landed him an All-Star nod and a new five-year contract with the New York Mets. What stood out most about Diaz's dominance was his 50.2% strikeout percentage. That is an insane mark and one that gives him a high ceiling in 2023. The 28-year-old righty should continue making batters whiff in the ninth inning for a team that has the talent to win 100+ games for the second year in a row.

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