Then there’s Derek Law. His 1.97 ERA is the bullpen’s best, and he has been pitching in high-pressure situations pretty regularly lately—with excellent results.
He strikes out nearly a batter per inning, but more importantly, he allows less than a baserunner per inning and has given up just one home run in 45-2/3 innings.
It could be risky to hand the closer’s role over to a rookie who has never attempted to close a Major League game before. However, he closed throughout his minor league career, including converting on 26 of 27 opportunities between 2014 and 2015.
Now, those saves only came at Double-A Richmond, but considering how well is handling Major League hitters, it’s reasonable to think his track record closing in the minors and his MLB success can translate to Major League closing success.