The Kansas City Royals have had some great closers during their storied history. Who have been the ten best to ever close out games for the Royals though?
*THIS WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED IN JUNE 2016. IT HAS BEEN UPDATED AS RECENT AS JUNE 2017*
Over the past few seasons, the KC Royals have been fortunate to have some pretty stellar closers. Wade Davis was the most recent “sure thing” Royals closer and before him was Greg Holland, another dominant closer who had rare “off” days.
During the 2014 season, the Royals had the H-D-H trio of Kelvin Herrera, Davis, and Holland in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. Fans knew once the team had the lead in the seventh inning, that the game was over because those three rarely made mistakes in their roles.
Before Holland was Joakim Soria, one of the team’s best closers ever.
Soria rejoined the Royals and after struggling in 2016, has looked better in 2017. He has been one of the best pitchers out of the bullpen at the moment and has pitched decently in his second season back in Kansas City.
Who else have been great as Royals closers? There’s obviously some terrific ones I have yet to mention, so let’s dive into the rankings.