MLB The Show 19: Best Young Relievers & Closers (RP & CP)

Who are the young stars that could anchor your bullpen for years to come?


Relief pitching and closers are key parts of a team functioning properly. Nothing is as devastating to the moral of a ball club like a shaky bullpen or a closer you can’t trust. Leads evaporate, wins disappear, and playoff series that you should win can be lost. Staffing a bullpen is tricky as most of these pitchers are inconsistent and prone to errors. In close ball games even a walk can start nervous murmurs around a stadium.

How to choose the best young relief pitchers & closers in MLB The Show 19’s Franchise Mode

This article will be looking at the best young relief pitchers and closing pitchers MLB The Show 19’s Franchise Mode has to offer. These players are all aged 25 or under, are on an MLB roster when you start a Franchise Mode, and have either RP or CP as their primary position. There may well be some talented relievers and closers in the Minor Leagues in your Franchise Mode but with their stats and abilities being so variable save to save we can’t give you an accurate assessment of their quality. So who are the best young relievers and closers in The Show 19?

*For a full list please see the table below

Roberto Osuna, Houston Astros (OVR 93)

Age: 24

Potential: A

Throws/Bats: R/R

Pitches: 4-Seam Fastball, Slurve, 2-Seam Fastball, Changeup, Cutter

Best Stats: Break (99), BB/9 (89), Clutch (85), Control (85), Velocity (85), HR/9 (80)

Roberto Osuna got his MLB debut in 2015 with the Toronto Blue Jays, pitching in 68 games wit a 2.58 ERA and 20 saves. That rookie year put him in the closer job for the start of the 2016 season and he began to excel. He picked up 36 saves with a 2.68 ERA and a 0.932 WHIP. He backed that performance level up with 39 saves in 2017. He was traded to the Houston Astros mid-season in 2018 to help their World Series push.

In The Show 19 Roberto Osuna has superb break (99) to create problems for hitters with his slurve and cutter. He has the velocity (85) and control (85) to get his pitches over for strikes and the clutch (85) ability to not stress at the end of games or in the playoffs. He has a 5-pitch repertoire which is rare for closer too.

Edwin Diaz, New York Mets (OVR 90)

Age: 25

Potential: A

Throws/Bats: R/R

Pitches: 4-Seam Fastball, Slider, Changeup, 2-Seam Fastball

Best Stats: Break (99), K/9 (99), Velocity (96), H/9 (96), Clutch (88), Control (75)

Edwin Diaz got his MLB debut in 2016 with the Seattle Mariners. He appeared in 49 games, pitching 51.2 innings with a 2.79 ERA and getting 18 saves. That was enough to give him the full-time closer gig with the Mariners in 2017 where he finished with 34 saves and a 3.27 ERA. 2018 was Diaz’s best season to date, he had an amazing 1.96 ERA with a MLB-high 57 saves for the Mariners and was traded to the Mets in the winter to be their closer.

In The Show 19 Edwin Diaz has a deadly velocity (96) and break (99) combination which makes him a strikeout master (K/9 99). He is good in the clutch (88) and has enough control (75) of his stuff to avoid too many walks.

Jose Alvarado, Tampa Bay Rays (OVR 88)

Age: 23

Potential: B

Throws/Bats: L/L

Pitches: 2-Seam Fastball, Curveball, 4-Seam Fastball, Slider

Best Stats: Break (99), Velocity (99), H/9 (92), HR/9 (92), K/9 (84), Clutch (75)

Jose Alvarado got his debut for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017, pitching 29.2 innings with a 3.64 ERA. In 2018 he saw some time in closing situations, improving his ERA to 2.39, posting a terrific 11.3 K/9 and making 8 saves. That performance was enough to win the closer job for the Rays in 2019.

In The Show 19 Jose Alvarado is a velocity (99) and break (99) master. While his K/9 (84) doesn’t reflect his strikeout potential he has the ability to put away any hitter with his 98 mph fastball and the slider/curve options at his disposal. He can limit hits (92) and home runs (92) against too, and while his clutch (75) rating isn’t as good as you’d like he can still get the job done at the end of games.

Jose Leclerc, Texas Rangers (OVR 87)

Age: 25

Potential: B

Throws/Bats: R/R

Pitches: 4-Seam Fastball, Slider, Changeup, 2-Seam Fastball

Best Stats: Break (99), K/9 (99), H/9 (99), Velocity (88), HR/9 (86), Clutch (76)

Jose Leclerc got his MLB debut in 2016 with the Texas Rangers, pitching just 15 innings with a 1.80 ERA. In 2017 he saw more action but lost some production but in 2018 he had a quality season, throwing 57.2 innings in 59 appearances with 12 saves and a 1.56 ERA. He was a little homer-prone but had a tremendous 13.3 K/9.

In The Show 19 Jose Leclerc is a strikeout master (K/9 99) and is tough to hit well (H/9 99). His break (99) is excellent with good velocity (88) on his fastballs. He struggles with control (35) so will give up some walks but the strikeouts should off-set that. He is also good in the clutch (76).

Diego Castillo, Tampa Bay Rays (OVR 84)

Age: 25

Potential: B

Throws/Bats: R/R

Pitches: Cutter, Sinker, 4-Seam Fastball, Slider

Best Stats: Breal (99), Velocity (99), H/9 (85), Clutch (82), K/9 (81)

Diego Castillo got his MLB debut in 2018 with the Tampa Bay Rays, pitching 56.2 innings in 43 appearances which included 11 starts. As a reliever he posted a 3.40 ERA with a strong 10.0 K/9.

In The Show 19 Diego Castillo is superb. His break (99) and velocity (99) combo is elite and while the K/9 (81) isn’t great in your hands he can be a strikeout king. He’s good enough in the clutch (82) to fill in at closer if Alvarado needs a night off, but as a setup guy he can be among the best in baseball.

All the best young relief pitchers and closing pitchers

PlayerOVRAgePotentialClubPitch HandStaminaControlVelocityBreak
Roberto Osuna9324AHouston AstrosR25858599
Edwin Diaz9025ANew York MetsR25759699
Jose Alvarado8823BTampa Bay RaysL24649999
Jose Leclerc8725BTexas RangersR25358899
Diego Castillo8425BTampa Bay RaysR29709999
Josh Hader8424AMilwaukee BrewersL30628299
Seranthony Dominguez8224BPhiladelphia PhilliesR26579999
AJ Minter8125BAtlanta BravesL24709272
Keone Kela8025BPittsburgh PiratesR25629099
Jace Fry8025BChicago White SoxL23547499
Jordan Hicks7922ASt. Louis CardinalsR26409997
Victor Arano7924BPhiladelphia PhilliesR25687894
Jonathan Holder7825BNew York YankeesR26716884
Joe Jimenez7524BDetroit TigersR24558190
Caleb Ferguson7522BLos Angeles DodgersL46767277
Tanner Scott7424BBaltimore OriolesL56479993
Michael Feliz7425CPittsburgh PiratesR27518279
Aaron Bummer7325BChicago White SoxL52436658
Koda Glover7225BWashington NationalsR28529453
Jose Castillo7223BSan Diego PadresL25497756
Robert Gsellman7225BNew York MetsR42628472
Adalberto Mejia7025BMinnesota TwinsL70506760

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Toby Durant

Deputy Editor at RealSport. A life-long gamer, I have been with RealSport since 2016 and spent time covering the world of Formula 1, NFL, and football for the site before expanding into esports.

 

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