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June Relief Pitcher Rankings

Monday, June 06, 2011


Welcome to the June rankings. Players are ranked based on how much value I believe they'll provide in 5x5 leagues over the rest of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll find a fully updated top 250 list.

Click to see other June rankings:
Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

Relievers

Falling off: Falling off: Sean Burnett (No. 42), Rafael Soriano (No. 61), Jesse Crain (No. 65), Ryan Franklin (No. 66), Ryan Webb (No. 69)

  • Soria has pitched three perfect innings in low-pressure situations since losing the closer's role, while Crow, who has yet to get a save chance for the Royals, has given up three runs over 2 1/3 innings in his last two appearance. Soria obviously isn't what he was, but I don't think he's a lost cause either. My guess is that he'll be back closing games before the end of the month.

  • The Jays are another team not producing any save chances; their last save was earned by Rauch on May 27. Rauch got the ball in the ninth in a four-run game Sunday and allowed one run before closing out the Orioles. I think he has the edge on Francisco at the moment.

  • Madson gets bumped up to No. 21 in the rankings. He's pitching like a top-10 closer right now, and he's capable of keeping it up the rest of the way. Charlie Manuel's eternal confidence in Lidge still has me wary, but Lidge's velocity was well down in his shoulder rehab even before his recent setback last week.

  • Padilla is the top Dodger on the board, even though he didn't come off the DL as expected last week. His arm is reportedly sound, but he's dealing with neck pain again. If he's able to overcome it, he could be back closing for Don Mattingly in a week or so. Neither Broxton (elbow) nor Kuo (yips) seems likely to find his way back to the mix before the end of June. Rubby De La Rosa is shaping up as a real sleeper pick.


  • RankRelief PitcherTeam2010May
    1 Mariano Rivera Yankees 2 1
    2 Brian Wilson Giants 4 2
    3 Heath Bell Padres 5 7
    4 Jonathan Papelbon Red Sox 7 3
    5 Neftali Feliz Rangers 1 4
    6 Carlos Marmol Cubs 6 6
    7 Francisco Rodriguez Mets 8 8
    8 Craig Kimbrel Braves 30 11
    9 Andrew Bailey Athletics 14 14
    10 Francisco Cordero Reds 15 13
    11 Chris Perez Indians 10 9
    12 J.J. Putz Diamondbacks 17 16
    13 Jose Valverde Tigers 13 12
    14 John Axford Brewers 12 15
    15 Drew Storen Nationals 25 21
    16 Huston Street Rockies 18 10
    17 Leo Nunez Marlins 19 17
    18 Sergio Santos White Sox 91 35
    19 Joel Hanrahan Pirates 27 20
    20 Kyle Farnsworth Rays 26 23
    21 Ryan Madson Phillies 36 30
    22 Joakim Soria Royals 3 5
    23 Jordan Walden Angels 50 24
    24 Kevin Gregg Orioles 33 26
    25 Fernando Salas Cardinals 184 58
    26 Brandon League Mariners 41 37
    27 Matt Capps Twins 45 27
    28 Mark Melancon Astros 47 50
    29 Mike Adams Padres 31 34
    30 Jonny Venters Braves 22 33
    31 Jon Rauch Blue Jays 28 29
    32 Tyler Clippard Nationals 48 46
    33 Aaron Crow Royals 319 SP NR
    34 Frank Francisco Blue Jays 37 31
    35 Vicente Padilla Dodgers 146 SP 43
    36 Daniel Bard Red Sox 35 41
    37 Koji Uehara Orioles 29 44
    38 Luke Gregerson Padres 34 38
    39 Brad Lidge Phillies 24 32
    40 Scott Downs Angels 52 68
    41 Jonathan Broxton Dodgers 9 18
    42 Eduardo Sanchez Cardinals 312 63
    43 Sergio Romo Giants 56 56
    44 Ernesto Frieri Padres 59 49
    45 Joe Nathan Twins 16 36
    46 Sean Marshall Cubs 57 51
    47 Brandon Lyon Astros 21 19
    48 Matt Lindstrom Rockies 98 57
    49 Hong-Chih Kuo Dodgers 54 40
    50 Aroldis Chapman Reds 42 39
    51 Jose Contreras Phillies 65 54
    52 Brian Fuentes Athletics 55 47
    53 Fernando Rodney Angels 40 52
    54 Jason Motte Cardinals 43 45
    55 Darren Oliver Rangers 81 55
    56 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 44 53
    57 Evan Meek Pirates 32 62
    58 Jason Frasor Blue Jays 72 67
    59 Rubby De La Rosa Dodgers NR NR
    60 David Aardsma Mariners 23 22
    61 David Hernandez Diamondbacks 61 60
    62 Rafael Betancourt Rockies 60 64
    63 Joba Chamberlain Yankees 67 NR
    64 Matt Thornton White Sox 11 28
    65 Brad Ziegler Athletics 124 59
    66 Mitchell Boggs Cardinals 101 25
    67 Chris Sale White Sox 46 48
    68 Rich Thompson Angels 80 70
    69 Grant Balfour Athletics 89 NR
    70 Matt Guerrier Dodgers 82 NR



    Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter at matthewpouliot.
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