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June Reliever Rankings

Monday, June 03, 2013


Here are the June reliever rankings. As always, players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 scoring over the rest of the season. Included along with the position rankings you'll find a fully updated top 300 list.

 

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Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

 

 

Relief pitcher Rankings


Dropping off: J.J. Putz (19th), Joel Hanrahan (27th), Kyuji Fujikawa (38th), Al Alburquerque (40th), Kelvin Herrera (42nd), Santiago Casilla (45th), Carlos Marmol (53rd), Aaron Crow (57th), Sean Marshall (60th)

 

  • One way the Dodgers are blowing it: League has worked fewer innings than anyone in the team's pen over the last month. He pitched just nine times in May. This is a guy who is used to throwing 70+ innings per season, but since the Dodgers haven't had many late leads, he's on pace for 60 right now. Sure, the Dodgers need more consistency from League, but the best way to help him find it would be to let him pitch more than once every three or four days.

 

  • Perez could rejoin the Indians next week, so he ranks highest of the injured closers. It's encouraging that Pestano's velocity is creeping back up as he fills in for Perez, but it's not at all likely that he'll steal away Perez's job.

 

  • Gregerson is the favorite for saves in the San Diego pen while Street nurses a calf strain for the next couple of weeks. Street's stuff has been flat anyway, so the break should help him out.

 

  • Brothers ranks highest of the stopgap closers. Most likely, Betancourt, who was placed on the DL with a groin strain, will reclaim closing duties later this month. However, if he has any sort of setback, it might open the door for Brothers to run away with the gig.

 

  • Valverde remains the Tigers' closer of the present, but I'm skeptical that's going to last. I have Benoit in front of him now, though I don't believe Benoit will end up leading the Tigers in saves this year. It might yet be Rondon. He's allowed one run and posted a 16/5 K/BB ratio in 13 innings since returning to Triple-A.

 

 

RankRPTeam2013May
1 Craig Kimbrel Braves 1 1
2 Aroldis Chapman Reds 2 2
3 Mariano Rivera Yankees 5 3
4 Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 4 4
5 Jason Grilli Pirates 30 12
6 Addison Reed White Sox 10 9
7 Rafael Soriano Nationals 6 6
8 Jim Johnson Orioles 11 8
9 Joe Nathan Rangers 8 7
10 Glen Perkins Twins 9 10
11 Tom Wilhelmsen Mariners 16 13
12 Grant Balfour Athletics 22 16
13 Edward Mujica Cardinals 88 23
14 Sergio Romo Giants 12 11
15 Fernando Rodney Rays 3 5
16 Bobby Parnell Mets 23 22
17 Greg Holland Royals 17 17
18 Casey Janssen Blue Jays 25 21
19 Andrew Bailey Red Sox 63 29
20 Ernesto Frieri Angels 33 25
21 Kevin Gregg Cubs 266 34
22 Heath Bell Diamondbacks 90 NR
23 Brandon League Dodgers 20 15
24 Chris Perez Indians 19 14
25 Huston Street Padres 13 20
26 Rafael Betancourt Rockies 24 18
27 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 28 31
28 Rex Brothers Rockies 52 46
29 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 46 30
30 Mark Melancon Pirates 29 32
31 Jim Henderson Brewers 141 24
32 Jose Veras Astros 35 36
33 Vinnie Pestano Indians 48 51
34 Francisco Rodriguez Brewers 85 NR
35 Sean Doolittle Athletics 32 33
36 Joaquin Benoit Tigers 40 37
37 Steve Cishek Marlins 21 26
38 Jose Valverde Tigers 64 28
39 Luke Gregerson Padres 69 48
40 Joel Peralta Rays 70 NR
41 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox 54 47
42 David Hernandez Diamondbacks 43 49
43 A.J. Ramos Marlins 57 44
44 David Robertson Yankees 53 56
45 Tanner Scheppers Rangers 131 NR
46 John Axford Brewers 7 39
47 Ryan Cook Athletics 36 41
48 Brian Wilson   42 43
49 Jared Burton Twins 65 55
50 Koji Uehara Red Sox 59 52
51 Carter Capps Mariners 51 50
52 Jake McGee Rays 44 NR
53 Bruce Rondon Tigers 47 58
54 Darren O'Day Orioles 67 NR
55 Jesse Crain White Sox 101 NR
56 Hector Ambriz Astros 221 NR
57 Ryan Madson Angels 26 35
58 Tyler Clippard Nationals 56 NR
59 Sam LeCure Reds 119 NR
60 Dale Thayer Padres 150 NR
61 Robert Coello Angels NR NR
62 Robbie Ross Rangers 100 NR
63 Drew Storen Nationals 41 54
64 Cody Allen Indians 116 NR
65 Luis Avilan Braves 79 NR
66 J.J. Hoover Reds 84 NR
67 James Russell Cubs 144 59
68 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 94 NR
69 Tim Collins Royals 71 NR
70 Joe Smith Indians 114 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 @matthewpouliot.
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