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July Reliever Rankings

Monday, June 30, 2014


Here are the July Rankings. Players are ranked for the remainder of the season based on how I believe they’ll perform in 5x5 leagues. Players are also listed at the positions where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.

 

Click to see other July rankings:

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

 

 

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Relief pitcher Rankings

 

JulyRPTeam2014MayJune
1 Craig Kimbrel Braves 2 2 1
2 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 1 1 2
3 Greg Holland Royals 4 4 3
4 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 3 3 4
5 Aroldis Chapman Reds 13 9 5
6 Sean Doolittle Athletics 44 38 9
7 David Robertson Yankees 10 8 7
8 Koji Uehara Red Sox 5 10 8
9 Glen Perkins Twins 6 5 6
10 Rafael Soriano Nationals 20 13 15
11 Joe Nathan Tigers 7 6 10
12 Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 15 12 13
13 Francisco Rodriguez Brewers 56 7 17
14 Joakim Soria Rangers 18 14 14
15 Steve Cishek Marlins 17 15 16
16 Fernando Rodney Mariners 19 20 19
17 Mark Melancon Pirates 36 28 30
18 Addison Reed Diamondbacks 12 16 18
19 Zach Britton Orioles 112 NR 26
20 Cody Allen Indians 30 31 28
21 Casey Janssen Blue Jays 25 22 20
22 Huston Street Padres 29 23 22
23 Jenrry Mejia Mets 105 SP 108 SP 21
24 Jake McGee Rays 39 37 32
25 Chad Qualls Astros 37 44 27
26 Santiago Casilla Giants 70 64 78
27 LaTroy Hawkins Rockies 33 26 29
28 Sergio Romo Giants 11 11 11
29 Jason Grilli Angels 14 25 23
30 Joaquin Benoit Padres 27 30 31
31 Joe Smith Angels 100 39 41
32 Neil Ramirez Cubs 285 SP NR 57
33 Hector Rondon Cubs 169 27 25
34 Zach Putnam White Sox NR NR NR
35 Wade Davis Royals 50 46 39
36 Joba Chamberlain Tigers 134 NR 40
37 Joel Peralta Rays 54 55 52
38 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 48 42 42
39 Darren O'Day Orioles 47 56 45
40 A.J. Ramos Marlins 43 41 47
41 Jake Petricka White Sox 180 NR 59
42 Tommy Hunter Orioles 24 18 38
43 Tyler Clippard Nationals 42 49 46
44 Javy Guerra White Sox 271 NR NR
45 Will Smith Brewers 73 48 43
46 Danny Farquhar Mariners 61 33 44
47 Jesse Crain Astros 32 35 37
48 John Axford Indians 28 24 35
49 Grant Balfour Rays 16 21 24
50 Kelvin Herrera Royals 46 67 56
51 Shae Simmons Braves NR NR NR
52 Rex Brothers Rockies 31 45 50
53 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox 41 47 48
54 Luke Gregerson Athletics 80 43 60
55 Jean Machi Giants 72 62 49
56 Pedro Strop Cubs 38 34 61
57 Tony Watson Pirates 95 70 62
58 Dellin Betances Yankees 172 NR 70
59 Jonathan Broxton Reds 63 65 63
60 Juan Carlos Oviedo Rays 170 NR 66
61 Dale Thayer Padres 129 NR NR
62 Alex Torres Padres 52 57 51
63 Drew Storen Nationals 65 58 54
64 Danny Otero Athletics 74 61 67
65 Andrew Miller Red Sox 89 NR 71
66 Ernesto Frieri Pirates 8 17 12
67 Nate Jones White Sox 23 74 69
68 Bryan Shaw Indians 97 NR 36
69 Craig Stammen Nationals 53 69 65
70 Ryan Cook Athletics 68 53 73
71 Pat Neshek Cardinals 167 NR 76
72 Jeurys Familia Mets 202 NR NR
73 Daniel Webb White Sox 40 36 33
74 Sam LeCure Reds 51 51 53
75 Jason Motte Cardinals 71 63 55
76 Jeremy Affeldt Giants 182 NR NR
77 Al Alburquerque Tigers 62 NR 79
78 Ronald Belisario White Sox 181 NR 34
79 Justin De Fratus Phillies 113 NR NR
80 Jim Johnson Athletics 9 19 64
81 Edward Mujica Red Sox 49 77 81
82 Aaron Loup Blue Jays 60 76 72

 

Dropping off: Nick Vincent (58th), Brett Cecil (68th), Aaron Barrett (74th), David Carpenter (75th), Brandon Kintzler (77th), Jordan Walden (80th), Shawn Kelley (82nd)

 

  • Giving up a game-tying homer to Brandon Phillips on Saturday cost Romo his job, even though he’s seventh in the majors with 22 saves. His velocity is unchanged from the last couple of years, but he just hasn’t been locating his slider like he usually does. I think that’s a problem he can recover from, but given his lefty-righty splits, he’s always made more sense as a setup man than as a closer anyway. The Giants might be better off with Casilla in the ninth for the rest of the year. Right now, they’re saying he’ll share chances with Affeldt, but I don’t expect that to last. Romo remains in the top 30 based on the likelihood that he’ll get another chance regardless of how Casilla performs.

 

  • In last week’s column, I suggested a Frieri-for-Street trade between the Angels and Padres. Which was kind of close, right? Instead, Frieri went to Pittsburgh for Grilli, which I think did more for Grilli’s value than Frieri’s. I don’t know that Grilli will outpitch Joe Smith over the rest of the year, but if I’m Mike Scioscia, I’d rather have Smith coming into favorable situations in the eighth than being saved for the ninth, regardless of how many lefties are due up. As for Frieri vs. Melancon, it would make sense for the Pirates financially to plug Frieri into the ninth and try to keep Melancon’s arbitration value down. But I don’t think they’ll go that route unless Melancon gives them reason to do so, and Melancon hasn’t shown any sign of faltering.

 

  • I ordered the White Sox relievers Putnam, Petricka and Guerra, with the rehabbing Nate Jones a distant fourth. Ideally, Jones would come back and secure the closer gig in August, but that’s probably something of a long shot. When it comes to talent, I still think Petricka and Webb are the best of the healthy relievers. Still, there’s no denying how effective Putnam had been in his eighth-inning role, making him the favorite for saves at the moment. And I still suspect that Guerra could factor in, even though he has the weakest stuff of the group. If it were my call, I’d try Guerra in the ninth with the lead and let Petricka and Putnam continue to do the heavy lifting working in setup roles and tie games.


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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