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August Reliever Rankings

Monday, August 04, 2014


Here are the August 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 August rankings:

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

 

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Relief pitcher Rankings

 

AugRPTeam2014MayJuneJuly
1 Craig Kimbrel Braves 2 2 1 1
2 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 1 1 2 2
3 Greg Holland Royals 4 4 3 3
4 Aroldis Chapman Reds 13 9 5 5
5 Jake McGee Rays 39 37 32 24
6 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 3 3 4 4
7 Sean Doolittle Athletics 44 38 9 6
8 David Robertson Yankees 10 8 7 7
9 Koji Uehara Red Sox 5 10 8 8
10 Glen Perkins Twins 6 5 6 9
11 Zach Britton Orioles 112 NR 26 19
12 Mark Melancon Pirates 36 28 30 17
13 Fernando Rodney Mariners 19 20 19 16
14 Cody Allen Indians 30 31 28 20
15 Huston Street Angels 29 23 22 22
16 Steve Cishek Marlins 17 15 16 15
17 Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 15 12 13 12
18 Rafael Soriano Nationals 20 13 15 10
19 Francisco Rodriguez Brewers 56 7 17 13
20 Joe Nathan Tigers 7 6 10 11
21 Joaquin Benoit Padres 27 30 31 30
22 Santiago Casilla Giants 70 64 78 26
23 Jenrry Mejia Mets 105 SP 108 SP 21 23
24 Casey Janssen Blue Jays 25 22 20 21
25 Hector Rondon Cubs 169 27 25 33
26 Addison Reed Diamondbacks 12 16 18 18
27 Chad Qualls Astros 37 44 27 25
28 Neftali Feliz Rangers 45 NR NR NR
29 Jake Petricka White Sox 180 NR 59 41
30 LaTroy Hawkins Rockies 33 26 29 27
31 Wade Davis Royals 50 46 39 35
32 Joakim Soria Tigers 18 14 14 14
33 Brad Boxberger Rays 118 NR NR NR
34 Joe Smith Angels 100 39 41 31
35 Sergio Romo Giants 11 11 11 28
36 Zach Putnam White Sox NR NR NR 34
37 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 48 42 42 38
38 Tyler Clippard Nationals 42 49 46 43
39 Darren O'Day Orioles 47 56 45 39
40 Danny Farquhar Mariners 61 33 44 46
41 A.J. Ramos Marlins 43 41 47 40
42 Kelvin Herrera Royals 46 67 56 50
43 Pedro Strop Cubs 38 34 61 56
44 Dellin Betances Yankees 172 NR 70 58
45 Ken Giles Phillies NR NR NR NR
46 Javy Guerra White Sox 271 NR NR 44
47 Jason Grilli Angels 14 25 23 29
48 Tommy Hunter Orioles 24 18 38 42
49 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox 41 47 48 53
50 Jordan Walden Braves 90 66 80 NR
51 Jean Machi Giants 72 62 49 55
52 Joel Peralta Rays 54 55 52 37
53 Luke Gregerson Athletics 80 43 60 54
54 Jonathan Broxton Reds 63 65 63 59
55 Ryan Cook Athletics 68 53 73 70
56 Jeurys Familia Mets 202 NR NR 72
57 Adam Ottavino Rockies 123 NR NR NR
58 Josh Fields Astros 58 60 NR NR
59 Shawn Tolleson Rangers 187 NR NR NR
60 Neil Ramirez Cubs 285 SP NR 57 32
61 John Axford Indians 28 24 35 48
62 Tony Watson Pirates 95 70 62 57
63 Brandon Maurer Mariners 178 SP NR NR NR
64 Rex Brothers Rockies 31 45 50 52
65 Dale Thayer Padres 129 NR NR 61
66 Drew Storen Nationals 65 58 54 63
67 Danny Otero Athletics 74 61 67 64
68 Andrew Miller Orioles 89 NR 71 65
69 Pat Neshek Cardinals 167 NR 76 71
70 Aaron Loup Blue Jays 60 76 72 82
71 Bryan Shaw Indians 97 NR 36 68
72 Kevin Jepsen Angels 195 NR NR NR
73 Bryan Morris Marlins 126 NR NR NR
74 Joba Chamberlain Tigers 134 NR 40 36
75 Will Smith Brewers 73 48 43 45
76 Daniel Webb White Sox 40 36 33 73
77 Jeremy Affeldt Giants 182 NR NR 76
78 Sam LeCure Reds 51 51 53 74
79 Kevin Quackenbush Padres NR NR NR NR
80 Craig Stammen Nationals 53 69 65 69

 

Dropping off: Jesse Crain (No. 47), Grant Balfour (No. 49), Shae Simmona (No. 51), Juan Carlos Oviedo (No. 60), Alex Torres (no. 62), Ernesto Frieri (No. 66), Nate Jones (No. 67)

 

  • While Huston Street and Joakim Soria moved on earlier this month, there were no deadline deals to shake up the closer ranks. There are few situations in much doubt at the moment, though Zach Putnam could again challenge Jake Petricka for saves in Chicago once he comes off the disabled list.

 

  • Of course, Jonathan Papelbon figures to clear waivers, making him a trade candidate this month. I still think it’s unlikely that he goes, but if he does, Ken Giles would be worth a shot in the closer’s role. Joaquin Benoit probably won’t clear waivers completely, but he could make it to the Dodgers, opening up the possibility of a trade there. Chad Qualls is another possible waiver deal candidate; the Astros made it clear before the deadline that it’d take a lot to move him, but they may soften their stance now that Josh Fields is pitching so well in a setup role and bring Mike Foltynewicz up for a look in short relief.

 

  • For some reason, Soria has struggled mightily since arriving in Detroit. When that deal was made, I probably would have had Soria ahead of Joe Nathan for the rest of the season, even though the Tigers said they were standing by their man. Now, though, Nathan looks pretty safe, barring a multi-outing meltdown.


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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