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June Reliever Rankings

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Welcome to the June relief pitcher rankings update. Up this week are the June rest-of-season position rankings and overall top 300. Remember that players are listed where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see someone you’re looking for, check another position. Designated hitters are listed with the first basemen.

 

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

 

 

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Relief pitcher Rankings

 

 

JuneRPTeam2016May
1 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 1 1
2 Wade Davis Royals 2 2
3 Craig Kimbrel Red Sox 3 3
4 Hector Rondon Cubs 8 7
5 Mark Melancon Pirates 4 4
6 Zach Britton Orioles 5 5
7 Aroldis Chapman Yankees 11 8
8 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 7 6
9 Jeurys Familia Mets 6 9
10 Roberto Osuna Blue Jays 10 11
11 David Robertson White Sox 9 10
12 Cody Allen Indians 12 13
13 Jonathan Papelbon Nationals 14 12
14 Francisco Rodriguez Tigers 15 15
15 A.J. Ramos Marlins 13 16
16 Sam Dyson Rangers 35 32
17 Luke Gregerson Astros 18 14
18 Santiago Casilla Giants 24 18
19 Brad Boxberger Rays 22 17
20 Huston Street Angels 16 19
21 Fernando Rodney Padres 29 23
22 Steve Cishek Mariners 31 20
23 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 21 24
24 Ryan Madson Athletics 42 21
25 Arodys Vizcaino Braves 30 26
26 Jeremy Jeffress Brewers 28 22
27 Andrew Miller Yankees 26 27
28 Jake McGee Rockies 23 28
29 Dellin Betances Yankees 27 29
30 Jeanmar Gomez Phillies 314 43
31 Sean Doolittle Athletics 20 31
32 Tony Cingrani Reds 82 70
33 Ken Giles Astros 19 33
34 Will Harris Astros 86 53
35 Daniel Hudson Diamondbacks 64 36
36 Trevor May Twins 57 34
37 Alex Colome Rays 39 37
38 Darren O'Day Orioles 38 38
39 Tony Watson Pirates 36 46
40 Kevin Jepsen Twins 92 41
41 Joe Smith Angels 63 35
42 Kelvin Herrera Royals 55 45
43 Pedro Strop Cubs 43 42
44 Brandon Maurer Padres 44 49
45 Hector Neris Phillies 159 47
46 Jason Grilli Braves 34 40
47 Hunter Strickland Giants 41 48
48 Will Smith Brewers 49 54
49 Shawn Tolleson Rangers 25 25
50 Seung-hwan Oh Cardinals 84 61
51 Nate Jones White Sox 53 39
52 Joaquin Benoit Mariners 32 44
53 Mychal Givens Orioles 47 52
54 Glen Perkins Twins 17 30
55 Koji Uehara Red Sox 50 55
56 Kevin Siegrist Cardinals 60 59
57 Joakim Soria Royals 51 63
58 Addison Reed Mets 114 NR
59 Ross Ohlendorf Reds 184 NR
60 Michael Tonkin Twins 174 NR
61 Adam Ottavino Rockies 74 66
62 Kyle Barraclough Marlins 157 57
63 Shawn Kelley Nationals 71 65
64 David Hernandez Phillies 40 67
65 Tyler Clippard Diamondbacks 81 74
66 Fernando Rodriguez Athletics 93 71
67 Zach McAllister Indians 76 50
68 J.J. Hoover Reds 33 51
69 Fernando Salas Angels 90 NR
70 Justin Grimm Cubs 61 56
71 Joe Blanton Dodgers 68 64
72 Hansel Robles Mets 89 77
73 David Phelps Marlins 195 SP NR
74 Jake Diekman Rangers 77 69
75 Luke Hochevar Royals 59 NR
76 Ryan Buchter Padres 353 NR
77 Nick Vincent Mariners 94 NR
78 Bryan Shaw Indians 78 NR
79 Mike Montgomery Mariners 256 SP NR
80 Tyler Thornburg Brewers 170 78

 

Dropping off: Mike Morin (58th), Caleb Cotham (60th), Jumbo Diaz (62nd), Carson Smith (68th), Pedro Baez (72nd), Andrew Bailey (73rd), Brett Cecil (75th), Josh Fields (76th), George Kontos (79th), Yimi Garcia (80th)

 

  • Boxberger came off the DL on Sunday after missing the first third of the season following abdominal surgery, and the plan is to ease him back into the closer’s role. I dropped him two spots from last month because Colome has been so good as his replacement that it really lessens his margin for error.

 

  • Doolittle has outpitched Madson in the Oakland bullpen in recent weeks and was rewarded with a save chance over the weekend. It doesn’t seem likely that their roles will flip-flop anytime soon, but things do remain semi-fluid there. It’s also possible that the A’s could trade one of the two (more likely Madson, even with his three-year deal).

 

  • Three Reds make the top 80 this month, with closer-of-the-moment Cingrani placing 33rd, Ohlendorf 59th and Hoover 68th. Hoover is in Triple-A right now, but given that he was Bryan Price’s favorite reliever going into the year, he’s still a possibility for saves later on. I nearly included Michael Lorenzen, but his health is still enough of an issue that I thought it was too early. Besides, the Reds haven’t committed to bringing him back from his elbow injury as a reliever anyway (as a starter, he’s of no interest to me).

 

  • May is the high man in the Twins pen at No. 36, even though the team has backed off him a bit. He’s still throwing better than Jepsen, though Jepsen is 4-for-4 in saves in May despite a 6.94 ERA. I’m less optimistic about a Perkins comeback, so he falls to No. 55 this month. Tonkin debuts at No. 60. He’s never been looked at as closer material, but he has a 29/7 K/BB ratio and a 3.04 ERA in 23 2/3 innings.


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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