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May Reliever Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: May 1, 2019, 4:51 am ET

Up this week are the May 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

May RP Team 2019
1 Edwin Diaz Mets 1
2 Blake Treinen Athletics 2
3 Roberto Osuna Astros 3
4 Felipe Vazquez Pirates 4
5 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 5
6 Josh Hader Brewers 8
7 Aroldis Chapman Yankees 7
8 Kirby Yates Padres 11
9 Brad Hand Indians 9
10 Jordan Hicks Cardinals 16
11 Raisel Iglesias Reds 13
12 Wade Davis Rockies 17
13 Craig Kimbrel   6
14 Sean Doolittle Nationals 15
15 Alex Colome White Sox 14
16 Ken Giles Blue Jays 18
17 Jose Leclerc Rangers 10
18 Jose Alvarado Rays 22
19 Will Smith Giants 20
20 Ryan Pressly Astros 23
21 David Robertson Phillies 12
22 Greg Holland Diamondbacks 32
23 Hector Neris Phillies 49
24 Pedro Strop Cubs 29
25 Ryan Brasier Red Sox 47
26 A.J. Minter Braves 26
27 Diego Castillo Rays 27
28 Shane Greene Tigers 43
29 Matt Barnes Red Sox 25
30 Cody Allen Angels 21
31 Seranthony Dominguez Phillies 28
32 Sergio Romo Marlins 35
33 Reyes Moronta Giants 44
34 Ty Buttrey Angels 59
35 Blake Parker Twins 41
36 Ian Kennedy Royals 192 SP
37 Joe Jimenez Tigers 37
38 Trevor May Twins 24
39 Hunter Strickland Mariners 19
40 Archie Bradley Diamondbacks 38
41 Taylor Rogers Twins 57
42 Lou Trivino Athletics 46
43 Carlos Martinez Cardinals 68 SP
44 Brandon Morrow Cubs 36
45 Mychal Givens Orioles 39
46 Emilio Pagan Rays 86
47 Anthony Swarzak Mariners 89
48 Kelvin Herrera White Sox 48
49 Wily Peralta Royals 42
50 Roenis Elias Mariners 177 SP
51 Chris Devenski Astros 51
52 Adam Ottavino Yankees 74
53 Pedro Baez Dodgers 60
54 Brad Boxberger Royals 50
55 Zach Britton Yankees 61
56 Trevor Hildenberger Twins 69
57 Amir Garrett Reds 58
58 Jeremy Jeffress Brewers 72
59 Nick Anderson Marlins 176
60 Ryne Stanek Rays 52
61 Andrew Miller Cardinals 30
62 Steve Cishek Cubs 53
63 Keone Kela Pirates 55
64 Drew Steckenrider Marlins 67
65 Jeurys Familia Mets 54
66 Hector Rondon Astros 63
67 Yoshihisa Hirano Diamondbacks 66
68 Shawn Kelley Rangers 184
69 Brad Brach Cubs 62
70 Jace Fry White Sox 65
71 Tony Watson Giants 75
72 Pat Neshek Phillies 88
73 Trevor Rosenthal Nationals 45
74 Adam Conley Marlins 64
75 Will Harris Astros 73
76 Hansel Robles Angels 210
77 Tommy Kahnle Yankees 84
78 Junior Guerra Brewers 77
79 Craig Stammen Padres 94
80 Dan Winkler Braves 90

 

Dropping off: Corey Knebel (31st), Arodys Vizcaino (33rd), Dellin Betances (34th), Chad Green (40th), Joe Kelly (56th), Juan Nicasio (68th), Carl Edwards Jr. (70th)

 

  • Cody Allen remains the high man in the Angels pen, in part because the team doesn’t seem to have much interest in utilizing Ty Buttrey as a traditional closer. Hansel Robles is the other Angels reliever in the top 80. I was quite high on Justin Anderson going in (I had him projected for the lowest ERA in the Angels pen) and he’s done fine thus far, but his velocity is down sharply, making him a whole lot less interesting to me.
  • There’s a case for moving Shane Greene up several more spots, but his big April has only increased the chances that he’ll be traded sooner than later. That’s also why Joe Jimenez hasn’t fallen at all. There is more of a chance now that Greene will be traded to a team that would use him as a closer, but it’s still probable that he’d set up for a contender.
  • I know it seems pretty ridiculous to have Trevor Rosenthal ranked as a top-80 reliever right now, but it remains quite likely that Sean Doolittle will get hurt at some point and maybe Rosenthal will have figured things out by the time it happens. Kyle Barraclough is the No. 2 man in the Nationals pen at the moment, but his velocity hasn’t come back and he still looks thoroughly mediocre to me.

Matthew Pouliot
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.