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August Reliever Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Here’s the August rankings update. Players are ranked for the rest of the season based on a 5x5 scoring format. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300. Players are listed at the position at which they’re most valuable.

 

Click to see other August rankings:

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

 

 

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Relief pitcher Rankings

 

 

Aug RP Team 2015 May June July
1 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 5 3 1 1
2 Aroldis Chapman Reds 4 2 2 2
3 Craig Kimbrel Padres 2 1 3 3
4 Mark Melancon Pirates 3 20 16 4
5 Zach Britton Orioles 10 7 7 7
6 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 6 4 4 5
7 Greg Holland Royals 1 5 5 6
8 Cody Allen Indians 7 11 9 9
9 David Robertson White Sox 8 6 8 10
10 Jonathan Papelbon Nationals 22 22 21 17
11 Hector Rondon Cubs 15 10 17 19
12 Koji Uehara Red Sox 13 12 11 14
13 Andrew Miller Yankees 25 8 10 27
14 Glen Perkins Twins 18 17 12 11
15 Huston Street Angels 16 15 14 12
16 Jeurys Familia Mets 67 19 15 15
17 Luke Gregerson Astros 24 25 19 23
18 Francisco Rodriguez Brewers 20 24 20 20
19 Dellin Betances Yankees 9 21 23 16
20 Santiago Casilla Giants 23 23 18 18
21 Ken Giles Phillies 33 31 37 30
22 Brad Boxberger Rays 34 35 26 22
23 A.J. Ramos Marlins 83 38 22 21
24 Roberto Osuna Blue Jays 180 SP 47 45 35
25 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 82 58 35 25
26 Shawn Tolleson Rangers 106 NR 29 26
27 Arodys Vizcaino Braves 296 NR NR NR
28 Wade Davis Royals 35 30 31 31
29 Alex Wilson Tigers 291 NR NR NR
30 Carson Smith Mariners 79 51 48 28
31 Drew Storen Nationals 11 9 6 8
32 Edward Mujica Athletics 49 55 NR NR
33 Tommy Kahnle Rockies 155 NR NR NR
34 Hunter Strickland Giants 84 NR NR NR
35 Jake McGee Rays 14 13 28 33
36 Darren O'Day Orioles 39 41 40 37
37 Sean Doolittle Athletics 17 16 34 44
38 Fernando Rodriguez Athletics 159 NR NR NR
39 Kevin Siegrist Cardinals 137 NR NR 46
40 Aaron Sanchez Blue Jays 119 SP 98 SP 112 SP 106 SP
41 Bryan Shaw Indians 59 40 44 40
42 Fernando Rodney Mariners 19 18 27 32
43 Joaquin Benoit Padres 46 50 46 41
44 Kelvin Herrera Royals 45 45 49 45
45 Joe Smith Angels 48 43 55 49
46 Tyler Clippard Mets 29 33 30 29
47 Tony Watson Pirates 38 32 36 36
48 Brandon Maurer Padres 66 71 52 42
49 Pedro Strop Cubs 53 39 43 43
50 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox 60 54 54 48
51 Jim Johnson Dodgers 93 77 70 53
52 Joakim Soria Pirates 32 14 13 13
53 Sergio Romo Giants 44 44 47 50
54 Justin Grimm Cubs 63 NR 59 60
55 Drew Pomeranz Athletics 60 SP 57 SP 80 SP 63
56 Rafael Betancourt Rockies 223 69 68 NR
57 Jason Frasor Braves 162 NR NR NR
58 Al Alburquerque Tigers 77 NR NR NR
59 Josh Fields Astros 81 76 64 52
60 Jeremy Jeffress Brewers 200 NR NR 59
61 Blaine Hardy Tigers 204 NR NR NR
62 Carter Capps Marlins 166 NR 67 56
63 Will Harris Astros 124 NR 63 65
64 John Axford Rockies 206 36 33 34
65 George Kontos Giants 112 NR 73 70
66 Justin Miller Rockies 379 NR NR NR
67 Keone Kela Rangers 111 NR 57 51
68 Brett Cecil Blue Jays 31 34 25 39
69 Pat Neshek Astros 85 NR 62 66
70 J.J. Hoover Reds 138 NR NR 58
71 Daniel Hudson Diamondbacks 129 NR NR 68
72 Shawn Kelley Padres 75 NR NR NR
73 Bruce Rondon Tigers 72 68 66 64
74 Chaz Roe Orioles 361 NR NR 71
75 Chasen Shreve Yankees 97 NR NR 73

 

Relievers

 

Dropping off: Jason Grilli (24th), Yimi Garcia (38th), Steve Delabar (47th), Enrique Burgos (54th), Evan Scribner (55th), Rafael Soriano (57th), Will Smith (61st), Blake Treinen (62nd)

 

o Barring a waiver deal involving K-Rod, trades would seem to be pretty much finished taking a toll here. That’s why Gregerson and Osuna moved up; they’d no longer seem to have much chance of losing out to a new acquisition. Unfortunately, Storen wasn’t so lucky.

 

o After trading Jim Johnson to the Dodgers, the Braves appear set to roll the dice with Vizcaino in the closer’s role rather than rely on an older stopgap like Frasor or David Aardsma. He debuts at No. 27.

 

o Whether it’s fatigue or just a bump in the road, Carson Smith hasn’t looked very good at all lately. Still, it’s hard to see the Mariners wanting to go back to Rodney now and there’s no one else left to make a real run at the job. As a result, Smith’s ranking stays pretty much intact at No. 30.

 

o With Clippard gone, Mujica is the high Athletic on the list. Still, that doesn’t put him in the top 30. GM Billy Beane won’t hesitate to move him in an August deal if the right offer comes along. Plus, Fernando Rodriguez seems to me to be Oakland’s best right-handed reliever, and Doolittle (shoulder) might be back in a few weeks anyway.

 

o I’m going with Kahnle as the top Rockies reliever after Axford lost the job last week. He the biggest talent of the group, though he obviously lacks Betancourt’s closing experience. Also worth watching there is Justin Miller.

Matthew Pouliot

Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of NBC Sports Edge and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.