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July Reliever Rankings

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

Here’s the July rankings update. Players are ranked for the rest of the season based on a 5x5 scoring format. Includes 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 July rankings:

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

 

 

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Relief pitcher rankings

 

 

July RP Team 2015 May June
1 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 5 3 1
2 Aroldis Chapman Reds 4 2 2
3 Craig Kimbrel Padres 2 1 3
4 Mark Melancon Pirates 3 20 16
5 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 6 4 4
6 Greg Holland Royals 1 5 5
7 Zach Britton Orioles 10 7 7
8 Drew Storen Nationals 11 9 6
9 Cody Allen Indians 7 11 9
10 David Robertson White Sox 8 6 8
11 Glen Perkins Twins 18 17 12
12 Huston Street Angels 16 15 14
13 Joakim Soria Tigers 32 14 13
14 Koji Uehara Red Sox 13 12 11
15 Jeurys Familia Mets 67 19 15
16 Dellin Betances Yankees 9 21 23
17 Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 22 22 21
18 Santiago Casilla Giants 23 23 18
19 Hector Rondon Cubs 15 10 17
20 Francisco Rodriguez Brewers 20 24 20
21 A.J. Ramos Marlins 83 38 22
22 Brad Boxberger Rays 34 35 26
23 Luke Gregerson Astros 24 25 19
24 Jason Grilli Braves 27 27 24
25 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 82 58 35
26 Shawn Tolleson Rangers 106 NR 29
27 Andrew Miller Yankees 25 8 10
28 Carson Smith Mariners 79 51 48
29 Tyler Clippard Athletics 29 33 30
30 Ken Giles Phillies 33 31 37
31 Wade Davis Royals 35 30 31
32 Fernando Rodney Mariners 19 18 27
33 Jake McGee Rays 14 13 28
34 John Axford Rockies 206 36 33
35 Roberto Osuna Blue Jays 180 SP 47 45
36 Tony Watson Pirates 38 32 36
37 Darren O'Day Orioles 39 41 40
38 Yimi Garcia Dodgers 134 37 42
39 Brett Cecil Blue Jays 31 34 25
40 Bryan Shaw Indians 59 40 44
41 Joaquin Benoit Padres 46 50 46
42 Brandon Maurer Padres 66 71 52
43 Pedro Strop Cubs 53 39 43
44 Sean Doolittle Athletics 17 16 34
45 Kelvin Herrera Royals 45 45 49
46 Kevin Siegrist Cardinals 137 NR NR
47 Steve Delabar Blue Jays 156 NR NR
48 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox 60 54 54
49 Joe Smith Angels 48 43 55
50 Sergio Romo Giants 44 44 47
51 Keone Kela Rangers 111 NR 57
52 Josh Fields Astros 81 76 64
53 Jim Johnson Braves 93 77 70
54 Enrique Burgos Diamondbacks 286 NR NR
55 Evan Scribner Athletics 161 67 56
56 Carter Capps Marlins 166 NR 67
57 Rafael Soriano Cubs 36 49 39
58 J.J. Hoover Reds 138 NR NR
59 Jeremy Jeffress Brewers 200 NR NR
60 Justin Grimm Cubs 63 NR 59
61 Will Smith Brewers 71 60 60
62 Blake Treinen Nationals 65 57 53
63 Drew Pomeranz Athletics 60 SP 57 SP 80 SP
64 Bruce Rondon Tigers 72 68 66
65 Will Harris Astros 124 NR 63
66 Pat Neshek Astros 85 NR 62
67 Juan Nicasio Dodgers 95 NR 58
68 Daniel Hudson Diamondbacks 129 NR NR
69 Steve Cishek Marlins 12 26 41
70 George Kontos Giants 112 NR 73
71 Chaz Roe Orioles 361 NR NR
72 Neftali Feliz Rangers 26 28 38
73 Chasen Shreve Yankees 97 NR NR
74 Kevin Jepsen Rays 108 NR NR
75 Seth Maness Cardinals 70 61 69

 

Dropping off: Addison Reed (32nd), Aaron Barrett (50th), Chad Qualls (51st), Tom Wilhelmsen (61st), Tony Cingrani (65th), Rafael Betancourt (68th), Bryan Morris (71st), Dan Otero (72nd), Ryan Madson (74th), Aaron Loup (75th)

 

o If nothing else, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons deserves credit for always alerting the media when he wants to replace his closer. Cecil lost the spot for a second time last week, this time to a committee apparently headed by Osuna and Delabar. Since the Jays would still love to trade for a closer if they can fit it into their budget, Osuna comes in at No. 35 for now.

 

o Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon played it smart Friday against the Angels, using closer Carson Smith to face Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in the eighth and letting Rodney go for the save in the ninth. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if it leads to more opportunities for Rodney. McClendon knows that Smith is his best reliever, but that doesn’t mean that Smith can’t be just as valuable pitching the eighth sometimes. With that situation up in the air, I’m placing Smith 28th and Rodney 32nd.

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.