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June Reliever Rankings

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

Welcome to the June relief pitcher 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.

 

Click to see other June rankings:

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

 

 

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Relief pitcher rankings

 

June RP Team 2015 May
1 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 5 3
2 Aroldis Chapman Reds 4 2
3 Craig Kimbrel Padres 2 1
4 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 6 4
5 Greg Holland Royals 1 5
6 Drew Storen Nationals 11 9
7 Zach Britton Orioles 10 7
8 David Robertson White Sox 8 6
9 Cody Allen Indians 7 11
10 Andrew Miller Yankees 25 8
11 Koji Uehara Red Sox 13 12
12 Glen Perkins Twins 18 17
13 Joakim Soria Tigers 32 14
14 Huston Street Angels 16 15
15 Jeurys Familia Mets 67 19
16 Mark Melancon Pirates 3 20
17 Hector Rondon Cubs 15 10
18 Santiago Casilla Giants 23 23
19 Luke Gregerson Astros 24 25
20 Francisco Rodriguez Brewers 20 24
21 Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 22 22
22 A.J. Ramos Marlins 83 38
23 Dellin Betances Yankees 9 21
24 Jason Grilli Braves 27 27
25 Brett Cecil Blue Jays 31 34
26 Brad Boxberger Rays 34 35
27 Fernando Rodney Mariners 19 18
28 Jake McGee Rays 14 13
29 Shawn Tolleson Rangers 106 NR
30 Tyler Clippard Athletics 29 33
31 Wade Davis Royals 35 30
32 Addison Reed Diamondbacks 28 29
33 John Axford Rockies 206 36
34 Sean Doolittle Athletics 17 16
35 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 82 58
36 Tony Watson Pirates 38 32
37 Ken Giles Phillies 33 31
38 Neftali Feliz Rangers 26 28
39 Rafael Soriano   36 49
40 Darren O'Day Orioles 39 41
41 Steve Cishek Marlins 12 26
42 Yimi Garcia Dodgers 134 37
43 Pedro Strop Cubs 53 39
44 Bryan Shaw Indians 59 40
45 Roberto Osuna Blue Jays 180 SP 47
46 Joaquin Benoit Padres 46 50
47 Sergio Romo Giants 44 44
48 Carson Smith Mariners 79 51
49 Kelvin Herrera Royals 45 45
50 Aaron Barrett Nationals 47 46
51 Chad Qualls Astros 51 52
52 Brandon Maurer Padres 66 71
53 Blake Treinen Nationals 65 57
54 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox 60 54
55 Joe Smith Angels 48 43
56 Evan Scribner Athletics 161 67
57 Keone Kela Rangers 111 NR
58 Juan Nicasio Dodgers 95 NR
59 Justin Grimm Cubs 63 NR
60 Will Smith Brewers 71 60
61 Tom Wilhelmsen Mariners 87 NR
62 Pat Neshek Astros 85 NR
63 Will Harris Astros 124 NR
64 Josh Fields Astros 81 76
65 Tony Cingrani Reds 56 53
66 Bruce Rondon Tigers 72 68
67 Carter Capps Marlins 166 NR
68 Rafael Betancourt Rockies 223 69
69 Seth Maness Cardinals 70 61
70 Jim Johnson Braves 93 77
71 Bryan Morris Marlins 121 62
72 Dan Otero Athletics 50 48
73 George Kontos Giants 112 NR
74 Ryan Madson Royals 185 80
75 Aaron Loup Blue Jays 52 59

 

Dropping off: Adam Ottavino (42nd), Edward Mujica (55th), Mike Morin (56th), Yoervis Medina (63rd), Jared Hughes (64th), Miguel Castro (65th), Nick Vincent (66th), Jean Machi (70th)

 

o Doolittle’s new shoulder injury will probably sideline him into the second half. Still, I wouldn’t write him off completely, particularly since Clippard is such an obvious candidate to be traded by the A’s next month. That’s one reason I don’t have Clippard higher in the rankings; there’s a great chance he’ll finish the season as a setup man on a contender. If Doolittle can’t make it back, then perhaps Scribner will get to close for the A’s later on. Mujica might be a possibility, too, once he returns from a fractured thumb.

 

o I feel like I should drop Giles more based on how he’s throwing, but there isn’t anyone else in the Philadelphia pen stepping up as the heir apparent. I was expecting good things from both Jake Diekman and Justin De Fratus this year, but Diekman has a 6.87 ERA and De Fratus is at 4.07, both with more walks than Giles’ 10.

 

o The Blue Jays have had about as many closers as they have save chances this year. Cecil has looked strong since regaining the role, but he had one save in May. It was the Jays’ lone save of the month.

 

o It sounds like Soriano will sign pretty soon, but perhaps not with a team that will have save chances available for him. The Cubs are the one club that’s actively connected to him, and while I doubt they’d be aiming to replace Hector Rondon, they could use the insurance. The Marlins talked to him and passed, with no sign since that talks could be rekindled. I could see the Rangers, Red Sox or Twins signing him. Texas would seem to be his best destination if he prefers to close.

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.