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.
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Relief pitcher rankings
|8||David Robertson||White Sox||8||6|
|11||Koji Uehara||Red Sox||13||12|
|25||Brett Cecil||Blue Jays||31||34|
|45||Roberto Osuna||Blue Jays||180 SP||47|
|54||Junichi Tazawa||Red Sox||60||54|
|75||Aaron Loup||Blue Jays||52||59|
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.