Welcome to the June relief pitcher rankings update. Up this week are the June 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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Relief pitcher Rankings
|3||Craig Kimbrel||Red Sox||3||3|
|10||Roberto Osuna||Blue Jays||10||11|
|11||David Robertson||White Sox||9||10|
|51||Nate Jones||White Sox||53||39|
|55||Koji Uehara||Red Sox||50||55|
|73||David Phelps||Marlins||195 SP||NR|
|79||Mike Montgomery||Mariners||256 SP||NR|
Dropping off: Mike Morin (58th), Caleb Cotham (60th), Jumbo Diaz (62nd), Carson Smith (68th), Pedro Baez (72nd), Andrew Bailey (73rd), Brett Cecil (75th), Josh Fields (76th), George Kontos (79th), Yimi Garcia (80th)
- Boxberger came off the DL on Sunday after missing the first third of the season following abdominal surgery, and the plan is to ease him back into the closer’s role. I dropped him two spots from last month because Colome has been so good as his replacement that it really lessens his margin for error.
- Doolittle has outpitched Madson in the Oakland bullpen in recent weeks and was rewarded with a save chance over the weekend. It doesn’t seem likely that their roles will flip-flop anytime soon, but things do remain semi-fluid there. It’s also possible that the A’s could trade one of the two (more likely Madson, even with his three-year deal).
- Three Reds make the top 80 this month, with closer-of-the-moment Cingrani placing 33rd, Ohlendorf 59th and Hoover 68th. Hoover is in Triple-A right now, but given that he was Bryan Price’s favorite reliever going into the year, he’s still a possibility for saves later on. I nearly included Michael Lorenzen, but his health is still enough of an issue that I thought it was too early. Besides, the Reds haven’t committed to bringing him back from his elbow injury as a reliever anyway (as a starter, he’s of no interest to me).
- May is the high man in the Twins pen at No. 36, even though the team has backed off him a bit. He’s still throwing better than Jepsen, though Jepsen is 4-for-4 in saves in May despite a 6.94 ERA. I’m less optimistic about a Perkins comeback, so he falls to No. 55 this month. Tonkin debuts at No. 60. He’s never been looked at as closer material, but he has a 29/7 K/BB ratio and a 3.04 ERA in 23 2/3 innings.