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September Reliever Rankings

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

I don’t do them every year, but I decided it was worth doing September rankings this time around. Obviously, as it’s Aug. 31, we still don’t know exactly who is coming up and when (some prospects won’t be recalled until after the minor league season, including the postseason, is finished). Some fine prospects (Yoan Moncada and J.P. Crawford included) probably aren’t coming up at all. By and large, these lists will look similar to the August rankings. Still, there are some newcomers and some pitchers dropping because of innings limits and looming shutdowns.

 

Up this week are the September 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.

 

Click to see other September rankings:

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

 

 

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Relief pitcher Rankings

 

Sept RP Team 2016 Aug
1 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 1 1
2 Zach Britton Orioles 5 2
3 Mark Melancon Nationals 4 3
4 Aroldis Chapman Cubs 11 4
5 Dellin Betances Yankees 27 5
6 Craig Kimbrel Red Sox 3 6
7 Roberto Osuna Blue Jays 10 7
8 Jeurys Familia Mets 6 8
9 Ken Giles Astros 19 9
10 Francisco Rodriguez Tigers 15 10
11 Tony Watson Pirates 36 12
12 Sam Dyson Rangers 35 11
13 Edwin Diaz Mariners 264 SP 16
14 David Robertson White Sox 9 13
15 Santiago Casilla Giants 24 17
16 Seung Hwan Oh Cardinals 84 18
17 Alex Colome Rays 39 23
18 Cody Allen Indians 12 14
19 Tyler Thornburg Brewers 170 22
20 Adam Ottavino Rockies 74 41
21 Wade Davis Royals 2 25
22 Fernando Rodney Marlins 29 53
23 Andrew Miller Indians 26 20
24 Jeanmar Gomez Phillies 314 24
25 Kelvin Herrera Royals 55 21
26 Brandon Maurer Padres 44 19
27 Ryan Madson Athletics 42 30
28 Brandon Kintzler Twins 286 28
29 Jim Johnson Braves 185 34
30 A.J. Ramos Marlins 13 15
31 Raisel Iglesias Reds 34 SP 36
32 Fernando Salas Angels 90 NR
33 Tony Cingrani Reds 82 31
34 Daniel Hudson Diamondbacks 64 NR
35 Brad Boxberger Rays 22 38
36 Ryan Dull Athletics 111 32
37 Hector Neris Phillies 159 61
38 Jeremy Jeffress Rangers 28 40
39 Addison Reed Mets 114 47
40 Corey Knebel Brewers 85 49
41 Nate Jones White Sox 53 45
42 Steve Cishek Mariners 31 42
43 Will Harris Astros 86 37
44 Brad Ziegler Red Sox 21 43
45 Mike Morin Angels 46 NR
46 Brad Brach Orioles 104 44
47 Mauricio Cabrera Braves NR 63
48 Michael Lorenzen Reds 293 SP 56
49 Kyle Barraclough Marlins 157 57
50 Hunter Strickland Giants 41 55
51 Neftali Feliz Pirates 106 62
52 Jason Grilli Blue Jays 34 66
53 Enrique Burgos Diamondbacks 113 68
54 Kevin Quackenbush Padres 97 NR
55 Hector Rondon Cubs 8 35
56 Randall Delgado Diamondbacks 67 NR
57 Luke Gregerson Astros 18 58
58 Trevor Cahill Cubs 108 NR
59 Felipe Rivero Pirates 101 NR
60 Ryan Pressly Twins 189 72
61 Carl Edwards Jr. Cubs 238 NR
62 Jake Barrett Diamondbacks 328 27
63 Will Smith Giants 49 64
64 Shawn Kelley Nationals 71 70
65 Joe Blanton Dodgers 68 NR
66 Matthew Strahm Royals 305 NR
67 Ryan Buchter Padres 353 52
68 Jonathan Papelbon   14 54
69 Bryan Shaw Indians 78 NR
70 Jake McGee Rockies 23 65
71 Jake Diekman Rangers 77 74
72 Kevin Siegrist Cardinals 60 67
73 Liam Hendriks Athletics 45 NR
74 George Kontos Giants 69 75
75 Pedro Baez Dodgers 79 60

 

Dropping off: Cam Bedrosian (26th), Carlos Estevez (29th), Arodys Vizcaino (33rd), Huston Street (39th), Trevor Rosenthal (46th), Trevor May (48th), Darren O’Day (50th), Pedro Strop (51st), Sean Doolittle (59th)

 

  • Wade Davis is expected back this weekend, but he’ll likely be eased back into the closer’s role. After two DL stints, he seems like a weaker bet than Kelvin Herrera the rest of the way. Still, the Royals will probably give him another try in the ninth anyway.

 

  • It’s looking pretty good for Fernando Rodney finishing out the season as Miami’s closer over A.J. Ramos. At least, the ball is in Rodney’s court; he’ll have to lose the job now.

 

  • The Diamondbacks went to Daniel Hudson in the ninth after Enrique Burgos lost his hold on the closer gig, but Hudson blew his first save chance, throwing the situation back into chaos. I’m going with Hudson here, but he’s the final closer in the rankings. It’s no lock he’ll get the next save chance, and if he does and he blows it, I wouldn’t expect the Diamondbacks to stick with him. Randall Delgado might be next in line.
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.