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September Reliever Rankings

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

Time for some September rankings. If you’re hoping for a callup bonanza, I expect that you’ll be disappointed; most of the big names are either up or they’re not coming. There will be final-month surprises, of course, and predicting what any player is going to do over the course of 25 games or so is a fool’s errand. But, then, that’s why they pay me.
 
Remember that players are listed at the position at which they’re most valuable (C > SS > 2B > 3B > 1B/OF).
 

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

 

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Relief pitcher Rankings

 

Sept RP Team 2018 July Aug
1 Edwin Diaz Mariners 5 2 2
2 Blake Treinen Athletics 16 8 4
3 Craig Kimbrel Red Sox 2 3 3
4 Felipe Vazquez Pirates 3 9 6
5 Raisel Iglesias Reds 6 6 8
6 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 1 1 1
7 Bud Norris Cardinals 99 19 9
8 Kirby Yates Padres 88 53 10
9 Blake Parker Angels 26 16 12
10 Wade Davis Rockies 13 10 11
11 Will Smith Giants 196 36 14
12 Brad Hand Indians 10 11 13
13 Roberto Osuna Astros 4 28 15
14 Josh Hader Brewers 43 17 18
15 Ken Giles Blue Jays 7 31 22
16 Brad Boxberger Diamondbacks 33 23 19
17 Cody Allen Indians 12 7 16
18 Sergio Romo Rays 116 33 20
19 Pedro Strop Cubs 59 67 23
20 Jose Leclerc Rangers 154 NR 39
21 A.J. Minter Braves 45 39 17
22 Dellin Betances Yankees 38 38 36
23 Shane Greene Tigers 30 41 26
24 Sean Doolittle Nationals 19 13 25
25 Jeremy Jeffress Brewers 202 NR NR
26 Hector Rondon Astros 70 20 21
27 Aroldis Chapman Yankees 9 4 5
28 Robert Gsellman Mets 235 SP 65 54
29 David Robertson Yankees 44 43 51
30 Drew Steckenrider Marlins 56 46 28
31 Mychal Givens Orioles 48 57 40
32 Daniel Winkler Braves 129 48 41
33 Archie Bradley Diamondbacks 23 26 31
34 Wily Peralta Royals 161 40 38
35 Andrew Miller Indians 20 37 35
36 Ryan Madson Nationals 51 NR 32
37 Pat Neshek Phillies 82 NR 83
38 Trevor Hildenberger Twins 58 80 NR
39 Chad Green Yankees 32 30 49
40 Brad Brach Braves 22 35 37
41 Joakim Soria Brewers 50 22 61
42 Steve Cishek Cubs 69 63 48
43 Kyle Barraclough Marlins 31 15 34
44 Jeurys Familia Athletics 15 18 33
45 Hector Neris Phillies 17 NR NR
46 Jose Alvarado Rays 153 45 42
47 Greg Holland Nationals 18 56 NR
48 Alex Colome Mariners 11 60 60
49 Carlos Martinez Cardinals 20 SP 20 SP 61 SP
50 Seranthony Dominguez Phillies 303 SP 21 24
51 Jace Fry White Sox 402 73 56
52 Zach Britton Yankees 29 24 57
53 Keone Kela Pirates 46 14 46
54 Taylor Rogers Twins 169 NR NR
55 Tommy Hunter Phillies 64 54 44
56 Mark Melancon Giants 25 52 73
57 Jordan Hicks Cardinals 146 69 52
58 Adam Ottavino Rockies 132 71 71
59 Kenta Maeda Dodgers 34 SP 36 SP 38 SP
60 Carl Edwards Jr. Cubs 42 68 59
61 Brandon Morrow Cubs 14 12 27
62 Koda Glover Nationals 68 NR NR
63 Hunter Strickland Giants 47 72 NR
64 Arodys Vizcaino Braves 24 25 58
65 Tyler Clippard Blue Jays 157 49 47
66 Corey Knebel Brewers 8 5 7
67 Juan Minaya White Sox 195 NR 81
68 Ryan Pressly Astros 78 NR 79
69 Joe Jimenez Tigers 90 29 43
70 Seth Lugo Mets 96 SP 83 SP 66
71 Yoshihisa Hirano Diamondbacks 75 NR 69
72 Chris Devenski Astros 41 34 80
73 Justin Anderson Angels NR 50 55
74 Joe Kelly Red Sox 57 61 NR
75 Alex Claudio Rangers 34 74 67
76 Sam Dyson Giants 180 66 70
77 Phil Maton Padres 77 NR 72
78 Scott Alexander Dodgers 66 NR NR
79 Tony Watson Giants 72 64 63
80 Craig Stammen Padres 147 NR NR
81 Ryan Tepera Blue Jays 118 51 65
82 Jared Hughes Reds 148 70 74
83 Addison Reed Twins 37 47 50
84 Reyes Moronta Giants 199 85 75
85 Trevor May Twins 125 NR NR

 

Dropping off: Kelvin Herrera (29th), Fernando Rodney (30th), Lou Trivino (45th), Miguel Castro (53rd), Anthony Swarzak (62nd), Luis Avilan (64th), Nate Jones (68th)

  • Incredibly enough, Greg Holland is a saves sleeper for September. Ideally, the Nationals will get Sean Doolittle (foot) back in a couple of weeks, but they just lost Kelvin Herrera (foot) for the year and they might trade Ryan Madson, leaving them with Holland, Koda Glover and Justin Miller as saves candidates. Holland has been a whole lot more effective than Glover lately, allowing one run and striking out 11 in nine innings during August.

 

  • Hector Neris is suddenly relevant again, too. He’s struck out 16 of the 26 hitters he’s faced in 7 1/3 scoreless innings since being recalled a couple of weeks ago. The Phillies pen is wide open with Seranthony Dominguez seemingly having hit the wall; it’s not a bad idea to speculate on Neris in mixed leagues.

 

  • It doesn’t seem likely that any other closing situations here will get thrown into chaos in advance of the Aug. 31 deadline. Shane Greene got claimed on waivers earlier this month, so the Tigers will be standing pat. Madson is likely to be a setup man if dealt. The Giants could try to dump at the last minute, but Will Smith wouldn’t be involved and it’s hard to imagine someone taking on Mark Melancon’s contract.
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.