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September Reliever Rankings

Nick Martinez

Nick Martinez

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Here are some final-month rankings. Please try not to get too bent out of shape if your star player isn’t listed where you like ... anything can happen in a month. Heck, there was a month this year in which Owen Miller compiled a 1.166 OPS and Madison Bumgarner had a 1.17 ERA.

As always, players are ranked by position and then combined into an overall top 300 list.

Click to see other September rankings:

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

Relief pitcher rankings

Sept Relievers Team 2022 Aug
1 Edwin Diaz Mets 5 1
2 Emmanuel Clase Guardians 4 2
3 Liam Hendriks White Sox 1 5
4 Ryan Helsley Cardinals 130 4
5 Jordan Romano Blue Jays 8 6
6 Kenley Jansen Braves 7 7
7 Devin Williams Brewers 23 10
8 Jorge Lopez Twins 128 11
9 Camilo Doval Giants 16 14
10 Craig Kimbrel Dodgers 6 12
11 Clay Holmes Yankees 68 9
12 Felix Bautista Orioles NR 19
13 Scott Barlow Royals 13 16
14 David Robertson Phillies 20 13
15 Garrett Whitlock Red Sox 72 SP 17
16 Ryan Pressly Astros 11 8
17 Paul Sewald Mariners 25 18
18 Daniel Bard Rockies 124 20
19 Pete Fairbanks Rays 70 26
20 Gregory Soto Tigers 19 15
21 Jason Adam Rays NR 28
22 Giovanny Gallegos Cardinals 9 37
23 Brandon Hughes Cubs NR NR
24 Kyle Finnegan Nationals 50 24
25 Ian Kennedy Diamondbacks 94 NR
26 Nick Martinez Padres 119 SP 121 SP
27 Seranthony Domínguez Phillies NR 27
28 Evan Phillips Dodgers NR 41
29 Jonathan Hernández Rangers NR 31
30 Rafael Montero Astros 117 38
31 Josh Hader Padres 2 3
32 Jimmy Herget Angels NR 70
33 Tanner Scott Marlins NR 30
34 Alexis Diaz Reds NR 33
35 Andrés Muñoz Mariners 107 32
36 Wil Crowe Pirates NR 34
37 A.J. Puk Athletics NR 46
38 Jhoan Duran Twins 86 39
39 Domingo Acevedo Athletics 111 NR
40 Dylan Floro Marlins 29 35
41 José Leclerc Rangers 144 48
42 Taylor Rogers Brewers 12 36
43 Joe Jimenez Tigers NR 58
44 Rowan Wick Cubs 96 25
45 Raisel Iglesias Braves 3 45
46 David Bednar Pirates 15 23
47 John Schreiber Red Sox NR 57
48 Carl Edwards Jr. Nationals NR NR
49 Mark Melancon Diamondbacks 21 21
50 Jonathan Loáisiga Yankees 36 NR
51 Erik Swanson Mariners 99 72
52 Seth Lugo Mets 40 52
53 Jose Quijada Angels NR 53
54 Brad Hand Phillies 43 54
55 Diego Castillo Mariners 41 71
56 A.J. Minter Braves 57 59
57 Collin McHugh Braves 39 55
58 Trevor Stephan Guardians NR 61
59 Ryan Tepera Angels 60 22
60 Luis Garcia Padres 109 50
61 Kendall Graveman White Sox 92 60
62 Dillon Tate Orioles 52 43
63 Hunter Strickland Reds 150 47
64 Yimi García Blue Jays 56 64
65 Adam Ottavino Mets 145 NR
66 Brooks Raley Rays 100 66
67 Brusdar Graterol Dodgers 75 NR
68 James Karinchak Guardians 74 NR
69 Chase De Jong Pirates NR NR
70 Dominic Leone Giants 141 49
71 Adrián Morejón Padres 223 SP NR
72 Tanner Houck Red Sox 88 SP 44
73 Matt Moore Rangers NR 56
74 Penn Murfee Mariners NR 62
75 Tyler Rogers Giants 47 65
76 Robert Suarez Padres 54 NR
77 Hector Neris Astros 62 77
78 Dylan Coleman Royals 112 NR
79 Scott Effross Yankees NR 74
80 Colin Poche Rays 114 69

Dropping off: Dany Jiménez (29th), Aroldis Chapman (40th), Steve Cishek (51st), Josh Staumont (63rd), Reiver Sanmartin (67th), Joe Barlow (68th), Brett Martin (73rd), Victor Arano (75th)

  • Rather than go with Luis Garcia or Robert Suarez, Padres manager Bob Melvin likes Nick Martinez in the closer’s role for now. It’s hard to argue, given that Martinez has a 1.13 ERA in 32 innings out of the pen since making his last start on June 18. Melvin will likely give Josh Hader another chance if Hader can string a few strong outings together, but who knows how long that will take?

  • It’s possible the Tigers could make the switch from Gregory Soto to Joe Jimenez at some point, but as poor as Soto has been lately, he hasn’t actually blown a save since June 16 and he is 23-for-25 on the season. It’s the other situations in which he’s getting lit up.

  • I’m still going with Jonathan Hernández as the Rangers’ top reliever here, but José Leclerc has been quite a bit better than I would have guessed since returning from Tommy John surgery. In his last 16 appearances, he’s allowed four runs and posted a 25/5 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings. Pitchers are usually a fair bit wilder than usual after returning from Tommy John and Leclerc, of course, was awfully wild under normal circumstances. However, he has just a 9% walk rate right now, down from 15% over the course of his career. With Hernandez and Leclerc healthy and Brock Burke looking pretty good from the left side, the Rangers should be able to prioritize areas other than the pen this winter.

  • I never thought I’d need to include Chase De Jong in a set of rankings, but here we are. The journeyman right-hander, who had a 2-9 record and a 6.52 ERA as a major leaguer coming into the season, has been a surprisingly effective reliever for the Pirates, even though he’s not getting an abundance of strikeouts or grounders, and he picked up his first save Tuesday with Wil Crowe unavailable after having pitched the previous two days. David Bednar is still a ways away from returning, so it’s possible DeJong could wind up with additional saves. He’s certainly been better than Crowe lately.