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August Reliever Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: August 5, 2022, 11:51 am ET

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Welcome to the post-trade deadline edition of the player rankings. As always, players are ranked for the rest of the season based on 5x5 mixed-league value.

Click to see other August rankings:

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


Relief pitcher rankings

1Edwin DiazMets52
2Emmanuel ClaseGuardians43
3Josh HaderPadres21
4Ryan HelsleyCardinals13012
5Liam HendriksWhite Sox18
6Jordan RomanoBlue Jays85
7Kenley JansenBraves710
8Ryan PresslyAstros1111
9Clay HolmesYankees687
10Devin WilliamsBrewers2328
11Jorge LopezTwins12814
12Craig KimbrelDodgers66
13David RobertsonPhillies2016
14Camilo DovalGiants1615
15Gregory SotoTigers1917
16Scott BarlowRoyals1322
17Garrett WhitlockRed Sox72 SP71 SP
18Paul SewaldMariners2520
19Felix BautistaOriolesNR69
20Daniel BardRockies12427
21Mark MelanconDiamondbacks2126
22Ryan TeperaAngels6072
23David BednarPirates1513
24Kyle FinneganNationals5052
25Rowan WickCubs9660
26Pete FairbanksRays7074
27Seranthony DomínguezPhilliesNR29
28Jason AdamRaysNR46
29Dany JiménezAthleticsNR35
30Tanner ScottMarlinsNR37
31Jonathan HernándezRangersNRNR
32Andrés MuñozMariners10777
33Alexis DiazRedsNR79
34Wil CrowePiratesNR42
35Dylan FloroMarlins2958
36Taylor RogersBrewers129
37Giovanny GallegosCardinals921
38Rafael MonteroAstros11740
39Jhoan DuranTwins8624
40Aroldis ChapmanYankees1018
41Evan PhillipsDodgersNR57
42Zach JacksonAthleticsNRNR
43Dillon TateOrioles5282
44Tanner HouckRed Sox88 SP23
45Raisel IglesiasBraves34
46A.J. PukAthleticsNR59
47Hunter StricklandReds15045
48José LeclercRangers14471
49Dominic LeoneGiants14175
50Luis GarciaPadres109NR
51Steve CishekNationals90NR
52Seth LugoMets4051
53Jose QuijadaAngelsNRNR
54Brad HandPhillies4339
55Collin McHughBraves3955
56Matt MooreRangersNRNR
57John SchreiberRed SoxNR31
58Joe JimenezTigersNRNR
59A.J. MinterBraves5741
60Kendall GravemanWhite Sox9233
61Trevor StephanGuardiansNR66
62Penn MurfeeMarinersNR61
63Josh StaumontRoyals7249
64Yimi GarcíaBlue Jays5662
65Tyler RogersGiants4750
66Brooks RaleyRays10067
67Reiver SanmartinReds143 SPNR
68Joe BarlowRangers3225
69Colin PocheRays11438
70Jimmy HergetAngelsNRNR
71Diego CastilloMariners4136
72Erik SwansonMariners9988
73Brett MartinRangersNRNR
74Scott EffrossYankeesNR48
75Victor AranoNationalsNRNR
76Trevor GottBrewersNRNR
77Hector NerisAstros62NR
78Eli MorganGuardiansNR78
79Cole SulserMarlins7153
80Corey KnebelPhillies2230


Dropping off: Tanner Rainey (19th), Michael Fulmer (32nd), Emilio Pagan (34th), Will Smith (43rd), Ken Giles (44th), Lou Trivino (47th), Jeff Hoffman (54th), Michael King (56th)


  • Not quite as many closers changed hands at the deadline as expected, but these rankings still received a nice shakeup. The stunner was Raisel Iglesias, in the first year of a four-year, $58 million deal, getting sent to the Braves to serve as a setup man. He's down to 45th here. Ryan Tepera, the new favorite for saves on the Angels, is 22nd. Devin Williams cracked the top 10 after the surprising Josh Hader-Taylor Rogers swap opened up the closing gig in Milwaukee.


  • It figured that the Cubs would trade David Robertson, Mychal Givens and Chris Martin, which is why I ranked Scott Effross 48th last month. Little did I know that Effross, who is in his first full season, would also be shipped out, leaving the Cubs without their top four relievers. That puts Rowan Wick back in position for saves for the third consecutive August. Wick, though, hasn't impressed in giving up 27 runs - 21 earned - in 43 1/3 innings. Erich Uelmen was the other Cubs reliever I considered ranking here, though he ended up not cracking the top 80. I wonder if we might see Justin Steele or Keegan Thompson wind up with some save chances in September. Both starters have already exceeded their 2021 outputs and likely will require some workload management, especially Steele.


  • The Marlins are staying committed to Tanner Scott for now, but Dylan Floro has allowed just an unearned run over his last 12 appearances. Scott has given up nine runs - seven earned - with 13 walks in 12 2/3 innings during the same timeframe.


  • Based on how he threw in his return from the IL on Thursday, Dany Jiménez appears poised to return to the closer's role in Oakland. The A's were using Lou Trivino as a closer before including him in the Frankie Montas deal with the Yankees.


  • Jonathan Hernández seems to have earned manager Chris Woodward's faith in Texas, even though he's given up 13 hard-hit balls in his first six innings back from Tommy John. His 72% hard-hit rate is nearly twice as high as the league average. Fortunately, most of those balls were on the ground, and he's allowed just two runs. Hernandez is the Rangers' most talented reliever, and while there will likely be some bumps along the way, he might be a capable closer over the rest of the season. I'll feel better about him next year than I do right now.