Up this week are the May 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
- Cody Allen remains the high man in the Angels pen, in part because the team doesn’t seem to have much interest in utilizing Ty Buttrey as a traditional closer. Hansel Robles is the other Angels reliever in the top 80. I was quite high on Justin Anderson going in (I had him projected for the lowest ERA in the Angels pen) and he’s done fine thus far, but his velocity is down sharply, making him a whole lot less interesting to me.
- There’s a case for moving Shane Greene up several more spots, but his big April has only increased the chances that he’ll be traded sooner than later. That’s also why Joe Jimenez hasn’t fallen at all. There is more of a chance now that Greene will be traded to a team that would use him as a closer, but it’s still probable that he’d set up for a contender.
I know it seems pretty ridiculous to have Trevor Rosenthal ranked as a top-80 reliever right now, but it remains quite likely that Sean Doolittle will get hurt at some point and maybe Rosenthal will have figured things out by the time it happens. Kyle Barraclough is the No. 2 man in the Nationals pen at the moment, but his velocity hasn’t come back and he still looks thoroughly mediocre to me.