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May Reliever Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: May 1, 2019, 4:51 am ET

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

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Relief pitcher rankings

1Edwin DiazMets1
2Blake TreinenAthletics2
3Roberto OsunaAstros3
4Felipe VazquezPirates4
5Kenley JansenDodgers5
6Josh HaderBrewers8
7Aroldis ChapmanYankees7
8Kirby YatesPadres11
9Brad HandIndians9
10Jordan HicksCardinals16
11Raisel IglesiasReds13
12Wade DavisRockies17
13Craig Kimbrel 6
14Sean DoolittleNationals15
15Alex ColomeWhite Sox14
16Ken GilesBlue Jays18
17Jose LeclercRangers10
18Jose AlvaradoRays22
19Will SmithGiants20
20Ryan PresslyAstros23
21David RobertsonPhillies12
22Greg HollandDiamondbacks32
23Hector NerisPhillies49
24Pedro StropCubs29
25Ryan BrasierRed Sox47
26A.J. MinterBraves26
27Diego CastilloRays27
28Shane GreeneTigers43
29Matt BarnesRed Sox25
30Cody AllenAngels21
31Seranthony DominguezPhillies28
32Sergio RomoMarlins35
33Reyes MorontaGiants44
34Ty ButtreyAngels59
35Blake ParkerTwins41
36Ian KennedyRoyals192 SP
37Joe JimenezTigers37
38Trevor MayTwins24
39Hunter StricklandMariners19
40Archie BradleyDiamondbacks38
41Taylor RogersTwins57
42Lou TrivinoAthletics46
43Carlos MartinezCardinals68 SP
44Brandon MorrowCubs36
45Mychal GivensOrioles39
46Emilio PaganRays86
47Anthony SwarzakMariners89
48Kelvin HerreraWhite Sox48
49Wily PeraltaRoyals42
50Roenis EliasMariners177 SP
51Chris DevenskiAstros51
52Adam OttavinoYankees74
53Pedro BaezDodgers60
54Brad BoxbergerRoyals50
55Zach BrittonYankees61
56Trevor HildenbergerTwins69
57Amir GarrettReds58
58Jeremy JeffressBrewers72
59Nick AndersonMarlins176
60Ryne StanekRays52
61Andrew MillerCardinals30
62Steve CishekCubs53
63Keone KelaPirates55
64Drew SteckenriderMarlins67
65Jeurys FamiliaMets54
66Hector RondonAstros63
67Yoshihisa HiranoDiamondbacks66
68Shawn KelleyRangers184
69Brad BrachCubs62
70Jace FryWhite Sox65
71Tony WatsonGiants75
72Pat NeshekPhillies88
73Trevor RosenthalNationals45
74Adam ConleyMarlins64
75Will HarrisAstros73
76Hansel RoblesAngels210
77Tommy KahnleYankees84
78Junior GuerraBrewers77
79Craig StammenPadres94
80Dan WinklerBraves90


Dropping off: Corey Knebel (31st), Arodys Vizcaino (33rd), Dellin Betances (34th), Chad Green (40th), Joe Kelly (56th), Juan Nicasio (68th), Carl Edwards Jr. (70th)


  • 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.