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June Reliever Rankings

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Here are the June Rankings. Players are ranked for the remainder of the season based on how I believe they’ll perform in 5x5 leagues. Players are also listed at the positions where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.

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Relief pitcher Rankings

JuneRPTeamAprMay
1 Craig Kimbrel Braves 2 2
2 Kenley Jansen Dodgers 1 1
3 Greg Holland Royals 4 4
4 Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 3 3
5 Aroldis Chapman Reds 13 9
6 Glen Perkins Twins 6 5
7 David Robertson Yankees 10 8
8 Koji Uehara Red Sox 5 10
9 Sean Doolittle Athletics 44 38
10 Joe Nathan Tigers 7 6
11 Sergio Romo Giants 11 11
12 Ernesto Frieri Angels 8 17
13 Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 15 12
14 Joakim Soria Rangers 18 14
15 Rafael Soriano Nationals 20 13
16 Steve Cishek Marlins 17 15
17 Francisco Rodriguez Brewers 56 7
18 Addison Reed Diamondbacks 12 16
19 Fernando Rodney Mariners 19 20
20 Casey Janssen Blue Jays 25 22
21 Jenrry Mejia Mets 105 SP 108 SP
22 Huston Street Padres 29 23
23 Jason Grilli Pirates 14 25
24 Grant Balfour Rays 16 21
25 Hector Rondon Cubs 169 27
26 Zach Britton Orioles 112 NR
27 Chad Qualls Astros 37 44
28 Cody Allen Indians 30 31
29 LaTroy Hawkins Rockies 33 26
30 Mark Melancon Pirates 36 28
31 Joaquin Benoit Padres 27 30
32 Jake McGee Rays 39 37
33 Daniel Webb White Sox 40 36
34 Ronald Belisario White Sox 181 NR
35 John Axford Indians 28 24
36 Bryan Shaw Indians 97 NR
37 Jesse Crain Astros 32 35
38 Tommy Hunter Orioles 24 18
39 Wade Davis Royals 50 46
40 Joba Chamberlain Tigers 134 NR
41 Joe Smith Angels 100 39
42 Brad Ziegler Diamondbacks 48 42
43 Will Smith Brewers 73 48
44 Danny Farquhar Mariners 61 33
45 Darren O'Day Orioles 47 56
46 Tyler Clippard Nationals 42 49
47 A.J. Ramos Marlins 43 41
48 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox 41 47
49 Jean Machi Giants 72 62
50 Rex Brothers Rockies 31 45
51 Alex Torres Padres 52 57
52 Joel Peralta Rays 54 55
53 Sam LeCure Reds 51 51
54 Drew Storen Nationals 65 58
55 Jason Motte Cardinals 71 63
56 Kelvin Herrera Royals 46 67
57 Neil Ramirez Cubs 285 SP NR
58 Nick Vincent Padres 59 54
59 Jake Petricka White Sox 180 NR
60 Luke Gregerson Athletics 80 43
61 Pedro Strop Cubs 38 34
62 Tony Watson Pirates 95 70
63 Jonathan Broxton Reds 63 65
64 Jim Johnson Athletics 9 19
65 Craig Stammen Nationals 53 69
66 Juan Carlos Oviedo Rays 170 NR
67 Danny Otero Athletics 74 61
68 Brett Cecil Blue Jays 121 50
69 Nate Jones White Sox 23 74
70 Dellin Betances Yankees 172 NR
71 Andrew Miller Red Sox 89 NR
72 Aaron Loup Blue Jays 60 76
73 Ryan Cook Athletics 68 53
74 Aaron Barrett Nationals 111 NR
75 David Carpenter Braves 82 73
76 Pat Neshek Cardinals 167 NR
77 Brandon Kintzler Brewers 69 68
78 Santiago Casilla Giants 70 64
79 Al Alburquerque Tigers 62 NR
80 Jordan Walden Braves 90 66

Dropping off (from top 70): Matt Lindstrom (No. 29), Kyle Farnsworth (No. 40), Chris Withrow (No. 52), Sergio Santos (No. 59), Josh Fields (No. 60)

  • I still think Nathan bounces back from this and rates as a top-10 fantasy closer the rest of the way. The modest drop in his velocity is natural and doesn’t seem to be related to any sort of injury. The fact that he’s given up four homers in 20 1/3 innings this year appears to be just as much of a fluke as him allowing just two homers in 64 1/3 innings last year. He wasn’t as good as that made him appear to be in 2013, just like he isn’t as bad as the homers make him appear to be now. If Nathan has another bad week right off, then maybe the Tigers will go to Chamberlain in the closer’s role for a little while. Still, I don’t expect it to come to that.
  • Balfour, on the other hand, hasn’t looked right at any point, and my guess is that he would have lost his job already had the Rays generated more leads to protect. He ended up getting just five chances in May (converting four, the last coming when he got one out in a three-run game). Maybe his stuff will improve, but I’m skeptical. I’m also not sure whether to recommend McGee, Peralta or even Oviedo as his heir. McGee is the Rays’ best reliever, but it’d drive up his arbitration salary if he’s used in the ninth and I expect the Rays will take that into consideration. Plus, he might be more useful coming into jams in earlier innings anyway. Oviedo would be a more attractive alternative if his velocity comes back up the more he works, though he’s been very effective so far even with his fastball down about three mph post-Tommy John surgery. Peralta would be the safer fallback.
  • The Orioles will get Hunter back from a groin strain in about a week, but it should remain Britton’s job until there’s reason to go to someone else. Britton has been Jim Johnson-like with his extreme groundball percentage and modest strikeout rate. His 0.91 ERA oversells him, but he’s a legitimately excellent reliever. What I’m not so sure about his whether his arm will hold up. He’s never been used as a reliever before, and the Orioles currently have him on an 87-inning pace. That will come down now that he’s working the ninth, but he’s still an injury risk, which is why Hunter and O’Day remain in the top 50 in the rankings here.
  • If the Indians still want Axford to reclaim the closing gig, they’re going about it oddly. He was left unused in the bullpen for a fourth straight day Saturday, with Allen picking up a second consecutive save as the last of four Indians relievers used. Axford has allowed runs just once in his last eight appearances, and his ERA is back down to 3.74. Allen hit a rough patch in the middle of May while contending with Shaw for save chances, but he’s now getting the nod over Shaw anyway and he made the most of it over the weekend. I was quite a bit more optimistic about Axford’s chances of getting the job back a week ago than I am now.
  • I debated about whether to list Betances at all. He’s been tremendous, but he seems destined to break down with the way Joe Girardi has used him.
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