2020 Reliever Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
Rotoworld

I usually do this over the All-Star break, but time didn’t allow for it last week. So here now are my very, very preliminary 2020 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams if those options have a legitimate chance of being exercised. Those players are noted with asterisks.

Along with the position rankings is a top 300 list for 2020. Click to see other preliminary 2020 rankings:

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2020 Relief pitcher Rankings

 

2020

RP

Team

2019

July

1

Edwin Diaz

Mets

1

3

2

Roberto Osuna

Astros

3

1

3

Josh Hader

Brewers

8

4

4

Craig Kimbrel

Cubs

6

9

5

Kenley Jansen

Dodgers*

5

6

6

Felipe Vazquez

Pirates

4

7

7

Aroldis Chapman

Yankees

7

5

8

Brad Hand

Indians

9

8

9

Blake Treinen

Athletics

2

16

10

Kirby Yates

Padres

11

2

11

Sean Doolittle

Nationals*

15

10

12

Ken Giles

Blue Jays

18

12

13

Raisel Iglesias

Reds

13

11

14

Jose Leclerc

Rangers

10

37

15

Wade Davis

Rockies

17

15

16

Alex Colome

White Sox

14

14

17

Will Smith

 

20

18

18

Pedro Strop

 

29

40

19

Reyes Moronta

Giants

44

30

20

Jose Alvarado

Rays

22

20

21

Hector Neris

Phillies

49

17

22

Ryan Pressly

Astros

23

21

23

David Robertson

Phillies

12

39

24

Shane Greene

Tigers

43

23

25

Luke Jackson

Braves

355

26

26

Joe Jimenez

Tigers

37

38

27

Hansel Robles

Angels

210

24

28

Dellin Betances

 

34

NR

29

Archie Bradley

Diamondbacks

38

49

30

Greg Holland

 

32

22

31

Taylor Rogers

Twins

57

25

32

Diego Castillo

Rays

27

29

33

Trevor May

Twins

24

42

34

Hunter Strickland

Mariners

19

33

35

Will Harris

 

73

73

36

Emilio Pagan

Rays

86

35

37

Kelvin Herrera

White Sox

48

57

38

Blake Parker

Twins

41

44

39

Ty Buttrey

Angels

59

41

40

Matt Barnes

Red Sox

25

45

41

Corbin Burnes

Brewers

41 SP

155 SP

42

Sean Newcomb

Braves

107 SP

48

43

Shawn Kelley

Rangers*

184

34

44

Lou Trivino

Athletics

46

67

45

Giovanny Gallegos

Cardinals

233

53

46

Andres Munoz

Padres

385

NR

47

Scott Oberg

Rockies

106

76

48

Steve Cishek

 

53

55

49

Seth Lugo

Mets

84 SP

54

50

A.J. Minter

Braves

26

47

51

Sam Dyson

Giants

110

50

52

Junior Fernandez

Cardinals

NR

NR

53

Michael Lorenzen

Reds

207 SP

56

54

Brandon Workman

Red Sox

149

36

55

Adam Ottavino

Yankees

74

52

56

Sergio Romo

 

35

27

57

Liam Hendriks

Athletics

136

31

58

Ryne Stanek

Rays

52

72

59

Yoan Lopez

Diamondbacks

213

NR

60

Justin Anderson

Angels

81

60

61

Nick Anderson

Marlins

176

65

62

Brandon Morrow

 

36

NR

63

Mychal Givens

Orioles

39

51

64

Ian Kennedy

Royals

192 SP

32

65

Hector Rondon

 

63

70

66

Joakim Soria

Athletics

78

66

67

Corey Knebel

Brewers

31

NR

68

John Gant

Cardinals

168 SP

28

69

Michel Baez

Padres

NR

NR

70

Amir Garrett

Reds

58

59

71

Cody Allen

 

21

NR

72

Carl Edwards Jr.

Cubs

70

NR

73

Keynan Middleton

Angels

224

NR

74

Robert Stephenson

Reds

250 SP

NR

75

Arodys Vizcaino

 

33

NR

 

  • There just isn’t much in the way of sure things here. The top 11 seems solid enough, but the best relievers after that could open next year as setup men, depending on how things shake out. Ken Giles might be traded to a team like the Yankees or Dodgers in the next couple of weeks. Will Smith will be pursued heavily as both a closer and an expensive setup man as a free agent. Reyes Moronta might take a backseat to a veteran in San Francisco once Smith exits.

  • The rather weak field in free agency would seem to make it more likely that Pedro Strop will get a closer’s gig somewhere. Dellin Betances might also want to go someplace that he can save games, and there will be plenty of teams looking to grab him if he’s able to get healthy down the stretch this year. Will Harris is another guy who could sneak into a ninth-inning job. He’s drifted back and forth between high- and low-leverage situations for Houston the last two years, but he’s almost always been effective. His ERA the last five years stands at 2.50.

  • There’s a case for Yoan Lopez as the high Diamondback on this list, but I still think Archie Bradley will shake off this year-long funk he’s been in and reemerge as the team’s best reliever. Lopez seems immune to giving up non-home run base hits this year, but Bradley still has the better peripherals of the two.

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