May Reliever Rankings

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Up this week are the May rest-of-season position rankings and overall top 300 for 5x5 leagues.

In the interests of full disclosure, the 2022 preseason rankings here are actually a snapshot from Friday, April 8, rather than from prior to Opening Day on April 7, since I continued to update the rankings for drafts taking place that weekend. There weren’t more than a few big changes during that timeframe, but Steven Kwan and Tylor Megill are higher in the 2022 column here than I had them in the preseason.

Click to see other May rankings:

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

Relief pitcher rankings

May

Relievers

Team

2022

1

Josh Hader

Brewers

2

2

Liam Hendriks

White Sox

1

3

Raisel Iglesias

Angels

3

4

Edwin Diaz

Mets

5

5

Emmanuel Clase

Guardians

4

6

Kenley Jansen

Braves

7

7

Jordan Romano

Blue Jays

8

8

Craig Kimbrel

Dodgers

6

9

Aroldis Chapman

Yankees

10

10

Taylor Rogers

Padres

12

11

Ryan Pressly

Astros

11

12

David Robertson

Cubs

20

13

Andrew Kittredge

Rays

14

14

Camilo Doval

Giants

16

15

Giovanny Gallegos

Cardinals

9

16

Corey Knebel

Phillies

22

17

David Bednar

Pirates

15

18

Gregory Soto

Tigers

19

19

Mark Melancon

Diamondbacks

21

20

Anthony Bender

Marlins

17

21

Tanner Rainey

Nationals

35

22

Jorge Lopez

Orioles

128

23

Jhoan Duran

Twins

86

24

Lucas Sims

Reds

30

25

Paul Sewald

Mariners

25

26

Josh Staumont

Royals

72

27

Diego Castillo

Mariners

41

28

Daniel Bard

Rockies

124

29

Hansel Robles

Red Sox

146

30

Clay Holmes

Yankees

68

31

Devin Williams

Brewers

23

32

Scott Barlow

Royals

13

33

Dylan Floro

Marlins

29

34

Joe Barlow

Rangers

32

35

Ryan Helsley

Cardinals

130

36

Emilio Pagan

Twins

28

37

Michael Fulmer

Tigers

38

38

Matt Barnes

Red Sox

18

39

Jake McGee

Giants

24

40

Lou Trivino

Athletics

27

41

Dany Jimenez

Athletics

NR

42

Tyler Rogers

Giants

47

43

Ken Giles

Mariners

37

44

Trevor Stephan

Guardians

NR

45

Griffin Jax

Twins

NR

46

Seth Lugo

Mets

40

47

Jonathan Loaisiga

Yankees

36

48

Collin McHugh

Braves

39

49

Will Smith

Braves

42

50

Brad Hand

Phillies

43

51

Chad Green

Yankees

31

52

Blake Treinen

Dodgers

33

53

Kendall Graveman

White Sox

92

54

Mychal Givens

Cubs

49

55

Chris Stratton

Pirates

78

56

Yimi Garcia

Blue Jays

56

57

Hector Neris

Astros

62

58

Drew Steckenrider

Mariners

34

59

Craig Stammen

Padres

45

60

Michael King

Yankees

NR

61

J.T. Chargois

Rays

61

62

Seranthony Domínguez

Phillies

NR

63

Ryan Tepera

Angels

60

64

A.J. Minter

Braves

57

65

Erik Swanson

Mariners

99

66

Daniel Hudson

Dodgers

79

67

Andres Munoz

Mariners

107

68

Rafael Montero

Astros

117

69

Matt Bush

Rangers

NR

70

Art Warren

Reds

48

71

Jalen Beeks

Rays

105

72

Dillon Tate

Orioles

52

73

Alex Colome

Rockies

26

74

A.J. Puk

Athletics

NR

75

Victor Arano

Nationals

NR

76

Cole Sulser

Marlins

71

77

Tyler Matzek

Braves

63

78

Alex Reyes

Cardinals

58

79

Steven Wilson

Padres

NR

80

Ian Kennedy

Diamondbacks

94

81

Luis Garcia

Padres

109

82

Jake Diekman

Red Sox

108

83

Genesis Cabrera

Cardinals

59

84

Sam Hentges

Guardians

NR

85

Dinelson Lamet

Padres

46

86

Rowan Wick

Cubs

96

87

James Karinchak

Guardians

74

88

Drew Pomeranz

Padres

77

89

Trevor Rosenthal

73

90

Matt Strahm

Red Sox

76

Dropping off: Jorge Alcala (44th), Kyle Finnegan (50th), Trevor May (51st), Tyler Duffey (53rd), Robert Suarez (54th), Aaron Bummer (55th), Julian Merryweather (64th), Trevor Richards (65th), Luis Cessa (66th), Jack Cousins (67th), Spencer Patton (69th)

  • If I were running the Cardinals, I think I’d return Giovanny Gallegos to his old seventh- and eighth-inning role and give the ninth to Ryan Helsley, who has looked dominant while topping out at 103 mph. However, I don’t run the Cardinals (which is also a good thing for Dylan Carlson) and I don’t think Gallegos will actually pitch poorly enough to lose the closer’s role unless the team is motivated to make a change. For now, I have Gallegos 15th and Helsley 35th here. Even if Helsley did take the job, Gallegos would still be in the top 25 for me.

  • The Twins gave Jhoan Duran his first save chance Monday, which he converted with ease. I think they’re probably better off using Duran much like I’d prefer to see Gallegos used, but then they don’t have a Helsley. Emilio Pagan should be in good shape this year with his one weakness – the home run ball – somewhat neutralized, but his velocity is down a little and he’s had some odd control problems. Jorge Alcala’s velocity was well down this spring, and it turned out that he was dealing with an elbow issue. Tyler Duffey’s strikeout rate is in a freefall. I do really like what Griffin Jax is doing, so maybe he can take on a two-inning setup role if Duran is closing.

  • Everyone knows that Hansel Robles, with his 0.93 ERA, has been far better than Matt Barnes, with his 5.87 ERA, in the Red Sox’s closer competition. Everyone but Statcast, anyway. Statcast has Robles with an expected ERA of 5.11 and Barnes at 2.10. That’s because Robles has a ridiculous 63% hard-hit percentage against and an average exit velocity of 95.2 mph (for comparison’s sake, the only qualified hitters with an average exit velocity that high are Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton). Robles might be unlucky in that regard, but he’s a tough pitcher to trust. Of course, so is Barnes right now.