August Relief Pitcher Rankings

Posted: August 3, 2011 in Rankings

By David Kerr

August Top 25 Relief Pitcher Rankings

1. Mariano Rivera, Yankees
2. Craig Kimbrel, Braves
3. Joel Hanrahan, Pirates
4. Heath Bell, Padres
5. Brian Wilson, Giants
6. John Axford, Brewers
7. Drew Storen, Nationals
8. Andrew Bailey, A’s
9. Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox
10. Francisco Cordero, Reds
11. Leo Nunez, Marlins
12. Sergio Santos, White Sox
13. Kyle Farnsworth, Rays
14. Carlos Marmol, Cubs
15. Joakim Soria, Royals
16. Jose Valverde, Tigers
17. J.J. Putz, Diamondbacks
18. Jordan Walden, Angels
19. Joe Nathan, Twins
20. Huston Street, Rockies
21. Neftali Feliz, Rangers
22. Chris Perez, Indians
23. Fernando Salas, Cardinals
24. Brandon League, Mariners
25. Mark Melancon, Astros

I’ll stick with the steadiness of Mariano Rivera at the top. Axford, Storen, and Bailey have all been very good which is why I ranked all three in the top 10. If you’re looking for cheap saves, take a look at Mark Melancon. He’s one of the only Houston players worth owning in fantasy baseball.

Carlos Marmol had a rough July and was even removed from the closer’s role for a few days. Chris Perez still isn’t striking anyone out and he’s been shaky as of late. I’m not nervous about him yet, but it is worth watching.

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  1. Josh says:

    How dare you place the Beard at 5? That is all. 🙂

  2. JP says:

    Where’s Madson?

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