ROS: Top 25 Relief Pitchers

Posted: August 24, 2012 in Rankings

By David Kerr

This is my final Rest of Season Ranking. I hope you’ve enjoyed them!

ROS: Top 25 Relief Pitchers (Closers)

1. Aroldis Chapman–CIN
2. Craig Kimbrel–ATL
3. Kenley Jansen–LAD
4. Rafael Soriano–NYY
5. Fernando Rodney–TAM
6. Joel Hanrahan–PIT
7. Jason Motte–STL
8. Joe Nathan–TEX
9. J.J. Putz–ARZ
10. Tyler Clippard–WSH
11. Jonathan Papelbon–PHL
12. Rafael Bentancourt–COL
13. Tom Wilhelmsen–SEA
14. Ernesto Frieri–LAA
15. Grant Balfour–OAK
16. Jim Johnson–BAL
17. Casey Janssen–TOR
18. Greg Holland–KC
19. Jose Valverde–DET
20. Addison Reed–CWS
21. Steve Cishek–MIA
22. Chris Perez–CLE
23. Wilton Lopez–HOU
24. Carlos Marmol–CHC
25. John Axford–MIL]

Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel are basically 1 and 1a. Both are just absolutely dominate and lights out. You already know that though. The fact that they both strikeout batters at such a high rate (especially Chapman) will make him a tempting early pick next year even though he’s a closer.

It’s amazing that Fernando Rodney has saved 39… 39 GAMES! Unbelievable. His ERA is 0.77. He’s getting a nice contract this offseason.

Tom Wilhelmsen has settled in nicely as the Mariners closer and has done a great job. It doesn’t hurt that the M’s just keep on winning. He’s a solid option the rest of the way.

Grab Grant Balfour if he’s available in your league. He’s given up 1 ER since July 1st and should garner plenty of saves for the contending A’s.

If you own Carlos Marmol or John Axford, I really hope you desperately need saves. Neither are favorites of mine!

Thanks for reading and following along on Twitter. Once again, I hope you enjoyed the Rest of Season Rankings. That will be it for Rankings for the 2012 season, but I will have super early 2013 Rankings out sometime in October or November. If you found me by accident, click below to follow me on Twitter!


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