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2020 Reliever Rankings

Matthew Pouliot

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:

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

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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.