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2015 Relief Pitcher Rankings


First Name

Last Name


1 Aroldis Chapman Cin
2 Craig Kimbrel Atl
3 Greg Holland KC
4 David Robertson CWS
5 Mark Melancon Pit
6 Cody Allen Cle
7 Trevor Rosenthal StL
8 Koji Uehara Bos
9 Dellin Betances NYY
10 Joaquin Benoit SD
11 Glen Perkins Min
12 Steve Cishek Mia
13 Huston Street LAA
14 Fernando Rodney Sea
15 Jonathan Papelbon Phi
16 Drew Storen Was
17 Francisco Rodriguez Mil
18 Hector Rondon ChC
19 Zach Britton Bal
20 Neftali Feliz Tex
21 Addison Reed Ari
22 Kenley Jansen LAD
23 Sean Doolittle Oak
24 Jake McGee TB
25 Luke Gregerson Hou
26 Brett Cecil Tor
27 Ken Giles Phi
28 Bobby Parnell NYM
29 Joe Nathan Det
30 Santiago Casilla SF
31 Sergio Romo SF
32 Tyler Clippard Oak
33 LaTroy Hawkins Col
34 Jenrry Mejia NYM
35 Joakim Soria Det
36 Wade Davis KC
37 Andrew Miller NYY
38 Neil Ramirez ChC
39 Brad Boxberger TB
40 Brandon Maurer SD

Notable Higher Ranked Player

Brandon Maurer: My Rank- 45 ECR- 85

I have Brandon Maurer ranked 40 spots higher than my peers. A huge discrepancy, indeed. No, I’m not pegging Maurer as a source of saves, but he should provide excellent ratios and a strikeout per inning out of the Padres’ pen. His stuff kicked up to a whole new level when he moved from the Mariners’ rotation to their bullpen, and the results followed. In 37.1 innings as a reliever Maurer tallied a 2.17 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with a 25.3% K and 3.3% BB. He’s not recognized as one yet, but Maurer could be blossoming into an elite reliever.

Notable Lower Ranked Player

Santiago Casilla: My Rank- 34 ECR- 26

The Giants re-signed former closer Sergio Romo this offseason to a two-year contract worth $15 million. Homers killed him last year, as the rest of his numbers lined up with his excellent 2013 campaign. Santiago Casilla will get the first chance to close, but his leash will be short with Romo waiting to usurp the closer gig. And as a non-closing reliever, Casilla’s value would be limited.

* My rankings listed in the write-ups reflect where I have them ranked on FantasyPros. On FantasyPros, relief pitcher eligible starters were included with the relievers. For the purpose of these rankings, I’ve removed the reliever eligible pitchers who project to start so that there is an apples to apples comparison of closers and setup men to one another.