2013 End of Season Rankings: Relief Pitching

The 2013 fantasy baseball season has come to a close, so it is time to look back at the season past and determine which players were the most valuable at each position. This week focuses on relief pitchers.

The players were ranked based on their 2013 production, using the evaluation system explained and updated on this site some time ago. To keep things manageable and avoid skewing the numbers, players were only considered if they amassed 40 innings over the course of the year. The replacement level was also adjusted to account for players eligible at multiples positions. The valuations are built for $260 budgets and traditional 5×5 roto fantasy leagues, where only one catcher is started.

One important thing to note is the premium (or lack thereof) placed on the position a player occupies in your lineup. For example, while a first baseman may be able to accumulate superior overall numbers, the availability of such production lower in the rankings severely dampers the amount the player was worth.

These rankings are meant to reflect a player’s value should he have occupied this spot in your lineup for the entire year. So, a player who missed time due to injury but put up great numbers during his time on the field would be worth less.

With all this in mind, here are your rankings.

Name Pos IP W SV ERA WHIP K $$
1 Craig Kimbrel RP 67 4 50 1.21 0.88 98 20.55
2 Greg Holland RP 67 2 47 1.21 0.87 103 18.58
3 Joe Nathan RP 64.2 6 43 1.39 0.90 73 17.34
4 Koji Uehara RP 74.1 4 21 1.09 0.57 101 16.90
5 Kenley Jansen RP 76.2 4 28 1.88 0.86 111 14.44
6 Mariano Rivera RP 64 6 44 2.11 1.05 54 13.36
7 Aroldis Chapman RP 63.2 4 38 2.54 1.04 112 12.84
8 Glen Perkins RP 62.2 2 36 2.30 0.93 77 10.14
9 Steve Cishek RP 69.2 4 34 2.33 1.08 74 9.62
10 Sergio Romo RP 60.1 5 38 2.54 1.08 58 9.60
11 Jim Johnson RP 70.1 3 50 2.94 1.28 56 9.02
12 Addison Reed RP 71.1 5 40 3.79 1.11 72 8.54
13 Joaquin Benoit RP 67 4 24 2.01 1.03 73 7.58
14 Casey Janssen RP 52.2 4 34 2.56 0.99 50 7.44
15 Edward Mujica RP 64.2 2 37 2.78 1.01 46 6.84
16 Jim Henderson RP 60 5 28 2.70 1.13 75 6.76
17 Mark Melancon RP 71 3 16 1.39 0.96 70 6.76
18 Rafael Soriano RP 66.2 3 43 3.11 1.23 51 6.71
19 Fernando Rodney RP 66.2 5 37 3.38 1.34 82 6.47
20 Grant Balfour RP 62.2 1 38 2.59 1.20 72 6.30
21 Ernesto Frieri RP 68.2 2 37 3.80 1.24 98 5.48
22 Jonathan Papelbon RP 61.2 5 29 2.92 1.14 57 5.47
23 Huston Street RP 56.2 2 33 2.70 1.02 46 5.17
24 Luke Hochevar RP 70.1 5 2 1.92 0.82 82 5.03
25 Jason Grilli RP 50 0 33 2.70 1.06 74 4.72
26 Bobby Parnell RP 50 5 22 2.16 1.00 44 4.50
27 Neal Cotts RP 56 8 1 1.13 0.95 64 4.28
28 Brad Ziegler RP 73 8 13 2.22 1.14 44 3.97
29 Tyler Clippard RP 71 6 0 2.41 0.86 73 3.11
30 Tommy Hunter RP 86.1 6 4 2.81 0.98 68 2.68
31 Drew Smyly RP 76 6 2 2.37 1.04 81 2.51
32 Rex Brothers RP 67.1 2 19 1.74 1.29 76 2.40
33 David Robertson RP 66.1 5 3 2.04 1.04 77 1.84
34 Tanner Scheppers RP 75.2 6 1 1.90 1.07 57 1.39
35 David Carpenter RP 65.2 4 0 1.78 0.99 74 1.01
36 Luke Gregerson RP 66.1 6 4 2.71 1.01 64 1.00
37 Kevin Gregg RP 62 2 33 3.48 1.37 56 0.96
38 Justin Wilson RP 73.2 6 0 2.08 1.06 59 0.75
39 Alex Torres RP 58 4 0 1.71 0.90 62 0.58
40 Luis Avilan RP 65 5 0 1.52 0.95 38 0.46
41 Darren O’Day RP 62 5 2 2.18 1.00 59 0.23
42 Tony Watson RP 71.2 3 2 2.39 0.88 54 0.17
43 Trevor Rosenthal RP 75.1 2 3 2.63 1.10 108 0.12
44 Jose Veras RP 62.2 0 21 3.02 1.07 60 0.09
45 Alfredo Simon RP 87.2 6 1 2.87 1.07 63 0.03
46 Cody Allen RP 70.1 6 2 2.43 1.25 88 -0.08
47 Sean Doolittle RP 69 5 2 3.13 0.96 60 -0.75
48 Nick Vincent RP 46.1 6 1 2.14 0.95 49 -0.83
49 LaTroy Hawkins RP 70.2 3 13 2.93 1.15 55 -0.88
50 Paco Rodriguez RP 54.1 3 2 2.32 0.90 63 -0.97
51 Chris Perez RP 54 5 25 4.33 1.43 54 -1.26
52 J.J. Hoover RP 66 5 3 2.86 1.11 67 -1.29
53 Dane de la Rosa RP 72.1 6 2 2.86 1.16 65 -1.34
54 Bryan Shaw RP 75 7 1 3.24 1.17 73 -1.35
55 Joe Smith RP 63 6 3 2.29 1.22 54 -1.52
56 Craig Stammen RP 81.2 7 0 2.76 1.29 79 -1.57
57 Brett Cecil RP 60.2 5 1 2.82 1.10 70 -1.78
58 Vin Mazzaro RP 73.2 8 1 2.81 1.21 46 -1.83
59 J.P. Howell RP 62 4 0 2.18 1.05 54 -1.96
60 Ryan Cook RP 67.1 6 2 2.54 1.29 67 -2.17
61 Caleb Thielbar RP 46 3 0 1.76 0.83 39 -2.49
62 Josh Collmenter RP 92 5 0 3.13 1.22 85 -2.50
63 Aaron Loup RP 69.1 4 2 2.47 1.14 53 -2.57
64 Francisco Rodriguez RP 46.2 3 10 2.70 1.20 54 -2.71
65 Brandon Kintzler RP 77 3 0 2.69 1.06 58 -2.72
66 Craig Breslow RP 59.2 5 0 1.81 1.12 33 -2.75
67 Heath Bell RP 65.2 5 15 4.11 1.37 72 -2.76
68 Santiago Casilla RP 50 7 2 2.16 1.28 38 -2.93
69 Casey Fien RP 62 5 0 3.92 1.02 73 -3.15
70 Anthony Swarzak RP 96 3 0 2.91 1.16 69 -3.26
71 Mike Dunn RP 67.2 3 2 2.66 1.20 72 -3.30
72 Junichi Tazawa RP 68.1 5 0 3.16 1.20 72 -3.50
73 Jerry Blevins RP 60 5 0 3.15 1.07 52 -3.55
74 Danny Farquhar RP 55.2 0 16 4.20 1.19 79 -3.76
75 Kelvin Herrera RP 58.1 5 2 3.86 1.18 74 -4.02
76 Jean Machi RP 53 3 0 2.38 1.09 51 -4.24
77 Chad Qualls RP 62 5 0 2.61 1.23 49 -4.27
78 Steve Delabar RP 58.2 5 1 3.22 1.35 82 -4.32
79 Joel Peralta RP 71.1 3 1 3.41 1.14 74 -4.33
80 Seth Maness RP 62 5 1 2.32 1.26 35 -4.58
81 Jason Frasor RP 48.1 4 0 2.61 1.12 48 -4.58
82 Jake McGee RP 62.2 5 1 4.02 1.18 75 -4.59
83 Tom Wilhelmsen RP 59 0 24 4.12 1.32 45 -4.61
84 A.J. Ramos RP 80 3 0 3.15 1.26 86 -4.67
85 Yoervis Medina RP 68 4 1 2.91 1.31 71 -4.71
86 Sam LeCure RP 61 2 1 2.66 1.21 66 -5.02
87 Jordan Walden RP 47 4 1 3.45 1.13 54 -5.29
88 Jamey Wright RP 68.1 2 0 3.03 1.16 64 -5.46
89 Will Harris RP 52.2 4 0 2.91 1.23 53 -5.54
90 Nate Jones RP 78 4 0 4.15 1.22 89 -5.72
91 Antonio Bastardo RP 42.2 3 2 2.32 1.27 47 -5.73
92 David Hernandez RP 62.1 5 2 4.48 1.19 66 -5.86
93 Tim Stauffer RP 69.2 3 0 3.75 1.13 64 -5.93
94 Dale Thayer RP 65 3 1 3.32 1.25 64 -6.09
95 Ryan Webb RP 80.1 2 0 2.91 1.21 54 -6.12
96 Robbie Ross RP 62.1 4 0 3.03 1.32 58 -6.21
97 Charlie Furbush RP 65 2 0 3.74 1.18 80 -6.23
98 Adam Ottavino RP 78.1 1 0 2.64 1.33 78 -6.31
99 Aaron Crow RP 48 7 1 3.38 1.48 44 -6.42
100 Anthony Varvaro RP 73.1 3 1 2.82 1.27 43 -6.46
101 Blake Parker RP 46.1 1 1 2.72 1.17 55 -6.69
102 Manny Parra RP 46 2 0 3.33 1.20 56 -7.33
103 Matt Belisle RP 73 5 0 4.32 1.25 62 -7.34
104 Oliver Perez RP 53 3 2 3.74 1.43 74 -7.52
105 Bryan Morris RP 65 5 0 3.46 1.31 37 -7.56
106 Shawn Kelley RP 53.1 4 0 4.39 1.31 71 -7.61
107 Brian Matusz RP 51 2 0 3.53 1.16 50 -7.62
108 Alfredo Figaro RP 49 2 1 2.94 1.18 33 -7.65
109 John Axford RP 65 7 0 4.02 1.52 65 -7.80
110 Jared Burton RP 66 2 2 3.82 1.26 61 -7.86
111 Burke Badenhop RP 62.1 2 1 3.47 1.19 42 -7.88
112 Scott Downs RP 43.1 4 0 2.49 1.48 37 -7.97
113 Brian Duensing RP 61 6 1 3.98 1.48 56 -8.05
114 Matt Albers RP 63 3 0 3.14 1.27 35 -8.07
115 Jesse Chavez RP 57.1 2 1 3.92 1.22 55 -8.21
116 Brandon League RP 54.1 6 14 5.30 1.55 28 -8.31
117 Logan Ondrusek RP 55 3 0 4.09 1.25 53 -8.47
118 Drew Storen RP 61.2 4 3 4.52 1.36 58 -8.60
119 Scott Rice RP 51 4 0 3.71 1.35 41 -8.64
120 Pedro Strop RP 57.1 2 1 4.55 1.24 66 -8.86
121 Darren Oliver RP 49 3 0 3.86 1.27 40 -8.96
122 Ryan Pressly RP 76.2 3 0 3.87 1.28 49 -9.01
123 Tim Collins RP 53.1 3 0 3.54 1.44 52 -9.26
124 Al Alburquerque RP 49 4 0 4.59 1.49 70 -9.31
125 Ronald Belisario RP 68 5 1 3.97 1.47 49 -9.48
126 Sandy Rosario RP 41.2 3 0 3.02 1.39 24 -9.56
127 Troy Patton RP 56 2 0 3.70 1.30 42 -9.69
128 Matt Lindstrom RP 60.2 2 0 3.12 1.43 46 -9.72
129 Jeanmar Gomez RP 45.1 2 0 3.77 1.24 32 -9.77
130 James Russell RP 52.2 1 0 3.59 1.22 37 -9.78
131 Cesar Ramos RP 67.1 2 1 4.14 1.31 53 -9.93
132 Matt Guerrier RP 42.2 4 0 4.01 1.41 30 -9.94
133 Michael Kohn RP 53 1 0 3.74 1.32 52 -9.99
134 T.J. McFarland RP 72 4 0 4.00 1.43 54 -10.00
135 Dan Jennings RP 40.2 2 0 3.76 1.35 38 -10.09
136 Pat Neshek RP 40.1 2 0 3.35 1.36 29 -10.19
137 Adam Warren RP 69 2 1 3.52 1.46 56 -10.19
138 Scott Atchison RP 45.1 3 0 4.37 1.26 28 -10.30
139 Justin De Fratus RP 46.2 3 0 3.86 1.50 42 -10.58
140 Josh Outman RP 54 3 0 4.33 1.46 53 -10.77
141 Joe Ortiz RP 44.2 2 0 4.23 1.25 27 -10.80
142 Wesley Wright RP 53.2 0 0 3.69 1.36 55 -10.82
143 Wilton Lopez RP 75.1 3 0 4.06 1.41 48 -11.15
144 George Kontos RP 55.1 2 0 4.39 1.41 47 -11.59
145 Preston Claiborne RP 50.1 0 0 4.11 1.29 42 -11.63
146 Carlos Marmol RP 49 2 2 4.41 1.63 59 -11.73
147 J.C. Gutierrez RP 55.1 1 0 4.23 1.37 45 -11.80
148 Garrett Richards RP 41.2 1 1 4.10 1.44 30 -12.11
149 Manuel Corpas RP 41.2 1 0 4.54 1.34 30 -12.30
150 Hector Rondon RP 54.2 2 0 4.77 1.41 44 -12.38
151 Jose Cisnero RP 43.2 2 0 4.12 1.63 41 -12.52
152 Matt Thornton RP 43.1 0 0 3.74 1.43 30 -12.69
153 Josh Roenicke RP 62 3 1 4.35 1.60 45 -12.98
154 Paul Clemens RP 46.2 4 0 6.36 1.46 37 -13.52
155 Carter Capps RP 59 3 0 5.49 1.63 66 -14.15
156 Joba Chamberlain RP 42 2 1 4.93 1.74 38 -14.15
157 Michael Gonzalez RP 50 0 0 4.68 1.66 60 -14.53
158 Edgmer Escalona RP 46 1 0 5.67 1.43 34 -14.64
159 Jose Mijares RP 49 0 0 4.22 1.78 54 -15.07
160 Anthony Bass RP 42 0 0 5.36 1.69 31 -16.59



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  1. James R. says:

    I appreciate your article, but,in a Roto league that includes “Holds”, ( usually A.L. or N.L. only) instead of K’s these rankings would be turned on their ear. You usually can’t get a “Save” unless someone sucessfully pitches the 7th or 8th inning and only applies in a game that has less than a 4 run lead, much the same as a “Save”. Once again the “Holds” stat is all but forgotten. This stat brings value to a whole group of players that rarely gets attention and allows probably and extra team in A.L. or N.L. only leagues by increasing the player pool. And is a fun part of the game, by searching out the value players who bring this stat while performing well in the usual pitching categories such as ERA and WHIP and have the managers confidence for the high leverage inning. Many of our Closers, especially young pitchers ( pay attention owners ) grow out of the 7th and 8th innings. In keeper leagues a savy owner can get his Closers cheap by paying attention.

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