by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
With the All-Star game closing in, now is the perfect time to start looking at our updated Rest of Season rankings. Who’s worth buying? Who isn’t? Let’s take a look (the number in parenthesis was the players preseason ranking):
1) Aroldis Chapman – Cincinnati Reds (12)
2) Craig Kimbrel – Atlanta Braves (1)
3) Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers (2)
4) Greg Holland – Kansas City Royals (6)
5) Sean Doolittle – Oakland A’s (NR)
6) Koji Uehara – Boston Red Sox (3)
7) David Robertson – New York Yankees (10)
8) Glen Perkins – Minnesota Twins (7)
9) Trevor Rosenthal – St. Louis Cardinals (5)
10) Steve Cishek – Miami Marlins (11)
11) Cody Allen – Cleveland Indians (28)
12) Casey Jansen – Toronto Blue Jays (13)
13) Joakim Soria – Texas Rangers (22)
14) Francisco Rodriguez – Milwaukee Brewers (NR)
15) Addison Reed – Arizona Diamondbacks (9)
16) Rafael Soriano – Washington Nationals (20)
17) Jonathan Papelbon – Boston Red Sox (16)
18) Mark Melancon – Pittsburgh Pirates (NR)
19) Huston Street – San Diego Padres (19)
20) Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles (NR)
Just Missed – LaTroy Hawkins (Col), Fernando Rodney (Sea), Joe Nathan (Det)
- Closer is actually fairly deep this season, with some notable names just missing the list. Of course, these are fluid rankings given the instability of the position and will look significantly different in a few weeks.
- Chapman missed the beginning of the season (which is why his preseason ranking was so low) and has only thrown 28.2 innings thus far, yet still has managed 20 saves and 57 K. The guy is a machine and it’s nearly impossible not to have him slotted at the top of this list.
- It’s amazing how quickly Doolittle has emerged as one of the elite closers in the league, isn’t it? That’s what happens when you own 61 K vs. 2 BB, though. Considering that he now owns a career 10.27 K/9 and 1.47 BB/9, there isn’t much of a reason to think that he can’t continue this success either.
- Trevor Rosenthal has had his issues this season, mostly with his control, but does anyone believe that he isn’t going to figure it out. He’s proven that he can be one of the elite setup men in the league, and he certainly has the stuff to be among the best closers as well. The Cardinals have been willing to deal with his inconsistencies thus far, so there is no reason to think his job is in jeopardy.
- There have been a lot of closers who have had tremendous success in the first half, like Jonathan Papelbon and Rafael Soriano, but it’s also easy to imagine them floundering in the second half. That’s not to say that they aren’t going to hold value, but simply don’t expect the moon from them.
- Speaking of impressive first halves, Joakim Soria is right there among them. Of course, the Rangers also hardly use him (which has to frustrate owners significantly). It also is going to limit his value, considering the Rangers hardly win ball games.
Source – Fangraphs
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