Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Up the Middle: Middle Reliever Leaderboard and Notes

A week ago, I put together my rankings of the top 10 middle relievers to roster for ERA/WHIP/K. I'd like to update and expand those rankings in the near future, but I feel like not enough has changed to make a re-rank worthwhile. Instead, I wanted to give you a leaderboard that contains the stats I use to evaluate RP, and give some notes on some RP. I am a believer in riding the hot hand in the middle reliever department (because of the volatility at the position), so the linked leaderboard is for the month of May only.

RP Leaderboard for May

Top 30 non-closing RP by K-BB% in May:
1. Michael Feliz
2. Andrew Miller
3. Dellin Betances
4. Sean Doolittle
5. Addison Reed
6. Seung Oh
7. Luke Hochevar
8. Michael Tonkin
9. Koji Uehara
10. Tyler Clippard
11. Felipe Rivero
12. Vidal Nuno
13. Ian Krol
14. Kevin Siegrist
15. Junichi Tazawa
16. Ryan Buchter
17. Kelvin Herrerra
18. Jim Henderson
19. David Phelps
20. Chris Capuano
21. Tyler Thornburg
22. Shawn Kelley
23. Jake Diekman
24. Trevor May
25. Tyler Lyons
26. Will Harris
27. Tony Sipp
28. Scott Alexander
29. Louis Coleman
30. Cam Bedrosian

Notes:
Good lord, Michael Feliz had a monster month. 51% K rate and zero walks! That's nuts! At this point, I think that for exclusively ERA/WHIP/K, I'd only want Betances and Miller ahead of Feliz. He has immense upside.

Alex Colome is expected to lose the closer job soon and would've ranked 5th

I excluded Ross Ohlendorf, who would've ranked 28th, because I'm not entirely sold that Cingrani is the closer

Could Tonkin figure into the closing situation in Minnesota eventually?

Tyler Clippard seems to be back to his former studly ways

Addison Reed doesn't seem to get a ton of attention here considering he ranked 5th above and is locked into the 8th for holds

Kyle Barraclough ranks 5th by K% and ia getting 2 strikeouts per inning but drops to 46th when sorting by K-BB% because of his horrific walk rate (22.6%)

Matt Bush has been good, but hasn't quite lived up to the hype. He ranks 37th.

Brad Hand missed the list by one spot (31st), but was 2nd in baseball in relief innings, so could give a higher quantity of good innings, if slightly lesser quality. His strikeouts carry him (13.5 K/9), and the innings help improvr the raw K numbers. That's assuming he continues pitching well and throwing tons of innings.

Hector Neris ranked 10th in my rankings a week ago, but was 68th by K-BB% this month. His performance has gone downhill, which really goes to show the volatility of these guys.

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