Fantasy Baseball 2013 AL Only Rankings: Relief Pitchers

Andy Lyons

Our rankings for league specific positions comes to a close with AL-Only relief pitchers. I love bullpen guys and think they are the savior for most pitching staffs. Some may help you in saves, others in those ever impossible numbers to contain the, ratios.

  1. Fernando Rodney - Storybook season, repeat is going to be impossible. Draft wisely.
  2. Mariano Rivera - The G.O.A.T. if he proves healthy, he will be #1 in no time flat.
  3. Joe Nathan - Great teams are anchored by a great bullpen, Texas has a lot of power arms with proven closer.
  4. Joel Hanrahan - Worrisome peripheral numbers are alarming. Will get every opportunity to fail in Boston.
  5. Tom Wilhelmsen - "The Bartender" keeps serving up saves, puns are fun.
  6. Greg Holland - I have seen other sites already planning his demise and replacement. I don't see it unless an injury happens.
  7. Addison Reed - Look past the ERA, he has a track record of getting people out in the minors and his core numbers, the one's you don't always read are what matters.
  8. Jim Johnson - Great season last year, I just am not a full believer in it again. Will get ya 30 saves but don't know what cost.
  9. Ryan Madson - Already having a wonky elbow, he is the closer when he is ready to go.
  10. Chris Perez - Could be a lot higher in a month or two, great save numbers. Other numbers make babies cry and women shriek.
  11. Casey Janssen - Team is win now mode and will have a lot of pressure from Santos and the rest of the AL East.
  12. Grant Balfour - Pitched good then bad then good. The good at the end of the year is what matters right now.
  13. Glen Perkins -
  14. Ernesto Frieri - Will get his fair share of early looks until Madson is ready.
  15. Vinnie Pestano - My favorite no closer in the history of anything. Periph stats are a fantasy helper.
  16. David Robertson -
  17. Bruce Rondon - Early pre-season love for him being the closer. I think he will lead the team in saves but won't be a consistent ride in the saves driver seat.
  18. Jose Veras - The best on the worst, its veteran's preference in Houston.
  19. Kelvin Herrera - Flame thrower is a Greg Holland injury away from showing his stuff.
  20. Phil Coke - I see him being the save guy out of the gate in Detroit. Will be used more of a situational guy later on.
  21. Joel Peralta - Top holds guy that seems like he goes everyday. Great K numbers and periph numbers aren't too shabby.
  22. Joaquin Benoit - Three Tigers in the top 25, because saves are a never ending chase. All three will get 12+ saves.
  23. Ryan Cook - Waiting in the wings for Balfour to stumble, made the AS team last year after shining in that position last year.
  24. Jake McGee - After Vinnie he is my second favorite RP. Numbers and stuff is there for him to be elite.
  25. Sergio Santos - Is Casey Janssen's wingman. Coming back from injury may limit his work early.

HM - Joakim Soria - Is waiting in the wings for 2 things to happen, health and a Nathan slip up. One of the best next year handcuffs in all of the closer/relief pitching rankings.

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