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Undrafted archers are hard to come by.
Undrafted archers are hard to come by.

Every week I take a look at the going's on in the life of relief pitching in fake baseball. These rankings are a pretty good indicator of who has been getting it done and who has wasted your roster space. So have a gander at how I would rank the best conclusionary pitchers and the guys that set them up.

  • Kenley Jansen is on the verge of being shut down for a irregular heartbeat. The Dodgers are in fairly good shape as they have capable options to fill in. Don Mattingly has said that it will be a split duty situation with Ronald Belisario and Brandon League getting the nods.
  • The ever perplexing San Francisco Giants bullpen is an enigma wrapped in a burrito with a sides of guacamole. Santiago Casilla hasn't seen a save opportunity in almost a month, in the mean time Sergio Romo and Javier Lopez are doing the left/right committee thing.
  • Alfredo Aceves has run his course as closer in Boston. Andrew Bailey has returned from the boo boo list and stint in the minors and has been inserted into his previous role. His value moving forward is based on his health, he is arbitration eligble for the second time next year and unless Boston breaks the bank on a closer in free agency I foresee him returning with a chance to close.
  • After a brief reduction in role and a return to it Jon Axford as gone back to being the closer and having results becoming of a closer. In the past 7 games he has 3 saves in as many opps. Although he crapped on most owners during the year he is still a middle of the road for the ROS and next year.
  • Huston Street has been sidelined with a strained calf. He had a minor setback in his rehab appearance and his return is now on hold. Luke Gregerson is the most rosterable and reliable option in Street's stead.
  • Fernando Rodney is the first closer in history to record 40 plus saves and have an ERA under 1. By far making him the most valuable undrafted player of 2012. He is also a free agent after the season and most likely will price himself out of the Rays budget.
  • Everyone is always looking for the next closer or the future at a position. In Detroit, Jose Valverde is a free agent and his replacement could very well come from within. Bruce Rondon is a flame throwing reliever who over three levels this year has recorded 29 saves and big time K numbers. He could be the attention grabber early next year alas Addison Reed last year.
  • In the bizarre stat of the week department. Two first place teams, the White Sox and the Texas Rangers are 27th and 28th respectfully in Holds as a team. It just goes to show that not all winning teams are prone to have the elite relief numbers.

More info and rankings after the jump.

2. Craig Kimbrel

3. Fernando Rodney

5. Jim Johnson

6. Jason Motte

7. Joel Hanrahan

8. Tyler Clippard

9. Jonathan Papelbon

10 Chris Perez

11. Joe Nathan

12. Ernesto Frieri

13. Rafael Betancourt

14. Greg Holland

15. J.J. Putz

16. Tom Wilhelmsen

17. Jon Axford

18. Jose Valverde

19.Addison Reed

20. Grant Balfour

21. Casey Janssen

22. Andrew Bailey

23. Steve Cishek

24. Ronald Belisario / Brandon League

25. Sergio Romo / Javier Lopez

26.Wilton Lopez

27. Carlos Marmol

28. Luke Gregerson

29. Frank Francisco

30. Jared Burton / Glen Perkins

Tier 1.

Mike Adams TEX

Vinnie Pestano CLE

Joaquin Benoit DET

Sean Burnett WAS

Sean Marshall CIN

David Hernandez ARI

Jason Grilli PIT

Antonio Bastardo PHI

Scott Downs ANA

David Robertson NYY

Ronald Belisario LAD

Edward Mujica STL

Tier 2:

Pedro Strop BAL

Eric O'Flaherty ATL

Vincente Padilla BOS

Aaron Crow KC

Drew Storen WAS

Santiago Casilla SF

Joel Peralta TB

Josh Lindblom PHI

Matt Belisle COL

James Russell CHC

Jake McGee TB

Mitchell Boggs STL

Shawn Camp CHC

Jim Henderson MIL

Heath Bell MIA

Ryan Cook Oak

Jonathan Broxton CIN

Tier 3:

Mike Dunn MIA

Joe Smith CLE

Kelvin Herrera KC

Matt Thornton CHW

Jose Arredondo CIN

Brad Ziegler ARI

Boone Logan NYY

Jesse Crain CHW

Andrew Miller BOS

Brett Myers CHW

Kevin Jepsen LAA

Tom Layne SD