Paul Sporer’s 2022 Reliever Rankings and Closer Chart Vol. 2

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The end of the lockout hasn’t cleared things up quite as much as we were hoping, especially with Kimbrel still not traded and unlikely to be by Opening Day at this point.

I’ve got the Closer Chart for you with my Next-In-Line and Darkhorse candidates so you can see every bullpen at a glance and then there is a straight ranking of the relievers after that where you can see that I favor some of the Medium stability closers over some of the High stability guys. It is admittedly hard to be super confident in a reliever ranking after the 10-15 just because who you already have will then dictate where you go later in terms of handcuffing or dipping into other bullpens with lottery tickets, etc… so don’t be too locked into the exact order of the ranking sheet.


2022 Closer Chart
MIL Josh Hader Ace Devin Williams Jake Cousins
CWS Liam Hendriks Ace Craig Kimbrel Kendall Graveman
CLE Emmanuel Clase Ace James Karinchak Anthony Gose
LAA Raisel Iglesias Ace Ryan Tepera Mike Mayers
HOU Ryan Pressly High Héctor Neris Ryne Stanek
ATL Kenley Jansen High Will Smith Tyler Matzek
NYM Edwin Díaz High Trevor May Seth Lugo
NYY Aroldis Chapman High Jonathan Loáisiga Chad Green
ARI Mark Melancon High Ian Kennedy Taylor Widener
STL Giovanny Gallegos Medium Génesis Cabrera Jordan Hicks
TOR Jordan Romano Medium Julian Merryweather Yimi García
MIN Taylor Rogers Medium Tyler Duffey Jorge Alcala
LAD Blake Treinen Medium Daniel Hudson Brusdar Graterol
PHI Corey Knebel Medium Jeurys Familia Brad Hand
KCR Scott Barlow Medium Josh Staumont Amir Garrett
MIA Dylan Floro Medium Anthony Bender Anthony Bass
DET Gregory Soto Medium Michael Fulmer Alex Lange
BOS Matt Barnes Medium Garrett Whitlock Jake Diekman
COL Alex Colomé Medium Daniel Bard/Carlos Estévez Robert Stephenson
PIT Chris Stratton Unstable David Bednar Heath Hembree
SFG Jake McGee Unstable Camilo Doval Tyler Rogers
TEX Spencer Patton Unstable Joe Barlow Greg Holland
BAL Cole Sulser Unstable Tyler Wells Tanner Scott
TBR Andrew Kittredge Unstable Brooks Raley 레일리 JT Chargois
SEA Drew Steckenrider Unstable Ken Giles Paul Sewald
CIN Lucas Sims Unstable Luis Cessa Art Warren
SDP Robert Suarez Unstable Dinelson Lamet Luis García
OAK Lou Trivino Unstable Domingo Acevedo A.J. Puk
CHC Rowan Wick Unstable Mychal Givens David Robertson
WAS Kyle Finnegan Unstable Tanner Rainey Steve Cishek



2022 Reliever Rankings
1 Josh Hader MIL
2 Liam Hendriks CWS
3 Emmanuel Clase CLE
4 Raisel Iglesias LAA
5 Ryan Pressly HOU
6 Kenley Jansen ATL
7 Giovanny Gallegos STL
8 Jordan Romano TOR
9 Edwin Díaz NYM
10 Taylor Rogers MIN
11 Aroldis Chapman NYY
12 Blake Treinen LAD
13 Corey Knebel PHI
14 Scott Barlow KCR
15 Dylan Floro MIA
16 Mark Melancon ARI
17 Gregory Soto DET
18 Joe Barlow TEX
19 David Bednar PIT
20 Matt Barnes BOS
21 Camilo Doval SFG
22 Jake McGee SFG
23 Lou Trivino OAK
24 Robert Suarez SDP
25 Andrew Kittredge TBR
26 Craig Kimbrel CWS
27 Tyler Wells BAL
28 Drew Steckenrider SEA
29 Ken Giles SEA
30 Paul Sewald SEA
31 Cole Sulser BAL
32 Rowan Wick CHC
33 Alex Colomé COL
34 Lucas Sims CIN
35 Dinelson Lamet SDP
36 Michael Fulmer DET
37 Kyle Finnegan WAS
38 Anthony Bender MIA
39 Art Warren CIN
40 Jonathan Loáisiga NYY
41 Devin Williams MIL
42 Garrett Whitlock BOS
43 Josh Staumont KCR
44 Tyler Matzek ATL
45 Will Smith ATL
46 Ian Kennedy ARI
47 Domingo Acevedo OAK
48 Jorge Alcala MIN
49 Kendall Graveman CWS
50 Julian Merryweather TOR
51 Luis Cessa CIN
52 Chad Green NYY
53 Ryan Tepera LAA
54 Carlos Estévez COL
55 Daniel Bard COL
56 Pete Fairbanks TBR
57 Tanner Rainey WAS
58 Aaron Loup LAA
59 Andrés Muñoz SEA
60 Pierce Johnson SDP
61 Trevor May NYM
62 Diego Castillo SEA
63 Héctor Neris HOU
64 Jake Diekman BOS
65 James Karinchak CLE
66 Mike Mayers LAA
67 Brusdar Graterol LAD
68 Amir Garrett KCR
69 Andrew Chafin DET
70 Tanner Scott BAL
71 J.P. Feyereisen TBR
72 J.B. Wendelken ARI
73 Tyler Duffey MIN
74 Daniel Hudson LAD
75 Spencer Patton TEX


Paul is the Editor of Rotographs and Content Director for OOTP Perfect Team. Follow Paul on Twitter @sporer and on Twitch at sporer.

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1 year ago

Report has Chapman getting some nonsave reps. Tyler Wells seems to be getting stretched out for the rotation.