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TDG’s 2024 TOP 75 RELIEF PITCHERS

In the home stretch here, people. Here are our 2024 #1-#75 Dynasty Relief Pitchers!

#1-#10

RankPlayerAvg. Rank
1Devin Williams2
2Josh Hader3.6
3Emmanuel Clase4.6
4Edwin Diaz5.1
5Jhoan Duran4.6
6Camilo Doval5.1
7Andrés Muñoz8.1
8David Bednar10.2
9Ryan Helsley12
10Jordan Romano12.2

Master of the Airbender, Devin Williams, is number one at The Dynasty Guru.  After a couple of seasons setting up for Josh Hader (our No. 2 relief pitcher), Williams was unleashed at the trade deadline last year and has not disappointed as the Brewers stopper.  Since August 1, 2023, Williams is fifth in the league in saves (45) and for those who have pitched more than 70 innings in that time period, fifth in the league in ERA (1.81 ERA) (70 innings threshold), eighth in the league in K/9 (13.22 K/9), and ninth in WHIP (0.94 WHIP).  Williams is the total package, closing for a good Brewers team.  At 29 years old, there is plenty of run left in Williams’s right arm, and dynasty managers who need saves with elite ratios can be confident in Williams delivering.

Josh Hader will be moving to Houston through at least 2028.  Hader is seventh on the active saves leaders list with 165.  As notable as that may be, Hader is an all-timer in two stats.  He is NUMBER ONE ALL TIME in batting average against (.155 BAA) and K% (42.2%).  And now, he will be closing for the perennial World Series contender Houston Astros.  Admittedly, for a pitcher who is viewed as elite, Hader has had a bit of an up-and-down career, with 2020 and 2022 being years where his ERA ballooned over 3.75.  However, he had one of his finest seasons in 2023 and there is no reason to believe things will get worse in Houston.  In a position known for volatility, Hader is a known quantity and a great one at that.

It goes to show how good Emmanuel Clase is when a season with a 3.22 ERA, 44 saves, and a 1.16 WHIP is considered a down year.  Clase failed to strike out a batter per inning and also blew 12 saves (most in the league).  Clase was weirdly hittable in 2023, more than doubling the number of barrels he allowed and having a 5% increase in hard hit percentage.  His dominant cutter was not so dominant, with a BAA of .267.  As long as Clase is closing for Cleveland, he is going to rack up saves and be a great closer for dynasty managers.  However, because he showed some chinks in the armor in 2023, all of a sudden Clase needs to prove that he belongs in the top tier.

If not for a torn patellar tendon, Edwin Díaz would likely be Number 1 on this list.  The last time we saw Díaz in a Mets jersey, he was putting up an elite season:  62 innings with a 1.31 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 32 saves, all while striking out nearly two batters per inning.  During that epic 2022, Díaz was 9th in the Cy Young Voting and 16th in the MVP voting.  To me, if Díaz bounces back with a dominant year, then he should jump right up to the top slot.  No other reliever provides the same track record and ceiling as Díaz and at 30 years old, there is still plenty of tread on those tires.

If you are talking about unhittable pitches, any list must include Jhoan Duran’s “Splinker.”  Combine that splinker with a four-seamer that averages nearly 102 m.p.h. and a curveball, and you have one of the nastiest closers in baseball.  It took a season, but Duran was finally handed the keys to the ninth inning and he responded with 27 saves with a 2.45 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.  On a competitive Twins team, Duran will get plenty of leads to protect.  Duran improves his ability to miss barrels last season and if he can lower his walk rate to his 2022 level (6%), then Duran may even have one more gear of effectiveness.  Dynasty managers who roster Duran can depend on strong returns for many years to come.

Like Duran and the Twins above, it took the Giants a year and a half to name Camilo Doval their closer.  In his first full year, he did not disappoint, closing 39 games with a 2.93 ERA and 87 strikeouts.  Doval is unique in that he does not throw a four-season fastball; instead, he relies on a slider, cutter, and sinker.  He still brings the heat though, with both fastballs averaging over 98 m.p.h.  His slider stood out this past season garnering nearly a 50% whiff rate.  Another 26 year flamethrower who is poised to anchor dynasty managers’ bullpens for years to come.

The heat keeps coming with Andrés Muñoz.  Muñoz put together an elite season in 2022 with a 2.49 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 96 strikeouts over 65 innings.  It was only a matter of time before he was a closer and that time came quickly when the Mariners traded Paul Sewald to the Diamondbacks at the 2023 trade deadline.  Muñoz is under team control through 2028, so his job is secure.  But to move up further up this list, Muñoz needs to do two things as well as he did in 2022:  cut his walk rate back to 2 batters per nine innings and dominate with his slider again (.126 BAA in 2022).  If those two things happen, Muñoz and his 99 m.p.h. will put up gaudy numbers for dynasty managers for years to come.

David Bednar is a hometown hero in Pittsburgh.  He saved 39 games for the Pirates last year and there is no reason why he cannot repeat those numbers.  Bednar does not have the same strikeout ceiling as those relievers ranked above him, but he has great control and hitters can’t seem to barrel him up.  Bednar pounds the top of the zone with his four-seamer and keeps his curve and splitter on the lower half of the plate.  Bednar is a pitcher who can be relied upon by dynasty managers to keep up strong ratios and hopefully, he can bring his strikeout rate a bit closer to his 2022 & 2021 rates.

Ryan Helsley has been a dominant reliever over the pats two season, but only have 33 saves to show for it.  Helsley truly broke in 2022 with a season that was almost as dominant as Edwin Díaz, but he shared the closer role with Giovanny Gallegos over the course of the season.  Then, in the postseason he struggled because of injury.  In 2023, Helsley bounced back with a strong season but spent over two and half months on the injured list with a right forearm strain.  There is no doubt that Helsley is a fantastic reliever when healthy, with a 1.69 ERA, 12.97 K/9, 0.86 WHIP and 33 saves over the past two seasons.  As long as he can stay healthy, he should produce handily for dynasty managers, however, there is always concern when pitchers miss time due to forearm strains.

Last in this tier is Jordan Romano.  Since debuting with the Blue Jays, Romano is eighth in the league in saves.  He strikes out hitters at a good clip (11.33 K/9).  He gets a ton of chases, but with that, he also issues his fair share of walks, 9.7% of the batters he faced in 2023.  Romano also gives up solid contact to batters.  This sort of volatility is not ideal for a top-tier closer, but he has a secure role on a good team through at least 2026.  Romano is an established closer that should rack up saves and strike out his fair share of hitters and dynasty managers should be pleased to roster him, even if he does not provide the same elite production as those relievers ranked above him.

(Double R)

#11-#30

RankPlayerAvg. Rank
11Raisel Iglesias15.2
12Félix Bautista20.2
13Evan Phillips15.3
14Alexis Díaz15.7
15Mason Miller22.3
16Pete Fairbanks16.7
17Tanner Scott23.4
18Paul Sewald24.2
19Clay Holmes20.9
20José Alvarado20.9
21Bryan Abreu21.3
22Yennier Cano22.9
23Robert Stephenson23.1
24Adbert Alzolay24.4
25Matt Brash28.9
26Alex Lange30.8
27José Leclerc31.4
28Ryan Pressly33.9
29Hunter Harvey34.1
30Abner Uribe34.7

We’re officially in the territory of reliever ranks where these names can say ‘thank god y’all using SVH as a category!’. The names within are either elite-ish RPs who are second on the totem pole in closing OR less than dominant closers who could lose their job by Arbor Day. You don’t know Arbor Day? It’s the last Friday in April, duh! Please tweet me (@notnotcknock) if you watch that video, even if you get as bored as the kids singing along. Anyways, in this 21-30 ranked crew of dynasty relievers, there’s some intrigue and value. Even in the shallowest of leagues using this scoring, all these names should be rostered. But allow me to highlight them in a nonlinear fashion.

Bryan Abreu has been an unsung hero in Houston the last few seasons, but now with Hader in the mix he’s the 3rd man in line. That likely means fewer holds over the course of the season, but I don’t think he’s drop-worthy. Ryan Pressly may be the actual 8th inning guy to start but he’s nearing the end of his illustrious career, keep holding both though I would give Pressly the shorter leash on my fantasy roster. I wouldn’t be surprised if the pecking order is different in a year.

Yennier Cano and Abner Uribe are younger arms that should be mainstays in your SVH arm barn. When Felix Bautista went down to TJS, Cano thought he’d get a season as the closer. That is until the O’s brass decided to sign Dirty Craig Kimbrel for a single season. Cano is super valuable and consistent, don’t move him. Uribe has a shorter track record but will likely be the main setup guy for Devin Williams in Milwaukee. Airbender could be out after the season, and if Uribe and his 80-grade FB continue to live up to the hype, that future role will be all his.

Robert Stephenson, a former unsuccessful starter, had a great season last year after being traded to the Rays (surprise!). He had a 30% K-BB% and 16 SVH entering his walk year and decided to sign with the Angels to (checks notes) continue being a set-up arm. He should be good and shouldn’t have much trouble maintaining the role, though opportunities for actual Holds may be less now that he’s with the middling squad.

Alzolay, Lange, and Leclerc are three ‘closers’ that very well may not maintain that role as the year goes on. They each have struggled with consistency so far in their relatively young careers. And each have names chomping at the bit behind them in their organizations. They’re all coin flips in my eyes whether they’ll keep the job but the best part of SVH leagues is that they don’t need to be closers to have value for fantasy. The team’s success can be as important if they’re still in situations to get those holds.

Hunter Harvey is in a timeshare with Kyle Finnegan (who we have ranked lower). Harvey has youth on his side but like the ‘closers’ I mentioned above, he’s not consistently dominant and there are some interesting arms that could challenge him, not just Finnegan.

Lastly is Matt Brash. Lots of speculation right now as to the size and scope of his ‘arm discomfort’. It’s odd we haven’t heard anything more since the vague initial reporting but for now, I’d say you could drop him. Yes, he has tantalizing K potential but SVH pool is deep, and burning a bench or IL spot on one is ill-advised outside of the truly elite names.

(Chris Knock)

#31-#75

RankPlayerAvg. Rank
31Yuki Matsui35.7
32Kenley Jansen36
33Craig Kimbrel36.6
34A.J. Minter38.7
35Brusdar Graterol38.9
36Carlos Estévez41
37A.J. Puk42.9
38Gregory Santos43.9
39Kyle Finnegan44
40Erik Swanson46.2
41Robert Suarez46.4
42Jason Adam46.8
43Orion Kerkering47.4
44Giovanny Gallegos49.8
45Ben Joyce50.1
46Joel Payamps50.2
47David Robertson53.1
48Hector Neris53.2
49Griffin Jax53.4
50James McArthur55.2
51Colin Poche56.2
52Andrew Nardi57.9
53Aroldis Chapman57.9
54Trevor Stephan58.9
55Jeff Hoffman61.9
56Prelander Berroa65.8
57Tyler Rogers66.7
58Justin Lawrence60.3
59Chris Martin61.1
60Seranthony Domínguez61.7
61Yariel Rodriguez62.6
62Gregory Soto62.7
63Reynaldo López62.7
64Scott Barlow63
65Kevin Ginkel63.3
66Joe Boyle63.7
67Josh Sborz64.2
68Tim Mayza64.4
69Lucas Erceg65.2
70Luke Little65.8
71Jason Foley66.3
72John Brebbia66.8
73Will Smith68.7
74Trevor Megill72.9
75Julian Merryweather67.6

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