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June 6, 2013

Bullpen Report

A Test of Wil'

by Mike Gianella


Welcome to another installment of The Bullpen Report. As a reminder, closers are rated in five tiers from best to worst. The tiers are a combination of my opinion of a pitcher’s ability, the likelihood that he will pick up saves, and his security in the job. For example, A pitcher in the third tier might have better skills than a pitcher in the second tier, but if the third tier pitcher is new to the job or has blown a couple of saves in the last week this factors into the ranking as well.

Since the big news right now is Biogenesis, it’s worth noting that there are no active major-league relievers listed in the reports released so far. This isn’t a definitive or final iteration of the list by any means: There are other names in the documents that haven’t been released or that are listed under code names, according to the sources in the story as reported by ESPN. However, in terms of known risk, there isn’t anything to see here.

Tier 1: Money in the Bank

After a brief hiccup a couple of weeks ago, Chapman is back with the elite crowd where he probably belonged all along. Ups and downs aside, those 46 strikeouts give Chapman a significant amount of value in both Roto and H2H formats.

Tier 2: Solid and Reliable

Based on recent performance, arguments could be made for moving Nathan, Soriano, or even Perkins into the top tier. However, the top tier is meant for the crème de la crème. This isn’t a knock on any of these pitchers. They’re very good options in any format where saves are used. If you asked me who I prefer though, I’d take any of the pitchers in the first tier.

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