Baseball America

Position-by-Position Rankings: Relievers

This issue celebrates Baseball America’s 25th Top 100 Prospects list, and we just published our 14th Prospect Handbook with 900 scouting reports. Ranking players is our business as well as our hobby, though, so we just can’t stop ourselves. Here’s a look at how prospects rank by position, covering 300 of the best prospects in the game.

The relief ranks are always the Big Lots of prospects lists. You’re finding some pitchers on markdown because of control or delivery issues, plus you know that more will be joining this group eventually as they flame out as starting pitching prospects. Martinez hasn’t flamed out but is blocked from starting in St. Louis and should thrive in a bullpen role. He, Rondon and Workman have already shown what they can do. Arodys Vizcaino is a name to watch if he can just stay healthy.

RELIEVERS
GRADE C
Rank, Player, Team
1. Carlos Martinez, Cardinals
2. Bruce Rondon, Tigers
3. Brandon Workman, Red Sox
4. Chris Withrow, Dodgers
5. Johnny Hellweg, Brewers
6. Arodys Vizcaino, Cubs
7. Michael Lorenzen, Reds
8. Alex Colome, Rays
9. Chad Bettis, Rockies
10. Matt Stites, Diamondbacks