Fuentes Ascending with Angels


July 24, 2009

Fuentes Ascending with Angels All rankings assume 5×5 format (wins, saves, strikeouts, ERA, ratio).

* = check status

Relief Pitchers
1. Joe Nathan, Twins
2. Mariano Rivera, Yankees
3. Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox
4. *Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers: Toe problem might linger all year.
5. Brian Fuentes, Angels: Mike Scioscia is good to his closers.
6. Francisco Rodriguez, Mets
7. Huston Street, Rockies
8. Joakim Soria, Royals
9. Heath Bell, Padres: If only the team weren't in the toilet.
10. Ryan Franklin, Cardinals: Pixie dust can't last forever.
11. Jose Valverde, Astros: Hasn't been perfect but the team has rallied nicely.
12. Trevor Hoffman, Brewers
13. Francisco Cordero, Reds
14. Brian Wilson, Giants
15. David Aardsma, Mariners: Back issue seems in the past now.
16. *Bobby Jenks, White Sox
17. *Andrew Bailey, Athletics: Pitching through a sore knee.
18. Kerry Wood, Indians
19. *Brad Lidge, Phillies
20. *Frank Francisco, Rangers
21. Rafael Soriano, Braves: He's moved in front of Gonzalez for saves.
22. Matt Capps, Pirates
23. Chad Qualls, Diamondbacks
24. Scott Downs, Blue Jays
25. *George Sherrill, Orioles: Mentioned in trade talks every day.
26. Fernando Rodney, Tigers
27. J.P. Howell, Rays
28. Kevin Gregg, Cubs
29. Mike MacDougal, Nationals
30. Mike Gonzalez, Braves
31. *Matt Lindstrom, Marlins
32. Ryan Madson, Phillies
33. C.J. Wilson, Rangers: Holds down ninth while Francisco gets well.
34. Dan Wheeler, Rays
35. Phil Hughes, Yankees: Dominant in the set-up role.
36. Dan Meyer, Marlins
37. Leo Nunez, Marlins
38. Jim Johnson, Orioles
39. Ramon Troncoso, Dodgers: Great eighth-inning year, but will Torre overuse him?
40. Michael Wuertz, Athletics: The hedge play if you're worried about Bailey.
41. Jason Frasor, Blue Jays
42. LaTroy Hawkins, Astros
43. Carlos Marmol, Cubs
44. Daniel Bard, Red Sox: Filthy stuff and the strikeout count reflects it.
45. Brad Ziegler, Athletics
46. Alfredo Aceves, Yankees
47. Mark Lowe, Mariners
48. Edward Mujica, Padres
49. Sean Burnett, Nationals
50. Tony Pena, White Sox
51. Matt Guerrier, Twins: Another low-profile winner from this bullpen.
52. Randy Choate, Rays
53. Juan Cruz, Royals
54. Chris Perez, Indians
55. Kiko Calero, Marlins
56. Hideki Okajima, Red Sox
57. Octavio Dotel, White Sox
58. Sean Green, Mets
59. Brandon Lyon, Tigers: He's quietly rallied in a set-up role.
60. David Robertson, Yankees
61. Jason Motte, Cardinals: A good post-hype target for 2010.
62. Chad Durbin, Phillies
63. Joe Beimel, Nationals
64. Manny Delcarmen, Red Sox
65. Takashi Saito, Red Sox
66. *Ronald Belisario, Dodgers
67. Jeremy Affeldt, Giants
68. Chris Sampson, Astros
69. John Grabow, Pirates
70. Clay Zavada, Diamondbacks: Best mustache in the NL.
71. Cla Meredith, Padres
72. Santiago Casilla, Athletics
73. Mitch Stetter, Brewers
74. Joe Nelson, Rays
75. Jensen Lewis, Indians
76. Jesse Chavez, Pirates
77. Grant Balfour, Rays
78. *Rafael Betancourt, Indians
79. Joel Hanrahan, Pirates: There's a major rebuild needed here.
80. Scott Linebrink, White Sox
81. *J.J. Putz, Mets
82. Darren Oliver, Angels
83. *Hong-Chih Kuo, Dodgers
84. Jesse Carlson, Blue Jays
85. Mark DiFelice, Brewers
86. *Manny Corpas, Rockies
87. *Joel Zumaya, Tigers: Bad shoulder might end his season.
88. Kip Wells, Nationals
89. Kyle Farnsworth, Royals
90. B.J. Ryan, Free Agent

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