Welcome to the SCFE Week 14 Bullpen Briefs. This will be a reoccurring article focusing on all the happenings in bullpens around the league. While we all know there are some studs that may not lose their respective roles. There are plenty more that will be ripe for the taking.
And this won’t just be for the coveted closer roles. This will focus on setup men shifting. As well as letting people know who the next guy is that could get a lot of holds for them. Keeping an eye here can also help you know who to make that speculative add to your roster before the change is made.
This week, trouble in the Bay Area. A former closer getting another shot. A closer that could be moved at the deadline. And another free agent pitcher that could help a contending team’s bullpen depth.
If you want to see which hitters you should start, check out the Week 14 Hitting Planner by Aaron Hinckley. Also, be sure to check out the Closer Depth Chart for a complete breakdown of the bullpen situations.
So as we look to the first week of July, who are some of the guys you need to be looking at? Let’s dive in!
Week 14 Bullpen Briefs
**Updated as of June 29
Mark Melancon, RP, San Francisco Giants
Mark Melancon has landed on the disabled list again with an elbow injury. It sounds as though surgery will be avoided. Melancon has received a PRP injection into his elbow. By his own admittance, he just tried to return too soon from the previous injury. With the Giants pretty much out of the playoff race, the team will take it slow this time around. Especially with this being the second time he’s hit the disabled list with the same elbow problem.\
Sam Dyson, RP, San Francisco Giants
Mark Melancon hits the disabled list. Enter Sam Dyson. Acquired by the Giants on June 6, Dyson has a 4.91 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP, 10 strikeouts and three walks. Now he’s back in the closer role for a team that isn’t playing well this season. They have had their share of injuries. Dyson figures to be the short term fix until Melancon returns. This is a guy who saved 38 games last year for the Rangers. If the Giants can get some wins under their belt before the deadline, maybe Dyson becomes a trade possibility for the Giants.
These guys will be getting Holds and the occasional save opportunity for your team. Some will even luck into a few Wins.
- Adam Ottavino, COL: 18 Holds, 5.08 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 38 K, 20 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
- Will Harris, HOU: 17 Holds, 2.16 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, 39 K, 4 BB, 2 SV, 2 W
- Andrew Miller, CLE: 17 Holds, 1.52 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, 64 K, 10 BB, 1 SV, 3 W
- Taylor Rogers, MIN: 17 Holds, 2.15 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 21 K, 7 BB, 0 SV, 4 W
- Arodys Vizcaino, ATL: 15 Holds, 1.93 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 37 K, 10 BB, 1 SV, 3 W
- Jacob Barnes, MIL: 14 Holds, 4.04 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 40 K, 16 BB, 2 SV, 1 W
- Matt Bowman, STL: 14 Holds, 4.19 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 29 K, 9 BB, 0 SV, 1 W
- David Phelps, MIA: 14 Holds, 3.55 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 39 K, 15 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- Filipe Rivero, PIT: 14 Holds, 0.86 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 46 K, 10 BB, 3 SV, 3 W
- Matt Barnes, BOS: 13 Holds, 3.89 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 44 K, 17 BB, 0 SV, 5 W
- Mychal Givens, BAL: 13 Holds, 2.31 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 38 K, 12 BB, 0 SV, 6 W
- Luke Gregerson, HOU: 13 Holds, 4.31 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 36 K, 11 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- Heath Hembree, BOS: 13 Holds, 3.50 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 37 K, 6 BB, 0 SV
- Ryan Madson, OAK: 13 Holds, 2.35 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 31 K, 6 BB, 1 SV, 1 W
- Jose Ramirez, ATL: 13 Holds, 3.09 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 25 K, 15 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- Matt Belisle, MIN: 12 Holds, 6.53 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 22 K, 17 BB, 0 SV
- Joaquin Benoit, PHI: 12 Holds, 4.11 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 29 K, 15 BB, 1 SV, 1 W
- Archie Bradley, ARI: 12 Holds, 1.04 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 42 K, 7 BB, 0 SV, 3 W
- Mike Dunn, COL: 12 Holds, 5.54 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 35 K, 15 BB, 0 SV, 2 W
- Brad Hand, SD: 12 Holds, 2.53 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 51 K, 12 BB, 2 SV, 1 W
Keep an eye on…
Kyle Barraclough, RP, Miami Marlins
Both A.J. Ramos and David Phelps is on the trade block. Even with the team up for sale, you can never be too sure when Jeffrey Loria is at the helm. Kyle Barraclough would be the logical choice should both guys be traded. In his last 10 games, Barraclough has a 1.64 ERA and an 11:3 K:BB ratio. He also has three wins, though one was the result of him blowing a save opportunity.
Jason Grilli, RP, Free Agent
Toronto designated Jason Grilli for assignment. A move that was long overdue for the team. Grilli has had a rough year, with a 6.97 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, and 23 strikeouts in 20.2 innings pitched. Compared to last season when he had a 4.12 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 81 strikeouts in 59 innings pitched. Still not stellar, but it is difficult to pitch in the AL East, especially when you are a 40-year-old reliever. Much like Francisco Rodriguez, I expect Grilli to garner some interest from contending teams.
So there are your Week 14 Bullpen Briefs, and the pitchers to keep an eye on moving forward. Be sure and check back to get the low down on the next batch of relievers to snag.
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