2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (62 of 64 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Blake Treinen (OAK - RP) 31 29.0 -2.0
Treinen was simply phenomenal for Oakland last season, and he enters 2019 neck-and-neck with Edwin Diaz for the title of fantasy's number one closer.
2 Aroldis Chapman (NYY - RP) 37 31.0 -6.0
Aroldis Chapman was his typical dominant self last season and enters 2019 as the clear closer in the Bronx. This shapes up as arguably the best bullpen in baseball, however, so the Yankees will have no shortage of potential replacements should Chapman struggle or get hurt.
3 Brad Hand (CLE - RP) 44 40.0 -4.0
The Indians let Andrew Miller and Cody Allen walk in free agency, clearing the path for Brad Hand to serve as the team's clear-cut closer this season. At age 28, Hand has put together three straight seasons with an ERA under 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.11 or better, and his already impressive K/9 rate grew to 13.25 last season. Hand didn't experience any drop-off after moving from San Diego to Cleveland, and with little in the way of competition, he is fully capable of being one of the very best closers in fantasy baseball this year.
4 Roberto Osuna (HOU - RP) 45 36.0 -9.0
Astros manager A.J. Hinch has affirmed that Osuna will again serve as the team's closer, a role he inherited last year upon returning from a 75-game suspension and getting traded from the Blue Jays. Osuna was a dominant closer from 2015-2017, but his K/9 rate alarmingly fell to 7.58 between Toronto and Houston last year. The good news is that he maintained an above-average 14.7 percent swinging-strike rate, indicating that he should return to striking out over a batter per inning while maintaining elite control. Save opportunities should also be plentiful on the World Series-contending Astros, so it makes sense for Osuna to get drafted as one of the first 10, if not five, closers off the board.
5 Jose Leclerc (TEX - RP) 58 54.0 -4.0
Leclerc emerged from relative obscurity in 2018 to become a dominant closer, producing a 1.56 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 13.27 K/9. That performance clearly impressed manager Chris Woodward, who has left no doubt that Leclerc will be the Rangers' closer again in 2019. He could be one of the better fantasy closers in the league even if Texas doesn't win a ton of games.
6 Ken Giles (TOR - RP) 67 63.0 -4.0
The Blue Jays took on Ken Giles in the Osuna trade last year. Although Giles' 2018 stats don't look pretty at first glance, his underlying numbers - including a terrific 53-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio - weren't too bad. Giles actually makes for a decent bounce-back candidate and potential draft-day value if your leaguemates are scared off by last year's 4.65 ERA.
7 Jose Alvarado (TB - RP) 75 77.0 +2.0
The Rays appear to be in no hurry to name a closer, and they may not assign the job to a single pitcher. But the early frontrunner should be Jose Alvarado, who earned eight handshakes last year while posting helpful ratios.
8 Mychal Givens (BAL - RP) 100 114.0 +14.0
Although Baltimore may only win 50 games, Givens is one of the closers who has no competition for saves on his team. Even 25 save opportunities is better than what someone like Josh Hader or Zach Britton will get. Pair that with another 80 strikeouts and respectable ratios and we are looking at a top 30 fantasy reliever.
9 Alex Colome (CWS - RP) 101 87.0 -14.0
Although you may expect Herrera to be the closer battle in Chicago, some reports are suggesting that Colome has the upper-hand in the competition. This will be one to watch in spring training to see how it plays out. If Colome gets the job, he would be a top 25 closer.
10 Tyler Glasnow (TB - SP,RP) IL60 77 74.0 -3.0
A former elite prospect, Glasnow couldn't quite get his act together in Pittsburgh, but things started looking up when he was moved to the Rays. He struggled mightily with the long ball during his brief stint in Tampa, but the much more important thing is that he nearly cut his walk rate in half. Glasnow can miss bats with the best of them, so if he can stop giving away so many free passes we could suddenly be looking at a pitcher who can provide solid ratios to go along with the elite strikeout numbers. He's an exciting breakout candidate.
11 Matt Barnes (BOS - RP) 102 88.0 -14.0
Assuming Craig Kimbrel does not return, Barnes is reportedly the favorite to serve as Boston's closer. Barnes is coming off an impressive 2018 campaign in which his 14.01 K/9 was fourth-highest among all pitchers who threw at least 60 innings. His struggles with command (3.85 career BB/9) should keep his ERA north of 3.00 and WHIP above 1.20, but he can still be a pretty significant mixed-league asset if he's earning most of the team's saves.
12 Trevor May (MIN - SP,RP) 107 104.0 -3.0
Plenty are suggesting that Blake Parker was brought in to be the closer for Minnesota, but
13 Dellin Betances (NYY - RP) IL60 109 108.0 -1.0
Betances is merely a closer in waiting, but besides Josh Hader, the best in the game. He is a sure bet for 90+ Ks, with upside ranging to nearly 130. Likewise, his ratios will be terrific each year and you can even rely on a handful of wins and saves too.
14 Collin McHugh (HOU - RP,SP) 90 89.0 -1.0
McHugh was terrific in relief for the Astros last season and is now slated for a return to the starting rotation. This is a pitcher capable of helping in ERA, WHIP, and strikeouts, and the win potential is certainly there as well. He's a nice sleeper.
15 Brad Peacock (HOU - RP,SP) 108 111.0 +3.0
Peacock has been very effective as both a starter and reliever for the Astros over the last two seasons and looks likely to open the season in Houston's rotation this year. While it's possible he's eventually pushed out by Josh James or Forrest Whitley, Peacock can be nearly as valuable as a reliever, particularly in innings-capped roto leagues. He's well worth drafting.
16 Kelvin Herrera (CWS - RP) 148 133.0 -15.0
Herrera was presumably signed to close for the White Sox, but they also added Alex Colome who has closing experience. This one is too close to call for now so you may want to add both in a late round just to make sure you get some saves.
17 Ryan Brasier (BOS - RP) 138 166.0 +28.0
Assuming the Red Sox keep their word and don't re-sign Kimbrel, Braiser will be battling it out with Matt Barnes for one of the most coveted closer jobs in the league. If he wins it, you can count on stellar ratios to go along with all the save opportunities.
18 Adam Ottavino (NYY - RP) 158 127.0 -31.0
Ottavino might be stuck behind Chapman, Betances, Britton and Chad Green for the closer job, but he is a force of nature who could strike out 100 batters this season to go with sparkling ratios and a handful of wins. Don't hesitate to add him late in drafts to boost you in three categories.
19 Chad Green (NYY - RP) 155 158.0 +3.0
Green wasn't as electric in 2018 as the year before, but he still registered 94 strikeouts with excellent ratios and 8 wins. He isn't the closer, nor does he have a path to saves, but you can certainly make a case for drafting him even in standard sized leagues.
20 Ryan Pressly (HOU - RP) 139 137.0 -2.0
Pressly isn't expected to pick up more than a save or two this season because of Roberto Osuna's presence, but if Osuna were to suffer an injury, Pressly would likely take over the job and be a top 10 closer right away.
21 Sergio Romo (MIN - SP,RP) 143 180.0 +37.0
 
22 Zack Britton (NYY - RP) 184 136.0 -48.0
Britton isn't going to be the closer in New York, nor is he likely the next man up since Dellin Betances is also ahead of him, but Britton is still well worth owning if your league allows you to start four or five relievers. He will help your ratios significantly while adding nearly 80 Ks as usual.
23 Joe Jimenez (DET - RP) 149 182.0 +33.0
Most depth charts have Shane Greene slotted into the closer role for Detroit but this job is up in the air. Jimenez was an all-star last season, and while he pitched poorly down the stretch, don't sleep on him winning the job this spring.
24 Wily Peralta (KC - RP) FA 179 145.0 -34.0
Boxberger is expected to have the closer job in Kansas City to start the season, but he is among the worst closers in baseball so keep Peralta on speed dial in case he takes over the job.
25 Diego Castillo (TB - RP) 163 208.0 +45.0
If you play in a deeper league, Castillo can be a ratio master that racks up plenty of saves, or better yet, if you employ the Marmol Strategy, Castillo qualifies as a starting pitcher so you can plug him on days where you don't have enough starters going.
26 Ty Buttrey (LAA - RP) 177 187.0 +10.0
 
27 Domingo German (NYY - SP,RP) 165 174.0 +9.0
 
28 Brad Keller (KC - SP,RP) 201 171.0 -30.0
 
29 Yonny Chirinos (TB - SP,RP) IL10 206 197.0 -9.0
 
30 Chris Devenski (HOU - RP) 251 198.0 -53.0
 
31 Taylor Rogers (MIN - RP) 227 242.0 +15.0
May and Parker are seemingly in a batter at the top of Minnesota's depth chart, but Rogers is the type of guy who could find himself in the role at some point, and if it were to happen, he would dominate.
32 Ryan Yarbrough (TB - SP,RP) 255 146.0 -109.0
 
33 Joakim Soria (OAK - RP) 200 305.0 +105.0
 
34 Nate Jones (TEX - RP) IL60 246 225.0 -21.0
 
35 Wade LeBlanc (SEA - SP,RP) 190 169.0 -21.0
 
36 Justus Sheffield (SEA - SP,RP) MiLB 250 210.0 -40.0
 
37 Martin Perez (MIN - SP,RP) 210 322.0 +112.0
 
38 Matt Festa (SEA - RP) MiLB 172 371.0 +199.0
 
39 Austin Pruitt (TB - RP) MiLB 195    
 
40 Lou Trivino (OAK - RP) 236 226.0 -10.0
 
41 Hector Velazquez (BOS - SP,RP) MiLB 284 282.0 -2.0
 
42 Yusmeiro Petit (OAK - RP) 213 201.0 -12.0
 
43 Ty Blach (BAL - SP,RP) 293 417.0 +124.0
 
44 Jalen Beeks (TB - RP) 269 374.0 +105.0
 
45 Cam Bedrosian (LAA - RP) 276 397.0 +121.0
 
46 Will Harris (HOU - RP) 244 429.0 +185.0
 
47 Keynan Middleton (LAA - RP) IL60 279 364.0 +85.0
 
48 Jake Diekman (OAK - RP) 243    
 
49 Jace Fry (CWS - RP) 318 241.0 -77.0
The closer job in Chicago seems to be between Herrera and Colome, but don't be shocked if Fry jumps in at some point in the season, as he has the best raw stuff and numbers.
50 Kyle Zimmer (KC - SP,RP) MiLB 420 352.0 -68.0
 
51 Taylor Cole (LAA - RP) 260    
 
52 Hunter Wood (CLE - RP) 332 396.0 +64.0
 
53 David Paulino (TOR - SP,RP) FA 432 412.0 -20.0
 
54 Heath Hembree (BOS - RP) IL10 382 294.0 -88.0
 
55 Cionel Perez (HOU - RP) MiLB 301    
 
56 Shawn Armstrong (BAL - RP) 239 334.0 +95.0
 
57 Drew VerHagen (DET - RP) 340    
 
58 David Hernandez (NYY - RP) MiLB 308 400.0 +92.0
 
59 Liam Hendriks (OAK - RP) 341    
 
60 Ryan Borucki (TOR - SP,RP) IL60 295 283.0 -12.0
 
61 Fernando Romero (MIN - SP,RP) MiLB 309 273.0 -36.0
 
62 Trevor Hildenberger (MIN - RP) MiLB 331 243.0 -88.0
 
63 Hector Rondon (HOU - RP) 273 327.0 +54.0
 
64 Jacob Barnes (KC - RP) 196 385.0 +189.0
 
65 Mike Montgomery (KC - SP,RP) 287 270.0 -17.0
 
66 Paul Fry (BAL - RP) 411 439.0 +28.0
 
67 Adam Cimber (CLE - RP) 321 310.0 -11.0
 
68 Jesse Chavez (TEX - RP) IL10 338 349.0 +11.0
 
69 Ryan Tepera (TOR - RP) IL60 268 318.0 +50.0
 
70 Ryan Buchter (OAK - RP) 339    
 
71 Oliver Perez (CLE - RP) 353 393.0 +40.0
 
72 Luis Cessa (NYY - SP,RP) 306 238.0 -68.0
 
73 Phil Maton (CLE - RP) 288 467.0 +179.0
 
74 Miguel Castro (BAL - RP) 326 354.0 +28.0
 
75 Matt Wisler (SEA - SP,RP) 289    
 
76 Chaz Roe (TB - RP) 342 356.0 +14.0
 
77 Francis Martes (HOU - SP,RP) SUS 437    
 
78 Justin Anderson (LAA - RP) IL10 352 392.0 +40.0
 
79 Blaine Hardy (DET - SP,RP) IL60 358    
 
80 Brian Johnson (BOS - SP,RP) 360 499.0 +139.0
 
81 Cody Carroll (BAL - RP) MiLB 481 330.0 -151.0
 
82 Tyler Olson (CLE - RP) IL10 438 316.0 -122.0
 
83 Bud Norris (TOR - RP) FA 394 286.0 -108.0
 
84 Shawn Kelley (TEX - RP) 430 425.0 -5.0
 
85 Sam Dyson (MIN - RP) 363 405.0 +42.0
 
86 Colin Poche (TB - RP) 307 419.0 +112.0
 
87 Tommy Kahnle (NYY - RP) 375 350.0 -25.0
 
88 Dan Altavilla (SEA - RP) IL10 379 441.0 +62.0
 
89 Emilio Pagan (TB - RP) 372 346.0 -26.0
 
90 Zac Reininger (DET - RP) MiLB 568    
 
91 Jonathan Holder (NYY - RP) IL10 357    
 
92 Wilmer Font (TOR - SP,RP) 384    
 
93 Kevin McCarthy (KC - RP) 398 464.0 +66.0
 
94 Neil Ramirez (TOR - RP) 498    
 
95 Cory Gearrin (SEA - RP) 337 414.0 +77.0
 
96 Trent Thornton (TOR - SP,RP) 389 506.0 +117.0
 
97 Sam Gaviglio (TOR - SP,RP) 343 466.0 +123.0
 
98 Adam Plutko (CLE - SP,RP) 433 454.0 +21.0
 
99 Nick Goody (CLE - RP) 474    
 
100 Richard Bleier (BAL - RP) 346    
 
101 Brett Anderson (OAK - SP,RP) 376    
 
102 Matt Bush (TEX - RP) NRI 475    
 
103 Dylan Covey (CWS - SP,RP) MiLB 378    
 
104 Steven Wright (BOS - SP,RP) IL10 431 312.0 -119.0
 
105 Tyler Clippard (CLE - RP) 359 314.0 -45.0
 
106 Matt Moore (DET - SP,RP) IL60 511 289.0 -222.0
 
107 Jorge Lopez (KC - RP) 366 278.0 -88.0
 
108 Tyler Danish (SEA - RP) FA 367    
 
109 J.B. Wendelken (OAK - RP) MiLB 425 432.0 +7.0
 
110 Joe Biagini (HOU - SP,RP) MiLB 488 442.0 -46.0
 
111 David Hess (BAL - SP,RP) MiLB 373 328.0 -45.0
 
112 Hector Santiago (CWS - SP,RP) 377 502.0 +125.0
 
113 Juan Minaya (CWS - RP) MiLB 388    
 
114 Jesse Biddle (TEX - RP) IL60 386    
 
115 Tanner Scott (BAL - SP,RP) MiLB 445 399.0 -46.0
 
116 Thomas Pannone (TOR - SP,RP) 409 274.0 -135.0
 
117 Hansel Robles (LAA - RP) 380 427.0 +47.0
 
118 Chasen Bradford (SEA - RP) IL60 385    
 
119 Brock Stewart (TOR - SP,RP) MiLB 458 435.0 -23.0
 
120 Noe Ramirez (LAA - RP) SUS 412 384.0 -28.0
 
121 Chandler Shepherd (BAL - RP) MiLB 397    
 
122 Edwin Jackson (DET - SP,RP)   390.0  
 
123 Jose De Leon (TB - SP,RP) MiLB 400 406.0 +6.0
 
124 Dan Otero (CLE - RP) IL60 405 408.0 +3.0
 
125 Randall Delgado (CWS - RP) MiLB 468    
 
126 Ryan Dull (NYY - RP) MiLB 440    
 
127 Domingo Acevedo (NYY - SP,RP) MiLB 469    
 
128 Justin Shafer (TOR - RP) 395    
 
129 Joe Smith (HOU - RP) 527    
 
130 Tim Mayza (TOR - RP) 404 465.0 +61.0
 
131 Ryan Weber (BOS - SP,RP) MiLB 399    
 
132 Jake Jewell (LAA - SP,RP) MiLB 476    
 
133 Joe Palumbo (TEX - SP,RP) 416    
 
134 Jesus Castillo (LAA - RP) MiLB 417    
 
135 Dean Deetz (HOU - RP) MiLB 479    
 
136 Aaron Bummer (CWS - RP) 485    
 
137 Andrew Moore (SEA - SP,RP) MiLB 424    
 
138 Cody Anderson (CLE - SP,RP) IL60 464    
 
139 Ian Gibaut (TEX - RP) 413    
 
140 Jen-Ho Tseng (TEX - SP,RP) MiLB 429    
 
141 Riley Ferrell (HOU - RP) MiLB 419    
 
142 Shane Carle (TEX - RP) MiLB 439    
 
143 Kodi Medeiros (CWS - SP,RP) MiLB 448    
 
144 Taylor Hearn (TEX - SP,RP) IL60 451    
 
145 Jefry Rodriguez (CLE - SP,RP) IL60 456    
 
146 Aaron Brooks (BAL - SP,RP) 435 398.0 -37.0
 
147 Mike Hauschild (TOR - RP) MiLB 442    
 
148 Luis Garcia (LAA - RP) 455    
 
149 Gabriel Moya (MIN - RP) MiLB 466    
 
150 Brandon Workman (BOS - RP) 446    
 
151 Tim Hill (KC - RP) 471    
 
152 Brendan McCurry (HOU - RP) MiLB 459    
 
153 Victor Alcantara (DET - RP) MiLB 462    
 
154 Matt Magill (SEA - RP) 467    
 
155 James Hoyt (CLE - RP) 473    
 
156 Jon Edwards (CLE - RP) MiLB 499    
 
157 Luis Santos (TB - RP) MiLB 477    
 
158 Adam McCreery (LAA - SP,RP) MiLB 480    
 
159 Jimmy Yacabonis (BAL - RP) MiLB 493    
 
160 Max Povse (SEA - SP,RP) MiLB 483    
 
161 Jhan Marinez (BAL - RP) MiLB 486    
 
162 Ryan Carpenter (DET - SP,RP) MiLB 508    
 
163 Colten Brewer (BOS - SP,RP) MiLB 509    
 
164 Reymin Guduan (HOU - RP) MiLB 490    
 
165 Brian Flynn (KC - RP) MiLB 491    
 
166 Connor Sadzeck (SEA - RP) IL60 513    
 
167 Gerson Bautista (SEA - RP) MiLB 492    
 
168 Bobby Poyner (BOS - RP) 515    
 
169 Jordan Romano (TOR - RP) MiLB 500    
 
170 Buck Farmer (DET - RP) 503 437.0 -66.0
 
171 Ben Taylor (CLE - RP) FA 523    
 
172 Joshua Smoker (DET - RP) 507    
 
173 Sam Tuivailala (SEA - RP) 519    
 
174 Brandon Cumpton (TOR - SP,RP) MiLB 512    
 
175 Andrew Kittredge (TB - SP,RP) 528    
 
176 Nick Rumbelow (SEA - RP) FA 524    
 
177 Rhiner Cruz (TOR - RP) FA 516    
 
178 Scott Barlow (KC - SP,RP) 517    
 
179 Daniel Stumpf (DET - RP) MiLB 529    
 
180 Jake Barrett (NYY - RP) IL60 518    
 
181 Stephen Tarpley (NYY - RP) IL10 526    
 
182 Oliver Drake (TB - RP) 531    
 
183 Nick Wittgren (CLE - RP) 520    
 
184 Rex Brothers (NYY - RP) NRI 521    
 
185 Miguel Almonte (LAA - SP,RP) MiLB      
 
186 Jeremy Bleich (BOS - SP,RP) MiLB 522    
 
187 Hoby Milner (TB - RP) MiLB 525    
 
188 Austin Adams (DET - RP) MiLB 539    
 
189 Derek Law (TOR - RP) 534    
 
190 Marcus Walden (BOS - SP,RP) 532    
 
191 Dean Kiekhefer (OAK - RP) MiLB 533    
 
192 Drew Hutchison (LAA - SP,RP) MiLB 553    
 
193 Tanner Anderson (OAK - RP) MiLB 543    
 
194 Luke Bard (LAA - RP) MiLB 549    
 
195 Greg Infante (BAL - RP) MiLB 536    
 
196 Anthony Bass (SEA - RP) 537    
 
197 Drew Storen (KC - RP) 556    
 
198 Mike Wright (SEA - RP) MiLB 541    
 
199 Jason Adam (TOR - SP,RP) MiLB 542    
 
200 Brady Rodgers (HOU - SP,RP) MiLB 544    
 
201 Sandy Baez (DET - RP) MiLB 547    
 
202 Gabriel Ynoa (BAL - SP,RP) 555    
 
203 Sean Gilmartin (BAL - RP) MiLB 548    
 
204 Ryan Burr (CWS - RP) IL60 550    
 
205 Glenn Sparkman (KC - SP,RP) 554    
 
206 Josh Lucas (BAL - RP) MiLB 564    
 
207 David Hale (NYY - SP,RP) IL10 558    
 
208 Eduardo Paredes (DET - RP) NRI 559    
 
209 Thyago Vieira (CWS - RP) MiLB 561    
 
210 Evan Phillips (BAL - RP) MiLB 562    
 
211 Taylor Guerrieri (TEX - RP) 563    
 
212 Pedro Araujo (BAL - RP) MiLB 565    
 
213 A.J. Cole (CLE - RP) IL10 566    
 
214 Jose Manuel Fernandez (DET - RP) MiLB 567 463.0 -104.0