The Saves Index

Andy Behrens
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The Saves Index is a ranking of the top 50 relievers, based solely on their potential to earn saves from the present through the remainder of the season. In a case where two relievers have similar saves potential, the additional standard roto categories will be used to differentiate them.

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Saves Index: Top 50 relievers
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1. Craig Kimbrel ATL Kimbrel is dealing with some shoulder discomfort, but the Braves don't seem too alarmed at the moment. David Carpenter is Plan B in this 'pen.
2. Kenley Jansen LAD Saved a pair over the weekend, while not allowing a hit. Same old Kenley.
3. Greg Holland KAN  
4. Jason Grilli PIT  
5. Sergio Romo SFO Terrible spring, but April has gone awfully well. No obvious cause for concern here.
6. Fernando Rodney SEA Seven Ks and two walks allowed in his first four appearances. And still the best hat in baseball, no question.
7. Steve Cishek MIA  
8. Glen Perkins MIN Perkins got off to an ugly start, but he's since tossed three straight hitless innings.
9. Joe Nathan DET His appearance over the weekend went relatively well, though it was a non-save situation. Still hasn't given us a clean inning in April, and he's openly discussed dead-armedness.
10. Trevor Rosenthal STL Surprisingly shaky to start the year, with a pair of ugly appearances against the Cubs over the weekend. Let's watch the radar readings over the next week. He's been mid-90s thus far.
11. Huston Street SDG Three saves to date, and he still hasn't allowed a run. Just a bit underrated, this guy.
12. Rafael Soriano WAS  
13. Addison Reed ARI Reed is 3-for-3 on his early save chances, though he coughed up four runs (two earned) in his first six innings.
14. Grant Balfour TAM  
15. Joakim Soria TEX  
16. Koji Uehara BOS Koji's owners were bracing themselves for terrible news, but apparently the shoulder passed all the tests. He'll be rejoining the team. Don't kick Mujica to the curb, however.
17. Ernesto Frieri LAA  
18. Tommy Hunter BAL Hunter has allowed runs in each of his last two appearances. Weird choice to close, if you ask me, because of his struggles against LHBs.
19. John Axford CLE Blown saves happen, gamers. Axford was off to a respectable start before Sunday's malfunction. No reason to panic, yet.
20. Jonathan Papelbon PHI  
21. Francisco Rodriguez MIL Not only is he 4-for-4 on save chances, he's also allowed just one hit in his first 6.0 innings.
22. LaTroy Hawkins COL Recorded his second save of the season on Saturday, then Brothers took a loss on Sunday.
23. Jose Valverde NYM Don't even complain. You had to know that not every appearance would be a gem.
24. Jonathan Broxton CIN His first big league appearance of 2014 went well, as he recorded two punch-outs in a scoreless inning against the Rays.
25. Sergio Santos TOR Casey Janssen is set to begin a rehab assignment, but Santos has been more than competent for the Jays. Sergio may not relinquish the ninth immediately.
26. Matt Lindstrom CHW This was always a bad idea. It seems inevitable that Lindstrom will lose the ninth. Webb and Cleto seem like the most likely replacement candidates at the moment, with Nate Jones dinged.
27. Shawn Kelley NYY You'll get at least another week of saves, while Robertson remains on the DL.
28. Luke Gregerson OAK Gregerson took the first save chance following Jim Johnson's demotion, then Sean Doolittle got the second. Both pitchers converted. Could be a true committee.
29. Anthony Bass HOU Three different Houston relievers have saved games thus far, with Bass earning the last two. No pitcher in this bullpen fits the profile perfectly, none can be trusted.
30. Hector Rondon CHC Recorded the first save of the post-Veras era, and certainly has the raw stuff to close.
31. Sean Doolittle OAK  
32. Edward Mujica BOS Earned a save against the Yankees, with Uehara temporarily out of action.
33. Joshua Fields HOU  
34. Chad Qualls HOU  
35. David Robertson NYY Robertson has been temporarily groin'd, but he's throwing. No need to panic. He should return soon. Not a bad buy-low target these days.
36. Casey Janssen TOR  
37. Aroldis Chapman CIN  
38. Pedro Strop CHC Veras was removed from the closer's role, thankfully. Strop, Rondon and Blake Parker are all currently in the mix for saves in Chicago, if another save opportunity ever presents itself.
39. Ryan Cook OAK  
40. Mark Melancon PIT  
41. Tyler Clippard WAS  
42. Joaquin Benoit SDG  
43. Rex Brothers COL Brothers took the loss on Sunday, and he's issued four free passes in 4.2 innings. Not the greatest start to his year. Still a decent long-term bet, though.
44. Cody Allen CLE  
45. Daniel Webb CHW Because we have to have someone here, chasing Lindstrom. Webb has been the best of a shaky bunch in Chicago.
46. Jim Henderson MIL Henderson hasn't been bad, but K-Rod has pitched lights-out so far.
47. Jim Johnson OAK Johnson finally looked like a credible reliever in his last appearance, in a non-save situation against the Ms. He's not totally out of the picture this season, not while he's earning closer-money.
48. David Carpenter ATL  
49. Alexi Ogando TEX Earned a Sunday save, with Soria in need of rest.
50. Junichi Tazawa BOS  

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