The painfully long wait for Fantasy Baseball to return is nearly over as the 2013 MLB season lies just around the corner. Pitchers and catchers reported in early February and anyone not playing in this year’s World Baseball Classic has now arrived for Spring Training as well.
The WBC will serve as a nice way of holding baseball fans over until April, but for fantasy baseball players around the world, the month of March is all about research. Which players signed with new squads over the off-season? How does every team’s revamped batting order and pitching rotation look heading into 2013 and which fantasy studs will benefit the most?
The turnover among relief pitchers in Major League Baseball is perhaps greater than any other position. Only the elite closers remain ninth-inning warriors for the duration of their careers, and the teams without one of them are usually left searching for a serviceable option capable of getting them those last three outs, sometimes well into the regular season.
There is, however, a wave of young closers and relievers invading the league. Strikeout machines, if you will. Youngsters like Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel are bringing the heat and bringing it every time they toe the slab. Those are a couple of well-known names, but following those phenoms are even more talented late-inning hurlers you may or may not be familiar with.
Well, it’s been awhile since fantasy baseball was here to occupy our time, so if you need a little refresher course, I completely understand. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. The following slides will bring you, in order, the Top 30 fantasy baseball relief pitchers of 2013.
Note: There are a handful of pitchers on this list whom are expected to begin the season as starters, but currently have reliever eligibility from the 2012 season and should retain that status on most fantasy sites.