Sometimes it’s nice to take a break, get your feet up and spend a relatively quiet week in the bullpen. It was one of those weeks, and only the second this season, that hasn’t had huge news from at least one team’s reliever box. There were still some failed stops, confusing committees and injuries. So don’t worry, there will always be Something to speak during the discussion of the bullpen pens in the league.
The newest member of a team’s reliever pen can quickly become the most important. A guy who was good at small doses last year may have another chance to turn into an extended-release capsule this year. At least two teams that have worked with committees most of the year could finally settle into some sort of ninth round pattern. See? Still plenty to say.
Be sure to keep an eye out for our RotoBaller Closers and Saves Bullpen Depth Charts. They’re updated daily, or sometimes even more often in this crazy 2021 baseball season. That being said, here are the waiver feed closures, saves, and pickups to consider for Week 11 – June 7 through June 13.
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News from the pen for the week
We all knew the Orioles were demoting Cesar Valdez after his great start quickly turned into a long, difficult stretch. What we didn’t know was who they would pick for their ninth round. Coachspeak made us all think Paul Fry would be the first choice, and he might still end up being, but the first chance went to Cole Sulser. Sulser was solid as closer last season for a while until he hit a slump. He may get the first few chances and an opportunity to establish himself, but it seems more likely that Baltimore will use a committee mixing up Fry, Sulser and even Valdez for the saves.
Risers: Cole Sulser, Paul Fry (?)
Fallers: César Valdez
Tampa Bay Rays
At this point, other teams should call the Rays, see which players they’re interested in, and then make sure to keep those players accurate. The Brewers and Rays made a nowhere trade that sent (among others) JP Feyereisen to Tampa Bay. He made his debut for the Rays in the sixth inning, but went on to make four straight appearances in the ninth inning, converting three saves. These are the Rays, so no one is going to say that Feyereisen is closest, but his use makes it clear that he’s at least the head of the committee right now. In a team that is going to win a lot of games, that makes him a guy who should be listed in all formats.
Risers: JP Feyereisen
Fallers: Diego Castillo, Peter Fairbanks
While most of the other, closer committees have some sort of clear hierarchy, the Mariners committee is perhaps the truest committee in the league right now. There doesn’t seem to be a preference between Rafael Montero and Keynan Middleton, who essentially traded save chances each time. Erik Swanson also got in there and made a save this week, just in case anyone thinks there were only two guys in this race. Whenever Kendall Graveman returns he is expected to return to his role as committee head, but he’s been away long enough that it’s less certain. It could just be a messy reliever pen in the future, with “who saves tonight’s game if there’s a chance?” being a different answer each time.
Risers: Anyone Can Sneak Into Scott Servais’ Mind
Fallers: Anyone who appreciates consistency
-The Twins’ bullpen is starting to throw better collectively, but it’s still a committee in Minnesota. Taylor Rogers, Hansel Robles and the re-emergent Alex Colome mingle to help them get through the final rounds.
-Tejay Antone is he finally taking over in the Reds’ enclosure? Probably not, but he rewarded his fantastic managers with a save. It will continue to be used in the highest leverage situations, and those won’t always be save chances.
-Greg Holland looks like “the guy” in the Royals’ paddock now that Josh Staumont is on the injured list. There was reason to think it would be Scott Barlow or Bradley Zimmer, but no: Mike Matheny going with the veteran might be the least surprising title of the year.
-The Giants also have a committee, but Tyler Rogers has a bigger part than Jake McGee. McGee should still meddle with saves here and there, but Rogers is the guy to line up with that pen.
-Yimi Garcia’s predictable regression could be here sooner than expected. Dylan Floro would logically be the next player, but Don Mattingly could choose to go with Anthony Bass for reasons no one can explain and he can’t defend himself.
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