So now that we’re finished the lists of top hitters and top starting pitchers, we are left with only list: the top relievers in the 2014 season!
A note of caution, though.
This is the hardest list I can ever remember compiling since I started doing this after the 2007 Valley League season. The hitters and starters are easy enough, because they have a minimum amount of playing time involved. The relievers, obviously, don’t have that requirement. Sometimes there are starts thrown in, too, so I have to figure out which list the pitcher should be on.
All this to say that I’ve done my best. Are some of my decisions fair? Well, probably not. I have done my best balancing ERA, batting average against, WHIP, K/9, and BB/9, with consideration to innings pitched as well. I literally did not look at saves when I compiled the list, as it is a stat of opportunity, and really tells us little about performance, besides the fact that the pitcher’s manager chose to use him in that way. Every single player on the top reliever list would have racked up a huge amount of saves if they were all given the lion’s share of save opportunities.
This might be a good time to remind you, brilliant reader, that this list, from start to finish, is one person’s opinion. Each of you could come up with your own list if you’d like. (And if you would like to send your idea to me, feel free!)
The 10th best reliever in the 2014 Valley League will be revealed soon!