Let’s not mince words: the top relievers list is the toughest of the three. The minimum requirements for both hitters and starting pitchers makes those lists much, much easier than relief pitchers. Here’s why: relievers have no minimum inning requirements, so not only do I have to weigh ERA, WHIP, BB/9, and K/9, but the number of innings, and sometimes the number of games started, is also a factor.
With all that said, please keep in mind that this, again, is just one guy’s opinion. This guy is not a scout, either. So this list is to celebrate some of the top relievers in the league. The list may not reflect your own internal list, and that’s ok. If you would like to compile your own list and send it to me, feel free.
Do we all understand? Great. Let’s get started with….
#15 Reliever: Dylan Burns, Waynesboro
Our first reliever, Dylan went 0-1, 2.45 in 18 1/3 innings pitched, along with a 1.202 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9, and 5.9 K/9. He walked 5 and struck out 12 batters in the regular season for the Generals. The 6-foot-2 righthander from South Florida also threw 3 2/3 innings in one game in the playoffs against Strasburg, allowing 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and striking out 3.
In his freshman year at South Florida in 2016, the criminology major went 2-0, 5.76, with a 1.76 WHIP, 7.2 BB/9, and 6.1 K/9 in 17 games and 25 innings out of the Bulls’ bullpen.
Congratulations on your excellent summer, Dylan!