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Best Relievers in MLB in 2024

In an era of baseball where starting pitchers rarely complete games due to strictly being monitored by pitch counts, the relief pitchers have taken on increased importance. A top bullpen is essential to a winning team. Let’s look at the best relievers in the MLB from the 2023 season.

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Best Relievers in MLB

1. Felix Bautista (Orioles)

It may have taken long for Bautista to make it to the Major Leagues, but he’s taken full advantage of the opportunity.

A 27-year-old rookie in 2022, Bautista posted a 2.19 ERA and struck out 88 in 65 ⅔ innings. The closer for the Orioles last season, Bautista racked up 33 saves, posted an ERA of 1.48, struck out 110 and allowed only 30 hits in 61 innings.

He made his first All-Star team and should be a mainstay out of the Orioles’ bullpen for years to come.

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2. David Bednar (Pirates)

Bednar made 17 appearances with the Padres over the 2019 and 2020 seasons but came into his own with the Pirates in 2021, posting a 2.23 ERA in 61 games.

He made his first of back-to-back All-Star teams in 2022 and finished the season with 19 saves and a 2.61 ERA in 45 games.

Bednar was exceptional this past season, saving 39 of the Pirates 76 games, leading the league. He struck out 80 in 57 ⅓ innings with an ERA of 2.00.

3. Devin Williams (Brewers)

Williams has been impressive since his Major League debut with the Brewers on August 7, 2019. In 2020, he allowed only one run and eight hits with 53 strikeouts in 27 innings.

Williams made his first of back-to-back All-Star teams in 2022, posting an ERA of 1.93 with 96 strikeouts in 60 ⅔ innings. He continued to dominate hitters this past season, allowing only 26 hits in 58 ⅔ innings while striking out 87.

Williams saved 36 with a minuscule ERA of 1.53. He struggled in his only postseason appearance in 2023, allowing two runs and three walks in ⅓ of an inning.

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4. Alexis Diaz (Reds)

Diaz made a splash as a 25-year-old rookie last season. He finished fifth in Rookie of the Year voting after posting a record of 7-3 with an ERA of 1.84 over 63 ⅔ innings.

He took over the closer role in 2023 and did not disappoint. Diaz won nine and saved 37 with an ERA of 3.07.

In 67 ⅓ innings, he allowed only 44 hits while striking out 86. Diaz was rewarded for his play by being named to the NL All-Star team.

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5. Tanner Scott (Marlins)

Scott has made a dramatic ascension since his rookie season with the Orioles in 2018. He posted a mediocre ERA of 4.73 in 170 games with the Orioles from 2018 through 2021.

In 2022, Scott saved 20 games but struggled with control and had a lackluster ERA of 4.31. Although his save totals weren’t exceptional in 2023, Scott turned things around and was one of the most dependable relief pitchers in the league.

He won nine and saved 12 with an excellent ERA of 2.31. Tanner struck out 104 and allowed only 53 hits in 78 innings.

He pitched one scoreless inning in the NLWC round against the Phillies.

6. Josh Hader (Padres)

Hader established himself as one of the top relievers in Major League Baseball while with the Brewers from 2017 until 2022.

He made four All-Star teams and saved 125 games during that stretch. In 2023, Hader was nearly unhittable, allowing only 32 hits in 56 ⅓ innings, striking out 85.

He saved 33 and posted an ERA of 1.28. The only slight negative is that Hader can sometimes run into control problems, walking 30 last season.

With better control, Hader could be number one on this list.

7. Camilo Doval (Giants)

Doval displayed electric stuff in 29 games as a 23-year-old rookie in 2021. His consistency over the past two seasons has been remarkable.

He won six with an ERA of 2.53 with 80 strikeouts in 67 ⅔ innings in 2022. Last season, Doval was named to his first All-Star team.

He finished the season with six wins, an ERA of 2.93 with 87 strikeouts in 67 ⅔ innings. In addition, Doval saved a league-leading 39 games for a Giants’ team that finished four games under .500.

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8. Aroldis Chapman (Rangers)

When Chapman entered the Major Leagues in 2010 he was blazing fastballs topping at 105 mph. He has lost very little 14 years into his career.

A seven-time All-Star, Chapman posted a combined record of 6-5 with a .309 ERA with the Royals and Rangers.

He struck out 103 in 58 ⅓ innings and allowed only 37 hits. He allowed only two runs in 7 ⅔ innings this past postseason, helping the Rangers win the World Series.

For his career, Chapman has struck out 14.8 batters per nine innings with 321 saves and an ERA of 2.53.

9. Evan Phillips (Dodgers)

To say Phillips struggled in his first few MLB seasons is an understatement. He posted an ERA hovering around 8.00 in 48 games with the Orioles and Braves in 2018 through 2020.

Phillips found his niche in Los Angeles in 2022, posting an outstanding ERA of 1.14 in 63 innings. This past season, Phillips became the main man in the back end of the bullpen.

He saved 24 games with 66 strikeouts in 62 ½ innings with an ERA of 2.05. He went 2 ⅓ scoreless innings in two appearances in the Dodgers’ NLDS loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

10. Jhoan Duran (Twins)

Duran was a 24-year-old rookie last season with the Twins and made an immediate positive impression.

He saved eight games in 57 games with an ERA of 1.86 in 67 ⅔ innings. Last season, Duran was a rock in the closer role, saving 27 with an ERA of 2.45.

He struck out 84 and allowed only 46 hits in 62 ⅓ innings. Duran hasn’t allowed a postseason run in four games over the past two seasons, striking out six in five innings.

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