Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 6/23/23 Depth Chart

Breakdowns of key bullpen usage from yesterday's slate of games.

Welcome back to the latest edition of our Reliever Ranks series! This will bring you up-to-date bullpen depth charts every morning for the day’s games and makes for an excellent tool for those looking to stream saves or wins. This series runs seven days a week, so check in every morning to get your daily bullpen fix!




Transaction and Schedule Notes

  • There were a total of eight games on Thursday, but the day concluded with a total of only three saves (Scott McGough– 5, A.J. Puk– 10, and Scott Barlow– 9). Many of the other games ended by wide margins so it was an overall quiet day for holds and saves.
  • It was a bad day in the Megill family as brothers Tylor Megill and Trevor Megill were both optioned to the minors on Thursday. The Brewers optioned relief pitcher Trevor to Triple-A Nashville after he surrendered five hits and three earned runs in 1.1 innings on Wednesday.
  • The Royals sent Amir Garrett on to Triple-A as he recovers from an elbow injury sustained in early June. Garrett has appeared in 23 games this season and has a 3.00 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP.
  • Kevin Herget cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville by the Reds. Herget is 1-2 with a 5.73 ERA in 2023.
Yesterday’s Performances


ARI 5 – WSH 3

SV: Scott McGough (5)

  • Scott McGough locked down another save on Thursday for the Diamondbacks, bringing his season total to five, after pitching two innings for the save on Wednesday. McGough has rebounded from a rough start to the season and appears to be passing Miguel Castro and Andrew Chafin for the top closer role in the desert. He has two holds and three saves this month, and hasn’t allowed an earned run in June. In the game yesterday, Castro was the first reliever out of the bullpen, finishing out the seventh inning before Chafin pitched a scoreless eighth.
  • For the Nationals, Jordan Weems relieved starter Jake Irvin after he went six innings in his start. Weems inherited some Arizona baserunners and allowed three unearned runs before Cory Abbott finished the game by pitching two scoreless innings.


MIA 6 – PIT 4

SV: A.J Puk (10)

  • A.J. Puk hit double digits in saves on Thursday, earning his 10th save in a win over the Pirates. Puk was appearing for the first time since last weekend so his arm was fresh while throwing 19 pitches and lowering his ERA to 2.08. Huascar Brazoban was credited with the win after closing out the eighth inning for the Marlins. Andrew Nardi also appeared for Miami.
  • The Pirates bullpen ruined a gem of a start by Mitch KellerKeller pitched seven innings and only allowed a run but then Dauri Moreta and Carmen Mlodzinski allowed multiple earned runs as the Marlins took control of the game. Moreta didn’t get a single out in the eighth inning and allowed three earned runs. Mlodzinski then gave up three hits with two additional earned runs.


KC 6 – TB 5

SV: Scott Barlow (9)

  • The Royals used a total of seven pitchers in Thursday’s game against the Rays. Austin Cox threw the longest outing of the day with 3.2 IP before Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless eighth to earn his third win on the year. Scott Barlow got the nod in the ninth and allowed one hit and struck out two while locking down his ninth save. Kansas City may have used fewer arms, but Taylor Clarke blew the save when he gave up a home run to Tampa Bay in the seventh inning.
  • The story of the game for the Rays was the unfortunate early exit of Shane McClanahan with back tightness in the fourth inning. Kevin Kelly was next up and finished out the fourth inning. He also pitched a scoreless fifth inning before appearances by Shawn Armstrong and Robert Stephenson got the Rays to the eighth inning. In the eighth inning, Jason Adam blew a save chance as he allowed a two-run single to Drew Waters that tied the game at 5-5. The Royals took the lead for good in the ninth inning as Pete Fairbanks allowed an additional run. He fell to 0-2 on the year.


ATL 5 – PHI 1 (F/10)

  • The Braves prevailed with strong pitcher performances from starter Bryce Elder, and relievers A.J. Minter, Raisel Iglesias, and Nick Anderson. Elder pitched seven innings and Iglesias earned the win and striking out one in a scoreless appearance in the ninth inning.
  • Phillies Starter Aaron Nola also pitched well as he went six innings with two hits, two walks, and strikeouts. Gregory Soto was next for Philly and pitched a scoreless seventh inning. José Alvarado got through the eighth inning in nine pitches before Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth. However, things fell apart in the 10th inning as Yunior Marte gave up a home run to Marcell Ozuna and Atlanta scored five runs in thing inning. Marte lost his first game of the year.


The best of the rest…


  • There was no need for any relievers in Minnesota as Joe Ryan pitched a complete game three-hitter. Ryan also struck out nine batters in the Twins 6-0 victory over the Red Sox.
  • Enyel De Los Santos earned his fifth hold of the season with two innings of relief during the Guardians 6-1 win over Oakland. Nick Sandlin also moved to 3-3 on the year as he was credited with the victory after he pitched two innings, giving up one earned run and striking out one.


Bullpen Depth Charts

The Hold Up: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

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Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues

(Photos by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Doug Carlin (@Bdougals on Twitter)

Nate Kosher

Nate Kosher is based in the Twin Cities and is a staff writer for Pitcher List. He grew up watching low-budget Twins teams at the Metrodome before eventually converting to the Arizona Diamondbacks (the power of teal and purple in the 1990s). His goal is to someday visit all 30 MLB ballparks and he believes Barry Bonds should be in the Hall of Fame. You can read more of Nate's writing in his newsletter, The Relief Pickle.

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