Buster Olney began his rankings of the top players by position on Tuesday. The Pittsburgh Pirates didn't have any starting pitchers in his top ten. I don't think anyone is surprised to hear that. What might be surprising to some is his ranking of the top relievers in the game. Felipe Rivero was ranked among a group of seven pitchers who missed the top ten, but considered to be the best of the rest.
Most people read these lists and say that they are just one man's opinion, but Olney receives input from others at ESPN, along with the opinions of baseball evaluators (scouts, front office members, etc). So it's not just a list he hastily throws together on his own.
This list, including the "best of the rest", was heavy with New York Yankees, as nearly their entire bullpen got mentioned. ...
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