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Is Felipe Rivero One of the Top Ten Relievers in the Game?

Felipe Rivero picked up 21 saves in 2017. Photo Credit: David Hague
Is Felipe Rivero One of the Top Ten Relievers in the Game?
John Dreker

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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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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