It is never easy to rank pitchers or players. What one scout or evaluator sees as a priority or skill, another individual may evaluate differently and provide a different opinion. That's what makes scouting and watching baseball players so fascinating.
In my reliever rankings, I am looking primarily at late-inning setup men and closers, as the pressure usually intensifies as the game progresses to its finish.
The pitcher's team, division of play, home-field factors, historical success and injury history, among other factors, go into determining the rankings. As is usually the case, each reader may have a different opinion. Following are my top 40 relievers for 2015, along with their stats from 2014.
Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.