The options for the reliever of the month are pretty wide open. Kenley Jansen had a great month but choosing him when he is on his game almost feels like cheating. Daniel Hudson would have been the easy choice if he had a month like he did in June but his stats plummeted into oblivion in July making him far from eligible for this award.
Relievers like Scott Alexander and Dylan Floro had a great month but their numbers were not flashy enough to earn them the nod here.
Caleb Ferguson, however, was a sensation from the bullpen and he easily wins the award in my mind.
Ferguson was a quick riser through the system. He began 2018 in Double-A and he, like Dennis Santana, pitched his way to the major leagues due to injuries on the Show roster.
Ferguson made three appearances as a starter in the big leagues, surrendering nine runs in 10.2 innings. After being fairly unimpressive there, the Dodgers chose to move Ferguson to the pen and the move landed him on this award article.
In his 15.2 July innings as a reliever, Ferguson has a 1.20 ERA, a .667 WHIP, and a K9 rate of 10.8. These numbers moved the 22-year old lefty from a long relief role to a frequently used lefty and that too has been a great transition.
The Dodgers may have taken a flyer on a setup man at the deadline because Caleb Ferguson can get that job done with these numbers.