The Hold Up 5/10: Ranking the Top 80 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Best Worst
1
T1
+UR Josh Hader UR 1 3
2
+UR Andrew Miller UR 1 2
3
-2 Archie Bradley 1 1 7
4
-1 Carl Edwards 3 3 8
5
-3 Chris Devenski 2 2 6
6
-2 Adam Ottavino 4 4 38
7
-2 David Robertson 5 2 7
8
T2
-2 Jose Alvarado 6 6 59
9
- Ryan Madson 9 5 14
10
+4 Kirby Yates 14 10 18
11
-1 Addison Reed 10 10 15
12
- Brad Peacock 12 5 13
13
+2 Drew Steckenrider 15 13 26
14
+UR A. J. Minter UR 9 14
15
-2 Chad Green 13 11 19
16
+7 Mychal Givens 23 10 32
17
+UR Jeremy Jeffress UR 17 28
18
T3
-7 Yoshihisa Hirano 11 11 54
19
-3 Tony Watson 16 16 41
20
-1 Kyle Barraclough 19 15 29
21
+5 Pedro Strop 26 21 41
22
-14 Juan Nicasio 8 8 22
23
-6 Ryan Tepera 17 17 38
24
+8 Luke Gregerson 32 24 37
25
-18 Dellin Betances 7 6 25
26
+7 Brandon Kintzler 33 26 66
27
-2 Josh Fields 25 24 69
28
-10 Matt Barnes 18 18 35
29
-5 Robert Gsellman 24 21 30
30
+1 Tommy Hunter 31 30 31
31
-11 Tony Cingrani 20 12 67
32
-4 Joe Kelly 28 28 62
33
-12 AJ Ramos 21 13 50
34
-4 Joe Jimenez 30 30 80
35
-13 Will Harris 22 17 35
36
T4
+2 Andrew Chafin 38 36 60
37
+2 Michael Feliz 39 26 48
38
+3 Trevor Hildenberger 41 23 54
39
+19 Dan Winkler 58 39 76
40
-13 Jake McGee 27 27 51
41
+4 Steve Cishek 45 38 55
42
-5 George Kontos 37 21 46
43
-1 Nick Vincent 42 42 56
44
- Pedro Baez 44 18 47
45
+2 Shane Carle 47 45 79
46
+6 Chaz Roe 52 46 75
47
+UR Nate Jones UR 14 47
48
+12 Jared Hughes 60 48 74
49
+12 Zach Duke 61 49 61
50
-4 Tyler Lyons 46 24 53
51
-2 Alex Claudio 49 35 63
52
T5
-18 Jacob Barnes 34 31 80
53
+3 Justin Anderson 56 53 56
54
- Dan Jennings 54 51 78
55
-7 Seung-hwan Oh 48 48 71
56
+UR Cam Bedrosian UR 25 56
57
-21 Jordan Hicks 36 34 60
58
-18 Blake Parker 40 28 58
59
-4 James Pazos 55 55 73
60
+UR Richard Bleier UR 60 60
61
-8 Tayron Guerrero 53 53 80
62
-3 Luis Garcia 59 59 64
63
+UR Craig Stammen UR 48 75
64
-2 Amir Garrett 62 62 80
65
-1 Bryan Shaw 64 17 65
66
+4 Ryan Pressly 70 66 70
67
+2 Hector Rondon 69 51 69
68
+5 Edubray Ramos 73 68 73
69
+9 Jake Diekman 78 69 78
70
T6
-7 Carson Smith 63 42 70
71
-14 Santiago Casilla 57 57 71
72
-37 Matt Albers 35 35 78
73
-6 Sammy Solis 67 67 79
74
+UR Seranthony Dominguez UR 74 74
75
+UR Lou Trivino UR 75 75
76
+UR John Axford UR 76 76
77
-1 J. T. Chargois 76 76 77
78
+UR Cory Gearrin UR 62 78
79
+UR Ryan Dull UR 79 79
80
+UR Richard Rodriguez UR 80 80

Today we will take look at the updated non-closer (committees included) reliever market as there are some changes to the list since our previous installment. Keep in mind, just because a player is ranked below another player (especially when in the same tier), that doesn’t mean you need to rush to drop them for a higher ranked player. These rankings are mostly to be used on a tier by tier scale and apply towards the pitcher’s value for the rest of the season.

  • Tyler Clippard was the Blue Jays first option to close out a game following Roberto Osuna’s suspension, and he did so successfully Wednesday night. The tea leaves had started to lean towards Clippard as the interim closer, so Ryan Tepera and Seung Hwan-Oh will remain on this holds list until we see any semblance of a committee. John Axford gets a slight boost with the news, but just remember, it is John Axford.
  • The Orioles lost their current closer as well just this yesterday, as Darren O’Day was placed on the DL with a hyperextended elbow. Brad Brach filled in on Wednesday night and earned his first save since April 11th. Mychal Givens and Richard Bleier get a nice boost from this, as both should be firmly entrenched in setup roles at least until O’Day and Zach Britton return.
  • Leaving the list this week are Dominic Leone, Nick Goody, Adam Morgan, Danny Barnes and Alex Wilson, due to injuries placing them on the DL. Others falling off this week are Tyler Olson, Sergio Romo, Paul Sewald, Sam Dyson, Will Smith, Kyle Crick and Dan Otero. Tyler Clippard was also removed due to his current status as Blue Jays (supposed) closer.
  • Leading the week in holds with 3 were Archie Bradley, Tommy Hunter and Edubray Ramos. That Phillies bullpen has a ton a quality arms, especially with the additions of young guys like Victor Arano (on the DL at the moment) and Seranthony Dominguez.
Rick Graham

Former player and coach of the game who misses every second of it. Red Sox fan born and raised in Boston that is currently largely outnumbered by Yankees fans at PitcherList.

Comments


Rick Graham

He’s definitely legit as a reliever, but I don’t see him transitioning back to a starter anytime soon. He hasn’t started games since 2015 and he probably has more value to the Rays as a late inning reliever.

Scott

Gohara has not pitched yet, but do you expect him to be used where he can get a fair amount of holds. I had him stashed and was planning on cutting him, but I play in. S+H league and he qualifies as a SP, which would be of value to me if he can generate holds and can pitch well with K upside. Thx

Rick Graham

I don’t see him being an asset in the holds department, but he could help K’s and potential ERA/WHIP. I think we see him starting some point soon though.

Harry

While I do believe Betances will come back into form, I don’t understand how he can continue to be ranked top 30 when Boone is simply not putting him into Hold situations. They’re consistly going to Green and even Shreve and occasionally Holder ahead of him, and while the Ks are great, his Net Holds of 1 on the year makes him nearly droppable.

Rick Graham

I get it, but I feel like he’s still someone to own if you are in a deep holds league. It’s tough giving up on a guy like Betances because you don’t want to regret dropping that upside if he figures it out. He just turned 30 a month ago and his stuff still looks dominant at times, but maybe he needs a trade out of NY to regain value. I’d still rather chase him than a lot of other options out there who may get me a hold or two a week.

Bill

Would you value Alvarado or Daniel Robertson as more valuable to the Rays as a long term asset?

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