The Hold Up 6/13: Ranking the Top 80 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Best Worst
1
T1
- Josh Hader 1 1 3
2
T2
+2 Kirby Yates 4 2 18
3
-1 Archie Bradley 2 1 7
4
-1 Chris Devenski 3 2 6
5
- Dan Winkler 5 5 76
6
- David Robertson 6 2 7
7
- Seranthony Dominguez 7 6 74
8
+4 Jeremy Jeffress 12 8 28
9
-1 Chad Green 8 8 19
10
-1 Joe Jimenez 9 9 80
11
-1 Jose Alvarado 10 6 59
12
-1 Ryan Madson 11 5 14
13
T3
+2 Yoshihisa Hirano 15 11 54
14
+6 Robert Gsellman 20 14 38
15
+4 Tony Watson 19 15 41
16
+7 Dellin Betances 23 6 29
17
-1 Brad Peacock 16 5 17
18
+15 Steve Cishek 33 18 55
19
+11 A. J. Minter 30 9 31
20
+11 Jordan Hicks 31 20 60
21
-3 Amir Garrett 18 18 80
22
+3 Drew Steckenrider 25 13 38
23
-2 Addison Reed 21 9 23
24
+2 Joe Kelly 26 22 62
25
-12 Alex Colome 13 13 25
26
T4
+13 Pedro Strop 39 21 41
27
-13 Mark Melancon 14 14 27
28
+10 Jared Hughes 38 28 74
29
-12 Josh Fields 17 17 69
30
-3 Mychal Givens 27 10 32
31
+11 Chaz Roe 42 31 75
32
-3 Will Harris 29 17 35
33
-5 Matt Barnes 28 18 35
34
+UR Darren O’Day UR 21 34
35
+1 Jose Leclerc 36 35 74
36
-4 Trevor Hildenberger 32 23 54
37
-3 Craig Stammen 34 34 75
38
T5
+6 Andrew Chafin 44 36 60
39
+6 James Pazos 45 39 73
40
+6 Sammy Solis 46 40 79
41
+21 Jace Fry 62 36 70
42
+6 Adam Cimber 48 42 73
43
+15 Tommy Hunter 58 30 58
44
+11 Lou Trivino 55 44 75
45
+8 Michael Lorenzen 53 45 80
46
+UR Justin Miller UR 46 46
47
+4 Edubray Ramos 51 47 73
48
+UR Justin Wilson UR 48 51
49
- Jake McGee 49 27 60
50
-9 Luis Garcia 41 38 64
51
-1 Shane Carle 50 42 79
52
-9 Sam Dyson 43 43 76
53
+6 David Hernandez 59 39 73
54
+14 Will Smith 68 54 79
55
T6
-8 Alex Claudio 47 35 63
56
- Justin Anderson 56 47 56
57
+13 Bruce Rondon 70 49 70
58
+7 Sam Freeman 65 58 77
59
+7 Yusmeiro Petit 66 59 74
60
+13 Cam Bedrosian 73 25 78
61
+16 Heath Hembree 77 61 77
62
+9 Zach Duke 71 49 71
63
+12 Jake Diekman 75 62 78
64
+UR Neil Ramirez UR 64 64
65
+14 Seung-hwan Oh 79 48 79
66
+UR Brad Brach UR 66 66
67
-3 Reyes Moronta 64 64 74
68
-11 Adam Morgan 57 34 68
69
T7
+5 Louis Coleman 74 69 74
70
+2 Kevin McCarthy 72 70 72
71
+UR Adam Conley UR 71 71
72
+UR Danny Barnes UR 35 79
73
+UR Jose Alvarez UR 73 73
74
+6 Ryan Pressly 80 66 80
75
+UR Tyler Clippard UR 75 77
76
+UR John Brebbia UR 76 76
77
+UR Jacob Barnes UR 31 80
78
+UR Pedro Baez UR 18 78
79
+UR Noe Ramirez UR 79 79
80
+UR Tony Barnette UR 80 80

Today we will take look at the updated non-closer 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.

  • Steve Cishek, A.J. Minter, Jordan Hicks, Pedro Strop, Jared Hughes and Chaz Roe were the biggest risers within the top 40. I think at this point, expect Minter and Hicks to stick around the top 20-25, even though both have been pretty volatile this season. The talent is there though that the good weeks will be worth dealing with the bad ones. The biggest fallers this past week were Alex Colome and Josh Fields. Colome will surely receive plenty of hold chances, just expect plenty of ups and downs in his performances.
  • Kirby Yates was the only reliever on the list to notch 4 SV+HD’s this past week (3 holds, 1 save) as he continues his 2018 dominance. If Brad Hand were to get moved at the deadline and Yates stays put, he becomes an immediate must add in all formats.
Rick Graham

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Comments


Adrian

Should I drop Devenski for Yates or are they about the same? And should we trust Ottavino to pitch like he did before hitting the DL?

Mallex P. Keaton

I face this same issue in a 12 team holds league and I’ve contemplated adding Devenski to a trade to increase a potential return with the ability to add Yates to compensate for dealing away Devenski. If your league counts holds, he’s still to valuable to just outright drop, even if the drop is to pick up someone pitching as well as Yates.

Adrian

Agreed, but with Hader, Hand, and Britton, if I’m going to add Ottavino or Yates, seems like Devenski would be my drop, as much as I may not want to do that. He has no trade value in my league despite it being a SV/HLD league.

Mallex P. Keaton

That seems like a lateral move to me. Yates isn’t so far and away a better option. Although I can understand why you’d want him to handcuff with Hand.

I am too sentimental towards Devo to just drop him. He helped me win a title last season (hat tip to his since-departed SP eligibility!)

Rick Graham

The only issue I have with Devenski is potential usage in a crowded bullpen that will likely add a piece or two by August.

Rick Graham

About the same, either guy is nice to have in holds formats. Hopin Ottavino is the same guy, but a little worried with his injury history plus oblique injuries can be tricky.

Francis

I would flip Robertson and Betances. Betances is clearly the 8th inning guy and he has fixed his previous issues and is back to his dominant self for the past 6 weeks. Also with Jordan Hicks adding strikeouts and a 50% K-BB% the last week, I’d give him a bump as well.

Jeremy

I was coming to say the same thing.
Holds over the past 30 Past 15 Past 7
Betances: 6 4 3
Robertson: 4 1 0

and that’s not including tonight where Betances picked up another hold and Robertson did not pitch (he pitched yesterday when NY was losing).

Rick Graham

Yea thats a good call. I still worry about Betances and his extreme volatility the past two seasons, but when he’s going right he is basically unhittable. And the usage is starting to be more than just a recent trend.

John

Do you think Madson is worth dropping for Hildenberger? Madson has not been good since the first month. His age, injury, and Herrera’s arrival lead me to think his hold chances will not be there as much going forward.

Rick Graham

Its close, but I still have Madson a a few spots higher this week, as he should still get more hold chances, even working the 7th inning.

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