The Hold Up 7/12: Ranking the Top 80 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Best Worst
1
T1
- Josh Hader 1 1 3
2
- Adam Ottavino 2 2 38
3
+1 Archie Bradley 4 1 7
4
+1 Dellin Betances 5 4 29
5
+UR Carl Edwards UR 3 8
6
-3 Kirby Yates 3 2 18
7
-1 Jeremy Jeffress 6 6 28
8
+3 Lou Trivino 11 8 75
9
-2 Chris Devenski 7 2 9
10
+2 Tony Watson 12 10 41
11
T2
-1 A. J. Minter 10 9 31
12
+3 Jordan Hicks 15 12 60
13
-5 Dan Winkler 8 5 76
14
+2 Jose Alvarado 16 6 59
15
+9 Matt Barnes 24 15 40
16
-3 Chad Green 13 8 19
17
+6 Jose Leclerc 23 17 74
18
-4 Yoshihisa Hirano 14 11 54
19
-2 David Robertson 17 2 19
20
- Steve Cishek 20 18 55
21
-3 Brad Peacock 18 5 21
22
-3 Amir Garrett 19 18 80
23
-2 Drew Steckenrider 21 13 38
24
+7 Trevor Hildenberger 31 23 54
25
+7 Reyes Moronta 32 25 74
26
+7 Joe Kelly 33 22 62
27
+3 Robert Gsellman 30 14 38
28
+6 Alex Colome 34 13 34
29
+7 Diego Castillo 36 29 68
30
+24 Victor Arano 54 30 80
31
+15 Scott Alexander 46 19 59
32
T3
-4 Seung-hwan Oh 28 28 79
33
-7 Jared Hughes 26 26 74
34
-7 Craig Stammen 27 27 75
35
-6 Pedro Strop 29 21 41
36
+1 James Pazos 37 36 73
37
+1 Ryan Buchter 38 37 47
38
-3 Adam Conley 35 35 71
39
+35 Collin McHugh 74 39 74
40
+5 Andrew Chafin 45 36 60
41
- Mychal Givens 41 10 41
42
+6 Jake Diekman 48 42 78
43
-18 Neil Ramirez 25 25 64
44
+12 Kyle Crick 56 44 80
45
+6 Justin Wilson 51 42 51
46
+7 Michael Lorenzen 53 45 80
47
+2 Cam Bedrosian 49 25 78
48
+30 Brandon Kintzler 78 26 78
49
+UR Daniel Hudson UR 49 64
50
T4
-6 Will Harris 44 17 50
51
-9 Emilio Pagan 42 42 63
52
-5 Pat Neshek 47 16 52
53
-14 Jace Fry 39 36 70
54
-2 Tommy Hunter 52 30 58
55
-5 David Hernandez 50 39 73
56
+7 Justin Anderson 63 47 75
57
+20 Brad Ziegler 77 57 77
58
-15 Ryan Madson 43 5 58
59
+8 Oliver Perez 67 59 81
60
-5 Anthony Swarzak 55 13 60
61
-4 Ryan Pressly 57 55 80
62
-3 Shane Carle 59 42 79
63
-3 Adam Cimber 60 42 73
64
+UR Edgar Santana UR 62 64
65
+UR Edubray Ramos UR 24 73
66
- Yusmeiro Petit 66 59 74
67
T5
-6 Heath Hembree 61 61 77
68
-6 Adam Morgan 62 34 69
69
+2 Tim Peterson 71 69 72
70
+3 Jake McGee 73 27 76
71
+4 Juan Nicasio 75 8 75
72
+UR Richard Rodriguez UR 64 80
73
+UR Dan Jennings UR 51 78
74
-10 Juan Minaya 64 64 74
75
+UR Seth Lugo UR 75 75
76
+UR Matt Strahm UR 76 76
77
+UR Alex Wilson UR 68 79
78
+UR Hansel Robles UR 71 78
79
+UR John Axford UR 66 79
80
-11 Louis Coleman 69 58 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.

  • Victor Arano, Scott Alexander, and Collin McHugh were the biggest risers inside the top 40 this week. Arano has worked his way into being Seranthony Dominguez’s primary handcuff and has been missing bats at a high clip this season. Alexander continues to pitch well and pick up holds as the Dodgers top left-handed reliever. McHugh may finally start seeing some steady hold opportunities, as he picked up his first two holds of the season this past week.
  • Neil Ramirez and Jace Fry were both bumped out of the top 40 after some struggles this week. With Andrew Miller nearing a return, Ramirez’s grip on consistent holds will likely take a hit. He’s also coming off an outing that saw him allow 3 hits and two home runs while only recording one out. After a terrific start to the year, Fry has cooled off in a big way and now has an ERA of 7.15 over the past month while only adding two holds.
  • Edgar Santana, Dan Jennings, Daniel Hudson, Scott Alexander and Trevor Hildenberger all had 3 HD’s this past week. This list perfectly represents just how volatile holds are to come by in this game.
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.

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Comments


Ry

Does Greg Holland ever get back into the mix for regular holds or dare I say saves this season?

Rick Graham

Every time I think he is making positive strides, he goes and blows up like he did Sunday. Think it’s a lost season for him.

Mallex P. Keaton

Rick, what do we make of Corbin Burnes in the Brewers’ bullpen? Only one appearance so far, but it was a 2 inning SV. I realize this is a HDs column, but it shows that the Brewers obviously think fondly of him and aren’t scared to use him immediately in high-leverage situations. His SP eligibility makes him especially valuable in my H2H HDs league. Is it so crazy to think that he ends up a right-handed Hader in the short-term, with less K upside? Or even in a McHugh/2017 Devenski/2017 Chad Green middle/late relief role, to which I still attach decent value? Or is he going to get lost in the deep Brewer bullpen? Thanks for your awesome work!

Rick Graham

I like Burnes and definitely will monitor how he is used, but for now, I see a hard path towards consistent holds for him. Knebel, Hader, and Jeffress are definitely locked in ahead of him, while Jennings, Williams, and Albers when healthy have pitched pretty well also. I’m intrigued, but willing to wait and see for now.

CGR

Based on pure stats alone I’m looking at grabbing Scott Alexander LAD. Do you know anything about him?

Rick Graham

I was high in him before the season started and despite a terrible start to the year and battling through injuries, he’s been money the last month of the season. He won’t give you great K numbers, but he posts ridiculous GB/FB splits, with his GB% currently at 74.3%. Relievers not prone to HR’s are always a big plus and now that he is working in a setup role due to all the injuries in that bullpen, he makes for one of the better hold options out there.

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