The Hold Up 4/11: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rank Change Pitcher
1
T1
UR Ryan Pressly
2
UR Diego Castillo
3
UR Ty Buttrey
4
UR Craig Stammen
5
UR Dellin Betances
6
UR Taylor Rogers
7
UR Jeurys Familia
8
UR Joe Jimenez
9
UR Keone Kela
10
UR Adam Ottavino
11
UR Jeremy Jeffress
12
UR Matt Barnes
13
UR Lou Trivino
14
-12 David Robertson
15
UR Seranthony Dominguez
16
UR Trevor May
17
UR Andrew Miller
18
UR Archie Bradley
19
T2
UR Kelvin Herrera
20
UR Hector Rondon
21
UR Richard Rodriguez
22
UR Joakim Soria
23
UR Arodys Vizcaino
24
UR Tony Watson
25
UR Adam Conley
26
UR Chad Green
27
UR Reyes Moronta
28
UR Steve Cishek
29
UR Chaz Roe
30
UR Zack Britton
31
UR Seung-hwan Oh
32
UR Drew Steckenrider
33
UR Scott Oberg
34
UR David Hernandez
35
UR Yoshihisa Hirano
36
UR Amir Garrett
37
UR Pat Neshek
38
UR Trey Wingenter
39
UR John Brebbia
40
T3
UR Will Harris
41
UR Joe Biagini
42
UR Hansel Robles
43
UR Chris Devenski
44
UR Sam Dyson
45
UR Justin Miller
46
UR J. B. Wendelken
47
UR Joshua James
48
UR Ryne Stanek
49
UR Jared Hughes
50
UR Oliver Perez
51
UR Brad Brach
52
UR John Gant
53
UR Trevor Hildenberger
54
UR Neil Ramirez
55
UR Seth Lugo
56
UR Tyler Olson
57
UR Chad Sobotka
58
UR Tayron Guerrero
59
UR Adam Kolarek
60
UR Justin Wilson
61
UR Brandon Brennan
62
UR Dominic Leone
63
UR Tyler Thornburg
64
UR Pedro Baez
65
UR Shawn Kelley
66
T4
UR Juan Nicasio
67
UR Adam Cimber
68
UR Kyle Barraclough
69
UR Ryan Buchter
70
UR Robert Gsellman
71
UR Roenis Elias
72
UR Joe Kelly
73
UR Adam Morgan
74
UR Nate Jones
75
UR Tim Mayza
76
UR Dylan Floro
77
UR Alex Claudio
78
UR Tyler Kinley
79
UR Cam Bedrosian
80
UR Miguel Castro
81
UR Connor Sadzeck
82
UR Ryan Burr
83
UR Trevor Gott
84
UR Luke Jackson
85
UR Yusmeiro Petit
86
UR Brandon Kintzler
87
UR Matt Grace
88
UR Luis Garcia
89
UR Brad Wieck
90
UR Buck Farmer
  • Tier 1 is basically interchangeable and really comes down to personal preference at this point. Dellin Betances could be back next week and can be the true difference maker of the group if healthy and commanding his fastball. It’s still early in the season and we’re still trying to get a gauge of pitcher usage, so it may take a while to nail down this top tier.
  • I think it’s inevitable that A.J. Minter will be the Braves’ closer for much of the season, leading Arodys Vizcaino to join this list. As a setup man with a wonky shoulder, he’s a clear cut second tier option for me.
  • The Nationals are trying to fix their bullpen issues by signing Bud Norris, who likely isn’t the answer to their problems. However, with everyone else struggling in front of Sean Doolittle there, he could move up the pecking order rather quickly and gain some value in holds leagues. EDIT: The Norris deal fell through so he was removed from the list.
Rick Graham

Rick resides in the Boston area and has experience as a player and coach at the collegiate level. He has been covering relievers for Pitcher List since 2017.

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Comments


Matt

Hi Rick, in a 10 TM, 6×6 roto, SV+HLD league, where I have built my team to not care too much about ratio’s when it comes to my RP’s, but more so just accumulating A LOT of SV+HLD. I currently have Hicks, Colome, Morrow, and Minter rostered. All true closers, HLD guys. Diego Castillo and Stammen (as well as other top names) are available on my wire, as owners seem to prefer SV guys over HLD guys (too me it’s all the same, I just want the most total SV+HLD’s). Would you recommend dropping any of those above closers for the available HLD guys on your list? Thanks!

Matt

Was thinking Colome for Stammen who has 7 HLD and maybe Morrow for Castillo who has 4. They both have excellent ratios as well which is an added bonus. I’ll hold onto Hicks and Minter.

Perfect Game

What are your thoughts on LeClerc after his last couple outings? He was yanked after giving up one one last night.

He also hasn’t been getting the swing and misses so far either.

Matt

Was thinking Colome for Stammen who has 7 HLD and maybe Morrow for Castillo who has 4. They both have excellent ratios as well which is an added bonus. I’ll hold onto Hicks and Minter.

Kyle

This is awesome. I’m in two AL only leagues and an ottoneu league where holds are big. Is it possible to put teams/league on this in the future? That way I can import and sort in a spreadsheet. Thanks again fro this!

Seth

for pts leagues with 4pts per hold is Josh James still worth the stash (thinking about him more as a starter). I have Doolittle and Bradley already. Do you see him getting a starting opportunity before Forest W?

Rick Graham

Tough to tell, yesterdays outing probably doesn’t help his cause but I’d imagine if he were to be used as a starter they would send him down to get stretched out soon. If that doesn’t happen in the next month or so I think Whitley will get the first shot if a spot opens up.

leland taglieri

Love the article, thank you for sharing. I have been punting wins/ ks doing saves+holds leagues for 5-10 years now, looking to make a career out of it, just started writing again would appreciate any feedback

hardcourt

I think three names to watch for in holds leagues include Richard Lovelady, Nick Burdi, and Nick Anderson. Thoughts?

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