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

Rick Graham ranks the top pitchers to own for holds.

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  • 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.

  • Avatar Matt says:

    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!

  • Avatar Perfect Game says:

    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.

  • Avatar Matt says:

    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.

  • Avatar Daniel Wachs says:

    Where does Hector Neris fall on this list?

    • Avatar Rick Graham says:

      He’d be top 30 but I have him as the Phillies “closer”* for now so didn’t want to put his name on both lists.

  • Avatar Ryan says:

    Trevor May doesn’t even have a hold yet.

  • Avatar Kyle says:

    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!

  • Avatar Seth says:

    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?

    • Avatar Rick Graham says:

      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.

  • Avatar leland taglieri says:

    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

  • Avatar hardcourt says:

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

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