The Hold Up 4/12: Ranking the Top 80 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Best Worst
1
T1
- Andrew Miller 1 1 1
2
- Josh Hader 2 2 3
3
+2 Archie Bradley 5 3 7
4
T2
-1 David Robertson 3 2 4
5
+8 Brad Peacock 13 5 13
6
-2 Chris Devenski 4 4 6
7
- Dellin Betances 7 6 7
8
- Carl Edwards 8 8 8
9
- A. J. Minter 9 9 9
10
+5 Addison Reed 15 10 15
11
-5 Ryan Madson 6 5 11
12
+7 Juan Nicasio 19 12 22
13
+9 AJ Ramos 22 13 50
14
+24 Adam Ottavino 38 14 38
15
T3
+11 Drew Steckenrider 26 15 26
16
-6 Mychal Givens 10 10 16
17
+1 Bryan Shaw 18 17 18
18
+2 Kyle Barraclough 20 18 29
19
-8 Chad Green 11 11 19
20
-3 Will Harris 17 17 20
21
+8 Darren O’Day 29 21 33
22
+25 Yoshihisa Hirano 47 22 54
23
T4
-7 Joe Smith 16 14 23
24
-1 George Kontos 23 23 31
25
+2 Tyler Lyons 27 24 27
26
+2 Pedro Strop 28 26 28
27
-3 Dominic Leone 24 24 27
28
+UR Blake Parker UR 28 28
29
+5 Ryan Tepera 34 29 38
30
+UR Robert Gsellman UR 30 30
31
-10 Tommy Kahnle 21 21 31
32
-1 Trevor Hildenberger 31 23 32
33
-3 Nick Goody 30 30 33
34
T5
-2 Matt Barnes 32 32 34
35
+1 Tony Watson 36 35 41
36
-3 Scott Alexander 33 19 36
37
-2 Alex Claudio 35 35 37
38
+1 Steve Cishek 39 38 49
39
+1 Michael Feliz 40 26 40
40
+19 Jose Alvarado 59 40 59
41
+1 Jordan Hicks 42 41 60
42
+3 Emilio Pagan 45 42 45
43
+5 Jacob Barnes 48 43 80
44
-1 Ryan Buchter 43 43 47
45
-4 Josh Fields 41 41 69
46
T6
+4 Nick Vincent 50 43 50
47
-3 Pedro Baez 44 44 47
48
+3 Justin Wilson 51 48 51
49
+UR Joakim Soria UR 49 49
50
-4 Jake McGee 46 46 51
51
+1 Hector Rondon 52 51 56
52
+3 Danny Barnes 55 52 79
53
+7 Wandy Peralta 60 53 73
54
+9 Craig Stammen 63 54 75
55
+3 Sergio Romo 58 53 58
56
-7 Joe Kelly 49 49 62
57
-4 Adam Morgan 53 34 57
58
-4 Carson Smith 54 42 58
59
+14 Justin Grimm 73 59 73
60
-3 Andrew Chafin 57 57 60
61
+5 Jose Ramirez 66 61 66
62
+3 Cory Gearrin 65 62 65
63
+13 Jim Johnson 76 63 76
64
+16 Joe Jimenez 80 64 80
65
+2 Tony Cingrani 67 61 67
66
-10 Kevin Jepsen 56 56 66
67
-3 Taylor Rogers 64 64 67
68
T7
+UR Bud Norris UR 68 68
69
-8 Seung-hwan Oh 61 61 71
70
+8 Chris Martin 78 70 78
71
+UR Hansel Robles UR 71 71
72
-4 Alex Wilson 68 68 72
73
+UR Jordan Lyles UR 73 73
74
+UR Danny Farquhar UR 74 74
75
+UR Chaz Roe UR 75 75
76
+UR Sam Freeman UR 76 76
77
+UR Tyler Olson UR 77 77
78
+UR Dan Jennings UR 78 78
79
+UR Shane Carle UR 79 79
80
+UR Victor Arano 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 should rush to drop the 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.

  • I think this new top-tier trio (Andrew Miller, Josh Hader, Archie Bradley) have established themselves above the rest of the pack to start the season. I know its early, but their combination of usage, low ratios,  and strikeout upside make them elite RP options in hold formats.
  • I’m loving Brad Peacock’s usage so far this season as it looks as if he is locked into a setup role and is quite possibly next in line for saves also. He’s been throwing his slider 56% of the time, which is a major plus considering the number of swings and misses he gets with it. Not out of the question he gets bumped up to tier 1 in the next week or so.
  • Also throwing their slider more and reaping the rewards so far to begin the season is Adam Ottavino. He’s also seen a ton of swings and misses with it and now is up to 16 K’s over 8 innings while only allowing 3 baserunners on the year. I think he is back to being the pitcher we expected him to be a year ago.
  • I’ve been impressed with Yoshi Hirano to begin the year, despite the lack of strikeouts. He’s been mixing up his fastball and splitter at about an even 50/50 split, which is keeping hitters off balance and limiting hard contact. I think based on the effectiveness of his splitter, he could wind up being close to a strikeout an inning guy this season.
  • Tommy Kahnle’s velocity is way down to begin the year (3 MPH on the FB and SL, CU is the same), and it wouldn’t be surprising to see a DL stint for him soon. I still believe in the talent, but until we see his stuff improve, he’s really hard to trust right now.
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


Mark

Curious what you see in Michael Feliz? He walks so many guys and hasn’t turned his talent into success at the big league level yet. Is it more based on his role and strikeouts? Prospect pedigree?

Rick Graham

A little bit of those three things you mentioned. He started the year in a set up role and has shown ability to strike people out at a high rate. He’s close to being a high impact reliever at this level. He was solid in 2016 when his walk rate was 3%. If he can get back to that, he’ll be an asset.

Clayton

What are your thoughts on Tyler Glasnow the reliever? He’s not being used with high frequency but there is some hope the stuff might translate in the bullpen, if he can reign in the command issues. Nights like last night are bound to happen but what is your outlook on him ROS?

Rick Graham

I actually had Glasnow at 80 until last night happened. The walks are still a major issue. Theres a chance he gets on the list and can climb up it, but he needs to lower that walk rate substantially.

John

As a Devenski and Roberts owner, is there anything to be worries about or did they just drop because other guys were that good.

Billy T

Can you please take another look at bud Norris? I think he is better than your ranking gives him credit. It appears that the Matheny has put him ahead of Leone in the bullpen pecking order….and with good reason from what I can tell.

Scott

In a saves + holds league would you rather roster devenski or Strickland. I don’t think melancon is coming back any time soon. I know devenski offers more k but I am looking at saves and holds. Peacock is getting more work and saves tend to accrue faster than holds. Thanks

FT

Thoughts on Betances and his extremely poor start? He’s been lit up so far this year, but hasn’t been wild, just getting knocked around. No holds yet, either! I’m concerned and need some expert advice.

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