The Hold Up 4/18: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rank Change Pitcher
1
T1
- Ryan Pressly
2
- Diego Castillo
3
- Ty Buttrey
4
- Craig Stammen
5
+1 Taylor Rogers
6
+6 Matt Barnes
7
+6 Lou Trivino
8
+3 Jeremy Jeffress
9
+6 Seranthony Dominguez
10
T2
+9 Kelvin Herrera
11
+16 Reyes Moronta
12
-2 Adam Ottavino
13
+4 Andrew Miller
14
-7 Jeurys Familia
15
+5 Hector Rondon
16
-7 Keone Kela
17
+1 Archie Bradley
18
+3 Richard Rodriguez
19
-11 Joe Jimenez
20
T3
+4 Tony Watson
21
+20 Joe Biagini
22
+6 Steve Cishek
23
+7 Zack Britton
24
+12 Amir Garrett
25
+8 Scott Oberg
26
+11 Pat Neshek
27
+12 John Brebbia
28
+1 Chaz Roe
29
-3 Chad Green
30
+23 Trevor Hildenberger
31
+17 Ryne Stanek
32
-7 Adam Conley
33
-2 Seung-hwan Oh
34
- David Hernandez
35
-3 Drew Steckenrider
36
+16 John Gant
37
+18 Seth Lugo
38
-22 Trevor May
39
-1 Trey Wingenter
40
+21 Brandon Brennan
41
+32 Adam Morgan
42
T4
-20 Joakim Soria
43
-3 Will Harris
44
- Sam Dyson
45
-2 Chris Devenski
46
-11 Yoshihisa Hirano
47
+2 Jared Hughes
48
+10 Tayron Guerrero
49
+11 Justin Wilson
50
+14 Pedro Baez
51
UR Kyle Crick
52
-10 Hansel Robles
53
-3 Oliver Perez
54
- Neil Ramirez
55
+10 Shawn Kelley
56
+12 Kyle Barraclough
57
+13 Robert Gsellman
58
+1 Adam Kolarek
59
+8 Adam Cimber
60
UR Junior Guerra
61
+20 Connor Sadzeck
62
+9 Roenis Elias
63
T5
UR Nick Anderson
64
-18 J. B. Wendelken
65
-3 Dominic Leone
66
+3 Ryan Buchter
67
+5 Joe Kelly
68
UR Scott Alexander
69
+5 Nate Jones
70
UR Ian Kennedy
71
UR Nick Wittgren
72
+14 Brandon Kintzler
73
+17 Buck Farmer
74
+9 Trevor Gott
75
+3 Tyler Kinley
76
+3 Cam Bedrosian
77
-20 Chad Sobotka
78
-3 Tim Mayza
79
UR Jace Fry
80
UR Jacob Barnes
81
+7 Luis Garcia
82
+2 Luke Jackson
83
UR Adam Warren
84
+5 Brad Wieck
85
UR Wes Parsons
86
UR Nick Burdi
87
UR Jesse Chavez
88
UR Daniel Hudson
89
-12 Alex Claudio
90
-14 Dylan Floro
  • Trevor May is the biggest faller this week as he drops 23 spots after a tumultuous week. Obviously, the 5.14 ERA and 1.57 WHIP aren’t what owners were looking for when drafting May, but it’s the fact he only has one hold to his name that drops him this far. He hasn’t been trusted in many high leverage situations from the get-go, and his recent outings will likely keep him down toward the bottom of the pecking order for now.
  • While it’s typically impossible to predict how Gabe Kapler is going to use his bullpen, the one constant is that Adam Morgan will work against left-handers late in close games. Assuming he is getting the job done, as he has so far, this should lead to bunches of hold/save chances for Morgan, the biggest riser on the list this week.
  • In injury-related news, Dellin Betances and David Robertson were removed because of their presumed lengthy IL stints. Neither one is worth owning unless you have an open IL spot. Kyle Crick was reinstated from the IL earlier in the week and should see steady setup work with Keone Kela and to a lesser degree Richard Rodriguez struggling.
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


John

Going with all reliever strategy in H2H categories saves plus holds on yahoo. Would it be a mistake to drop Buttrey for Gant to put him in SP slot with Castillo

Scott

What is Stanek’s role when not opening. I’m interested in using him in a daily lineup league for ratio, it’s. He’s been good but if he got holds that would be gravy. Thanks

hardcourt

I really like Stanek but needed to drop him as he’s opening too many games at the moment. He usually opens one and then available for relief in one of the other four games (in between starts). If he sticks near the back end full time he’d be a must add in holds leagues…

Dan

Seranthony only has 2 holds on the year and seems like he gets passed up a lot when opportunities arise. I believe in the talent, but it’s incredibly frustrating to own. You think I should stick it out and that his opportunities are coming?

Rick Graham

My guess is he will get more of an opportunity with Robertson out but who really knows with Kapler. I’d still take a chance and bet on the talent if possible.

Scott

What is Stanek’s role when not opening. I’m interested in using him in a daily lineup league for ratio, it’s. He’s been good but if he got holds that would be gravy. Thanks

Rick Graham

He gets late inning work when not opening. So far he has 2 holds in 4 relief appearances. It would be nice to see him not open anymore, but he’s still got some value.

Kyle

Hey Rick,
Thoughts on Nick Anderson? 17Ks and 2 walks over 8 innings, but pitching for a bad Marlins team will limit his holds. Do you think he’s worth owning for the ratios, and do you see this success continuing?

hardcourt

In my opinion both he and Tayron Guerrero should be given 7th ot 9th inning holds/save opportunities as Conley, Steckinridge and Romo have not done the job. Hopefully, we see that soon…

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