The Hold Up 4/25: 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
- Taylor Rogers
6
- Matt Barnes
7
- Lou Trivino
8
- Jeremy Jeffress
9
- Seranthony Dominguez
10
T2
- Kelvin Herrera
11
- Reyes Moronta
12
+2 Jeurys Familia
13
+8 Joe Biagini
14
-2 Adam Ottavino
15
+8 Zack Britton
16
-1 Hector Rondon
17
+10 John Brebbia
18
+7 Scott Oberg
19
+5 Amir Garrett
20
-3 Archie Bradley
21
T3
-1 Tony Watson
22
+17 Trey Wingenter
23
-10 Andrew Miller
24
-8 Keone Kela
25
-6 Joe Jimenez
26
+10 John Gant
27
-5 Steve Cishek
28
-10 Richard Rodriguez
29
UR Robert Stephenson
30
+4 David Hernandez
31
- Ryne Stanek
32
+5 Seth Lugo
33
- Seung-hwan Oh
34
-4 Trevor Hildenberger
35
+7 Joakim Soria
36
+5 Adam Morgan
37
-5 Adam Conley
38
+8 Yoshihisa Hirano
39
+24 Nick Anderson
40
UR Emilio Pagan
41
+30 Nick Wittgren
42
-4 Trevor May
43
T4
+19 Roenis Elias
44
-9 Drew Steckenrider
45
-19 Pat Neshek
46
-18 Chaz Roe
47
UR Ryan Tepera
48
-8 Brandon Brennan
49
-2 Jared Hughes
50
- Pedro Baez
51
+1 Hansel Robles
52
+3 Shawn Kelley
53
+3 Kyle Barraclough
54
+4 Adam Kolarek
55
+6 Connor Sadzeck
56
-8 Tayron Guerrero
57
-13 Sam Dyson
58
UR Jake Newberry
59
-16 Will Harris
60
-9 Kyle Crick
61
+3 J. B. Wendelken
62
-9 Oliver Perez
63
-6 Robert Gsellman
64
-4 Junior Guerra
65
-6 Adam Cimber
66
+7 Buck Farmer
67
+17 Brad Wieck
68
+2 Ian Kennedy
69
+10 Jace Fry
70
+19 Alex Claudio
71
T5
-4 Joe Kelly
72
+4 Cam Bedrosian
73
-1 Brandon Kintzler
74
-6 Scott Alexander
75
UR Caleb Ferguson
76
-31 Chris Devenski
77
-12 Dominic Leone
78
-24 Neil Ramirez
79
+3 Luke Jackson
80
UR Victor Alcantara
81
-12 Nate Jones
82
-4 Tim Mayza
83
UR Andrew Chafin
84
UR Wander Suero
85
-4 Luis Garcia
86
+2 Daniel Hudson
87
-13 Trevor Gott
88
UR Luis Cessa
89
UR Dan Winkler
90
UR Chris Martin
  • I’ll bite on the Robert Stephenson resurrection as his new pitch mix may be the key to his MLB success. He’s basically scrapped his curveball and fastball for a slider, which he’s now throwing a career-high 59% of the time. This change has led to a 21.1% swinging-strike rate and 36.4 K/BB%, so maybe this can be a true breakout. Holds may be hard to come by in that bullpen, but he should be able to carve out a Chad Green (2017-’18 Green) type role.
  • We don’t have any concrete information as to why exactly Emilio Pagan was used to close out back to back games for the Rays on Sunday and Monday, but I don’t think it’s anything more than the Rays looking to get Diego Castillo and Jose Alvarado some rest. That being said, Pagan still intrigues me in deeper leagues as he’s shown some nasty swing-and-miss stuff at the MLB level before, plus his velocity is up a tick this year.
  • Nick Wittgren looks to be in place as the Indians new top setup man, but we should temper expectations. He’s not a flamethrower, and he hasn’t made any changes to his repertoire. I doubt a breakout is coming, but he could be an OK play for holds moving forward.
  • It’s a shame watching Adam Conley‘s start to the season after having such high hopes coming into the year. An insanely high BABIP (.419) suggests this start is more of a fluke than anything, so I think we can hold steady for now.
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


Jim

Jeffress could easily be 20 spots down and nobody would blink. His velo is still way down. 93 last time out. He is being deployed in the middle innings. He is nowhere near set-up or closing situations yet.
Biagini on the other hand, lights. out.

Rick Graham

Still too early. 93 is actually an encouraging trend since he was 91 the first few times out before. The Brewers haven’t had much opportunity for saves/holds lately and Jeffress is returning from injury so they are easing him in. No way he isn’t going to be used over the likes of Matt Albers, Alex Wilson or Jacob Barnes once back to full strength.
Biagini has been good so far, but also very lucky (.154 BABIP, 97% LOB compared to .318, 52% career numbers).

Wes

Between Biagini and Seranthony, who has the better chance long term to stay the setup man instead of turning into the closer? I have plenty of closers, but just Ottavino and Familia as my hold guys. Thanks!

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