The Hold Up 5/16: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rank Change Pitcher
1
T1
- Ryan Pressly
2
+1 Ty Buttrey
3
+1 Matt Barnes
4
-2 Jose Alvarado
5
+5 Adam Ottavino
6
-1 Taylor Rogers
7
T2
-1 Craig Stammen
8
-1 Lou Trivino
9
-1 Reyes Moronta
10
-1 John Brebbia
11
+7 Zack Britton
12
+5 Seth Lugo
13
+2 Joe Biagini
14
-1 John Gant
15
-1 Joe Jimenez
16
- Emilio Pagan
17
+6 Hector Rondon
18
-7 Jose Leclerc
19
+1 Scott Oberg
20
+1 Andrew Miller
21
+1 Seranthony Dominguez
22
-3 Jeremy Jeffress
23
+29 Tommy Kahnle
24
+6 Pedro Baez
25
T3
+1 Amir Garrett
26
-1 Tony Watson
27
+2 Joakim Soria
28
- Kelvin Herrera
29
+9 David Hernandez
30
+5 Kyle Crick
31
+8 Nick Wittgren
32
+5 Trevor May
33
-1 Junior Guerra
34
+8 Richard Rodriguez
35
+9 Brandon Kintzler
36
- Brandon Workman
37
-6 Yoshihisa Hirano
38
+2 Robert Stephenson
39
+2 Adam Morgan
40
+5 Nick Anderson
41
-17 Archie Bradley
42
+4 Jared Hughes
43
+8 Carl Edwards
44
+4 Brandon Brennan
45
T4
+2 Ross Stripling
46
-13 Kyle Barraclough
47
+8 Dan Winkler
48
+11 Sam Dyson
49
- Ryan Tepera
50
+14 Jake Diekman
51
+2 Giovanny Gallegos
52
+4 Pat Neshek
53
+4 Chaz Roe
54
+6 Justin Miller
55
+8 Will Harris
56
+5 Adam Kolarek
57
+8 Robert Gsellman
58
+8 Jace Fry
59
UR Barlow Scott
60
-2 Connor Sadzeck
61
+15 Justin Anderson
62
+7 Yoan Lopez
63
+11 Tim Mayza
64
+22 Jacob Webb
65
T5
+3 Cam Bedrosian
66
+1 Andrew Chafin
67
+3 Adam Cimber
68
+3 Alex Claudio
69
+12 Buck Farmer
70
+14 Carlos Estevez
71
UR Marcus Walden
72
- Trevor Gott
73
- Neil Ramirez
74
+6 Paul Fry
75
+4 Tayron Guerrero
76
+2 Luis Cessa
77
-2 Brad Wieck
78
+4 Kyle Ryan
79
+6 Michael Lorenzen
80
+7 Luke Bard
81
+8 Liam Hendriks
82
+6 Heath Hembree
83
- Matt Albers
84
UR Corbin Burnes
85
UR Sean Newcomb
86
UR Yusmeiro Petit
87
UR Aaron Bummer
88
UR Daniel Hudson
89
UR Ryne Harper
90
UR Bryan Shaw
  • It took almost a full year, but Tommy Kahnle has worked his way back into a setup role with the Yankees. He’s always been able to miss bats, but it all comes down to the walk rate with him and as long as he’s under 10% he’s going to be useful. Dellin Betances still doesn’t have a timetable for a return, so for now, Kahnle’s setup role should be safe.

  • Despite expecting this negative regression from Archie Bradley this season, I wasn’t expecting it to happen the way it has. He’s actually improved on a lot of his swing-and-miss numbers, with a 10.4% swinging-strike rate a career high for him. That’s still a well below average number for a reliever, but the real number that plagues him is the 4.91 BB/9. The previous two years, he was at 2.59 and 2.51, which allowed him to get hit around some without any major consequences. His .426 BABIP is sure to come down, but I still think we’re looking at an ERA around 4 and WHIP around 1.25 with just over a strikeout per inning type of pitcher. That can still help when he’s near the league lead in holds, but he’s only managed a measly four thus far.

  • Scott Barlow just might be the Royals’ answer at closer this season if he keeps pitching the way he has. His struggles as a starter at the Triple-A level have hindered his career path, but his stuff seems to play well out of the bullpen. He currently holds a 26.8 K-BB% to go with a 2.9 FIP and xFIP as well as 2.69 SIERA. In what’s been a trainwreck of a bullpen, the Royals may finally have found some type of back end success with Barlow, Jake Diekman and Ian Kennedy.

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

While his velo is almost back, Jeffress’ deployment is troubling.
Any reason Workman is so low? He’s getting high leverage innings and more importantly .. HOLDS.

Rick Graham

BB rate (18.7 BB% is 4th worse among 186 qualified relievers) and extremely lucky BABIP (.100). As a Sox fan, it’s hard to recommend him knowing this likely won’t have a happy ending.

Kevin

Hello… thanks for this list. I read this every single week as I have to play 5 active relievers at all times with saves/holds combined as one of the scoring categories.

Where is Diego Castillo? Sure he got a save yesterday… but he still is one of the league leaders in holds with 10. Since the start of May he has 2 saves and 3 holds. Shouldn’t he still be on the Holds list as he obviously gets tons of holds still?

Rick Graham

He’s on the saves list since he’s been getting the bulk of saves there over the past month. He was the best choice to represent the Rays. On this list he’d still be top 5.

Wes

Should Pedro Baez continue to rise as the season goes? With Urias out, I’d think he would be top 15. Who else is there to challenge him for the 8th? I’m tempted to drop my rotational player and ride him for a bit. I only have Ottovino right now.

I had lost Familia and dropped Biagini. I’m think Otto, Baez and Familia could be the trio I need. I’m hoping Familia is in your top 20 next week. Thoughts on Familia?
I have Kenley and Diaz as closers, so having their direct replacements is free insurance.

Thanks!

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