The Hold Up 5/3: Ranking the Top 80 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Best Worst
1
T1
+2 Archie Bradley 3 1 7
2
+2 Chris Devenski 4 2 6
3
+2 Carl Edwards 5 3 8
4
+2 Adam Ottavino 6 4 38
5
+2 David Robertson 7 2 7
6
T2
+8 Jose Alvarado 14 6 59
7
+13 Dellin Betances 20 6 20
8
- Juan Nicasio 8 8 22
9
- Ryan Madson 9 5 14
10
+1 Addison Reed 11 10 15
11
+5 Yoshihisa Hirano 16 11 54
12
+1 Brad Peacock 13 5 13
13
+2 Chad Green 15 11 19
14
+4 Kirby Yates 18 12 18
15
+7 Drew Steckenrider 22 15 26
16
T3
+1 Tony Watson 17 16 41
17
+2 Ryan Tepera 19 17 38
18
+9 Matt Barnes 27 18 35
19
+7 Kyle Barraclough 26 15 29
20
-8 Tony Cingrani 12 12 67
21
+4 AJ Ramos 25 13 50
22
+1 Will Harris 23 17 25
23
+9 Mychal Givens 32 10 32
24
-3 Robert Gsellman 21 21 30
25
-1 Josh Fields 24 24 69
26
+15 Pedro Strop 41 26 41
27
+10 Jake McGee 37 27 51
28
T4
+15 Joe Kelly 43 28 62
29
- Dominic Leone 29 24 29
30
+6 Joe Jimenez 36 30 80
31
-1 Tommy Hunter 30 30 31
32
+2 Luke Gregerson 34 32 37
33
+26 Brandon Kintzler 59 33 66
34
-3 Jacob Barnes 31 31 80
35
+9 Matt Albers 44 35 78
36
+2 Jordan Hicks 38 34 60
37
+9 George Kontos 46 21 46
38
+9 Andrew Chafin 47 38 60
39
+9 Michael Feliz 48 26 48
40
+5 Blake Parker 45 28 45
41
+13 Trevor Hildenberger 54 23 54
42
+14 Nick Vincent 56 42 56
43
-3 Nick Goody 40 30 43
44
-11 Pedro Baez 33 18 47
45
+10 Steve Cishek 55 38 55
46
+7 Tyler Lyons 53 24 53
47
T5
+14 Shane Carle 61 47 79
48
+9 Seung-hwan Oh 57 48 71
49
+14 Alex Claudio 63 35 63
50
+10 Adam Morgan 60 34 60
51
-16 Danny Barnes 35 35 79
52
+13 Chaz Roe 65 52 75
53
+24 Tayron Guerrero 77 53 80
54
-3 Dan Jennings 51 51 78
55
+18 James Pazos 73 55 73
56
+UR Justin Anderson UR 56 56
57
+1 Santiago Casilla 58 57 58
58
+13 Dan Winkler 71 58 76
59
+5 Luis Garcia 64 59 64
60
+14 Jared Hughes 74 60 74
61
+UR Zach Duke UR 61 61
62
T6
+18 Amir Garrett 80 62 80
63
+4 Carson Smith 67 42 67
64
-12 Bryan Shaw 52 17 64
65
+3 Tyler Olson 68 65 77
66
+4 Yusmeiro Petit 70 62 70
67
+12 Sammy Solis 79 67 79
68
+8 Sergio Romo 76 52 76
69
-7 Hector Rondon 62 51 69
70
+UR Ryan Pressly UR 70 70
71
+UR Paul Sewald UR 71 71
72
+UR Alex Wilson UR 68 72
73
+UR Edubray Ramos UR 73 73
74
+UR Sam Dyson UR 70 74
75
+UR Dan Otero UR 74 79
76
+UR J. T. Chargois UR 76 76
77
+UR Tyler Clippard UR 77 77
78
+UR Jake Diekman UR 70 78
79
+UR Will Smith UR 79 79
80
+UR Kyle Crick UR 80 80

Today we will take look at the updated non-closer (committees included) 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 need to rush to drop them for a 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.

  • While Dellin Betances has just one hold (April 19th) to his credit this year, he has been able to put together some impressive outings over the last two weeks and should start seeing some set-up work in due time. The thing that stands out the most is the lowered walk rate, allowing just 2 walks (compared to 15 strikeouts) over his past 7 innings of work. In hold’s leagues where he was dropped early in the year, he is worth a look again.
  • Kyle Barraclough picked up a save last week, but since Don Mattingly refused to name him as the closer or part of a committee, he stays on the list for the time being. He is still walking way too many batters, hence why Drew Steckenrider is ahead of him, but at least is flashing that dominant strikeout upside. There may not be too much to look forward to in Miami right now, but a potential Steckenrider/Barraclough duo, plus the emergence of Tayron Guerrero leaves the future of the bullpen looking bright.
  • Brandon Kintzler has bounced back nicely after a really rocky beginning to the season and is even be ahead of Ryan Madson on the closing depth chart. That’s probably just due to the fact Madson doesn’t like the 9th inning but it’s still good to see for Kintzler’s outlook, given the extensive injury history Sean Doolittle has.
  • Despite only throwing 5 innings at AAA and 5 innings at the MLB level and having almost no prospect status, 25-year-old Justin Anderson has become one of the most popular waiver adds over the past 48 hours, with some speculating he will fill in for the injured Keynan Middleton (projected back next week). He very well might after Cam Bedrosian’s blown save Tuesday night, but I don’t see what all there is to get excited about just yet. Let’s keep in mind that last year in his first full season as a reliever last year, he posted a 5.06 ERA and a 36/29 K/BB ratio over 58.2 innings at the AA level. There certainly is some upside though, his fastball does sit at 98 and he is throwing his slider almost 63% of the time, which looks like it can be a pretty nasty pitch, but I think the track record warrants that we keep the hype in check for the time being. I still can’t argue against a speculative add for those who have room on their roster.
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


Rick Graham

I left off anyone who is technically in a committee. He will be on tomorrow’s SV+HD list.

If he was to be on this list, he’d probably still be around 10.

OldGaffer

I see Chaz Roe is #3 in holds with a 10k/9 year to date, but sits at 52 on this list. Thinking he’s just been lucky?
Rostering Betances and Chad Green, but getting frustrated with lack of production…

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