The Hold Up 5/9: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rank Change Pitcher
1
T1
- Ryan Pressly
2
UR Jose Alvarado
3
- Ty Buttrey
4
- Matt Barnes
5
- Taylor Rogers
6
- Craig Stammen
7
- Lou Trivino
8
- Reyes Moronta
9
- John Brebbia
10
- Adam Ottavino
11
T2
UR Jose Leclerc
12
-1 Trey Wingenter
13
-1 John Gant
14
+4 Joe Jimenez
15
-1 Joe Biagini
16
-1 Emilio Pagan
17
+7 Seth Lugo
18
-1 Zack Britton
19
+1 Jeremy Jeffress
20
-1 Scott Oberg
21
+2 Andrew Miller
22
-6 Seranthony Dominguez
23
-2 Hector Rondon
24
-2 Archie Bradley
25
T3
+3 Tony Watson
26
-1 Amir Garrett
27
UR A. J. Minter
28
-15 Kelvin Herrera
29
+2 Joakim Soria
30
+10 Pedro Baez
31
-4 Yoshihisa Hirano
32
+17 Junior Guerra
33
+20 Kyle Barraclough
34
+5 Roenis Elias
35
+13 Kyle Crick
36
+29 Brandon Workman
37
-1 Trevor May
38
-1 David Hernandez
39
-6 Nick Wittgren
40
-5 Robert Stephenson
41
-9 Adam Morgan
42
-8 Richard Rodriguez
43
-5 Trevor Hildenberger
44
+16 Brandon Kintzler
45
-19 Nick Anderson
46
+1 Jared Hughes
47
+4 Ross Stripling
48
T4
-3 Brandon Brennan
49
-6 Ryan Tepera
50
- Julio Urias
51
UR Carl Edwards
52
+10 Tommy Kahnle
53
+11 Giovanny Gallegos
54
+20 Chris Martin
55
+24 Dan Winkler
56
-14 Pat Neshek
57
-11 Chaz Roe
58
-2 Connor Sadzeck
59
-2 Sam Dyson
60
-2 Justin Miller
61
-2 Adam Kolarek
62
-10 Seung-hwan Oh
63
- Will Harris
64
UR Jake Diekman
65
+4 Robert Gsellman
66
-12 Jace Fry
67
-6 Andrew Chafin
68
-2 Cam Bedrosian
69
+14 Yoan Lopez
70
T5
-3 Adam Cimber
71
+6 Alex Claudio
72
-4 Trevor Gott
73
+9 Neil Ramirez
74
+12 Tim Mayza
75
-2 Brad Wieck
76
UR Justin Anderson
77
-2 Jacob Webb
78
+12 Luis Cessa
79
-8 Tayron Guerrero
80
+7 Paul Fry
81
-3 Buck Farmer
82
-2 Kyle Ryan
83
UR Matt Albers
84
- Carlos Estevez
85
UR Michael Lorenzen
86
-11 Jacob Webb
87
UR Luke Bard
88
UR Heath Hembree
89
UR Liam Hendriks
90
-5 Victor Alcantara
  • It was tough finding a place to rank Jose Leclerc as his long-term value is certainly greater in saves-only leagues. He’s looked much better in his first two outings since being removed from the closer role and should work his way back into the ninth inning eventually.
  • Junior Guerra is currently Josh Hader’s top handcuff, and he’s been a welcome surprise to a Brewers bullpen that’s struggled for much of April. I still see Jeremy Jeffress as the guy once he  gets back up to full speed as the team seems to be taking things slowly with him.
  • Brandon Workman has worked himself into the Sox secondary setup role in front of Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes and could have a ton of value. I’m skeptical that the ratios will stay anywhere near this low, especially given his walk rate, but he’s getting holds at a high clip right now with his four in the past two weeks first in baseball.
  • Carl Edwards Jr. is back with the Cubs, and the time couldn’t have been any better with Pedro Strop landing on the IL with a hamstring strain. The closer role figures to go primarily to Steve Cishek with Brandon Kintzler and maybe Brad Brach mixing in, but it should open up some hold opportunities for Edwards right away. He picked up the win in last night’s 11-inning affair with the Marlins, as he worked a perfect top half of the inning while adding two strikeouts.
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

What’s the deal with Jose Alvarado? He’s #2 but has been used incredibly sparingly lately. Almost as if there is an injury. Any insight?

Rick Graham

He looked great last night working in front of Castillo so I’m not worried about an injury anymore. His role however is still in question.

Jim

I actually swapped out Alvarado this week for L Jackson. I own Castillo and couldn’t afford the low IP from Alvarado. Points league. Did I make a mistake, or do you see Jackson holding his own. Pun intended. 😉

Chucky

Saves and Holds as separate categories. Luke Jackson, Alvarado and Jr Guerra. What roles do you see for the aforementioned.

Rick Graham

I think Jackson see’s the biggest percentage of saves of the 3. Alvarado should still see a handful of while Guerra maybe gets 1 or 2 every few weeks. Maybe a 80/40/10 split for saves with the 3? I still like Alvarado over Guerra for holds but I get that Guerra has SP eligibility which can be a difference maker.

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