The Hold Up 6/20: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rank Change Pitcher
1
T1
- Ryan Pressly
2
T2
- Jose Leclerc
3
- Ty Buttrey
4
- Adam Ottavino
5
- Seth Lugo
6
+3 Matt Barnes
7
+1 John Gant
8
+2 Zack Britton
9
-3 Amir Garrett
10
+3 Pedro Baez
11
- Tommy Kahnle
12
+3 Scott Oberg
13
+1 Jeremy Jeffress
14
+2 Craig Stammen
15
+2 Will Harris
16
T3
+2 Carlos Martinez
17
UR Jose Alvarado
18
+3 Tony Watson
19
+42 Anthony Swarzak
20
+32 Cam Bedrosian
21
+55 A. J. Minter
22
+46 Liam Hendriks
23
+8 Giovanny Gallegos
24
-1 Nick Wittgren
25
-1 Trevor May
26
-14 Emilio Pagan
27
-8 Andrew Miller
28
UR Joe Biagini
29
+50 Aaron Bummer
30
+44 Tanner Rainey
31
T4
-6 Joe Jimenez
32
-2 Reyes Moronta
33
-11 Hector Rondon
34
+3 Ryan Brasier
35
-15 Steve Cishek
36
+34 Michael Lorenzen
37
-2 Yoshihisa Hirano
38
-6 Kyle Crick
39
-13 Trey Wingenter
40
-6 David Hernandez
41
-13 Marcus Walden
42
-1 Oliver Perez
43
-4 Jake Diekman
44
-2 Ryne Harper
45
UR Colin Poche
46
T5
-17 John Brebbia
47
-1 Nick Anderson
48
-8 Jared Hughes
49
-11 Brandon Kintzler
50
-2 Yusmeiro Petit
51
+7 Joakim Soria
52
-1 Chris Martin
53
-4 Robert Gsellman
54
-1 Ryan Buchter
55
+2 Junior Guerra
56
+10 Francisco Liriano
57
+3 Yoan Lopez
58
-2 Tayron Guerrero
59
+3 Blake Parker
60
-15 Jonathan Holder
61
+12 Justin Anderson
62
-35 Lou Trivino
63
+15 Jacob Webb
64
T6
+1 Sam Dyson
65
-18 Jairo Diaz
66
-7 Chaz Roe
67
- Daniel Hudson
68
-4 Wander Suero
69
-26 Archie Bradley
70
+10 Juan Nicasio
71
+4 Carlos Estevez
72
+5 Scott Barlow
73
+14 Victor Alcantara
74
-2 Andrew Chafin
75
+6 Alex Claudio
76
+6 Adam Cimber
77
+9 Evan Marshall
78
UR Tim Mayza
79
+9 Vince Velasquez
80
+10 Austin Brice
81
UR Kelvin Herrera
82
UR Chad Bettis
83
UR Jake McGee
84
UR Austin Adams
85
UR Taylor Cole
86
UR Edubray Ramos
87
UR Noe Ramirez
88
UR Kyle Ryan
89
UR Wily Peralta
90
UR Bryan Shaw
  • Anthony Swarzak has been a different pitcher since arriving in Atlanta about a month ago and now seems to have positioned himself as the Braves’ top setup option. He has eight SV+HDs since the trade to go with a 16:6 K/BB rate, 0.66 ERA and 0.81 WHIP over 13.2 innings. AJ Minter has looked just OK since returning from the minors (4:4 K/BB), but he does have four holds in the past two weeks while allowing just one hit in four innings pitched. He has the talent to get back into that second tier at some point, but the walk rate needs to improve. Cam Bedrosian has quietly put together a great season and is now finally starting to see some hold chances working in front of  Ty Buttrey and Hansel Robles. Over the past two weeks, he has three holds along with a 1.29 ERA, 0.714 WHIP and a 9:1 K/BB over seven innings. Liam Hendriks has been having a career year and is finally been rewarded for it over the past two weeks with four holds as he works as Blake Treinen’s primary setup man. Over seven innings during that span, he has a ridiculous 13:1 K/BB rate while allowing just four hits and no runs

  • Michael Lorenzen vultured two saves from Raisel Iglesias earlier in the week, and while David Bell claims there’s no closer controversy, it’s safe to say Lorenzen will still get some chance here and there going forward. Lorenzen for his part has pitched well this season, but he still only has four holds to go with his four saves on the year. Aaron Bummer has settled in to the White Sox’s top setup role nicely and now has three holds over the past two weeks. The ratios may be up and down throughout the year, but he should be a good source of holds and strikeouts. Tanner Rainey has established himself as the Nationals’ top setup option in fairly short order, but it’s well-deserved as the rookie’s first 13.1 innings pitched have been a fresh of breath air for that bullpen. Like Bummer, the ratios may take a hit throughout the year, but they both are live arms with good stuff whose strikeout rates could take them up into the top tiers.
  • It’s been a tough stretch for John Brebbia, who hasn’t seen a hold in almost two months now and has an ERA over 6 during the past 30 days. There’s still talent here, but until the Cardinals trust him again in high-leverage situations, he is best to avoid. The bottom has completely fallen out for the Jekyll and Hyde act known as Lou Trivino. After a great start to the season, the past month has been a complete disaster, with an 8.31 ERA and 2.15 WHIP over 13 innings. He can get back into the top tiers, but it’s going to take a while to trust him again.
  • Jairo Diaz’s five-run disaster against the Padres this weekend probably has him falling out of favor in that Rockies bullpen for the time being, but he’s still an intriguing arm. We could all see the regression coming, but to call Archie Bradley’s season a disappointment is a complete understatement. I hope he can turn things around for the second half, but an ERA over 5 and a 1.82 WHIP aren’t helping anybody right 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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