The Hold Up 7/11: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rank Change Pitcher
1
T1
- Ryan Pressly
2
+2 Adam Ottavino
3
+4 Scott Oberg
4
-1 Ty Buttrey
5
T2
+3 Zack Britton
6
-1 Pedro Baez
7
+2 Will Harris
8
+6 Pedro Strop
9
+1 Tony Watson
10
+1 Amir Garrett
11
+2 Anthony Swarzak
12
+4 Seth Lugo
13
+4 A. J. Minter
14
-2 Jose Leclerc
15
UR Blake Treinen
16
-1 Tommy Kahnle
17
+1 Giovanny Gallegos
18
+1 Andrew Miller
19
+2 Aaron Bummer
20
- John Gant
21
UR Diego Castillo
22
T3
+2 Craig Stammen
23
-1 Jeremy Jeffress
24
+3 Steve Cishek
25
+3 Colin Poche
26
-1 Nick Wittgren
27
-1 Trevor May
28
+2 Yusmeiro Petit
29
-6 Cam Bedrosian
30
UR Heath Hembree
31
-2 Austin Adams
32
- Sean Newcomb
33
+1 Yoshihisa Hirano
34
+2 Reyes Moronta
35
-2 Hector Rondon
36
-1 Michael Lorenzen
37
+11 Matt Barnes
38
- Oliver Perez
39
+1 Wander Suero
40
+3 Nick Anderson
41
+1 Yoan Lopez
42
-1 Chris Martin
43
+2 Justin Anderson
44
- Joakim Soria
45
+2 Trey Wingenter
46
+4 Sam Dyson
47
UR Carl Edwards
48
-9 Joe Biagini
49
-3 Blake Parker
50
+1 Ryne Harper
51
T4
-20 Ryan Brasier
52
+2 Daniel Hudson
53
+4 Joe Jimenez
54
+4 Lou Trivino
55
-18 Kyle Crick
56
-7 David Hernandez
57
-4 John Brebbia
58
-3 Jake Diekman
59
-7 Jacob Webb
60
-4 Brandon Kintzler
61
+2 Austin Brice
62
-2 Jake McGee
63
-2 Andrew Chafin
64
-5 Chad Green
65
+2 Adam Cimber
66
+2 Tanner Rainey
67
+3 Oliver Drake
68
+1 Jairo Diaz
69
+4 Ryan Buchter
70
+6 Archie Bradley
71
+9 Adam Morgan
72
-10 Jared Hughes
73
-9 Robert Gsellman
74
-9 Junior Guerra
75
-4 Francisco Liriano
76
-4 Chaz Roe
77
-3 Tim Mayza
78
-1 Alex Claudio
79
+3 Corbin Burnes
80
+1 Adam Kolarek
81
UR Richard Rodriguez
82
-4 Noe Ramirez
83
+1 Matt Albers
84
-1 Evan Marshall
85
+1 Nick Goody
86
-1 Kyle Ryan
87
+1 Carlos Estevez
88
UR Paul Fry
89
- Dominic Leone
90
UR Jace Fry
  • Not too much movement on the list thanks to the short week, but expect to see plenty of change over the next few weeks leading up to the trade deadline. There are plenty of IL stashes right now to monitor as well, with plenty of relievers expected to return sometime between this weekend and the end of July. Those not on the list currently include Seranthony Dominguez, who is expected to begin a throwing program soon, and his teammate David Robertson who is also looking at a late July comeback. Despite multiple setbacks, Brandon Morrow seems to be getting closer to seeing live games, and there’s an outside chance he will be back around July 31. Astros reliever Joe Smith is getting closer to a return from a torn Achilles and should slot into the back end of the team’s bullpen shortly after returning. Former Angels closer Kenyan Middleton started his rehab assignment about a week ago, and if all goes well, he should be returning in late July or early August. Another former closer, Keone Kela, has been getting in bullpen sessions as of late and should head out on a rehab assignment shortly. Despite the early season struggles, he’d still be the Pirates’ best setup option upon activation. Jose Castillo could be nearing a second attempt at a rehab assignment, which would be great news for the Padres bullpen. If everything goes well, he could be looking at an early August return date. Dellin Betances is a little further away then the rest of the pitchers mentioned here, but he is progressing and a return in August seems possible at this point. Likely to return to the closer role upon his return, Hunter Strickland has restarted his rehab program and is tentatively expected back in late July. His return will bump Roenis Elias back into a setup role.
  • Another week, another change in the Red Sox bullpen hierarchy. Brandon Workman is still the best option to own for the time being, at least until Nathan Eovaldi returns. Eovaldi would slot in around the beginning of Tier 2 once that happens. Heath Hembree came off the IL and picked up a save this past Sunday, but I wouldn’t expect many more even as we wait for Eovaldi’s return. He should, however, remain in the holds mix for as long as he is pitching well. Matt Barnes was better this past week and is likely to continue pitching in high leverage situations, at least until Eovaldi returns.

  • Kyle Crick currently leads the Pirates in holds with 12, but there is plenty to be concerned about in his profile moving forward. For starters, his FIP, xFIP, and SIERA are all currently over 5, so some regression is sure to be expected in the second half. His atrocious 18.1% walk rate is worst among all 169 qualified relievers, and it’s not like he is missing a ton of bats to help counteract it (12.5% swinging-strike rate). With Kela back soon and Richard Rodriguez pitching well as of late, it should only be a matter of time before Crick loses his setup role.
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

Poche has been better than a lot of guys above him. Being a LOOGY could he get more opps ROS? Last week he was used twice for a total of .2 IP. Result was 1 Win, 1 Hold. His K-rate is wonderful as well.

Rick Graham

I still expect him to move up the last rather quickly. He’s throwing his fastball 95% of the time, which while deceptive, doesn’t quite have the same velocity as a Josh Hader (about 3 MPH slower). Just want to make sure this can be sustainable.

Greg

You’re far to low on Chad Green. He was opening but with a healthy rotation he’s going to be a 7-8th inning guy. With Briton struggling it only reinforces this.

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