The Hold Up 7/26: Ranking the Top 80 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rick Graham's weekly update of the relievers to own for Holds in 2018.

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Today we will take look at the updated non-closer 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.

  • Ryan Pressly has been the Twins best reliever of late, and I see him getting the first shot to closer when/if Fernando Rodney is traded. Ryan Madson is back in the 8th inning role for the foreseeable future while Kelvin Herrera fills in for injured Sean Doolittle. Despite Brad Hand grabbing all the headlines in last weeks trade, Adam Cimber was a huge beneficiary as he now gets to work in more of a setup role for a playoff team, at least until Andrew Miller returns.
  • David Robertson‘s and Chad Greens hold potential were crushed with the Yankees trading for Zach Britton on Tuesday. They still provide good ratios and K’s, but the holds will be few and far between barring an injury. There’s talk Joe Kelly will wind up on the DL or sent down to AAA soon, which is a huge fall from grace after looking like a legitimate 8th inning shut down option for much of the first half.
  • Adam Ottavino had 5 HD’s while Lou Trivino and Scott Alexander had 4 each over the past one and a half weeks of baseball. Despite the additions both the Rockies and Athletics made to sure up their bullpens, both Ottavino and Trivino should hold their respective value.

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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