The Hold Up 8/16: 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.

  • Taylor Rogers and Dakota Hudson were among the biggest risers up the board this week. Rogers has been on fire lately (last 30 days – 10.2 IP, 2.53 ERA, .938 WHIP, 18 K’s, and now 5 holds over the past two weeks) and is now working in a late inning high leverage role again. Hudson, while not likely to break the 9+ K/9 threshold anytime soon, still does a great job limiting hard contact and inducing groundballs and already has 4 holds in his first 9 games.
  • With Kenta Maeda‘s move to the bullpen official, he debuts at 35 on the list as he should help with ratio’s, K’s and hopefully soon holds. It sounds like the plan is to use him in the 7th or 8th inning of games to get the ball to Kenley Jansen (once he returns). Fernando Rodney also debuts on the holds list this week, and with him surprisingly bumping Jeurys Familia and Lou Trivino down the totem pole in Oakland, moves ahead of them for the time being.
  • Alex Colome, Brad Brach and Alex Wilson all had 3 holds this past week. Brach continues to be fantastic with Atlanta, and hasn’t allowed an earned run over his past 6 outings while recording 6 strikeouts and 4 holds.

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.

  • Avatar Scott says:

    Would you rather have Dakota hudson or strahm rest of season. The k rate of hudson seems like it is going to hurt him although he has been good so far. His scoreless streak ended recently, but how much longer can he be productive if he isn’t missing bats?

    • Avatar Rick Graham says:

      SwStr% is at 11.9% for Hudson (Strahms at 12%), which isn’t exactly terrible and suggests his K% should be slightly higher than it is. I think Hudson has a clearer path to holds the rest of the season than Strahm, while the rest of the numbers should be similar. It basically comes down to what you value more in choosing between these two, slightly more holds or slightly more strikeouts.

  • Avatar Will says:

    Winkler isn’t even getting the 7th inning these days, super frustrating to own at the moment. I can’t see him as a top 10 guy for holds anymore. Concern?

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