The Hold Up 8/2: Ranking the Top 80 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Best Worst
1
T1
+1 Adam Ottavino 2 1 38
2
-1 Josh Hader 1 1 3
3
- Brad Hand 3 3 3
4
- Dellin Betances 4 4 29
5
- Carl Edwards 5 3 8
6
- Archie Bradley 6 1 7
7
- Lou Trivino 7 7 75
8
T2
+2 Jeurys Familia 10 8 10
9
+2 Zack Britton 11 9 11
10
+3 Jordan Hicks 13 10 60
11
-3 Joe Jimenez 8 7 80
12
+3 Jose Alvarado 15 6 59
13
-4 Jeremy Jeffress 9 6 28
14
- Dan Winkler 14 5 76
15
+UR Keone Kela UR 15 15
16
- Matt Barnes 16 15 40
17
+2 Tony Watson 19 10 41
18
+9 Collin McHugh 27 18 74
19
+1 Victor Arano 20 19 80
20
+1 Alex Colome 21 13 34
21
T3
+1 Yoshihisa Hirano 22 11 54
22
+1 Craig Stammen 23 22 75
23
+1 Steve Cishek 24 18 55
24
+1 Reyes Moronta 25 24 74
25
-7 Scott Alexander 18 18 59
26
+UR Joakim Soria UR 26 67
27
+7 Ryan Madson 34 5 58
28
+4 Ryan Pressly 32 28 80
29
-1 Amir Garrett 28 18 80
30
-4 Adam Conley 26 26 71
31
-1 Seung-hwan Oh 30 28 79
32
-1 Drew Steckenrider 31 13 38
33
- Kyle Crick 33 33 80
34
+8 Jared Hughes 42 26 74
35
+2 Adam Cimber 37 35 73
36
- Trevor Hildenberger 36 23 54
37
T4
+1 David Robertson 38 2 38
38
+1 Michael Lorenzen 39 38 80
39
+1 Edgar Santana 40 39 64
40
+3 Brad Ziegler 43 40 77
41
+8 Tommy Hunter 49 30 58
42
+8 Jake Diekman 50 42 78
43
+3 Pat Neshek 46 16 52
44
-3 Diego Castillo 41 29 68
45
+UR Addison Reed UR 9 45
46
-34 Chris Devenski 12 2 46
47
+10 David Hernandez 57 39 73
48
+10 Yusmeiro Petit 58 48 74
49
+11 Brandon Kintzler 60 26 78
50
-21 Brad Peacock 29 5 50
51
-6 James Pazos 45 36 73
52
-1 Chad Green 51 8 52
53
+1 Neil Ramirez 54 25 64
54
-6 Justin Anderson 48 47 75
55
- Justin Wilson 55 42 55
56
+11 Juan Nicasio 67 8 75
57
+8 Cam Bedrosian 65 25 78
58
T5
+12 Heath Hembree 70 58 77
59
+9 Shane Carle 68 42 79
60
+2 Daniel Hudson 62 49 64
61
+2 Will Harris 63 17 63
62
+7 Emilio Pagan 69 42 69
63
-4 Oliver Perez 59 59 81
64
-3 Adam Morgan 61 34 69
65
+UR Robert Gsellman UR 14 65
66
+5 Matt Strahm 71 66 76
67
+5 Jake McGee 72 27 76
68
+5 Seth Lugo 73 68 75
69
+UR Paul Fry UR 69 69
70
+7 Cory Gearrin 77 62 78
71
+9 Joe Kelly 80 22 80
72
+UR Justin Miller UR 46 72
73
+UR Brad Brach UR 66 73
74
+UR Tyler Clippard UR 58 78
75
+UR Jeanmar Gomez UR 75 75
76
+UR Chris Martin UR 50 79
77
+UR Alex Claudio UR 35 77
78
+UR Pedro Baez UR 18 78
79
-27 Juan Minaya 52 52 79
80
+UR John Axford UR 66 80

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.

  • Following his trade to Pittsburgh, Keone Kela essentially swaps places with Jose Leclerc on the saves and holds lists this week. Kela’s been great the past two months, posting an ERA of 2.35 and WHIP of 1.11 with 20 K’s over 15.1 innings and should immediately slot in to 8th inning duties in front of closer Felipe Vazquez.
  • The Astros bullpen landscape has changed pretty significantly over the past couple of weeks. Brad Peacock and Chris Devenski no longer have the inside track to holds as the teams primary set up options, with Collin McHugh, Ryan Pressly, Hector Rondon and soon Roberto Osuna likely working in high leverage, late inning situations.
  • Jeremy Jeffress, Joakim Soria, and Yoshi Hirano all had 3 holds this past week. Jeffress and Soria earning 6 holds while Josh Hader had 0 is a big part of the reason for Hader’s slide this week. Jose Leclerc also had 3 holds this past week but has since moved into the Rangers closer 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


John

How do you see holds play out in Houston after the trade. Do your rankings reflect on the holds play out? McHugh setup then Pressly?

Thanks and love this article!

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