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The Hold Up 8/4: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Ranking baseball's top setup options for the 2022 season.

Only six relievers rank in the top 8 this year in both K-BB% and SIERA: Edwin Díaz, Josh Hader, Ryan Helsley, Andrés Muñoz, Liam Hendriks and Joe Jiménez. That’s pretty elite company for the once highly-regarded RP prospect who has finally been able to put it all together for this breakout season. Jiménez only has eight SV+HLD’s on the year, however with three of them coming in the past week, Michael Fulmer now out of the picture, and Alex Lange struggling, we may finally see him receive consistent high leverage work, being that he is the team’s best reliever and all.

 

Notes

 

  • We have three new names at the top of the list as the trade deadline created chaos in the reliever realm. While they likely won’t get many save chances moving forward, they should still be great for holds leagues. It will take some time for this list to stabilize following all of the trades as we wait and see what roles guys will settle into, so expect a lot of movement over the next few weeks.

 

  • July was a particularly rough month on A.J. Minter as he allowed 7 earned runs and 15 hits over 9.1 innings of work. Luckily, with Will Smith out of the picture and Tyler Matzek still lagging behind, Minter should remain as the Braves top left-handed set up option. However, with Raisel Iglesias now in the picture and Kirby Yates back soon, the overall number of holds Minter may see could drop a good amount.

 

  • Trevor May, Anthony Bender and Dany Jiménez all have returned from the IL this week, with the latter two likely being in the mix for saves right off the bat for their respective clubs. May has some new competition for holds now with Mychal Givens in town, but he should be able to win out there as Givens’ debut with the Mets did not go so well (5 hits, 5 ER, 2 HR while getting just 2 outs).

 

  • A pair of Guardians relievers are sticking out, and while I talked about James Karinchak last week, Trevor Stephan has had a bit of a rollercoaster season when it comes to holds value. He’s pitched great most of the year, but only had two SV+HLD’s from April 22nd through July 10th while appearing in 25 games. He now has four over his last nine games (as well as a win) while also striking out 17 and walking ZERO (although he has allowed eleven hits). Both relievers are back on the rise giving their immense strikeout potential and increased high leverage usage.

 

Rank Pitcher Change
1Raisel IglesiasT1+UR
2Seranthony Domínguez+UR
3Jhoan Duran+UR
4Andrés Muñoz-2
5Giovanny Gallegos-2
6Jason Adam-
7Evan Phillips
T2
-
8John Schreiber-4
9Brooks Raley+UR
10Taylor Rogers+UR
11Rafael Montero-2
12Joe Jiménez+43
13Kendall Graveman-2
14Erik Swanson+3
15A.J. Minter-10
16Michael Fulmer
T3
-6
17Trevor Stephan+44
18Eli Morgan-6
19Andrew Chafin-4
20Héctor Neris-7
21Luis García+2
22Alex Lange-8
23Scott Effross+3
24Griffin Jax-8
25James Karinchak+25
26Seth Lugo
T4
-7
27Tanner Houck+1
28Ryne Stanek-6
29Trevor May+UR
30Brad Boxberger-
31Anthony Bass-7
32Yimi García-5
33Anthony Bender+UR
34Aroldis Chapman+7
35Joe Mantiply-1
36Adam Ottavino-1
37Colin Poche+1
38Tim Mayza+1
39Jonathan Loáisiga+3
40Collin McHugh
T5
-8
41Emilio Pagán-8
42Corey Knebel-24
43José Leclerc-
44Josh Staumont-15
45Ryan Tepera-5
46Tyler Matzek-1
47Génesis Cabrera-16
48Will Smith-1
49Dany Jiménez+UR
50Brock Burke-2
51Adam Cimber-15
52Steven Okert-15
53Brad Hand-7
54Jordan Hicks-1
55Zach Jackson
T6
+1
56Dominic Leone-2
57Nick Martinez-
58Carl Edwards Jr.-
59Mychal Givens-8
60Aaron Loup-1
61Phil Maton-9
62Ryan Thompson+1
63Alex Vesia+2
64Matt Moore+7
65Jake Diekman+19
66Dylan Coleman+3
67Lucas Gilbreath+3
68Jimmy Herget+UR
69Matt Brash+14
70Yency Almonte+6
71Sam Moll
T7
-5
72Connor Brogdon-8
73Tyler Duffey-13
74Taylor Clarke-7
75Domingo Acevedo-26
76Víctor Arano-8
77Dylan Lee+UR
78Hunter Harvey+UR
79John Brebbia+6
80Ian Kennedy+UR
81Brett Martin+UR
82Steven Wilson-
83Ron Marinaccio+7
84Jimmy Lambert+5
85Trevor Gott+10
86Keegan Akin+11
87Dylan Floro-14
88Wandy Peralta-14
89Dillon Tate-14
90Tyler Rogers+1
91José Alvarado-10
92Bryan Abreu-15
93Andrew Bellatti-7
94Phil Bickford-
95Matt Bush-8
96Yerry De Los Santos+4
97Duane Underwood Jr.-4
98Joely Rodríguez-6
99Cionel Pérez-3
100José Ruiz-2

 

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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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