The Hold Up 9/12: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rank Change Pitcher
1
T1
- Adam Ottavino
2
- Nick Anderson
3
- Will Harris
4
- Giovanny Gallegos
5
- Zack Britton
6
+1 Pedro Baez
7
T2
+2 Matt Barnes
8
+2 Aaron Bummer
9
+2 Sergio Romo
10
-4 Andrew Miller
11
-3 Tommy Kahnle
12
+7 Shane Greene
13
+1 Keone Kela
14
+1 Colin Poche
15
+1 Andres Munoz
16
+2 Michael Lorenzen
17
+4 Craig Stammen
18
-1 Ty Buttrey
19
+4 Yusmeiro Petit
20
T3
- Amir Garrett
21
-8 Sam Dyson
22
+2 Justin Wilson
23
+6 Nick Wittgren
24
+3 Derek Law
25
+7 Kevin Ginkel
26
- Daniel Hudson
27
+4 Chaz Roe
28
-6 Yoan Lopez
29
+4 Sean Newcomb
30
+6 Trevor May
31
-1 John Gant
32
-4 Joe Kelly
33
+6 Chris Martin
34
- Junior Guerra
35
UR Jesus Luzardo
36
+2 Mike Morin
37
+4 Tyler Duffey
38
+5 Oliver Perez
39
+6 Joakim Soria
40
T4
-3 Hunter Strickland
41
+6 Richard Rodriguez
42
+20 Matt Strahm
43
-18 Luke Jackson
44
-4 Sam Tuivailala
45
UR Drew Pomeranz
46
+5 Evan Marshall
47
+2 Adam Cimber
48
+24 Tyler Clippard
49
+7 Nick Goody
50
+8 Andrew Chafin
51
-16 Pedro Strop
52
-10 Rowan Wick
53
-9 Steve Cishek
54
-8 Kyle Ryan
55
-7 David Phelps
56
+13 Carlos Estevez
57
+14 Emmanuel Clase
58
+12 Scott Barlow
59
+1 Buck Farmer
60
T5
-8 Jake Diekman
61
+2 Rafael Montero
62
-1 Anthony Swarzak
63
+1 Shawn Kelley
64
-7 Tim Mayza
65
-11 Chad Green
66
-13 Edwin Diaz
67
- Diego Castillo
68
- Blake Treinen
69
+18 Francisco Liriano
70
+16 Jared Hughes
71
-16 John Brebbia
72
-7 Jose Alvarez
73
+1 Wander Suero
74
UR Jose Cisnero
75
UR David Bednar
76
+1 Fernando Rodney
77
UR Matt Andriese
78
UR Fernando Abad
79
UR Shaun Anderson
80
UR Brandon Brennan
81
UR Ray Black
82
+7 Blake Parker
83
UR Jandel Gustave
84
-9 Alex Claudio
85
-6 A.J. Puk
86
-10 Michael Feliz
87
-21 Matt Albers
88
-5 Jordan Romano
89
-16 Jimmy Cordero
90
-2 Robert Stephenson
  • Jesus Luzardo‘s highly anticipated debut finally came last night, and the young lefty did not disappoint. Luzardo went three innings against the Astros, giving up just one hit (a home run) while striking out two to earn his first MLB hold. It looks like the A’s are ready to throw him right in to some high-leverage situations, so Luzardo can be a contributor to those in holds leagues down the stretch.
  • Luke Jackson has now allowed at least one run in four straight outings, with his most recent coming this past Friday, when he allowed three earned runs while recording just one out. Jackson’s season got off to a promising start and even flashed at times during his stint as the Braves’ closer, but things have unraveled quickly for him in the second half. I still think the potential is there for him to turn into a great seventh-, maybe eighth-inning guy given how good his slider can be, but for this season, I’m out.
  • Carlos Estevez, Emmanuel Clase, and Scott Barlow¬†can be placed in that Young Gun/Cherry Bomb category, but it’s nice to see all three being used in setup roles again for their respective teams. They are all names to remember for next season when looking for late-round SV+HLD upside.

Featured image by Michael Haas (@digitalHaas on Twitter)

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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