The Hold Up 9/13: Ranking the Top 80 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Best Worst
1
T1
+UR Josh Hader UR 1 3
2
-1 Adam Ottavino 1 1 38
3
-1 Jose Alvarado 2 2 59
4
-1 Ryan Pressly 3 3 80
5
+UR Andrew Miller UR 1 14
6
-1 Taylor Rogers 5 5 80
7
+UR David Robertson UR 2 38
8
- Alex Colome 8 6 34
9
+3 Jordan Hicks 12 6 60
10
-4 Steve Cishek 6 2 55
11
T2
-1 Zach Britton 10 8 17
12
+1 Craig Stammen 13 12 75
13
+UR Hector Rondon UR 13 71
14
-3 Carl Edwards 11 3 14
15
-1 Jeurys Familia 14 7 22
16
-1 Tony Watson 15 10 41
17
+10 Kenta Maeda 27 17 35
18
-2 Ryan Brasier 16 16 20
19
-10 Archie Bradley 9 1 19
20
-3 Chaz Roe 17 17 75
21
+1 Jesse Chavez 22 21 45
22
-2 Dan Winkler 20 5 76
23
+UR Blake Parker UR 23 58
24
+1 Scott Alexander 25 18 59
25
+1 Joe Jimenez 26 7 80
26
-5 Collin McHugh 21 18 74
27
T3
-3 Lou Trivino 24 6 75
28
- Ryan Tepera 28 17 38
29
+3 Brad Brach 32 29 73
30
+13 Greg Holland 43 30 79
31
-8 Fernando Rodney 23 18 31
32
-3 Edgar Santana 29 29 64
33
-3 Joakim Soria 30 19 67
34
+UR Pat Neshek UR 16 52
35
+11 Jose Castillo 46 35 81
36
-2 Seung-hwan Oh 34 26 79
37
+UR Richard Rodriguez UR 37 80
38
+3 Jared Hughes 41 26 74
39
+19 Brad Ziegler 58 39 77
40
+7 Justin Anderson 47 38 75
41
-1 Kyle Crick 40 32 80
42
+11 David Hernandez 53 39 73
43
T4
-12 Matt Strahm 31 31 76
44
-9 Victor Arano 35 19 80
45
-9 Mark Melancon 36 14 78
46
-8 Hector Neris 38 34 46
47
+3 Yusmeiro Petit 50 39 74
48
-4 Jake Diekman 44 41 78
49
+2 Dakota Hudson 51 31 74
50
-13 Reyes Moronta 37 24 74
51
+UR Justin Miller UR 36 72
52
- Dylan Floro 52 49 76
53
-14 Hunter Strickland 39 37 63
54
-5 Jesse Biddle 49 44 78
55
-7 Andrew Chafin 48 36 61
56
-1 Tyler Clippard 55 47 78
57
-1 Chad Green 56 8 60
58
+6 Nick Vincent 64 36 76
59
- Will Harris 59 17 70
60
+6 Oliver Perez 66 59 81
61
-1 Justin Wilson 60 42 64
62
- Michael Lorenzen 62 35 80
63
+17 Jose Alvarez 80 63 80
64
+13 Koda Glover 77 55 77
65
+3 Adam Conley 68 26 71
66
+4 Alex Wilson 70 66 79
67
+UR Jonny Venters UR 67 67
68
T5
+10 Scott Oberg 78 68 78
69
+2 Juan Minaya 71 52 79
70
-1 Trevor May 69 60 77
71
+UR Shane Carle UR 42 79
72
-18 Ryan Madson 54 5 72
73
-12 Paul Fry 61 57 73
74
+1 Ryan Buchter 75 37 75
75
-10 Adam Cimber 65 35 75
76
-2 Cam Bedrosian 74 25 78
77
-1 Jerry Blevins 76 36 77
78
+UR Connor Sadzeck UR 78 78
79
- Miguel Castro 79 78 79
80
+UR Tanner Scott UR 80 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.

  • Some notable names rising up the list include Kenta Maeda, who should be the primary set up option in front of Kenley Jansen the rest of the season. Greg Holland’s pitched well enough with the Nationals (16 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 8 BB, 18 K) to earn a steady set up role, and could even see some more save chances if the team plays it cautiously with Sean DoolittleBlake Parker looks to be fading into more of a setup role with the rise of recently required rookie Ty Buttrey but should still retain SV+HD league value. Richard Rodriguez figures to finally see some consistent set up work now that Keone Kela is likely out for the season. Brad Ziegler is in the mix to close out some games now, and should at least be a consistent holds mix moving forward with Brad Boxberger and Archie Bradley struggling lately.
  • Brad Ziegler and Jonny Venters were the only relievers to pick up 4 holds this week. Venters is the latest Braves reliever to make a splash in the holds department, and despite the respectable numbers on the year (2.67, 1.09 and 25 K’s over 30.1 IP), isn’t likely to see many 2+ hold weeks to finish off the season.
Rick Graham

Rick resides in the Boston area and has experience as a player and coach at the collegiate level. He also writes for RotoBaller.

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Comments


Rick Graham

Good catch, knew I was missing someone. His first two outings have been great, and he should start seeing more work later in games as we get closer to October.

T

Noticed Corey Knebel didn’t make an appearance in the rankings? He’s been pitching well since his return. What are your thoughts on him?

Rick Graham

He’ll be on tomorrow’s list. He was with Jeffress as a co-closer this week, and I’m sure the Brewers would prefer to use him in the 9th again, with Jeffress and Hader working the 7th/8th innings again. In standard 12 teamers, he’s a fringy guy to own right now, but in SV+HD leagues he will have value.

T

Thanks for the reply Rick. Enjoy your work. I’m looking for a RP to help me with good ratios and Ks the rest of the way in my categories league. I would assume IP to be somewhat a factor(?). Would you drop Archie Bradley for Knebel, Pressly, Robertson, Rogers or Miller?

Mallex P. Keaton

Rick, let’s talk about Maeda. #16? I know that since he’s been converted to the pen, the opportunities he’s gotten have mostly been in the late innings in high leverage situations. I also recognize that his ratios and stats are tolerable (K+ per IP, low walks, acceptable WHIP, meh ERA). My problem is that he hasn’t pitched that much (9 IP in last 30 days). The conspiracy theory about the Dodgers manipulating his innings pitched looms large. Why is he ranked that high? I want to keep him as his SP eligibility is very valuable. Thanks as always for your work!

Rick Graham

He worked as the teams closer in Colorado with Jansen out so they clearly trust him in high leverage spots. Madson has continued to pitch poorly since coming over from Washington, and there only other valuable option in the 7th/8h innings right is Alexander. I know the Dodgers want to be conservative but they are fighting for a playoff spot right now with a team that’s built to win now. They’d be wise to use him to get to Jansen as much as possible down the stretch.

Also, 9 innings in 30 days isn’t too crazy. Jose Alvarado has only worked 9.2 innings the last 30 days and still has more SV+HD than anyone over that span.

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