The Hold Up 9/19: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rank Change Pitcher
1
T1
- Adam Ottavino
2
- Nick Anderson
3
- Will Harris
4
+33 Tyler Duffey
5
- Zack Britton
6
- Pedro Baez
7
+3 Andrew Miller
8
+37 Drew Pomeranz
9
-2 Matt Barnes
10
-2 Aaron Bummer
11
-2 Sergio Romo
12
+13 Kevin Ginkel
13
-9 Giovanny Gallegos
14
-3 Tommy Kahnle
15
-3 Shane Greene
16
+6 Justin Wilson
17
-1 Michael Lorenzen
18
+21 Joakim Soria
19
-6 Keone Kela
20
-3 Craig Stammen
21
+3 Derek Law
22
+4 Daniel Hudson
23
T2
-4 Yusmeiro Petit
24
UR Matt Magill
25
-11 Colin Poche
26
+9 Jesus Luzardo
27
+19 Evan Marshall
28
-10 Ty Buttrey
29
-9 Amir Garrett
30
- Trevor May
31
+2 Chris Martin
32
+2 Junior Guerra
33
-10 Nick Wittgren
34
-5 Sean Newcomb
35
-8 Chaz Roe
36
+16 Rowan Wick
37
+7 Sam Tuivailala
38
+18 Carlos Estevez
39
+19 Scott Barlow
40
-12 Yoan Lopez
41
+2 Luke Jackson
42
-11 John Gant
43
+11 Kyle Ryan
44
T3
-8 Mike Morin
45
-3 Matt Strahm
46
+13 Buck Farmer
47
-15 Joe Kelly
48
-10 Oliver Perez
49
-9 Hunter Strickland
50
+3 Steve Cishek
51
-4 Adam Cimber
52
-4 Tyler Clippard
53
+17 Jared Hughes
54
+17 John Brebbia
55
+30 A.J. Puk
56
-7 Nick Goody
57
-7 Andrew Chafin
58
-3 David Phelps
59
-2 Emmanuel Clase
60
+5 Chad Green
61
+11 Jose Alvarez
62
+5 Diego Castillo
63
+6 Francisco Liriano
64
-4 Jake Diekman
65
T4
-4 Rafael Montero
66
-4 Anthony Swarzak
67
-16 Pedro Strop
68
-5 Shawn Kelley
69
-3 Edwin Diaz
70
UR Hector Rondon
71
+7 Fernando Abad
72
+1 Wander Suero
73
+16 Jimmy Cordero
74
- Jose Cisnero
75
+7 Blake Parker
76
-1 David Bednar
77
-1 Fernando Rodney
78
-1 Matt Andriese
79
- Shaun Anderson
80
+10 Robert Stephenson
81
-1 Brandon Brennan
82
+1 Jandel Gustave
83
+1 Alex Claudio
84
UR James Pazos
85
+1 Michael Feliz
86
+1 Matt Albers
87
UR Josh Osich
88
UR Joe Smith
89
UR Alec Mills
90
UR Jeff Brigham
  • Tyler Duffey and Drew Pomeranz have been two of the best relievers since the beginning of August and are now finally getting much deserved save/hold chances. Since August, each ranks in the top 10 among relievers for K-BB%, xFIP, SIERA, and swinging-strike rate. Duffey has four holds over the past two weeks and has moved into a setup role left vacant by Sam Dyson‘s injury. But just how dominant has Duffey been lately? He hasn’t allowed a run since July 23 and since that date has a ridiculous 33:5 K/BB ratio while allowing just 10 hits over 19.1 innings. Pomeranz now has five holds and two saves since Aug. 31, while allowing just two earned runs (both in the same game) in his past 15 outings. The biggest reason for his success can probably be attributed to his uptick in fastball velocity since moving to the bullpen, as he’s added about 4 mph on average since the trade.
  • Kevin Ginkel has earned some hype this offseason as a potential prospect reliever to keep an eye on, and the rookie has yet to disappoint since being called up by the Diamondbacks. He’s been more reliable than Yoan Lopez as of late and should continue to be Archie Bradley‘s primary setup man/handcuff. Given Oakland’s remaining schedule, his current role, and the way he has pitched lately, Joakim Soria is worth a look in all holds leagues that run through the rest of the season. Over his past eight appearances, Soria has only allowed one earned run, four hits, and a walk while accumulating 12 strikeouts. For those digging deep for holds, Evan Marshall is a name to keep an eye on over the next week and a half. Over the past 30 days, Marshall has a 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, seven strikeouts, and four holds over 12 innings, and while that’s not overly impressive, keep in mind the White Sox have seven games left with the Tigers, as well as three with the Indians.

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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