The Hold Up 9/5: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rank Change Pitcher
1
T1
- Adam Ottavino
2
+5 Nick Anderson
3
- Will Harris
4
-2 Giovanny Gallegos
5
-1 Zack Britton
6
-1 Andrew Miller
7
+1 Pedro Baez
8
-2 Tommy Kahnle
9
T2
+2 Matt Barnes
10
-1 Aaron Bummer
11
+4 Sergio Romo
12
-2 Tony Watson
13
-1 Sam Dyson
14
+4 Keone Kela
15
+4 Colin Poche
16
+7 Andres Munoz
17
- Ty Buttrey
18
+2 Michael Lorenzen
19
+2 Shane Greene
20
T3
-4 Amir Garrett
21
-7 Craig Stammen
22
+3 Yoan Lopez
23
+1 Yusmeiro Petit
24
+5 Justin Wilson
25
+3 Luke Jackson
26
-4 Daniel Hudson
27
- Derek Law
28
+6 Joe Kelly
29
+6 Nick Wittgren
30
+1 John Gant
31
+15 Chaz Roe
32
+29 Kevin Ginkel
33
+25 Sean Newcomb
34
+25 Junior Guerra
35
-5 Pedro Strop
36
+5 Trevor May
37
-4 Hunter Strickland
38
T4
-1 Mike Morin
39
-7 Chris Martin
40
- Sam Tuivailala
41
+25 Tyler Duffey
42
- Rowan Wick
43
-5 Oliver Perez
44
+3 Steve Cishek
45
+3 Joakim Soria
46
+4 Kyle Ryan
47
UR Richard Rodriguez
48
-12 David Phelps
49
- Adam Cimber
50
+2 Anthony Bass
51
- Evan Marshall
52
-7 Jake Diekman
53
-40 Edwin Diaz
54
T5
- Chad Green
55
-2 John Brebbia
56
-13 Nick Goody
57
-2 Tim Mayza
58
-2 Andrew Chafin
59
-2 Adam Kolarek
60
- Buck Farmer
61
-17 Anthony Swarzak
62
- Matt Strahm
63
- Rafael Montero
64
+7 Shawn Kelley
65
- Jose Alvarez
66
+1 Matt Albers
67
+1 Diego Castillo
68
+2 Blake Treinen
69
-5 Carlos Estevez
70
+13 Scott Barlow
71
+11 Emmanuel Clase
72
T6
- Tyler Clippard
73
+1 Jimmy Cordero
74
+1 Wander Suero
75
+5 Alex Claudio
76
+5 Michael Feliz
77
-4 Fernando Rodney
78
-2 Marcus Walden
79
-2 A.J. Puk
80
-1 Ryne Harper
81
-3 Brandon Kintzler
82
+2 Ryan Buchter
83
+7 Jordan Romano
84
+5 Yimi Garcia
85
UR Joe Biagini
86
UR Jared Hughes
87
- Francisco Liriano
88
UR Robert Stephenson
89
UR Blake Parker
90
UR Luis Avilan
  • Kevin Ginkel has picked up where he left off in the minors since his debut Aug. 17 and right now looks like a potential future closer. In 15.1 innings pitched this season, Ginkel has only allowed one earned run and nine hits to go with a 17:5 K/BB and five holds. Sean Newcomb has bounced back after a rough early to mid-August and now has three holds over the past two weeks. I’d still like to see him bring that walk rate down though for him to move up any further. After being phased out in the middle of the season, the Brewers, desperate for middle relief options, have turned back to Junior Guerra as a high-leverage late-inning option, and the veteran righty has impressed. Over the past month, Guerra has amassed six holds (four over the past two weeks) while posting an ERA of 1.76 and WHIP of .78 to while racking up 14 strikeouts.
  • While there’s a lot of competition for holds in the Twins bullpen at the moment, Tyler Duffey has quietly put together a borderline elite season as a middle reliever. He currently ranks in the top 20 among all qualified relievers in xFIP and K-BB%, while his 2.64 ERA ranks 22nd. Despite only having 10 holds on the year, he has picked up three since Aug. 20, signifying his role may be growing. After a breakout 2018 campaign, Richard Rodriguez has had issues with consistency and health this season, leading to a diminished role. However, he still continues to show flashes of dominance from time to time, with this past week being a prime example (2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HLD).
  • Just as things seemed to be trending upward for Edwin Diaz, Tuesday’s blow-up may have put an end to any hope he reclaims a significant role in the Mets bullpen this season. Two steps forward, one giant step back might be the best way to describe the seasons a few of last year’s elite closers have been having. Between Blake Treinen, Jose Leclerc, and even Kenley Jansen, every time it seems like they start building some positive momentum, they have a meltdown that forces them back to square one again.

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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Comments


Mallex P. Keaton

Rick, Dellin Betances seems ready to return to the Yankees. Who gets kicked down the hierarchy to accommodate his spot? I’m concerned it will be Kahnle. Or do you think the Yankees will limit Betances’ work in anticipation of the playoffs?

Greg

Is it possible for you to highlight the SP/RP eligible players? This is really helpful in points leagues where you have GS limits.

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