The Hold Up 9/6: Ranking the Top 80 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Best Worst
1
T1
- Adam Ottavino 1 1 38
2
+1 Jose Alvarado 3 2 59
3
+4 Ryan Pressly 7 3 80
4
+5 Carlos Martinez 9 4 9
5
- Taylor Rogers 5 5 80
6
-4 Steve Cishek 2 2 55
7
-3 Keone Kela 4 4 15
8
-2 Alex Colome 6 6 34
9
-1 Archie Bradley 8 1 9
10
+UR Zack Britton UR 8 17
11
T2
-1 Carl Edwards 10 3 11
12
+2 Jordan Hicks 14 6 60
13
- Craig Stammen 13 13 75
14
+2 Jeurys Familia 16 7 22
15
- Tony Watson 15 10 41
16
+4 Ryan Brasier 20 16 20
17
- Chaz Roe 17 17 75
18
+7 Yoshihisa Hirano 25 11 54
19
+UR Cody Allen UR 19 19
20
-8 Dan Winkler 12 5 76
21
+5 Collin McHugh 26 18 74
22
+23 Jesse Chavez 45 22 45
23
-5 Fernando Rodney 18 18 23
24
+3 Lou Trivino 27 6 75
25
-1 Scott Alexander 24 18 59
26
-4 Joe Jimenez 22 7 80
27
-6 Kenta Maeda 21 19 35
28
-5 Ryan Tepera 23 17 38
29
+4 Edgar Santana 33 29 64
30
-11 Joakim Soria 19 19 67
31
T3
+4 Matt Strahm 35 31 76
32
-2 Brad Brach 30 30 73
33
+8 Matt Barnes 41 12 41
34
-3 Seung-hwan Oh 31 26 79
35
-7 Victor Arano 28 19 80
36
-4 Mark Melancon 32 14 78
37
-8 Reyes Moronta 29 24 74
38
-4 Hector Neris 34 34 38
39
-2 Hunter Strickland 37 37 63
40
-2 Kyle Crick 38 32 80
41
-1 Jared Hughes 40 26 74
42
+1 Tommy Hunter 43 30 58
43
+UR Greg Holland UR 43 79
44
+4 Jake Diekman 48 41 78
45
+1 Seth Lugo 46 45 75
46
+7 Jose Castillo 53 46 81
47
+4 Justin Anderson 51 38 75
48
+13 Andrew Chafin 61 36 61
49
-5 Jesse Biddle 44 44 78
50
- Yusmeiro Petit 50 39 74
51
-9 Dakota Hudson 42 31 74
52
-3 Dylan Floro 49 49 76
53
-6 David Hernandez 47 39 73
54
+9 Ryan Madson 63 5 63
55
T4
-3 Tyler Clippard 52 47 78
56
-2 Chad Green 54 8 60
57
-2 Brad Peacock 55 5 59
58
+8 Brad Ziegler 66 40 77
59
+8 Will Harris 67 17 70
60
+4 Justin Wilson 64 42 64
61
-4 Paul Fry 57 57 69
62
- Michael Lorenzen 62 35 80
63
+8 Xavier Cedeno 71 63 71
64
+6 Nick Vincent 70 36 76
65
-7 Adam Cimber 58 35 73
66
+UR Oliver Perez UR 59 81
67
+1 Joe Kelly 68 22 80
68
-9 Adam Conley 59 26 71
69
-9 Trevor May 60 60 77
70
+UR Alex Wilson UR 68 79
71
+UR Juan Minaya UR 52 79
72
+1 Phil Maton 73 69 79
73
-34 Cory Gearrin 39 39 78
74
-18 Cam Bedrosian 56 25 78
75
+UR Ryan Buchter UR 37 75
76
-7 Jerry Blevins 69 36 76
77
-3 Koda Glover 74 55 77
78
-2 Scott Oberg 76 76 78
79
-1 Miguel Castro 78 78 79
80
-1 Jose Alvarez 79 73 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 Jesse Chavez (again). He’s been one of the better under the radar pickups by a playoff team this trade season, allowing just 5 earned runs over 26 innings since joining the Cubs (and a 31/2 K/BB! but just 4 SV+HD). Andrew Chafin continues to be valuable for holds if nothing else (ratios are good, but his limited innings cap his value). Ryan Madson could fit into a setup role right away with the Dodgers, as the team has struggled all year to find consistency at the back end of the bullpen. Despite the down year, he gets a slight boost given his new situation.
  • Among the biggest fallers was Cody Gearrin, who had settled into the Rangers 8th inning man before a move to the Athletics last week. With that bullpen as stacked as they are, don’t expect many, if any holds from him the rest of the year. Despite plenty of opportunities and a respectable 3.59 ERA, this season has to be considered a disappointment for Cam Bedrosian after flashing serious upside in 2016. Only 10 SV+HD’s on the year to go with a gross 1.42 WHIP keep him off the radar in all but the deepest of dynasty leagues.
  • Brad Ziegler and Cody Allen were the only relievers to pick up 3 holds this week, as Allen has seemingly fully transitioned into a setup role now with Brad Hand the closer. Carlos Martinez and Jordan Hicks both picked up 2 holds and a save, signaling some uncertainty for closer Bud Norris, who’s been terrible the past month. Jose Alvarado also had 2 holds and a save, but with Sergio Romo back in the mix, should remain in more of a setup role.
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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