Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 3/29 Update

Following up on our weekly closers and holds articles will be our top 100 relief pitchers for SV+HD leagues every Friday. Use this list to get a feel for the current reliever market and to gauge value for trades, waiver adds, etc.

Keep in mind, holds are much more volatile and harder to predict than saves. Only seven pitchers have recorded 30 or more holds since 2016, while 37 closers have gone over 30 saves in that same time frame.

 

Rank Player Team
1. Edwin Diaz New York Mets
2. Josh Hader Milwaukee Brewers
3. Kenley Jansen Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Blake Treinen Oakland Athletics
5. Aroldis Chapman New York Yankees
6. Sean Doolittle Washington Nationals
7. Kirby Yates San Diego Padres
8. Jose Leclerc Texas Rangers
9. Roberto Osuna Houston Astros
10. Felipe Vazquez Pittsburgh Pirates
11. Brad Hand Cleveland Indians
12. Will Smith San Francisco Giants
13. Ryan Pressly Houston Astros
14. Andrew Miller St. Louis Cardinals
15. Taylor Rogers Minnesota Twins
16. Jose Alvarado Tampa Bay Rays
17. Seranthony Dominguez Philadelphia Phillies
18. Jeurys Familia New York Mets
19. Joe Jimenez Detroit Tigers
20. David Robertson Philadelphia Phillies
21. Ken Giles Toronto Blue Jays
22. Raisel Iglesias Cincinnati Reds
23. Matt Barnes Boston Red Sox
24. Keone Kela Pittsburgh Pirates
25. Wade Davis Colorado Rockies
26. Adam Ottavino New York Yankees
27. Ryan Brasier Boston Red Sox
28. Dellin Betances New York Yankees
29. AJ Minter Atlanta Braves
30. Trevor May Minnesota Twins
31. Pedro Strop Chicago Cubs
32. Cody Allen Los Angeles Angels
33. Joakim Soria Oakland Athletics
34. Trevor Rosenthal Washington Nationals
35. Diego Castillo Tampa Bay Rays
36. Ty Buttrey Los Angeles Angels
37. Jordan Hicks St. Louis Cardinals
38. Archie Bradley Arizona Diamondbacks
39. Craig Stammen San Diego Padres
40. Jeremy Jeffress Milwaukee Brewers
41. Alex Colome Chicago White Sox
42. Jace Fry Chicago White Sox
43. Tony Watson San Francisco Giants
44. Carl Edwards Jr. Chicago Cubs
45. Adam Conley Miami Marlins
46. Richard Rodriguez Pittsburgh Pirates
47. Seung-Hwan Oh Colorado Rockies
48. Arodys Vizcaino Atlanta Braves
49. Hector Rondon Houston Astros
50. Kelvin Herrera Chicago White Sox
51. Blake Parker Minnesota Twins
52. Drew Steckenrider Miami Marlins
53. Zack Britton New York Yankees
54. David Hernandez Cincinnati Reds
55. Mychal Givens Baltimore Orioles
56. Chad Green New York Yankees
57. Hunter Strickland Seattle Mariners
58. Reyes Moronta San Francisco Giants
59. Chris Devenski Houston Astros
60. Scott Oberg Colorado Rockies
61. Lou Trivino Oakland Athletics
62. Seth Lugo New York Mets
63. Yoshihisa Hirano Arizona Diamondbacks
64. Oliver Perez Cleveland Indians
65. Will Harris Houston Astros
66. Hector Neris Philadelphia Phillies
67. Pedro Baez Los Angeles Dodgers
68. Greg Holland Arizona Diamondbacks
69. Chaz Roe Tampa Bay Rays
70. Amir Garrett Cincinnati Reds
71. Sergio Romo Miami Marlins
72. Justin Anderson Los Angeles Angels
73. Joe Kelly Los Angeles Dodgers
74. Jared Hughes Cincinnati Reds
75. Brad Boxberger Kansas City Royals
76. Steve Cishek Chicago Cubs
77. Kyle Crick Pittsburgh Pirates
78. Shane Greene Detroit Tigers
79. Ryne Stanek Tampa Bay Rays
80. Dominic Leone St. Louis Cardinals
81. Phil Maton San Diego Padres
82. Juan Nicasio Philadelphia Phillies
83 Jesse Chavez Texas Rangers
84. Brad Brach Chicago Cubs
85. Bud Norris Toronto Blue Jays
86. Tyler Olson Cleveland Indians
87. Ryan Buchter Oakland Athletics
88. Sam Dyson San Francisco Giants
89. Chad Sobotka Atlanta Braves
90. John Brebbia St. Louis Cardinals
91. Trevor Hildenberger Minnesotta Twins
92. Nate Jones Chicago White Sox
93. Pat Neshek Philadelphia Phillies
94. Fernando Rodney Oakland Athletics
95 Kyle Barraclough Washington Nationals
96. Tayron Guerrero Miami Marlins
97. Jacob Barnes Milwaukee Brewers
98. Shawn Kelley Texas Rangers
99. Alex Reyes St. Louis Cardinal
100. Josh James Houston Astros

 

Notes

 

  • Taylor Rogers, not Trevor May or Blake Parker, was called upon for a four-out save yesterday afternoon. He came in to get a lefty, Greg Allen, to end the eighth and then finished out the ninth against a lefty, a switch-hitter and Jordan Luplow, who pinch hit for lefty Tyler Naquin. Rogers was dominant in the outing, but the big takeaway here is that he will see save chances if a predominantly left-handed hitting lineup is due up in the ninth. He’s worth picking up in 12-teamers for now.
  • Raisel Iglesias‘ Opening Day usage probably has some owners scratching their heads, but we were warned this may happen. He came in to protect a lead in the seventh inning, and while he did do that, he allowed two hits, a walk and a run over 1.1 innings of work. While Iglesias started the ninth, he issued two walks before being replaced by Amir Garrett. David Hernandez, who wound up getting the save, is still more of a 15-team add at this point.
  • In other interesting closer usage news, the Phillies decided to use David Robertson in the eighth inning while leading by seven runs. The game got out of hand in the bottom of the seventh while Robertson was getting ready to be used to protect a three-run lead in the eighth, but it’s still interesting to see that he was going to work the eighth. Does that mean Seranthony Dominguez was in line to close out the ninth, or was Robertson going to work two innings? I think the latter is more probable, but this usage is set to be different throughout the year. It’s worth noting the Braves had their two through four hitters due up in the eighth, so it’s likely manager Gabe Kapler just plans on using Robertson against the meat of the opponent’s order late in games no matter the inning. Still, this is frustrating for owners of any Phillies relievers.
  • The Royals decided that incumbent closer Wily Peralta deserved the first crack at a save opportunity, and as expected, it didn’t work out. Brad Boxberger ended up finishing the game and should see the majority of save chances moving forward. He’s still far from a must-own in 10- to 12-team mixed leagues.

(Photo by Lawrence Iles/Icon Sportswire)

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


Chucky

Craig Stammen for 1.1 to pick up the Hold. No K’s but should be a good source of Holds as the clear, unambiguous choice to pitch the 8th in front of Yates.

digdeeper

Wily Peralta started the ninth with a five run lead, not a save situation. Boxberger was the fourth pitcher brought in that inning, finally closed the door.

JJ

Would you drop Alex Reyes for Familia in a SV+HLD league? Have 7 SP’s and was holding out hope Reyes either gets back to bring a starter or gets big RP innings

Chip

Great list. I have to believe that Chad Green and Josh James get moved way up in the near future for the K upside alone. Green should rack up a moderate number of holds+wins, and I imagine James will work himself into a setup role sooner rather than later. Keep it up!

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