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Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 4/15

Top 100 RP rankings for Saves + Holds leagues in 2022

The Mariners bullpen usage has been predictably unpredictable to begin the season, but I think we got a taste of what it will look like the majority of the time when protecting a lead yesterday afternoon. Andrés Muñoz came into the 6th, followed by Drew Steckenrider, Diego Castillo and finally Paul Sewald. That to me seems like the most logical route for the bullpen to go moving forward, so just because Sewald hasn’t done much yet, don’t give up on the talent just yet. There’s no reason to believe his breakout from 2021 won’t carry over to 2022.

 

Notes

 

  • Perhaps the huge rise in the ranks for Jhoan Duran seems a bit steep today, but he is exactly the type of reliever you want to target and take chance on this early in the season. Duran’s three-pitch mix (curveball is coming along) will certainly play up as a reliever and with the Twins having no other closer to turn to, recent usage suggests he is the favorite for saves moving forward.
  • We finally get to see Tanner Rainey in the closer role, and while the early results have been great, the fastball velocity being down yet again is something to monitor, but not panic about just yet. With his slider as good as it is, it’s certainly possible for Rainey to live around 95 MPH, but it will need to come with refined command (which so far, has been fine).

 

  • Chris Woodward tried telling us that Joe Barlow wouldn’t close out games right away but then he must have realized the other options he has to close out games at the moment. By no means is Barlow near the elite level of closers, but having the steady role for a team that should be improved this role makes him a near must roster in all SV+HLD formats.
  • The Red Sox continue to go with a timeshare in their later innings, but it looks like Jake Diekman and Hansel Robles will be the top options for the time being. Diekman is my preferred target here, he seems to be the safer option as long as he isn’t walking people left and right and he also has the higher strikeout upside. Matt Barnes is still a work in progress as he looks like a shell of his former self, but if he is able to get back to where he used to be, he’d once again be the top option in this bullpen.

 

  • Closers like Mark Melancon and Lou Trivino with low strikeout upside and on bad teams can get lost in the mix in SV+HLD’s leagues but I’d prefer many setup options to them.
  • Jake McGee has yet to see a save chance with the Giants and has been used all over the place, including the 6th inning of games. McGee’s skill set is pretty basic as he only has a fastball albeit one that he typically commands very well, but if he isn’t locked into a closer or setup role, I’m not sure this is something I’d want to chase.

 

  • Well, the one-day Tony Santillan hype seems to be wearing off, especially after last night where he allowed three earned while getting just one out. He’s still an interesting reliever but with Lucas Sims on his way back in a week or so, there are likely other relievers worth targeting.
  • Jordan Romano leads all relievers in SV+HLD’s with 4 (saves) over the first week of the season as the Jays have been one of the hottest teams in baseball to start.

 

 

Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Liam Hendriks-
3Raisel Iglesias-
4Edwin Díaz
T2
-
5Craig Kimbrel-
6Ryan Pressly-
7Emmanuel Clase-
8Jordan Romano
T3
-
9Taylor Rogers-
10Giovanny Gallegos+1
11Kenley Jansen+1
12Paul Sewald+1
13Devin Williams-3
14Aroldis Chapman-
15Andrew Kittredge-
16Scott Barlow
T4
-
17Corey Knebel-
18Camilo Doval+6
19David Bednar+6
20Anthony Bender+6
21Art Warren+8
22Héctor Neris-4
23Diego Castillo-4
24Jonathan Loáisiga-4
25Blake Treinen-4
26Aaron Bummer-4
27Jhoan Duran+60
28Will Smith-5
29Tanner Rainey+45
30Joe Barlow+20
31Ryan Tepera
T5
-
32Chad Green-
33Kendall Graveman-
34Gregory Soto-6
35Garrett Whitlock-1
36Matt Wisler-
37Daniel Hudson+1
38Brooks Raley+4
39Collin McHugh-
40Jake Diekman+13
41Tyler Rogers-
42Tim Mayza+1
43Clay Holmes+4
44Phil Maton+5
45Aaron Loup+10
46Seth Lugo+10
47Michael Fulmer+7
48J.P. Feyereisen+21
49Mark Melancon-19
50Tyler Matzek-5
51Alex Vesia-5
52Jake Cousins-8
53Seranthony Domínguez+5
54Andrés Muñoz+5
55Pierce Johnson+8
56Trevor May
T6
-16
57Josh Staumont-
58Jake McGee-23
59David Robertson+1
60Nick Sandlin+6
61Lou Trivino-13
62Robert Suarez-10
63Brad Boxberger+18
64A.J. Minter+18
65Dinelson Lamet-
66Mychal Givens+17
67Ryan Helsley+UR
68Spencer Strider-4
69Dylan Coleman+31
70Tony Santillan-33
71Cristian Javier+5
72Emilio Pagán-11
73José Alvarado+2
74Brusdar Graterol+11
75Cole Sulser-8
76Tanner Scott-8
77Génesis Cabrera+3
78Matt Barnes-51
79Jorge López-
80Daniel Bard+17
81Hansel Robles
T7
+UR
82Tyler Duffey-12
83Amir Garrett-10
84Ryne Stanek-12
85Joely Rodríguez+1
86Mike Mayers-8
87Richard Bleier+2
88Yimi García+10
89Drew Smith+UR
90Austin Warren+1
91Julian Merryweather+2
92A.J. Puk+7
93Anthony Gose+1
94Dominic Leone+UR
95Drew Steckenrider-
96Brad Hand+UR
97Trevor Richards-7
98Kyle Finnegan-36
99Miguel Castro+UR
100Jeurys Familia+UR

 

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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.

  • JR says:

    Hey Rick. Thanks for this. Quick question though… What is the reasoning behind having someone like Warren or Barlow being placed up so high when someone like Tyler Rogers will for sure get more hold opportunities than they would get SVO?

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