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Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 4/22

Top 100 RP rankings for Saves + Holds leagues in 2022

So far, so good for Gregory Soto, with the lefty closer picking up three saves here in the early going while allowing just one earned run. The strikeouts are down, but also is his slider usage which I can’t imagine will be the trend for the entirety of the season. Michael Fulmer has also pitched well and while he does have one save to his name, it doesn’t look like he’s going to cut into Soto’s chances anytime soon. Fulmer is also more likely to be moved at the deadline than Soto given his contract situation, so something to keep in mind if deciding between the two Tigers relievers in SV+HLD leagues.

 

Notes

 

  • The Twins finally gave us a save chance this season and it was Emilio Pagán who worked the ninth, with electric rookie Jhoan Duran getting the seventh (and the complete opposite of “electric rookie” Joe Smith working the eighth). I’m not exactly interested in Pagán just yet, Duran is clearly the better upside play here for the long run and there’s no reason to think Pagán’s role is set in stone  yet.
  • Clay Holmes has gotten off to a fantastic start this season and with speculation as to who the Yankees may turn to should Aroldis Chapman falter, I feel like I’m not hearing Holmes name enough. Since his trade to the Yankees last July, Holmes has been one of the best relievers in baseball, ranking second in WAR, xFIP, and SIERA.

 

  • Daniel Bard has been great this year and while I still have some reservations it’s worth noting his current pitch usage, as throwing his slider 64% of the time is a huge chance for him. He went slider 46% of the time last year as his fastball was getting hammered. If he keeps up this usage, it could be a good season for Bard, but we’ll see how his arm holds up this way.
  • Luis García returned from the IL this past week and while the Padres bullpen is a bit crowded, it’s worth keeping in mind that García was considered for the closer role prior to his injury (and the Taylor Rogers trade). The Padres face off with the Dodgers this weekend and we should get a better sense of how the bullpen will shake out moving forward then.

 

  • With Lou Trivino on the Covid IL, Dany Jiménez is getting a chance to close out games for the Athletics and so far things have gone smooth. Trivino will probably get his job back, but it looks like the A’s finally found their #2 bullpen option in Jiménez who’s slider, a pitch he is throwing 57.3% of the time, currently has a 60.9% Whiff rate on the season.
  • Scott Barlow, David Bednar, Josh Hader, Clay Holmes, Josh Staumont, Devin Williams, and Steven Wilson all had 3 SV+HLD’s over the past week. Most of these names shouldn’t be surprising, expect Wilson who has gotten off to a hot start for the Padres. I’m interested in seeing how he fares against tougher competition moving forward as he hasn’t exactly faced any tough hitters this season.

 

 

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

 

Injured List

 

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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.

  • Joe says:

    Not sure I follow the drop for J Duran. Sure, he gave up a few long balls last week but his stuff is still filthy and he is striking out practically everyone he faces. He saw a more traditional set-up 7th inning Hold yesterday so shouldn’t that UP his value here?

    • Rick Graham says:

      It’s only week 2 so trying to temper expectation and it’s not fair to drop others who have been consistent for much longer this early in the season. That said, I anticipate (I hope) Duran will never be below 40 on this list ever again. If you want to shoot for the highest upside option (which I totally can get behind), Duran’s more of a top 20 option right now.

  • Shifty says:

    Why did Diekman drop 14 spots? He has 2 holds this week already and 5 SV+HD on the year

  • JR says:

    1) Curious to not see Trevor Stephan in this list. He is the setup guy in the Guardians. Thoughts on him? Would you rather have Dany Jimenez ROS over him?
    2) Toss up between Steven Wilson and Luis Garcia? I currently own the former.

    Thanks!

    • Wes says:

      Agreed that Stephan should be on this and the Holds list. He was solid the first week, but has really popped and established himself. What are they going to do with Karinchak when he comes back, that is the biggie for me.

  • Wes says:

    Rick, I play in a league that has holds and saves as separate categories. Do you know of the best way I can incorporate this awesome list, along with the Holds Up and Closer rankings? I really want to use all three. Thanks!

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