Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 4/23

Rick Graham updates his top 100 relief pitchers for SV+HD leagues.

The Twins brought in Alex Colomé this offseason to be able to use Taylor Rogers in different situations throughout the game, not just the ninth inning, being that he was their only left-handed reliever. After three weeks, it appears like Rogers may need to shift back into the traditional closer role he held for the past two seasons. With Colomé struggling and the emergence of Caleb Thielbar as a second lefty, it could allow for this transition to happen rather smoothly. Either way, Rogers is the only Twins reliever yet to have a meltdown this season and continues to find ways to be productive without a high whiff rate. Rogers 34.7% CSW ain’t too shabby, thanks to having the second-highest CStr% (Called Strike) this season, a stat in which he ranks first among qualified relievers since the start of the 2019 season (23%). And this is is why CSW exists, because Rogers is a much better pitcher than his whiffs (or lack thereof) suggest.

 

Notes

 

  • Jordan Romano is set to come off the injured list tomorrow and could very well slot right in as the teams closer. Rafael Dolis was used in the 8th inning of Wednesday nights game while Tim Mayza and Anthony Castro combined to pitch the 9th to close out the game. No matter the role, Romano remains a must roster player for fantasy purposes.
  • I’ve put a little higher priority on closers vs. set up men this week, as the entire holds list has struggled whereas the closers have been surprisingly effective for the most part. There’s only one non-closer in the top 14, as even the top holds option are dealing with issues to begin the season.

 

  • Now may be a smart time to sell high on Alex Reyes, who has not looked as impressive as his numbers would seem to indicate. His slider is getting whiffs at a nice rate, but the command issues if not fixed, will come back to hurt Reyes eventually. Once Jordan Hicks starts showing some consistency, he should get his old job back.
  • The Reds bullpen situation is a mess at the moment, with Amir Garrett and Lucas Sims trading L’s the past two days. Sims, in general, has still pitched much better this season than Garrett, who just can’t seem to find it out there. I think we are looking at Sims replacing Garrett eventually, but today didn’t help his cause.

 

  • I’m not saying I believe they can continue dominating like this, but Ian Kennedy and César Valdez certainly deserve some more love for what they are doing right now. Two very different styles, but it’s awesome to see the two 36-year-olds making the most of their opportunities and succeeding.
  • Kevin Ginkel, Tyler Rogers, and Jeffrey Springs led all relievers the past week with three SV+HLD’s. I talked about Rogers and Ginkel yesterday in The Hold Up, but I left Springs off the list, though he just missed. There is something there for Springs, especially with his changeup, but his mediocre sinker/slider combo makes him prone to bad outings as seen by his career 5.36 ERA and 1.66 WHIP. Still, he’s in a good spot in Tampa, and his ability to get swings and misses make him worth watching.

 

EDIT: Removed Corey Knebel following the news of his triceps injury

 

Rank Pitcher Change
1Edwin DíazT1-
2Liam Hendriks-
3Josh Hader-
4Aroldis Chapman-
5Ryan Pressly
T2
-
6Raisel Iglesias-
7Kenley Jansen+7
8James Karinchak-
9Brad Hand
T3
+12
10Craig Kimbrel+5
11Matt Barnes+12
12Emmanuel Clase+5
13Will Smith-3
14Diego Castillo-1
15Drew Pomeranz-8
16Giovanny Gallegos-7
17Devin Williams-6
18Héctor Neris-2
19Jordan Romano+UR
20Mark Melancon
T4
+5
21Chad Green-9
22Trevor May-3
23Jake McGee+1
24Jake Diekman+9
25Taylor Rogers+7
26Alex Reyes-8
27Lucas Sims-5
28Richard Rodríguez+6
29Blake Treinen
T5
+6
30Jose Alvarado+10
31Kendall Graveman+10
32Victor Gonzalez+5
33Lou Trivino+6
34Yimi García+12
35Scott Barlow-6
36Tyler Duffey-10
37Tanner Rainey-10
38Rafael Dolis-10
39Aaron Bummer-9
40Mike Mayers-9
41Emilio Pagan+1
42Codi Heuer-4
43Amir Garrett-23
44Gregory Soto+5
45Daniel Bard-9
46César Valdez
T6
+24
47Ian Kennedy+17
48Alex Colomé-1
49Tyler Rogers+6
50Tejay Antone+6
51Michael Kopech+6
52Jordan Hicks+6
53Hansel Robles-5
54Adam Ottavino-2
55Joely Rodriguez+12
56Miguel Castro-13
57Tanner Scott-7
58Garrett Crochet-7
59Evan Marshall-14
60Josh Staumont-7
61Daniel Hudson-
62Kevin Ginkel+12
63Greg Holland
T7
+2
64Stefan Crichton+14
65Andrew Chafin+6
66Darren O’Day+2
67Tyler Matzek-8
68J.P. Feyereisen+19
69Mychal Givens-7
70A.J. Minter+6
71Austin Adams+6
72Ryne Stanek+7
73Dylan Floro+7
74Sean Doolittle-1
75Sean Newcomb+8
76J.B. Wendelken+6
77Pierce Johnson+11
78Justin Wilson-15
79Brent Suter-7
80Rafael Montero
T8
-5
81Jason Adam+8
82Felix Pena-22
83Connor Brogdon-29
84Ryan Thompson+15
85Andrew Kittredge+UR
86Anthony Misiewicz+UR
87Kyle Crick+UR
88Yoan Lopez+UR
89Wandy Peralta+5
90Aaron Slegers+UR
91Sam Coonrod+UR
92Jonathan Loaisiga+UR
93Garrett Whitlock+4
94Darwinzon Hernandez-10
95Brusdar Graterol-9
96J.B. Bukauskas+UR
97Camilo Doval+UR
98Chris Rodriguez+UR
99Gregory Santos+UR
100Sam Howard-7

 

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.

  • Avatar Jack says:

    Where would Joakim Soria fit when he returns?
    Or is he not even in top 100 as he isn’t on you IL list

  • Avatar SV/HD is the best category says:

    This is my favorite weekly list. Thanks for your work. I specifically root for my guys to rise each week (antone/clase/pomeranz/devin williams) and I think the last 3 are probably all top 12 guys and antone would be if they gave hime the closer role.

    Any reason for the minor slides for pom and dev? It seems like dev is rounding into last years form after a late start, and pomeranz is just as lethal as ever. Thanks again!

    • Avatar Rick Graham says:

      Devin has looked better, and he’s still getting whiffs which is great. I don’t imagine he’ll be sliding anymore, and hopefully he gets back into a setup role soon.

      Pomeranz is dealing with some shoulder tightness so the teams been reluctant to use him lately (see last night for example). It’s just a minor concern, considering they havn’t placed him on the IL yet but it’s still not ideal.

  • Avatar Jaybird says:

    James Karinchak is number 8 despite 2 recent games in which he was used as a setup man for your 12th ranked guy Emmanuel Clase? I must be missing something

    • Avatar Rick Graham says:

      Whether he pitches the 8th or 9th, I’d still prefer Karinchak.

      Karinchak: 2.09 ERA, .98 WHIP, 47.4% K, 37.2% CSW, 17.3% SwStr

      Clase: 1.76 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 24.4% K, 28.6% CSW, 12.2% SwStr

    • Avatar Nick says:

      Try to remember this is saves AND holds, not just saves

  • Avatar Jim says:

    Think we might see Treinen and V Gonzalez swap places soon? Trienen has been putting a lot of guys on and Roberts has a very short leash as well as a deep pen. In Ratio leagues at the least, Gonzalez is the better SVHD guy to own imo.

    • Avatar Rick Graham says:

      Yea I can definitely see this happening. Gonzalez’s K, BB and Whiff rates are pretty subpar right now, but his slider is good enough to eventually help with the K and Whiff rates.

  • Avatar Roger says:

    How confident are you in Tyler Duffey, especially in comparison to other T5 arms? Obviously SSS, but he’s walked at least 1 batter in 5 out of 6 appearances and the holds aren’t manifesting. The 1 IP / 0 ERA / 1 WHIP is starting to annoy me :)

    There are a handful of guys in T5 & T6 available (Mayers, Hicks, Barlow, Antone, Garrett, Soto, & Matzek). My gut says to roll the dice on Hicks, but I want to make sure I’m not missing anything on Duffey.

    • Avatar Rick Graham says:

      Yea I don’t know what to make of Duffey at this point. Something seems off but I can’t quite tell what it is. The velocity is fine, so at least he has that back to normal.

      I think I’d hang tight, although Antone is interesting depending on what stats you are looking for/need.

  • Avatar Swamie says:

    Just stopping by way too early for the Gregory Santos to the moon party.

  • Avatar turnnoblindeye says:

    Why would Devin Williams get bumped down this week? We got good news, his velo is back up and he’s right back in his setup role.

    • Avatar Rick Graham says:

      I actually didn’t move him down, I just moved others ahead of him. It’s nice it seems like he has his old role back but he’s still struggling. He’s yet to have a clean outing in 7 appearances.

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