Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 4/26 Update

Rank Change Pitcher
1
T1
+1 Edwin Diaz
2
-1 Josh Hader
3
- Kenley Jansen
4
- Blake Treinen
5
+1 Kirby Yates
6
-1 Aroldis Chapman
7
+1 Roberto Osuna
8
+1 Felipe Vazquez
9
-2 Sean Doolittle
10
- Brad Hand
11
- Jose Leclerc
12
- Jose Alvarado
13
- Will Smith
14
- Ryan Pressly
15
T2
- Ken Giles
16
- Jordan Hicks
17
- Raisel Iglesias
18
- Wade Davis
19
+9 A. J. Minter
20
+3 Ryan Brasier
21
+10 Pedro Strop
22
+17 Hector Neris
23
+2 Ty Buttrey
24
-5 Diego Castillo
25
-4 Taylor Rogers
26
-4 Matt Barnes
27
-3 Lou Trivino
28
-8 Craig Stammen
29
-2 Jeremy Jeffress
30
-1 Seranthony Dominguez
31
+23 John Brebbia
32
+4 Reyes Moronta
33
T3
+2 Shane Greene
34
+14 Joe Biagini
35
-1 Greg Holland
36
-4 Alex Colome
37
-7 Blake Parker
38
-1 Kelvin Herrera
39
-6 Anthony Swarzak
40
+1 Jeurys Familia
41
-3 Adam Ottavino
42
+8 Zack Britton
43
-1 Hector Rondon
44
+7 Amir Garrett
45
+7 Scott Oberg
46
-2 Archie Bradley
47
- Tony Watson
48
+19 Trey Wingenter
49
-9 Andrew Miller
50
-7 Keone Kela
51
-6 Joe Jimenez
52
+9 David Hernandez
53
+28 Sergio Romo
54
+10 John Gant
55
UR Robert Stephenson
56
T4
-10 Richard Rodriguez
57
-8 Steve Cishek
58
- Ryne Stanek
59
+6 Seth Lugo
60
-34 Cody Allen
61
-1 Seung-hwan Oh
62
-5 Trevor Hildenberger
63
+7 Joakim Soria
64
+4 Adam Morgan
65
+4 Yoshihisa Hirano
66
+28 Nick Anderson
67
-8 Adam Conley
68
UR Emilio Pagan
69
+29 Nick Wittgren
70
+2 Mychal Givens
71
-5 Trevor May
72
+12 Roenis Elias
73
-10 Drew Steckenrider
74
-21 Pat Neshek
75
-20 Chaz Roe
76
T5
-14 Ryan Tepera
77
-6 Brandon Brennan
78
-4 Jared Hughes
79
-3 Pedro Baez
80
+2 Hansel Robles
81
+2 Shawn Kelley
82
+4 Kyle Barraclough
83
+10 Adam Kolarek
84
+8 Connor Sadzeck
85
-10 Tayron Guerrero
86
-13 Sam Dyson
87
UR Jake Newberry
88
-11 Will Harris
89
-9 Kyle Crick
90
+5 J. B. Wendelken
91
-4 Oliver Perez
92
-4 Robert Gsellman
93
-3 Junior Guerra
94
-5 Adam Cimber
95
UR Buck Farmer
96
UR Brad Wieck
97
+2 Ian Kennedy
98
UR Jace Fry
99
UR Alex Claudio
100
- Joe Kelly

 

Notes

 

  • New additions this week include Robert Stephenson, Emilio Pagan, Jake Newberry, Buck Farmer, Brad Wieck, Jace Fry, and Alex Claudio. Hector Neris was one of the biggest movers this week, and while it remains to be seen if he’ll be the Phillies full -ime closer, he’s used enough at the back end off games to be rostered in most save+hold leagues.
  • Leaving the list are Chad Green, Justin Wilson, Chris Devenski, Neil Ramirez, Caleb Ferguson, Dominic Leone, and Nick Burdi. Green’s fall from grace has certainly been one of the more surprising this season. Don’t be surprised if he gets things figured out in Triple-A and is back to his usual self this summer.
  • Raisel Iglesias, John Brebbia, David Hernandez, Jordan Hicks, Ryan Brasier, Kirby Yates, Sergio Romo and Victor Alcantara were the weekly leaders in saves+holds with a total of three apiece. Brebbia has picked up where he left off the second half of last season and is becoming a force in that bullpen. Since the last year’s trade deadline, Brebbia has an ERA of 0.64 over 28.2 innings with 37:9 K/BB ratio. It’s great to see the Cardinals trust him late in games now with his five holds matching his 2018 total.
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


Rick Graham

He’ll probably make some more starts sooner rather than later. The Dodgers typically run 6-7 SP deep due to injuries, rest, etc.

Jim

Jeffress over Greene. Okay. Jeffress is still tossing 92-93 in non-save situations. They have very little confidence in him right now. Meanwhile Greene has been L.O.

Rick Graham

Jeffress was activated just a week ago. Greenes been great but he’s been lucky (.138 BABIP, 92% LOB, .69 HR/FB compared to .309, 68.5%, 1.06 career numbers) and the track record implies it won’t last. Greene’s velocity is also down 2 MPH this year.

jim

Point is, there are many options listed below Jeffress that are immediately better options. Jeffress velo is at 92-93, down from 98 — not just a few ticks.
This is not a ‘stash’ list or is it? Jeffress is not an option right now for the Brewers or fantasy teams. Would rather own Biagini or Swarzak currently just to name a couple.

Rick Graham

When was Jeffress sitting 98? He’s been around 95 the past 4 or so years. The list isn’t for this week only, more for the long run.

theKraken

Jeffress used to sit upper 90s… a long time ago. I have somehow watched him pitch a lot over the past 4 years – he hasn’t been upper 90s in that time. He isn’t that pretty to watch, but he is pretty reliable and in the best situation he could possibly be in. You know what is really weird about him? At many points in his career, he has established himself as a reliable closer only to have his team lose faith, then he goes somewhere else and establishes himself again.

Jim

The long haul. Got it.
Jeffress averaged 96.2 last year on his 4FB. Spent a few years at 97.5.
You’re right, it’s not 98 but it’s certainly higher than 92.6 where he sits now.
Remember he was shutdown with shoulder problems only 4 weeks ago.
His ranking is just too high for those reasons.

Marty

As a Toronto native and Blue Jays fan, I can tell you right now Biagini IS NOT a better option. If that’s how you feel just go pick him up and find out for yourself bud.

o snap whaddup

Always appreciate this list- rotating relievers has given me the edge in a very deep and active league.

Question- How has Ottavino looked this year? His baseline numbers are disappointing, he is walking at least a batter each outing, and his strikeouts are down. Is his stuff still filthy or what is going on? I haven’t seen too many Yankees games this year so I’m kinda in the dark on him.

Rick Graham

His numbers look to be closer to 2017’s, and while I’ve only seen a handful of outings, his stuff doesn’t loom as sharp as it was last year. He’s having a hard time getting ahead and setting up his slider, and we’ve also seen him throw a cutter more ofter in exchange for that wipeout slider. Still early in the year but it’s starting to become a concern.

theKraken

Agreed. People want him to be the 2018 guy, but he has only ever done that once. There are not people to replace him, so he will still be valuable but not like like last year. As an RP it is very easy to have a magical year – I am sure that was 2018 for Otto.

Matt

Other than being injured this week, I do not see why Trivino is ranked so low. He is the clear 8th inning guy and has better stuff than most pitchers ranked above him.

Trev

10tm 10×10 cat league. Looking to stabilize ratios ERA/WHIP and K/BB…Saves would be a bonus of course but not entirely necessary. Only allow 35 pick ups all year so I can’t be swapping out RPs weekly. How would you rank these guys considering context, or is it as listed above?

Stammen, Castillo, Buttrey, Neris, Trivino

th

I never popped in to tell you that you were right about Vizcaino. Just in case that meant anything to you. I always appreciate your work.

theKraken

I was just kicking the tires on Brebbia the other day and I can’t buy. It seems like his FB is his best pitch and it is a flyball pitch without elite velocity. I think he is just benefiting from a bunch of non well hit FB. Hard to imagine that working for long in this era. Granted, that type of analysis is unisightful trash, but I couldn’t find a reason to believe. All the signs point to him being lucky IMO.

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