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Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 4/29

Top 100 RP rankings for Saves + Holds leagues in 2022

One of the more frustrating early season trends has been how the Pirates have used elite reliever and best pitcher on the roster, David Bednar. Sure, Chris Stratton is the perfect closer for a team who doesn’t want to win games now and would prefer to keep their best relievers arbitration numbers down, so I suppose this does make perfect sense for the Pirates. It’s still wildly frustrating as Bednar could really be one of the games top closers if they were to just let him run with the job. If they are worried about paying him, they could always deal him for some prospects at the deadline, and his trade value would assumingly be higher if he had more closing experience. Anyways, Bednar does have 4 holds and 2 saves on the season, so for those in SV+HLD leagues, he remains a great option so just ignore Stratton’s presence there.

 

Notes

 

  • Two of the bigger disappointments to open the year are Jonathan Loáisiga and Aaron Bummer, both of which have struggled mightily to start, but for now still remain in the mix for holds for their respective teams. The key here being “for now”, as Loáisiga has some stiff competition in New York, and while the White Sox bullpen isn’t exactly deep, Bummer has been bad enough where they may have to consider moving him into low leverage work, at least temporarily. Something to keep an eye on in the next few weeks. 
  • Andrés Muñoz has shot up the Mariners late inning depth chart, and even with Paul Sewald returning this week, may still factor into SV+HLD’s moving forward. The command is still a bit shaky, but Muñoz can touch 100 MPH with ease and currently sports 51.9% K and 23% SwStr rates.

 

  • I admittedly don’t know what to make of Dany Jiménez, who just last year was pitching in Buffalo and now the 28 year old finds himself as the closer of the Athletics. That role may change once Lou Trivino returns (who’s been on the Covid-IL for 12 days with no updates in between) but either way Jiménez is off to a hot start. The slider is great, the fastball suspect and ultimately this could be a Vargas rule type situation. Remember, this is a pretty bad A’s team, so when they get cold, there will be next to no value here some weeks.
  • Emilio Pagán has already had a meltdown as the Twins closer, but I wouldn’t expect it to push him out of the role just yet. Jhoan Duran continues to do his thing and lurks as a potential successor, but I’m still holding out some hope that Pagán can turn things back around after a disappointing season.

 

  • Matt Barnes may be the Red Sox closer again by default, but that doesn’t mean he goes all the way back up to his typical spot in the rankings just yet. He’s still not where he was a year ago, although their are some encouraging signs finally. It’s just taking longer than expected for him to progress, so perhaps Hansel Robles will get some save chances in the meantime as well. Still, I think Barnes is finally headed in the right direction, as Alex Cora has been hinting for some time now.
  • Anthony Bass and Josh Hader each had 4 SV+HLD’s over the past week. This is what we’ve come to expect from Hader, but Bass certainly is a bit of a surprising name here. He now has 5 holds to open the year, but I don’t think he’s someone to recommend quite yet, especially with Dylan Floro potentially returning this weekend or early next week.

 

 

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

 

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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.

  • Andrew Kovacic says:

    Call me crazy, but I feel like Sewald should be droppin on this list.
    The Mariners have so many reliever options that he’s just not getting the volume needed to be a top 12 SV+hold guy.
    Am I crazy to consider dropping him and his total of 3.2 innings + 1 hold/save? Too early?

    • Rick Graham says:

      We’ll see what happens now that he’s back but I still think he’s one of their top 3 relievers, so he should in line for SV+HLD’s.

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