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Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 4/3

Top 100 RP rankings for Saves + Holds leagues in 2022

With a lot of you drafting this weekend and early next week, I’ve decided to post a quick updated SV+HLD list based on everything we know as of April 2nd. The next update (April 8th) will have more notes and analysis, but for now, enjoy!

 

Notes

 

  • Andrew Kittredge gets a bump as the Rays bullpen will be missing Pete Fairbanks and Nick Anderson to start the year, leaving last year’s All-Star as the clear favorite to lead the team in saves this season. With Fairbanks out, it still opens up more opportunities for the likes of Matt Wisler, J.P. Feyereisen and JT Chargois.
  • This ranking for Robert Suarez may be too aggressive, but it’s looking more and more like he will open the year as the Padres closer, and what’s not to like about his stuff? He finished the game for the Padres last night, the same day the team was open to moving Emilio Pagán in a deal just so they could get rid of Eric Hosmer’s contract. Dinelson Lamet and Pierce Johnson are likely to pitch in high leverage spots early on in games, and two of their best relievers, Luis García and Drew Pomeranz, will begin the season on the IL.

 

  • I’ll admit I was a little too low on Tyler Rogers because there’s likely to be some ratio regression and he doesn’t strike anyone out, BUT, I wasn’t being fair when it comes to his usage. Rogers is unique in that he can pitch three days in a row with no issue, and he may be the only reliever in baseball who can. Based on sheer volume alone, he gets a boost in the update.
  • Cole Sulser is actually a really good pitcher, who is the clear-cut closer for one of the 30 MLB teams. The obvious issue is that it happens to be one of the worst teams in baseball, but even so, if he is able to maintain the role for the entire season (or even until the All-Star break, we should see him with 20 or so saves.
  • The same could be said about Athletics closer Lou Trivino, although I don’t think he has quite the same upside as Sulser. But a closer is a closer, right?

 

  • Kyle Finnegan, while not overly impressive as well, will open the year as the Nationals closer. The one guy I felt could challenge him in the role, Tanner Rainey, has not looked all that great this spring which should only give Finnegan more breathing room to hold on to the job. This is a weird, short spring, so I’m trying not to put a lot of stock into velo readings as relievers ramp up, but Rainey has just not looked right.
  • Jorge Alcala and Tyler Duffey move up the list slightly as the Twins have made significant moves this offseason to boost their lineup and rotation. The two remain the clear-cut favorites to help set up closer Taylor Rogers with each having upside to roster in Holds leagues.

 

  • Two of my favorite relievers to watch are back in action this spring and looking like their pre-injury selves. Jordan Hicks and Seranthony Domínguez are both returning from TJS, with both showing the velo and stuff they flashed before surgery. Their respective bullpens may be all set when it comes to a closer, but the high leverage set up roles are up for grabs in St. Louis and Philly…
  • Andrés Muñoz, also returning from surgery, looks healthy this spring and should find himself in an important role moving forward as the Mariners will be without Casey Sadler for the year and Ken Giles is still out. Muñoz was once the top pitching prospect in baseball, and flashes an elite fastball/slider combo.

 

 

Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Liam Hendriks-
3Raisel Iglesias-
4Edwin Díaz
T2
-
5Craig Kimbrel+3
6Ryan Pressly-1
7Emmanuel Clase-1
8Jordan Romano
T3
+4
9Taylor Rogers-
10Devin Williams-3
11Giovanny Gallegos-1
12Kenley Jansen+7
13Paul Sewald-2
14Aroldis Chapman+4
15Andrew Kittredge+10
16Scott Barlow
T4
-1
17Corey Knebel+9
18Héctor Neris-5
19Diego Castillo+3
20Jonathan Loáisiga+3
21Blake Treinen-4
22Aaron Bummer+5
23Will Smith-3
24Camilo Doval-3
25David Bednar-9
26Matt Barnes
T5
-2
27Robert Suarez+72
28Gregory Soto+10
29Mark Melancon-1
30Art Warren+1
31Ryan Tepera-2
32Chad Green-
33Anthony Bender-3
34Kendall Graveman-
35Garrett Whitlock+1
36Jake McGee+32
37Matt Wisler+2
38Daniel Hudson
T6
-3
39Collin McHugh+1
40Trevor May+5
41Tyler Rogers+12
42Brooks Raley-
43Tim Mayza-
44Jake Cousins-3
45Tyler Matzek-1
46Alex Vesia+1
47Clay Holmes-1
48Cole Sulser+29
49Lou Trivino+22
50Phil Maton
T7
-
51Jake Diekman+11
52Michael Fulmer+14
53Jorge Alcala+21
54Aaron Loup+15
55Seth Lugo+15
56Josh Staumont+19
57Jordan Hicks+UR
58Seranthony Domínguez+UR
59Dinelson Lamet+UR
60Kyle Finnegan+34
61Pierce Johnson
T8
-12
62Nick Sandlin-3
63Joe Barlow-6
64Tanner Scott-3
65J.P. Feyereisen+15
66Tyler Duffey+23
67Amir Garrett-7
68Tanner Rainey-20
69A.J. Minter+4
70Mike Mayers+9
71Andrés Muñoz+UR
72Brad Boxberger-8
73Luis Cessa+UR
74JT Chargois+UR
75Ryne Stanek+13
76José Alvarado+10
77Austin Adams+4
78Robert Stephenson+5
79Jorge López+UR
80Emilio Pagán+17
81Génesis Cabrera
T9
+UR
82Brusdar Graterol+UR
83Joely Rodríguez-5
84Richard Bleier-19
85Trevor Richards+6
86Austin Warren+7
87Connor Brogdon+9
88Julian Merryweather+10
89Anthony Gose+11
90David Robertson+UR
91Spencer Patton+4
92Mychal Givens+UR
93Anthony Bass+UR
94Drew Steckenrider+UR
95Rowan Wick-13
96Greg Holland+UR
97Daniel Bard+UR
98Yimi García+UR
99A.J. Puk+UR
100Dylan Coleman+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.

  • Jason says:

    Do you have a list for leagues that don’t include holds?

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