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Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 5/20

Top 100 RP rankings for Saves + Holds leagues in 2022

I had my doubts about Aaron Loup being able to pick up where he left off after his career year last season, but he has certainly exceed expectations in his first year with the Angels. While Loup won’t get a ton of swings and misses, he barely ever walks anyone and keeps hard contact to a minimum while producing a ton of groundballs (55.8%). Raisel Iglesias and Ryan Tepera have struggled a bit recently, and while Loup may be the most consistent reliever on the roster, his upside isn’t anywhere near those other two. Which is perfectly fine, and it puts Loup in that kind of Tyler Rogers safety over upside group as there are plenty of high upside relievers to chase, but only maybe a handful of truly “safe” ones worth rostering.

 

Notes

 

  • Chad Green was removed from yesterdays game with a forearm injury, which is perhaps the most ominous injury diagnosis a pitcher can receive these days, although in this case it remains to be seen how serious the issue is. Regardless, expect Green to miss some time and the likes of Clay Holmes, Michael King and Jonathan Loáisiga to step up in his stead. 
  • Last week I removed Spencer Strider from the list as it was looking like he would be entering the rotation but unfortunately Tyler Matzek hit the IL and the team felt they couldn’t afford to lose Strider from the bullpen. While it’s unfortunate we won’t see him in the rotation, we should see more hold chances for Strider moving forward as the secondary set up man in Atlanta.

 

  • It’s always tough to trust Rockies relievers but Tyler Kinley has done nothing so far this season for us to doubt his fantastic start. His 31% Whiff rate and 50% Groundball rate certainly help in Coors, and it appears he’s working his fastball down in the zone more to elevate that GB rate. Right now, the only two relievers I’d trust in this bullpen are Kinley and probably Daniel Bard.
  • I talked about how Michael Fulmer has been struggling as of late in yesterdays Hold Up, and piggybacking off that, I think Alex Lange could be in line for an increased role moving forward in that Tigers bullpen. Looking over relievers this past offseason, I remember Lange’s curveball standing out to me as a potential plus pitch, and now that he has made it his primary offering (usage up 10.5%) I’m really ready to buy in. His changeup is an above average offering as well, and he’s upped that 9% so that’s also something to get excited about here.

 

  • Quick update on the closer/bullpen situations in Cincinnati and Miami. The Reds turned to Tony Santillan for their save yesterday and he was able to convert. Alexis Díaz worked the 8th and should be in line for that top setup role at least despite the rocky outing. In Miami, we still have no idea who will close out games, but it probably should be Anthony Bass?
  • David Bednar, Liam Hendriks and Joe Kelly led all relievers with 3 SV+HLD over the past week. Despite Kelly’s 3 holds, it came with a 3.00 WHIP as he allowed five hits and two walks over his 2.2 innings of work. He’s been rusty since returning from the IL a little over a week ago, but it’s certainly a positive sign that the White Sox are still trusting him in high leverage spots.

 

 

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

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