Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 6/10

Top 100 RP rankings for Saves + Holds leagues in 2022

Tanner Houck has transitioned into the Red Sox bullpen and will reprise the “Garrett Whitlock” role from last season, but that doesn’t mean he will just become Garrett Whitlock. Houck will no doubt be a help to this bullpen in desperate need of quality arms, but whereas Whitlock has three plus pitches, Houck is still missing a secondary offering to help him combat left handed hitters and that makes me a bit nervous. As long as the Red Sox are smart and pick and choose their spots with him, he should be a contributor, but I’m not expecting a ton of saves from him, although he could generate some solid hold numbers if this team can find ways to win games more consistently. For now, it’s still a bullpen I’d prefer to stay away from, but if you are looking for the long-term upside play, Houck is probably still the choice.

 

Notes

 

  • Jason Adam picked up his second save of the season last night, and with Andrew Kittredge looking at an extended absence, could see more save chances moving forward. With how the bullpen is currently constituted, an Adam / Colin Poche closer timeshare seems to make the most sense, and given how well Adam has pitched, he’s close to a must-roster player in standard mixed leagues.

 

  • After signing a two-year, $17 million deal with the Angels this offseason, Aaron Loup was looking like a steal after the first month of the season but followed that up with a really rough May. Since the start of May, Loup has put together an 8.38 ERA, and 2.172 WHIP with only 2 holds over 9,2 innings. At this point, I’d say he doesn’t need to be rostered in most holds leagues until things turn around.

 

  • Caleb Ferguson has returned to the Dodgers bullpen and immediately has picked up two holds. Ferguson was great back in 2020, and arguably the best left handed non-closer reliever in baseball for the shortened season. His return will likely dampen Alex Vesia’s value as it looks like Ferguson has taken back the left handed setup role.

 

  • Tanner Scott has picked up the past two saves for the Marlins and can be considered the favorite for saves moving forward. Scott has always been a bit of a rollercoaster given his command issues, but his stuff is undeniable and certainly closer worthy. For the month of June, Scott has allowed just two hits and zero earned runs to go with an 8/0 K/BB rate while adding two wins and two saves over four innings.

 

  • Kenley Jansen and Dennis Santana were the only relievers with 3 SV+HLD over the past week. I talked about Santana a bit yesterday in the Hold Up while Jansen has been as steady as ever despite an elevated ERA.

 

 

Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Liam Hendriks+1
3Edwin Díaz-1
4Raisel Iglesias-
5Emmanuel Clase
T2
-
6Taylor Rogers-
7Jordan Romano-
8Kenley Jansen+2
9Craig Kimbrel-1
10Ryan Pressly-1
11David Bednar
T3
+1
12Camilo Doval-1
13Devin Williams+4
14Clay Holmes+2
15Jhoan Duran-
16Ryan Helsley+2
17Giovanny Gallegos-4
18David Robertson+2
19Paul Sewald-5
20Joe Barlow
T4
+1
21Corey Knebel-2
22Daniel Bard+2
23Scott Barlow-1
24Tanner Rainey+4
25Jorge López+4
26Dany Jiménez-1
27Gregory Soto-
28Héctor Neris-5
29Diego Castillo+2
30Daniel Hudson+2
31Kendall Graveman
T5
-1
32Ryan Tepera-6
33Michael Fulmer-
34Michael King+1
35A.J. Minter+3
36Seth Lugo-2
37Josh Staumont-1
38Aaron Bummer-1
39Jason Adam+21
40Andrew Chafin-1
41Brooks Raley-1
42Drew Smith+5
43Alexis Díaz+7
44Alex Lange+8
45Seranthony Domínguez+13
46Emilio Pagán
T6
-2
47Luis García+14
48Griffin Jax+11
49Eli Morgan+UR
50Brad Boxberger+13
51Génesis Cabrera+13
52John Schreiber+27
53Colin Poche+13
54Tyler Kinley+11
55Matt Wisler+12
56Tyler Rogers-11
57Will Smith-11
58Aaron Loup-17
59Mychal Givens+3
60Rafael Montero-6
61Jake Diekman
T7
-10
62Andrés Muñoz-14
63Tanner Houck+UR
64Tanner Scott+22
65Ryne Stanek+20
66Yimi García+24
67Scott Effross+2
68Adam Cimber+9
69Félix Bautista+6
70Evan Phillips+19
71Wil Crowe+21
72Dennis Santana+UR
73Phil Maton-16
74Brock Burke-3
75Steven Okert+UR
76Caleb Ferguson+UR
77Alex Vesia-24
78Joely Rodríguez
T8
-8
79Mark Melancon+8
80Trevor Stephan-31
81Tyler Duffey-13
82Brusdar Graterol-9
83A.J. Puk+1
84Joe Mantiply+12
85Hansel Robles-13
86Matt Strahm-12
87Art Warren-5
88Ian Kennedy+3
89Steven Wilson-33
90Jalen Beeks+7
91Joe Smith-13
92Anthony Bass-12
93Dominic Leone+UR
94John King+UR
95Adam Ottavino+UR
96Brad Hand+UR
97Wandy Peralta+UR
98Dillon Tate+UR
99Tony Santillan-4
100Noé Ramirez-6

 

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.

4 responses to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 6/10”

  1. Raymone says:

    Why did Matt Strahm experience a significant drop despite locking down 2 saves this week? I was hoping it was a sign of him taking SOME control of the closer situation in BOS

    • BB says:

      He had the eighth tonight, with Houck getting his first save opportunity (a shaky conversion). It’s a committee.

  2. Mike says:

    Hey Rick. I’m a regular reader of your column. I think you’re underrating A.J. Minter. He’s has a 37% K rate and only a 4% BB rate. He’s consistently being given the 8th inning for a good team. His ratios compare favorably to Bednar’s and he’s on pace for about 35 holds. I’ve been watching the list for a few weeks expecting him to rise but he’s barely moved.

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