Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 6/25

Rick Graham updates his top 100 relief pitchers for SV+HD leagues.

In a league where we are seeing decreasing spin rates left and right, Scott Barlow has actually seen an increase over the past week, with both his curve and slider up over 120 RPM’s in his last outing. For the season, Barlow ranks in the top 25 amongst all qualified relievers in xFIP, K%, CSW%, and SwStr%. He has been able to up his fastball velocity this season to 95.7 MPH, up .8 MPH from last year while his slider is up almost two MPH and continues to get whiffs at a 42% clip. Barlow remains the only consistent reliever in the Royals bullpen at the moment, and while you’d like to see a lower walk rate and fewer barrels, he still remains one of the more underrated relievers in the game.




  • It’s been a rough two outings for Tejay Antone since returning from the IL this week, as his offspeed pitches have seen drastic drops in spin rate (300 RPMs). I’m going to give him another week or two before dropping too much further, but it’s a worrying trend.  In Lucas Sims absence, Brad Brach converted his first save since 2018, and the 35-year-old has looked surprisingly good over 15 games this season. Not overpowering by any means, Brach still has a nasty changeup (46.7% Whiff rate) and could be the middle part of the season’s version of César Valdez.
  • James Karinchak was used to close out the Twins yesterday, as Emmanuel Clase was nowhere to be seen with Bryan Shaw and Blake Parker working the sixth and seventh innings instead. Perhaps this was just Terry Francona conserving Clase for today as he knows he’ll need to ask a lot from his bullpen given who’s in his starting rotation at the moment, but it’s still weird that Clase didn’t pitch last night since Monday was his last appearance. As for Karinchak, he converted the save, but it’s worth noting he’s another pitcher who has seen his spin rates drop around 200 RPM’s lately. Over his past four outings, he has a 5/5 K/BB ratio, a far cry from his 28.4% K-BB rate for the season.


  • After blowing his fifth save of the season Wednesday, Héctor Neris is firmly on the hot seat as the Phillies closer, with manager Joe Girardi saying he’d “think about” making a change. Five blown saves is a lot, sure, but Neris has still been one of their better relievers all season (3.54 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 29.1% K rate), as there isn’t really a realistic alternative on the roster for them to turn to. José Alvarado has insane stuff, but he has absolutely no idea where it’s going when it comes out of his hand, and I don’t think Connor Brogdon is really ready for the role right now. For now, they’d be better off sticking with Neris while looking for outside help, but Girardi isn’t exactly the best decision-maker.
  • Hansel Robles is another one of the 50+ relievers who have seen a significant decline in RPM’s over the past week, and while it didn’t hurt him against the Rangers, it did hurt when he faced a decent MLB lineup in the Reds on Tuesday as the reliever has his worst outing of the season. Taylor Rogers has been shaky as well, but it looks like Rogers may be the only reliever in that bullpen that is semi-trustworthy at the moment.


  • It’s been a trying year for Nationals reliever Tanner Raineyand while his last two outings have been far from great, there are some promising signs. For starters, his spin rate is fine, let’s get that out of the way. He’s also seen an increase in velocity as he averages 99 and touched 100 MPH on Tuesday while averaging 98.1 on Monday. He also still has a setup role despite his 7.54 ERA and 1.76 WHIP on the season, so the teams still seem to be confident that a breakout is coming. The next step is to finally get some positive results on the field, so hopefully, he can fix that atrocious walk rate and start missing some barrels.
  • Mark Melancon led all relievers this past week with SV+HLD’s (all saves) but not one of them came easily. He is constantly putting runners on base in every one of his outings and he too has seen a bit of a drop in his cutter and curveball’s spin rate as of late.
Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Liam Hendriks-
3Aroldis Chapman
4Edwin Diaz-
5Ryan Pressly-
6Craig Kimbrel-
7Matt Barnes-
8Kenley Jansen-
9Jordan Romano-
10Giovanny Gallegos
11Raisel Iglesias-
12Will Smith+1
13Alex Reyes+3
14Diego Castillo+4
15Kendall Graveman+4
16Emmanuel Clase+4
17Scott Barlow
18Tejay Antone-6
19James Karinchak-4
20Chad Green+4
21Ryan Tepera+10
22Blake Treinen+1
23Seth Lugo+4
24Jake Diekman+5
25Mark Melancon-4
26Devin Williams-
27J.P. Feyereisen-2
28Pete Fairbanks-
29Taylor Rogers+3
30Jake McGee+7
31Brad Hand+13
32Andrew Chafin+4
33Hector Neris-16
34Aaron Bummer-1
35Austin Adams-
36Adam Ottavino-2
37Victor González
38Jimmy Nelson-
39Trevor May+15
40José Alvarado+1
41Jonathan Loáisiga-1
42Daniel Bard-
43Ian Kennedy-4
44Gregory Soto+7
45Richard Rodríguez+2
46Lou Trivino+3
47Michael Fulmer+9
48Yimi García-5
49Emilio Pagán-3
50Zack Britton-5
51Brad Boxberger+6
52Tanner Scott+1
53Tyler Rogers-3
54Aaron Loup+16
55Collin McHugh+22
56Chris Martin-8
57Mike Mayers
58Ryne Stanek+5
59Tyler Duffey+5
60Paul Fry-8
61Garrett Crochet-2
62Miguel Castro-1
63Garrett Whitlock+2
64Josh Staumont-9
65Dylan Floro+4
66Jeffrey Springs+5
67Anthony Bender-7
68Evan Marshall+12
69Hansel Robles-11
70Kyle Zimmer-4
71Tanner Rainey+11
72Yusmeiro Petit+1
73Brad Brach+UR
74Wander Suero-
75A.J. Minter+4
76Josh Sborz-8
77David Bednar+1
78Craig Stammen+8
79Tyler Chatwood+10
80Connor Brogdon+UR
81Génesis Cabrera
82Joely Rodríguez+11
83Brooks Raley+14
84Tyler Matzek-9
85Tim Hill+10
86Jake Brentz-10
87Rex Brothers-3
88Matt Wisler-
89Ryan Thompson+7
90Andrew Kittredge-5
91Darwinzon Hernandez+1
92Brent Suter+2
93Hirokazu Sawamura+UR
94Caleb Thielbar+UR
95Josh Taylor+UR
96Bryan Shaw-5
97Ranger Suárez+UR
98Codi Heuer-15
99Amir Garrett+UR
100Archie Bradley+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.

One response to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 6/25”

  1. Dan says:

    I get Austin Adams has good ratios. But he has ZERO S+H over the last month, even with Pomeranz out this whole time. Feel like guys with actual setup roles should be jumping in front of him on her at some point.

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