Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 7/16

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

There were a lot of underrated relievers in the first half, but Austin Adams stuck out to me as one that really gets forgotten in the non-closer reliever discussion. Sure the walk rate isn’t ideal, but anyone throwing a slider closer to 90% of the time is going to walk their fair share of batters. The fact that his walk rate is only 13.7% is fine, especially when you are missing bats at the rate he does (36.2% Whiff) and is arguably the best reliever pitcher in baseball when it comes to limiting hard contact (1.7% Barrell, 24.1% HardHit, 84.4 Avg. Exit Velo, .211 xSLG). He only has seven holds over the past three months (28.2 IP), but that comes with elite ratios (.31 ERA, .87 WHIP), and elite bat missing ability (36.1% K rate, 33.6% CSW). Hopefully more holds are in store for the second half, which if that were the case, he’d be a tier higher and a top 20 reliever.




  • The Giants led the league in save opportunities at the All-Star break with a whopping 50. For reference, the 12th highest team only had 35 save chances and in 2019, five teams finished the entire season with 50 or fewer save opps. The Giants were one of the biggest surprises in the first half of the season, but it’s fair to wonder if they will be able to keep this pace as they are dealing with some injuries and saw some career performances from unlikely sources. The point being, temper your expectations for Jake McGee and Tyler Rogers in the second half.
  • As we get closer to the deadline, the closer trade tier continues to fall as there remains uncertainty as to where they will land and what their new role may be. I dropped Yimi García a bit more though because he may lose his job even before a potential trade gets him out of Miami.


  • Michael Lorenzen is set to make his season debut this weekend and it looks like he will pitch out of the bullpen for the Reds for the remainder of the year. Lorenzen thrived in his bullpen role back in 2019, and with Art Warren joining Tejay Antone and Lucas Sims on the IL, Lorenzen could be forced into high leverage work right away.
  • After a couple of rough years in Colorado, Bryan Shaw has rejuvenated his career back where he originally made a name for himself in Cleveland. The 16.9% walk rate leaves a lot to be desired and limits his overall upside, but Shaw has been able to work around the walks for the most part and has done a great job limiting hard contact with his cutter.


  • The Royals bullpen is quite the mess at the moment, but the talent is certainly there for them to figure it all out and put together a strong second half. Kyle Zimmer has had a particularly rough July, and while I had originally thought there might be another gear here, he’s shaping up to be more like a reliever version of a Toby.
  • Daniel Bard and Yusmeiro Petit each had two SV+HLD’s last weekend. Petit continues to rack up holds and that is about the only thing he can help fantasy managers with at this point. There is some value in that though, as holds are hard to come by these days and he’ll certainly give you those without blowing up your ratios.
Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Liam Hendriks-
3Craig Kimbrel
4Ryan Pressly-
5Edwin Diaz-
6Matt Barnes-
7Kenley Jansen-
8Raisel Iglesias-
9Alex Reyes-
10Aroldis Chapman-
11Jordan Romano
12Will Smith+UR
13Diego Castillo-
14Giovanny Gallegos-
15James Karinchak+1
16Blake Treinen+4
17Taylor Rogers-
18Scott Barlow+1
19Chad Green-4
20Kendall Graveman-2
21Seth Lugo
22Emmanuel Clase+1
23Devin Williams+1
24Jake McGee-3
25Mark Melancon+2
26Brad Hand+2
27Andrew Chafin+2
28Ryan Tepera+2
29Aaron Bummer+UR
30Adam Ottavino+3
31Michael Kopech-
32Anthony Bender+2
33Drew Pomeranz-8
34Jimmy Nelson-2
35Daniel Hudson+3
36Paul Sewald+15
37Austin Adams+2
38Collin McHugh-3
39Ranger Suárez+7
40Jonathan Loáisiga-
41Aaron Loup+6
42Trevor May-6
43J.P. Feyereisen-6
44Tyler Rogers-2
45Chris Martin-1
46Jake Diekman
47Pete Fairbanks+12
48Lou Trivino-7
49Victor González+UR
50Heath Hembree+12
51Garrett Whitlock-8
52Emilio Pagán-4
53Zack Britton+1
54Ian Kennedy-9
55Tanner Scott-
56Gregory Soto-3
57Richard Rodríguez-7
58Richard Bleier-
59Brad Boxberger+4
60Daniel Bard-11
61Josh Taylor-9
62Jeffrey Springs+3
63Garrett Crochet+9
64Matt Wisler+9
65David Bednar+9
66Connor Brogdon+10
67Jake Cousins+8
68Andrew Kittredge+11
69A.J. Minter+17
70Yusmeiro Petit+1
71Ryne Stanek
72Mike Mayers-11
73José Alvarado-16
74Joely Rodríguez-6
75Dylan Floro-11
76Cristian Javier-7
77Pierce Johnson-11
78Craig Stammen-8
79Codi Heuer-2
80Michael Lorenzen+UR
81Yimi García-25
82Bryan Shaw+16
83Josh Sborz+13
84Brooks Raley+8
85Sam Howard-1
86Hector Neris+3
87Cole Sulser-6
88Tyler Duffey-8
89Paul Fry-7
90Kyle Zimmer-23
91Josh Staumont-6
92Miguel Castro-5
93Joe Kelly+2
94Drew Steckenrider+5
95Dominic Leone+UR
96Josh Osich+UR
97Nick Sandlin-3
98Rex Brothers-1
99Joakim Soria-6
100José Cisnero-10


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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.

3 responses to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 7/16”

  1. J says:

    Where will Pomeranz rank once he returns from IL this Saturday?

  2. Peter guigli says:

    Just a heads up when you tap will smith to see his numbers. The dodger catcher comes. Where in the Boston area are you from? FRamingham and Weymouth for me.

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