Top 100 Relievers to Own in Save+Hold Leagues: 4/20 Update

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Best Worst
1
T1
+8 Josh Hader 9 1 10
2
- Craig Kimbrel 2 2 2
3
- Andrew Miller 3 3 3
4
-3 Kenley Jansen 1 1 4
5
-1 Aroldis Chapman 4 4 5
6
-1 Roberto Osuna 5 5 6
7
-1 Edwin Diaz 6 6 12
8
T2
+24 Adam Ottavino 32 8 56
9
-2 Felipe Vazquez 7 7 9
10
+13 Carl Edwards 23 10 23
11
-3 Cody Allen 8 8 11
12
-2 Archie Bradley 10 10 20
13
+4 Brad Hand 17 13 27
14
+2 Chris Devenski 16 13 16
15
-2 Sean Doolittle 13 12 15
16
-2 Raisel Iglesias 14 14 16
17
+1 Wade Davis 18 17 19
18
+2 Jeurys Familia 20 18 27
19
-4 David Robertson 15 7 19
20
+1 Kelvin Herrera 21 20 30
21
+1 Brandon Morrow 22 21 26
22
+66 Bud Norris 88 22 88
23
+2 A. J. Minter 25 20 25
24
+2 Addison Reed 26 24 35
25
+3 Brad Boxberger 28 25 38
26
+8 Chad Green 34 24 34
27
T3
-16 Ken Giles 11 6 27
28
-16 Brad Peacock 12 12 34
29
+8 Keynan Middleton 37 29 68
30
-11 Dellin Betances 19 18 30
31
- AJ Ramos 31 31 54
32
-2 Blake Treinen 30 28 32
33
-6 Ryan Madson 27 16 33
34
-1 Hector Neris 33 22 34
35
+UR Kirby Yates UR 30 35
36
+3 Keone Kela 39 36 41
37
+6 Arodys Vizcaino 43 32 43
38
+2 Kyle Barraclough 40 37 55
39
-1 Nate Jones 38 28 42
40
-11 Juan Nicasio 29 29 48
41
+37 Pedro Baez 78 41 78
42
-7 Drew Steckenrider 35 35 49
43
+19 Jose Alvarado 62 43 89
44
-8 Mychal Givens 36 23 44
45
+2 Yoshihisa Hirano 47 45 82
46
-2 Bryan Shaw 44 43 50
47
+2 Tyler Lyons 49 47 65
48
T4
-3 Will Harris 45 40 48
49
+1 Pedro Strop 50 49 58
50
+3 Robert Gsellman 53 50 53
51
+20 Jacob Barnes 71 42 71
52
+13 Jake McGee 65 52 79
53
-12 Brad Brach 41 41 53
54
+7 Tony Watson 61 54 65
55
-4 Dominic Leone 51 41 55
56
-2 Ryan Tepera 54 54 67
57
+3 Shane Greene 60 56 60
58
-12 Darren O’Day 46 46 61
59
+7 Matt Barnes 66 59 77
60
-18 Hunter Strickland 42 42 60
61
+2 Jordan Hicks 63 61 90
62
-10 Blake Parker 52 37 63
63
-8 Alex Colome 55 31 63
64
T5
+4 Matt Albers 68 61 68
65
-17 George Kontos 48 46 65
66
+UR Luke Gregerson UR 66 66
67
+6 Alex Claudio 73 62 73
68
+15 Craig Stammen 83 68 89
69
+6 Joakim Soria 75 66 75
70
-3 Fernando Rodney 67 53 70
71
+6 Michael Feliz 77 53 77
72
- Josh Fields 72 68 97
73
+8 Danny Barnes 81 73 83
74
-18 Joe Smith 56 34 74
75
-16 Nick Goody 59 57 75
76
-2 Nick Vincent 74 71 78
77
-19 Trevor Hildenberger 58 51 77
78
-8 Ryan Buchter 70 70 78
79
+15 Joe Jimenez 94 79 94
80
+5 Sergio Romo 85 80 96
81
T6
-12 Steve Cishek 69 66 81
82
-2 Hector Rondon 80 80 84
83
-19 Emilio Pagan 64 64 83
84
- Joe Kelly 84 81 91
85
+1 Adam Morgan 86 70 86
86
+12 Seung-hwan Oh 98 86 100
87
+2 Andrew Chafin 89 85 89
88
+UR Dan Jennings UR 88 88
89
+UR Brandon Kintzler UR 89 97
90
-66 Greg Holland 24 21 90
91
-9 Wandy Peralta 82 82 91
92
-1 Carson Smith 91 83 92
93
+UR Yusmeiro Petit UR 93 93
94
+UR Chris Martin UR 84 94
95
+UR Chaz Roe UR 95 95
96
-1 Tony Cingrani 95 92 96
97
+3 Victor Arano 100 97 100
98
+1 Tyler Olson 99 98 100
99
+UR Adam Cimber UR 99 99
100
-4 Kevin Jepsen 96 96 100

Following up on our weekly Closers and Holds articles will be our Top 100 RP’s for SV+HD leagues every Friday. Use this list to get a feel for the current reliever market and to gauge value for trades, waiver adds, etc.

NOTES

  • Josh Hader being the best RP in baseball shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to those who have been following his career since the second half of last year when the Brewers transitioned him into a reliever. Currently, he is basically Andrew Miller with more usage and who’s going to see 1-2 save chances a week. He currently leads relievers in K/9, WAR, is 2nd in xFIP, 3rd in SIERA, 4th in SwStr% and Z-Contact% to go along with 2 saves and 4 holds over 11.2 innings. I’m fully buying into the former top prospect as a top-tier reliever until he proves otherwise.
  • Adam Ottavino and Carl Edwards could also make a case for being the best non-closer relievers out there right now, but I can’t imagining they will be able to keep up with Hader’s usage. Even after a terrible 2017, Ottavino’s great start should mostly be sustainable with the exception being the strikeout numbers. He should still manage to produce weak contact though and get an ample amount of holds in Colorado. Edwards has a great chance at going over 100 K’s this season and is currently having a great season all the while combating a .357 BABIP.
  • Kirby Yates came off the DL yesterday and should go back into a setup role for the Padres. The Padres are one of those sneaky mediocre-bad teams that still find ways to keep games close and find plenty of save/hold opportunities for relievers. He was off to a good start, albeit just 5 games, before an ankle injury derailed him. His SwStr% was down in the 3+ innings he had thrown earlier, but interestingly he hasn’t been charted throwing any sliders yet, a pitch he threw 25% last year. Instead, he upped his changeup usage more than 20%, something to keep an eye on after his strong 2017 season.
  • After blowing his second save on Wednesday night, there’s been some talk about Hunter Strickland losing the grip on the temporary closer job in San Francisco until Mark Melancon returns. Melancon has yet to begin throwing (scheduled to do so next week) so this does have some significance, but I’d still bet on Strickland getting the next chance based on everything Bruce Bochy has said. I do like Watson a tad better though in leagues that count holds equally, and favor him much more over the rest of the season.
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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Comments


Let’s Play Two

Do you see a reason to hold onto Knebel? What could we expect from him when he comes back in counting stats?

I’m in a standard, season-long roto league and own Rivero, Allen, Doolittle and Knebel. Out of DL slots and have Schoop, Buxton, Knebel on DL. I would need to drop someone to activate Schoop when he comes off the DL. Since I only have one hitter on the bench – Acuna – who is in the minors, and feel Knebel is the one who should be dropped.

Rick Graham

I don’t see why he can’t be the same guy as before. However, I’d drop him over the other options you mentioned. Confused as to why you would need to drop Knebel to activate Schoop from the DL though.

Let’s Play Two

Because our league allows for two DL spots, which are both occupied…and I have Buxton who is wasting a spot on the roster after being put on the 10-day for migraines. I added players when Schoop and Knebel went on the DL. Would need to drop someone to make room on the roster in order to activate him. Since I have three closers already and Schoop will be back a lot sooner than Knebel, he seemed like the logical one to drop thinking I can always trade for or find another closer on the wire if needed later. I’m in a 10-team league and a handful of us carry three quality closers. Need to keep pace on save ops and ratios and plan to carry four closers at a later time to gain separation – which is why I was looking for advice on what to do with Knebel. Would love to hold onto him, but I lose out on other counting stats on the offensive categories while he’s out until June or All-Star break.

Slothrop

I think you nailed it. knebel was a waiver add last May. there’s always RP upside on the wire if you need it later. hell, knebel may still be there.

Rick Graham

The one bullpen we have the least idea about long term. Have to ride Norris while he’s hot, but they didn’t forfeit a 1st round pick and $14 million for a middle reliever. It has potential to be one of the best bullpens in baseball if they can find the right mix of roles for these guys. Is Mike Matheny capable of that? Remains to be seen.

Scott

Betances falling on this list every week. Do you see him moving up or are you bearish on him? He only has 1 hold all year. The nyy pen is deep and I am not sure where he sits in terms of holds or if Chapman needs a breather for saves. He is still striking guys out. Thx

Rick Graham

I don’t see a great path for him to start earning consistent holds again and he doesn’t help ratio’s like Chad Green so while the K’s are going to be there, that’s about the only category he is helping in right now.

David Fiedler

How do you feel about Heath Hembree? I was about to drop him for Jose Alvarado but then i realized he as a 13.00 K/BB ratio and one more Hold on the season.

Thanks!

Rick Graham

He’s not really anything to get excited about. He’s still 3rd at best in the pecking order and could be passed by Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg eventually.

Ken

Tony Cingrani need moved up the list perhaps? 4 holds (with opportunity) and not being limited to LHBs. A case could be made that hes been as dominant as Josh Hader thus far, and while its a smallsample size, this is a carryover from end of last season.

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