Top 100 Relievers to Own in Save+Hold Leagues: 5/4 Update

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

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. Keep in mind, holds are much more volatile and harder to predict. We’ve only seen one season from a pitcher with more than 30 holds since 2016, while 26 closers have gone over 30 saves in that same timeframe.

NOTES

  • Despite a fair amount of negative feedback for their decision to use Brad Boxberger as closer and keep Archie Bradley in a setup role, the Diamondbacks bullpen continues to roll and Bradley is looking like a potential All-Star at this point. It’s crazy to see him hold a 10.26 K/9 though with only a 9% SwStr rate. Even if his strikeout rate declines, his ability to pound the strike zone, get groundballs and limit hard contact should keep him in the discussion as one of the best set up men in baseball.
  • The Astro’s bullpen is once again in turmoil after this weeks series with the Yankees. Ken Giles has always been bad in non-save situations, so Tuesday’s night’s meltdown wasn’t too shocking, but it still feels like A.J. Hinch doesn’t have a grasp on how he wants to use these guys. Preferably he could use Brad Peacock and Will Harris strictly against right-handed hitters, with Chris Devenski against any lefties, but I get how that would be hard, if not impossible, to manage.
  • Matt Barnes and Joe Kelly have put together a nice couple of weeks lately, giving the Red Sox much-needed relief in front of Craig Kimbrel. Barnes has allowed 5 baserunners over his last 5.2 innings to go with 10 K’s and 4 holds, while Kelly has allowed just 3 hits, 0 walks with 7 strikeouts and 2 holds over 6 innings. Carson Smith has been better but shouldn’t be a threat to either, although Tyler Thornburg should factor in once he is activated off the DL.
  • Chaz Roe has been working as one of the Rays set up options lately but while the 8 holds are nice, he’s not a big strikeout threat and has a 7.36 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over the last two weeks. Given his track record, I’d look elsewhere if possible, but it is nice to finally see his slider get some use in high leverage situations.
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


J.C. Mosier

Can you add a note listing who fell out of each week’s rankings and whether that’s related to a DL stint? Sometimes tough to keep track of the bottom of the list (which helps in my 15-team SV+HLD). Thanks!

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