Top 100 Relievers to Own in Save+Hold Leagues: 6/15 Update

Rick Graham's weekly update of the Top 100 Relievers to own in SV+HLDs leagues.

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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.


  • Joining or re-joining the list this week we have Zach Britton, Adam Ottavino and Darren O’Day returning from the DL as well as Justin Miller, Cam Bedrosian, Heath Hembree, Zach Duke, Jake Diekman, Neil Ramirez, and Louis Coleman being added in. Britton should remain a mainstay inside the top 30 as long as he is healthy, regardless of where he is moved at the trade deadline.
  • We lost a good amount of relievers this week to injury including Jeurys Familia, Brandon Kintzler, Juan Nicasio, Nate Jones, Tyler Lyons, Richard Bleier and Matt Albers while Michael Feliz, Dan Jennings, Kyle Crick were bumped from the list for their recent performance. Familia is obviously the big name in this group, and while there hasn’t been much news on his injury since landing on the DL a week ago, the good news is that it’s expected to be a short stint.
  • We had six relievers (Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Brad Hand, Joakim Soria and Kirby Yates) with 4 SV+HD’s this week. Betances has swapped roles with David Robertson, at least for the time being, which explains the uptick in holds and swap in the rankings. While certainly volatile, Betances is one of the most dominant relievers in baseball when he’s going right.

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 to Own in Save+Hold Leagues: 6/15 Update”

  1. Chris says:

    I am currently in a league where we have both SV and HD are separate categories. Closers are scarce and pretty much all of them are owned. Most top set up men are owned, but there are always HD on the wire. Tepera was just dropped and I am trying to determine if I should drop Hector Rondon in my format. My current bullpen is Bradley, Kela, Soria, Parker, and Rondon. I am trying to think long term and have concerns that Parker or Soria could loose their jobs at the trade deadline or if they have a couple bad outings. What are your thoughts?

    • Rick Graham says:

      I think I’d rather Tepera rest of season. Rondon may be a better bet for holds, but Tepera should have some leash on the closers job in Toronto and if Osuna comes back slides back into that 8th inning role.

  2. Frankie says:

    Justin Miller at #76 seems grossly overlooked. Is this rank mainly because of track record, deployment or peripherals? I dropped Jimenez for him and it felt like a no-brainer.

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