Top 100 Relievers for Save+Holds

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

The third and final relief pitcher rankings for today are our cumulative saves plus holds (SV+HLD) list. While the opportunity for these counting stats is certainly taken into consideration, it’s typically hard to gauge with bullpen usage being so fluid throughout the season for most teams. The bulk of the rankings are derived from swing-and-miss ability, expected outcome stats, and a little bit of HOTEL mixed in. Also, keep in mind that holds are much more volatile and harder to predict. We’ve only seen 11 seasons from a pitcher with more than 30 holds since 2016, while 49 closers have gone over 30 saves in that same time frame. Last year 10 relievers had 10 or more saves, while 8 had 10 or more holds, so perhaps the gap is closing but we should also take into account the small sample size.


Change in rankings is in comparison to last years final list (9/25/2020).


Rank Pitcher Change
1Devin WilliamsT1+1
2Nick Anderson+1
3Edwin Díaz+4
4Liam Hendriks-3
5Aroldis Chapman-
6Josh Hader
7Ryan Pressly+3
8James Karinchak+13
9Raisel Iglesias+6
10Drew Pomeranz-6
11Tanner Rainey+UR
12Giovanny Gallegos+26
14Tyler Duffey-5
15Trevor Rosenthal-2
16Kirby Yates+UR
17Jordan Romano+UR
18Jake Diekman
19Trevor May+46
20Diego Castillo-8
21Kenley Jansen-15
22Chad Green+28
23Pete Fairbanks+UR
24Aaron Bummer+50
25Zack Britton+3
26Blake Treinen-3
27Brad Hand-19
29Scott Barlow
30Freddy Peralta+41
31Hector Neris-5
32Craig Kimbrel+40
33Jonathan Hernández+19
34Victor González+UR
35Codi Heuer+22
36José Leclerc+UR
37Josh Staumont+29
38Will Smith-9
39Lucas Sims+39
40Jake McGee+54
41John Gant+27
43Taylor Rogers-16
44Chris Martin
45Richard Rodríguez+11
46Emilio Pagán+17
47Matt Barnes-17
48Jordan Hicks+UR
50Alex Colomé-34
51Austin Adams+UR
52Wander Suero+3
53Ryan Brasier-18
54Andrew Miller-17
55Tanner Scott+35
56Miguel Castro+23
57Phil Maton+39
58Félix Peña-11
59Pierce Johnson
60Anthony Bass+9
61Robert Stephenson+UR
62Rafael Dolis-29
63Rafael Montero-24
64Gregory Soto-4
65Yimi García-6
67Cody Stashak+UR
68Daniel Bard-26
69Brusdar Graterol+23
70Emmanuel Clase+UR
71Reyes Moronta+UR
72A.J. Minter+UR
73Mark Melancon-59
74Joely Rodríguez+UR
75Joakim Soria-43
76Hunter Harvey
77Brent Suter+UR
79Matt Wisler+UR
80Archie Bradley-58
81Stefan Crichton-47
82Will Harris-29
83Mychal Givens+2
84Adam Ottavino-7
85Pedro Báez-23
86Andrew Chafin+UR
87Connor Brogdon+UR
89Enoli Paredes+10
90Kevin Ginkel+UR
91Rowan Wick+UR
92Nick Wittgren-52
93Justin Wilson
94Daniel Hudson-24
95Jesse Hahn-54
96Lou Trivino+UR
97Chasen Shreve+UR
98Darren O’Day+UR
99Jason Adam+UR
100Sergio Romo-83

For those in super deep leagues, here are 50 more names to keep an eye on.

Ryan Tepera, Matt Foster, Keone Kela, Oliver Drake, Burch Smith, Darwinzon Hernandez, Jose Alvarado, Dellin Betances, Corey Knebel, Hansel Robles, Sean Doolittle, Tony Watson, Tyler Clippard, Craig Stammen, Jeremy Jeffress, Joe Kelly, Ryan Helsley, Ty Buttrey, Luke Jackson, Keynan Middleton, Kyle Zimmer, Dylan Floro, Jace Fry, Anthony Misiewicz, Brett Martin, Ryne Stanek, Jairo Diaz, Joe Jimenez, Tyler Matzek, David Phelps, Tyler Kinley, Jose Cisnero, Bryan Garcia, Shane Greene, Duane Underwood Jr.

SP’s: Tejay Antone, Alex Reyes, Matt Andriese, Bryan Abreu, Josh James (IL), whoever doesn’t earn the 5th spot for LAD

PROSPECTS: Garrett Crochet (SP), Sam Delaplane, Demarcus Evans, Alex Vesia, Andres Munoz (IL)

IL: Seth Lugo, Colin Poche, John Brebbia, Seranthony Dominguez, Scott Oberg


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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