The Hold Up 4/1: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rick Graham ranks baseball's top setup men for the 2021 season

Happy opening day everyone! I will keep this short since there’s a lot going on today and for the most part, I didn’t change much from last week’s list. There hasn’t been a whole lot of news to change things up over the past week anyway, and I want to see how things play out in the early going with some of the more risk/reward arms here.




  • David Price and not Dustin May will be in the Dodgers bullpen to begin the season and could figure into some hold opportunities. He has plenty of experience and success working out of the bullpen so it will be interesting to see how Dave Roberts uses him.
  • With Ryan Brasier beginning the year on the IL, Hirokazu Sawamura could be in line for a setup role early on in the season. It took some adjusting but Sawamura looked good over his last 3 appearances. He can get his fastball up to 97 and pairs it with a devastating splitter, which screams high leverage reliever.
  • Hopefully, the Padres find themselves in a save situation tonight so we can finally find out who their closer is going to be. The sense is that it will be Emilio Pagan which is why Mark Melancon is on this list and so low on this list. There are 5-6 relievers in that bullpen that when healthy just provide much more upside than Melancon.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Devin WilliamsT1-
2James Karinchak-
3Jake Diekman-
4Trevor May-
5Chad Green+1
6Tyler Duffey+1
7Drew Pomeranz+1
8Tanner Rainey+1
9Pete Fairbanks+1
10Aaron Bummer
11Blake Treinen+1
12Scott Barlow+1
13Jordan Hicks+1
14Chris Martin+1
15Lucas Sims+1
17Taylor Rogers+UR
19Rafael Dolis-
20Archie Bradley+1
21Enoli Paredes+1
22Adam Ottavino+4
23Josh Staumont
24Victor González-
25Alex Reyes+14
26Emmanuel Clase+8
27Codi Heuer+4
28Garrett Crochet+2
29Tejay Antone+8
30Wander Suero-1
31Miguel Castro+2
32José Alvarado+25
33Stefan Crichton-5
34Yimi García-7
35Andrew Miller
36Robert Stephenson+4
37Phil Maton+4
40A.J. Minter+4
41Cody Stashak+4
42Brent Suter+5
44Matt Wisler+5
45Mychal Givens+7
46Andrew Chafin+7
47Connor Brogdon
48Tony Gonsolin+7
49Michael Kopech+7
50Hirokazu Sawamura+UR
51Jason Adam+7
52Mark Melancon+7
53Kevin Ginkel+7
54Daniel Hudson+10
55Jesse Hahn+10
56Lou Trivino+10
57Reyes Moronta+6
58Darren O’Day+9
59Keone Kela+9
60David Price+UR
61Tyler Matzek+19
62Corey Knebel+9
63Sean Doolittle
64Sergio Romo+9
65Darwinzon Hernández+13
66Josh Sborz+22
67David Bednar+UR
69J.P. Feyereisen+UR
70JB Bukauskas+UR
71Kyle Zimmer+10
72Ryan Tepera+5
73Hansel Robles+3
74Dylan Floro+8
75Craig Stammen+11
76Matt Bush+13
77Tyler Kinley+UR
78Chaz Roe+UR
79Derek Holland+UR
80César Valdez+UR
81Kendall Graveman+UR
82Andrew Kittredge+UR
83Brandon Workman+UR
84Matt Andriese+UR
85David Phelps+UR
86José Cisnero+UR
87Luke Jackson+UR
88Kyle Crick+UR
89Ryan Helsley+UR
90Lucas Luetge+UR


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.

4 responses to “The Hold Up 4/1: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday”

  1. BIGmike says:

    How are Amir Garrett and Anthony Bass missing from this list???

  2. Orange WHIPs says:


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