The Hold Up 4/25: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Ranking baseball's top setup options for the 2024 season.

Adam Ottavino has a 48.6% K rate and 41.3% CSW with a 0.52 WHIP and I do want to believe this will stick. His 5.36 PLV and 107 Stuff+. His slider usage is back up to what it needs to be and that’s a big part of his strong start. Reed Garrett has a ridiculous 50% K rate and 40% CSW but the pitches don’t grade out as well with a 5.11 PLV (although he does have the better Stuff+ at 120). Garrett has been throwing his fastball less (by over 20%) which has been the biggest difference, and while hitters are chasing now, I feel like they’ll eventually adjust to his 35% Zone rate and lack of fastball usage.




  • Hunter Gaddis has been awesome as a reliever so far, pairing a 30.2% K-BB rate with a 1.95 SIERA so far. He has 3 above-average offerings in his fastball, slider, and changeup, giving the Guardians bullpen a unique arm they can use comfortably against right-handed and left-handed hitters. Nick Sandlin with his low arm slot is better suited to face righties. The 35% K rate and 36.3% CSW back up the success, although neither PLV or Stuff+ love him so I’d still be a bit cautious diving in here

  • Tyler Rogers is a sidewinding righty that both Stuff+ and PLV are big fans of. The swing and miss still isn’t there, but at least you know Rogers will get plenty of hold chances and won’t destroy your ratios. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Alex Lange is still missing bats at a high rate and showcasing good stuff, and is starting to work his way into more hold chances. Keep an eye out for him if he goes on a run here where he can keep the walk rate in check.


  • The Brewers have found two trustworthy pieces at the back end of their bullpen outside of Joel Payamps and Trevor Megill. Elvis Peguero is someone they really trust and while the numbers aren’t overly impressive he does have a 5.37 PLV and 115 Stuff+. Bryan Hudson has an ERA and WHIP under one to go along with an impressive 5.52 PLV, although Stuff+ is not a fan (77). The swing and miss may not be there, but he’s proven he can be very effect still.

  • With the Cubs removing Adbert Alzolay from the closer role, two relievers outside of Héctor Neris get a bump in value. Mark Leiter Jr. has been fine, nothing really stands out about his stuff (PLV only 4.86), but he is currently the 8th-inning option for a pretty good team. Yency Almonte looks a little bit better with a 5.28 PLV and 117 Stuff+ but he hasn’t had the best command.



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SP Eligible Relievers


Rank Pitcher Change
1Bryan AbreuT1-
2A.J. Minter-
3Trevor Megill-
4Ryan Pressly-
5Brock Stewart+1
6Hunter Harvey+1
7Joe Jiménez+6
8Scott Barlow+3
9Jeff Hoffman-
10Yennier Cano+4
11Fernando Cruz
12Josh Sborz+UR
13JoJo Romero-1
14Yimi García+5
15Matt Strahm+3
16Erik Swanson-1
17Aroldis Chapman-7
18Chris Martin+2
19Ian Hamilton-11
20Adam Ottavino+20
21Danny Coulombe
22John Schreiber+7
23Steven Okert+4
24Andrew Nardi+1
25Hunter Gaddis+27
26Orion Kerkering-4
27Daniel Hudson+3
28David Robertson-
29Justin Slaten+10
30Andrew Kittredge+6
31Reed Garrett+38
32Gabe Speier+9
33Nick Sandlin+24
34Giovanny Gallegos-11
35Tyler Rogers+19
36Alex Lange
37Joe Kelly-20
38Phil Maton+8
39Yuki Matsui-15
40Taylor Rogers+2
41Shelby Miller-7
42Matt Moore-7
43Jordan Leasure-6
44Colin Poche-6
45Ryne Stanek+2
46Alex Vesia+5
47Pierce Johnson+6
48Mark Leiter Jr.+15
49Elvis Peguero+41
50Colin Holderman+10
51Adbert Alzolay
52Abner Uribe+UR
53José Leclerc-9
54Garrett Cleavinger+UR
55Bryan Hudson+22
56Steven Wilson-1
57Rafael Montero+1
58Gregory Soto-26
59Trevor Richards-
60Yency Almonte+37
61Tim Herrin+12
62Lucas Erceg+6
63Austin Adams-7
64Lucas Sims-16
65Shawn Armstrong+1
66Seranthony Domínguez-33
67Anthony Bender-18
68Andrew Chafin-4
69Tyler Holton-2
70Emilio Pagán-
71Hoby Milner
72Caleb Thielbar-7
73Aaron Bummer+10
74Greg Weissert+14
75Ryan Walker+9
76Cade Smith-14
77Tyler Matzek-6
78Ryan Brasier-17
79Dylan Lee-
80Tim Mayza+2
81Hunter Stratton+UR
82Cole Sands+UR
83Calvin Faucher+UR
84Adrian Morejon+UR
85Enyel De Los Santos+8
86Keegan Akin+UR
87Luke Jackson+UR
88John Brebbia+UR
89Erik Miller+UR
90Jake Diekman+UR
91Tom Cosgrove
92Dillon Tate-11
93Victor González-4
94Caleb Ferguson-20
95Ryan Thompson+3
96Will Vest-16
97Drew Smith-19
98Keegan Thompson+UR
99Nate Pearson+UR
100Luke Little+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.

2 responses to “The Hold Up 4/25: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday”

  1. Johnny says:

    Curious, Jason Adam is in the picture at the headline yet he doesn’t appear anywhwre in the article. Is there a reason for that?

  2. Will says:

    Where is Sborz? He was activated this morning

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