The Hold Up 5/18: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Ranking baseball's top setup options for the 2023 season.

While you might want to run away from Wandy Peralta with his 1.38 WHIP and 4.53 xFIP, right now he seems to be the only reliever Aaron Boone fully trusts in high-leverage spots.

While the walks are a concern (13.8% BB rate) and he doesn’t do a great job missing bats (26.3% CSW), there is something to be said about his consistency in A. just being available for a team that’s lost multiple relievers the past year and B. doing an above average job at limiting hard contact. With the Yankees bullpen thin, don’t be shocked to see Peralta get the bulk of save+hold opportunities in the near future, and if you don’t mind the potential ratio ding, he could be worth the add in deeper leagues.



  • Hector Neris has been on a roll as of late, not allowing a run over his last 12 innings of work while striking out 15. He’s walked six over that timespan, which is a bit high but he’s allowed just two hits so he’s been able to keep that scoreless streak going. With Rafael Montero struggling lately, Neris should be one of the top three options in this bullpen with Ryan Pressly and Bryan Abreu, and someone to roster in all holds leagues.
  • A.J. Minter continues to struggle and while I know it’s hard to hold on right now, I think there is hope still. Despite the terrible ratios currently, Minter still has a 3.51 xFIP, 16.9% SwStr rate, and his stuff is still grading out well with a 5.48 PLV. The concern is how long will the Braves trust him in high-leverage spots with plenty of other options in that bullpen to turn to. I think he’s a hold for now, but we may need to reevaluate at the end of the month.


  • Jorge López is off to a great start this season with the Twins, and while he’s firmly entrenched as one of the team’s top three relievers, I don’t love the lack of swing-and-miss stuff from him. The 11.2% SwStr and 21.5% K rates are both way below average for relievers and only his curveball has a Whiff rate over 25%. Still, there are some Seth Lugo qualities here as a reliever who throws five pitches, so at the end of the year, we may not care about the inability to miss bats.
  • We got three lefties back this week Brandon Hughes, Brooks Raley, and Garrett Crochet. Hughes and Raley figure to jump right back into high-leverage roles for their respective teams but it will be interesting to see what Crochet’s role will be coming back from Tommy John surgery. The team had talked about using him in a multi-inning role, which might make sense to keep him from working in back-to-back games and also potentially stretch him out to be a starter next year.


  • Luis García got off to a horrible start this season, but he’s turned things around a bit lately and this Padres bullpen really needs him as there aren’t a ton of relievers for Bob Melvin to trust at the moment. There’s still plus swing-and-miss stuff here (the slider remains really really good) and he hasn’t allowed an earned run over his past nine innings.
  • On the flip side, I think I’m giving up on Michael Fulmer for the time being at least as he just hasn’t been able to turn things around and there’s nothing here to suggest he will do so anytime soon. I think Fulmer is safe to drop for now, but maybe check back in at the end of June to see where he’s at.


If you would like more daily reliever updates, please check out our Reliever Ranks series.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Yennier CanoT1-
2Bryan Abreu+1
3Erik Swanson-1
4Giovanny Gallegos-
5Jason Adam+UR
6Aroldis Chapman
7Seranthony Domínguez-
8Clay Holmes+1
9Gregory Soto+1
10Héctor Neris+5
11Matt Brash
12Griffin Jax-4
13A.J. Minter-7
14Adbert Alzolay+UR
15James Karinchak-3
16Adam Ottavino-3
17Brusdar Graterol-3
18Nick Anderson-2
19Trevor Stephan-1
20Caleb Ferguson-
21Hunter Harvey
22Drew Smith-3
24Miguel Castro+4
25Chris Martin-4
26Sam Hentges-
27Matt Moore-
28Steven Wilson-3
29Jorge López+7
30Nick Martinez+1
31Taylor Rogers
32Jason Foley-
33Colin Holderman+1
34Brooks Raley+UR
35Tanner Scott+5
36Bryan Baker+9
37Brandon Hughes+UR
38Lucas Sims-1
39Joe Jiménez-1
40Rafael Montero+2
41Justin Lawrence
42Josh Winckowski+7
43Carlos Hernández+8
44Huascar Brazoban-3
45Peter Strzelecki+5
46Luis Garcia+10
47Collin McHugh-1
48Garrett Crochet+UR
49Wandy Peralta+25
50Michael Fulmer-17
51Jonathan Hernández-7
52Dylan Lee-5
53Brock Burke-5
54Phil Maton-2
55Eli Morgan-2
57Joe Kelly-2
58Jordan Hicks+9
59Robert Stephenson+6
60Alex Young+9
61Reynaldo López
62Victor González+4
63Steven Okert+10
64Joel Payamps+36
65Yimi García-8
66Connor Brogdon-7
67Carl Edwards Jr.-4
68Génesis Cabrera-10
69Trevor Gott-9
70Tim Mayza-8
71Ron Marinaccio-7
72Jeremiah Estrada+UR
73Scott McGough+2
74Danny Coulombe-6
75Josh Staumont-3
76Andrew Bellatti+13
78John Brebbia+13
79Josh Sborz+4
80Colin Poche+2
81Dauri Moreta
82Nate Pearson-11
83Will Vest-6
84Joely Rodríguez+UR
86Tim Hill-16
87Duane Underwood Jr.-8
88Chris Devenski+5
89Kyle Nelson+6
90Daniel Bard-9
91Gregory Santos-1
92José Leclerc+4
93Aaron Bummer+4
94Chris Stratton+4
95Jake Bird+4
96Taylor Clarke+UR
97Jovani Moran+UR
98Brock Stewart+UR
99JT Chargois+UR
100Ryne Stanek+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 5/18: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday”

  1. Martin Ellinger says:

    Please defend this Brash ranking.

  2. slappyj says:

    The infatuation with Jax is silly at this point

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