The Hold Up 5/2: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

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

So I knew Lucas Erceg had some upside, but I never imagined he was going to start the season off as he has, part of an electric late-inning duo with Mason Miller. He is by no means on Miller’s level (not sure if anyone really is at this point) but Erceg is looking like someone we can start to trust in holds leagues, for now at least. I don’t love the command, or lack thereof, with his fastball and neither of his secondaries are noteworthy (maybe the slider could be but he trusts it the least). There’s a lot of red in his profile worth getting excited about (5.40 PLV and 34% K, 34.4% CSW, 2.1% MTK rates) but I’d just proceed with caution as it wouldn’t be surprising to see things unravel rather quickly here if the command doesn’t improve.




  • David Roberston has been locked in as the Rangers’ top setup man, with sparkling ratios and a 35.5% CSW and the highest Stuff plus in that Rangers bullpen (120). He’s been throwing his knuckle curve more often this season, dropping his slider usage (which has been knocked around) while also utilizing the changeup more against lefties than in years past.  He’s 39 and not overpowering but his top two offerings (cutter/curve) are still great, and his ability to mix in three other pitches as well (slider, change, sinker) helps him keep hitters off balance.

  • There’s definitely an argument to be made that Andrew Kittredge has been the Cardinals second best reliever this season (I still like JoJo Romero a bit better) but it’s great seeing Kittredge return to his 2021 All-Star self. He’s throwing his slider 53.7% of the time, the most he’s used it since 2018 and it’s producing a career-high 45.8% Whiff rate. For the season, Kittredge has a ridiculous 44.2% Chase rate which will inevitably dip some over time and likely cause some negative regression, but I still see a fairly high floor for him, so I wouldn’t be too concerned about how this holds up.


  • Aroldis Chapman is still striking out batters at a high clip (37.5% K rate) but that’s about it. He currently holds a brutal 25% walk rate and has allowed six earned runs (eight total runs) over his past five IP, walking nine hitters over that span. This is more or less what to expect from Chapman, high highs and low lows, making him a classic Cherry Bomb amongst relievers.

  • Steven Okert has been fine this season, even getting a few save chances but now with this bullpen getting healthy, I think we see fewer hold chances for him. Fellow lefty Caleb Thielbar who manager Rocco Baldelli has a ton of trust in picked up three SV+HLD’s over the past week and while the stuff isn’t as good as Okert’s, Thielbar’s presence will certainly impact Okert. Both are fine, options in deeper leagues, but if Okert can get some more hold chances, his upside is higher.


  • Andrew Nardi has been one of the most disappointing relievers to begin the season (this entire Marlins bullpen pitching staff roster has to be honest) with an 8.25 ERA and 2.00 WHIP. He’s striking hitters out still (28.8% K rate) and his BABIP is certainly unfair (.500) but he’s having trouble with having consistent command (56% F-Strike, 39% Zone rates). The stuff is still there (5.38 PLV, 110 Stuff+) but we need to see some more consistency here to go along with better luck (which will come eventually) before buying back in.

  • Keeping up with the left-handed reliever theme (also named Andrew) Andrew Chafin is looking like his old self again after whatever happened last year happened. Chafin holds a 0.79 WHIP to go with 30.2% K and 18.3% SwStr rates. Not only is he getting swings and misses but he also holds a great 23.1% HardHit rate, which is important because he also holds a 23.1% GB rate. As long as that slider is getting chases though, Chafin should be reliable in fantasy leagues.



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SP Eligible Relievers


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

One response to “The Hold Up 5/2: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday”

  1. Patrick says:

    What am I missing on Megill? I know he missed some time with a concussion. K-rate isn’t anything special so far this year. Had a 1.36 WHIP last year. I know there’s a reason he’s been at the top of this list all year – what is it?

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