The Hold Up 6/15: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

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

Reynaldo López may not look like much of a fantasy asset right now given his high ERA and WHIP, but he’s pitched much better as of late and with Liam Hendriks due to miss some time, seems likely to find himself in a high-leverage role again. We were excited about Reynaldo early on in the season because of the increased velocity and he’s been able to turn that into swings and misses (15.1% SwStr rate), but there’s also been a command issue and HR issue that’s held him back. He has not allowed a HR since May 4th, and has not allowed a run over the past month (13 IP) although the walk rate could still improve. I’m still holding out hope he can put things together here, and given the current state of the non-closer relievers, feel comfortable taking a chance on him as a Top 30-40 holds option.




  • Pete Fairbanks is allegedly scheduled to return to the Rays’ bullpen this week, there were earlier reports saying it would be early in the week but obviously, that is not the case. This will always be the headache in rostering Fairbanks as it feels like he is always battling some sort of injury. Still, we all know the immense upside he brings so he needs to be rostered once activated.
  • After not having a SV or Hold since April, Griffin Jax has now recorded one of each since this past Sunday, and appears to be back in the high-leverage mix in Minnesota. Jax has been pitching much better since the end of May, not allowing a run over his past 9.2 IP and striking out 12 while walking none over that span. PLV darling (5.47) Jax should be back in play in shallow holds formats and for now, I still prefer him to fellow bullpen mate Brock Stewart (more on him tomorrow).


  • It’s great to see Lucas Sims back and thriving in a high-leverage role, and while he hasn’t been his old self exactly, he’s looking better each time out it seems. The 16.2% walk rate is obviously something that is not sustainable, as walks were a big issue in May, but so far in June he has a 7/2 K/BB rate over 6.1 innings while allowing just two hits and is now up to eight holds on the season.
  • Gregory Soto hasn’t exactly been pitching great as of late (seven ERs over his last 7.1 IP), but it’s more so the return of José Alvarado that hurts Soto’s value the most. He now has just three holds over the past month, and while the bat-missing ability is great to see (34.8% CSW), the inconsistency makes him tough to roster.


  • Joe Mantiply returned from the IL this past week and weirdly threw 48 pitches over three innings in his first game back (allowing four ERs over six hits). I don’t think that’s the type of usage we should expect from the former All-Star moving forward, as he should settle back into a setup or middle relief role in this bullpen.
  • It feels like Josh Sborz has been on the brink of breaking out for a few years now, but it looks like perhaps it is finally happening for him. Over his past 9.2 IP, Sborz has allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out 15. It’s led to an increased role in this Texas bullpen, as he has two holds and two wins this month, with hopefully more holds to come. Sborz currently leads all pitchers this year in CSW (39%), and his increased slider usage can be credited as one of the main keys to this breakout.


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Rank Pitcher Change
1Andrés MuñozT1+1
2José Alvarado-1
3Yennier Cano-
4Erik Swanson-
5Bryan Abreu-
6Aroldis Chapman
7Michael King-1
8Mark Leiter Jr.+UR
9Andrew Chafin+UR
10Pete Fairbanks+UR
11Héctor Neris-2
12A.J. Minter+4
13Trevor Stephan+2
14Brusdar Graterol-
15Hunter Harvey-2
16Nick Anderson
17Griffin Jax+7
18Adam Ottavino-
19Matt Brash+2
20Tanner Scott+2
21Chris Martin+5
22Steven Wilson+5
23Tommy Kahnle+8
24Seranthony Domínguez-5
25Miguel Castro-8
26Caleb Ferguson
27Josh Sborz+43
28Brock Stewart+63
29Lucas Sims+4
30Chris Devenski+5
31Nick Martinez+1
32Gregory Soto-12
33Brooks Raley-5
34Reynaldo López+14
35Sam Hentges-5
36Joe Mantiply
37Jason Foley-1
38Phil Maton-1
39Dauri Moreta+26
40Taylor Rogers-1
41Joel Payamps-1
42Steven Okert-1
43Jordan Hicks-1
44Austin Adams+3
46Joe Kelly-8
47Ron Marinaccio
49Andrew Nardi+11
50Bryan Baker+12
51Eli Morgan+4
52Alex Young+4
53Drew Smith-4
54Tim Mayza+17
55Joe Jiménez+21
56Wandy Peralta+12
57Nate Pearson+12
58Colin Poche+14
59Dylan Floro-9
60Collin McHugh+21
61Danny Coulombe
62Luis García+UR
63Robert Stephenson+4
64Peter Strzelecki-13
65Jorge López-6
68Carlos Hernández-7
69Jovani Moran+8
70Carl Edwards Jr.+3
71Taylor Clarke-5
72Tim Hill+3
73Julian Merryweather+UR
74Brock Burke-16
75Josh Winckowski-11
76Michael Fulmer+3
77Yimi García+5
78Aaron Bummer+5
79Rafael Montero+8
80José Soriano+UR
81Pierce Johnson
82John Brebbia+6
83Kyle Nelson+7
84Alex Vesia+9
85Luke Jackson+9
86Grant Anderson-
87Scott Alexander+5
88Ryan Walker+9
89Tom Cosgrove+9
90Kevin Kelly+9
91Gregory Santos+9
92José Leclerc-8
93Yency Almonte+UR
94Chasen Shreve+UR
96Jimmy Herget+UR
97Joe Barlow+UR
98Jake Diekman+UR
99Elvis Peguero+UR
100Sam Long+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.

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