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The Hold Up 6/20: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

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

With Yimi García being the latest Blue Jay reliever to land on the IL, the Jays will turn to Chad Green as the interim closer while others like Nate Pearson will see more high-leverage work in late-game scenarios. Pearson has been pitching much better as of late after a very rocky start to the season and has really flourished over the past 16 innings with a 25.4% K-BB rate, 2.46 SIERA and 129 Stuff+. He also has five holds over this span, all of which coming over the past 24 days as the Jays are gaining more trust with him.

Eventually, García and Jordan Romano will return and Pearson’s role may be up in the air, but this team is 5.5 GB of a Wild Card spot at the moment and perhaps they choose to deal García, Green and perhaps even Romano at the deadline which could open the closer role up for Pearson, who certainly has the stuff for the job.

 

Notes

 

  • Jeremiah Estrada is becoming a bit of a cherry bomb with his inconsistencies but I still think there’s an easy top 20 holds option here at the end of the day given how much the good outweighs the bad. The four ER outing against the Mets brings down a lot of his numbers but the 43/7 K/BB ratio since being called up at the end of April is still elite. He just needs to command his stuff a little bit better to help eliminate the amount of hard contact (12.5% Barrel and 48% HardHit rates) he’s been allowing.

  • Mark Leiter Jr. began the year going 9.2 innings without allowing an earned run, but since allowing his first run in late April, the wheels have fallen off a bit. However despite the 9.37 ERA and 1.65 WHIP over the past 16.1 IP, the underlying metrics still suggest Leiter Jr. can turn things around rather quickly, as he has dealt with a .415 BABIP and still has a 23.1% K-BB rate and 2.69 SIERA over this span. I don’t love the stuff, but he gets enough swings and misses that if he can overcome this string of bad luck he should be a useful fantasy option, especially with how down that bullpen is at the moment.

  • It’s been difficult to know how or where to rank the A’s top setup options in Austin Adams and Lucas Erceg, and while I still give Erceg the slight advantage, I do think we are getting close to the point where it may make sense to fade both outside of deeper leagues. The A’s likely won’t be a reliable source of holds but there’s always the chance Adams is traded somewhere and does get a chance to see consistent holds opportunities.
  • Colin Poche has looked good since returning from the IL and while he doesn’t have the type of upside Garrett Cleavinger does, it definitely feels like his floor is much higher and that Kevin Cash and the Rays have a certain trust in him. Poche’s stuff is limited however making him only a target if you are just interested in holds only.

  • With setup man Danny Coulombe undergoing elbow surgery and expected to be out a while, Jacob Webb should see more holds chances as he’s still a better high-leverage option than any of the lefties they currently have in the bullpen. Webb only has two holds this month, but I expect that number to grow moving forward.

  • Since May 1st, John Schreiber has held a 2.6% K-BB rate and 4.77 xFIP and is not worth rostering in most leagues at this point. The Royals bullpen is clearly an issue, so Schreiber may continue in a set-up role, but it’s really hard to trust anyone here at the moment.

 

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

 

SP Eligible Relievers

 

Rank Pitcher Change
1Griffin JaxT1-
2Jeff Hoffman-
3Bryan Abreu-
4Hunter Harvey-
5Jason Adam-
6Fernando Cruz
T2
-
7Matt Strahm+1
8Reed Garrett+1
9Yennier Cano+1
10Bryan Hudson+1
11Ryan Walker
T3
+1
12Joe Jiménez+1
13Cade Smith+1
14Jeremiah Estrada-7
15Hunter Gaddis+1
16Ryan Pressly+1
17JoJo Romero
T4
-2
18Orion Kerkering-
19Andrew Kittredge+1
20Daniel Hudson+2
21Alex Vesia+2
22Colin Holderman+2
23David Robertson
T5
-4
24Luke Weaver+1
25Blake Treinen-4
26Justin Slaten-
27Scott Barlow-
28Chris Martin+UR
29Kevin Ginkel+2
30Dedniel Núñez+11
31Adrian Morejon
T6
-2
32Justin Martinez+3
33Tommy Kahnle+3
34Garrett Cleavinger-4
35Pierce Johnson-3
36A.J. Puk+1
37Andrew Nardi-3
38Ryne Stanek+2
39Taylor Rogers+5
40Adam Ottavino+6
41Tyler Rogers
T7
-8
42Lucas Erceg-4
43Mark Leiter Jr.-15
44Austin Adams+12
45Aroldis Chapman+9
46Colin Poche+11
47Jorge Alcala+16
48Nate Pearson+21
49Jacob Webb+10
50Ryan Thompson+1
51Shelby Miller-8
52Joel Payamps-7
53Lucas Sims-6
54Elvis Peguero-1
55Tyler Holton+7
56Erik Miller
T8
-7
57Randy Rodríguez-7
58Sam Hentges+2
59Enyel De Los Santos-4
60Trevor Richards+6
61Sean Hjelle+10
62José Leclerc-4
63Matt Moore+4
64Dylan Lee+4
65John Brebbia+14
66Phil Maton+12
67Caleb Ferguson+14
68Yuki Matsui+15
69Aaron Bummer+13
70John Schreiber-18
71Steven Okert
T9
-7
72Caleb Thielbar-7
73Shawn Armstrong-1
74Drew Smith-1
75Calvin Faucher+5
76Kevin Kelly+8
77Steven Wilson-
78Seranthony Domínguez+20
79Trent Thornton+6
80Enoli Paredes+6
81Gregory Soto+16
82Ben Joyce+17
83Tim Herrin-9
84Sam Moll-8
85Justin Wilson+9
86Austin Voth+5
87Ryan Fernandez+UR
88Robert Garcia-1
89Greg Weissert-1
90Cam Booser-1
91Bryan Baker+UR
92Tayler Saucedo-2
93Hayden Wesneski-1
94Derek Law-1
95Joe Mantiply-
96Jake Diekman-
97Brennan Bernardino+UR
98Dany Jiménez+UR
99Luis Garcia+UR
100Zack Kelly+UR

 

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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 6/20: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday”

  1. Jim says:

    J Adam has been a huge underperforming RP in SVHD. His IP are down, his K are down, his BB are up and the HD are non existent which is all bad luck. I’d take any of the Cleveland guys over him.

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