The Hold Up 6/22: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

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

After a terrible start to his Giants career, Taylor Rogers has been one of the best relievers in baseball over the past two months, with some incredible numbers over his past 21.2 IP. Rogers 31.3% K-BB, 38.1% CSW rates as well as his 2.60 xFIP, 2.19 SIERA during that span all rank amongst the top 10 of all relievers, as does his 0.42 ERA and 0.69 WHIP. So why hasn’t he moved up the list more? Well he only has two holds since April 1st, as manager Gabe Kapler still prefers Scott Alexander and Rogers brother Tyler Rogers in set up roles. However, with Alexander (and John Brebbia) heading to the IL recently, perhaps we will finally see Taylor in a similar role to his brother Tyler.




  • Jason Foley has been a rock steady set up option for the Tigers this season, even filling in for Alex Lange from time to time and could wind up in the closer role if Lange’s recent struggles continue. Despite his 6.9% SwStr rate, which may be the lowest I’ve ever seen from a high leverage reliever, Foley does have an impressive 5.52 PLV, I’d imagine due to his sinker and extreme ground ball splits.
  • It’s hard to project how Andrew Nardi role the rest of the season as the Marlins do have four really good left handed relievers in their bullpen, but Nardi has been just too good to ignore and should be in the top 60-70 relievers when it comes to SV+HLD leagues. Since the start of May, Nardi has a 30.6% K-BB rate and 2.19 xFIP over 19.1 IP while not allowing any earned runs.


  • Yennier Cano isn’t the only Oriole reliever to seemingly come from nowhere and have value in holds leagues as Danny Coulombe is now up to 12 holds on the season. Over his last 12 IP, Coulombe has a 30.6% K rate and six holds while allowing just two earned runs. His 11.2% Hard Contact rate currently ranks 2nd, while he also grades out well by PLV standards (5.36).
  • After a rough start to the season, Julian Merryweather has quietly been a dominant reliever for two+ months now, having 36.1% K and 17% SwStr rates as well as a 2.91 SIERA and impressive 126 Stuff+ rating over his last 26.2 IP. He only has three holds over this span, but there could be more coming as the team has trusted him with more high leverage work as of late.


  • We all knew that Robert Stephenson’s move to the Rays would lead to positive results for him, and so far that seems to be holding up. Stephenson is throwing his slider a bit harder now with the Rays and it’s led to a 20.6% SwStr and 34.6% K rates in his first 6.2 IP with his new team. He also already has two holds, and could work his way into some more as that bullpen is not super reliable outside of a few options.
  • After I hyped up Reynaldo López last week of course he goes out and allows four earned runs over his past 1.2 innings of work. This White Sox bullpen is super talented and has a chance to be one of the best in the game, but the team in general just feels almost cursed with how they’ve underperformed over the past few seasons, so maybe it’s best to stay away from any relievers here?


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


Rank Pitcher Change
1Andrés MuñozT1-
2José Alvarado-
3Yennier Cano
4Erik Swanson-
5Bryan Abreu-
6Mark Leiter Jr.+2
7Andrew Chafin+2
8Jason Adam+UR
9Giovanny Gallegos+UR
10Aroldis Chapman-4
11A.J. Minter+1
12Héctor Neris
13Michael King-6
14Trevor Stephan-1
15Brusdar Graterol-1
16Hunter Harvey-1
17Griffin Jax-
18Nick Anderson-2
19Adam Ottavino-1
20Caleb Ferguson+6
21Matt Brash
22Steven Wilson-
23Tommy Kahnle-
24Josh Sborz+3
25Lucas Sims+4
26Tanner Scott-6
27Brock Stewart+1
28Jason Foley+9
29Taylor Rogers+11
30Gregory Soto+2
31Chris Martin
32Miguel Castro-7
33Nick Martinez-2
34Chris Devenski-4
35Brooks Raley-2
36Joel Payamps+5
37Steven Okert+5
38Andrew Nardi+11
40Danny Coulombe+21
41Sam Hentges
42Joe Mantiply-6
43Phil Maton-5
44Dauri Moreta-5
45Austin Adams-1
46Julian Merryweather+27
47Robert Stephenson+16
49Joe Kelly-3
50Reynaldo López-16
51Ron Marinaccio
52Eli Morgan-1
53Colin Poche+5
54Dylan Floro+5
55Tim Mayza-1
56Alex Young-4
57Drew Smith-4
58Michael Fulmer+18
59Wandy Peralta-3
62Tim Hill+10
63Josh Winckowski+12
64Carlos Hernández+4
65Collin McHugh-5
66Peter Strzelecki
67Bryan Baker-17
68Joe Jiménez-13
69Brock Burke+5
70José Soriano+10
71Rafael Montero+8
72Nate Pearson-15
73Jovani Moran-4
74Will Vest+UR
75Kevin Kelly+15
76Gregory Santos+15
77José Leclerc+15
78Yency Almonte+15
79Luke Jackson+6
80Joe Barlow+17
81Pierce Johnson
82Grant Anderson+4
83Luis García-21
84Taylor Clarke-13
85Chasen Shreve+9
86Andre Pallante+UR
87Sam Long+13
88Aaron Bummer-10
89Yimi García-12
90Kyle Nelson-7
91Ben Heller+UR
92Jake Bird+UR
93Huascar Brazoban+UR
94Buck Farmer+UR
95Jacob Webb+UR
96José Cisnero+UR
98Jake Diekman-
99Ryan Walker-11
100Elvis Peguero-1

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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