The Hold Up 6/27: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

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

The Cardinals bullpen got a boost this past week with the return of Giovanny Gallegos, who has been one of the top set up man in baseball in the not too distant past. I’m not too optimistic on Gallegos returning to that form, as his velocity is still down as of his first game back from the IL, but it’s also his first game back so it’s fair to give him some more time to get up to speed. So if Gallegos isn’t the reason for JoJo Romero and Andrew Kittredge’s fall this week, than what is?

Romero and Kittredge continue to rack up plenty of holds, but the underlying metrics aren’t exactly backing up the production. Since May 1st Romero holds 19.8% K and 8.8% SwStr rates along with a 3.62 SIERA and just a 85 Stuff+ rating. Kittredge over that span also has a sub 20% K rate at 18.6%, as well as a 25.7% CSW, and 4.00 SIERA. To be fair, no one has really excelled in this bullpen over this time span (highest K-BB rate is just 15%) so perhaps Gallegos can jump right in to a high leverage role.




  • Alex Vesia has been dominant since May 1st with a 41.4% K rate, 0.44 WHIP and 1.72 SIERA, but still just 6 holds on the year (4 saves though!). This could just be a Dodgers thing because both Daniel Hudson (32.3% K rate, 0.57 WHIP, 2.13 SIERA) and Blake Treinen (34.3% K rate, 1.02 WHIP, 2.37 SIERA) have also pitched well over that span, and they only have 5 and 6 holds respectively. Vesia is at least the top left handed option in that bullpen and I’d expect more consistent hold chances moving forward.


  • I may have been too low on Ryne Stanek recently as he’s really been pitching well this year. The stuff is still excellent and his 18.2% SwStr rate since May 1st suggest there could be even more K upside (only 29.4% K rate over that span). He also has 6 holds and 5 saves since May 1st and could be in for that type of split moving forward as Andrés Muñoz is struggling with command and a potential injury. If Munoz does wind up missing time, it definitely boosts the value of Trent Thornton who earned his first save of his career last night.


  • Lucas Erceg remains the top holds option in Oakland and possibly the only one worth rostering with Austin Adams struggling lately. Adams has just a 9.9% K-BB rate and 4.41 SIERA since May 1st, and has now allowed 10 ER over 9 innings in June. Erceg, while having some issues himself since returning from the IL this month, has been much more consistent overall and has better stuff to back it up (Erceg: 5.39 PLV, Adams: 5.13 PLV).


  • I think Dylan Lee is starting to distance himself from the other lefties in the Braves bullpen, at least he should be (I know, just 2 holds on the year). Since May 1st, Lee leads all relievers in SwStr rate with a 22.4% mark, while also posting an impressive 2.62 SIERA. A.J. Minter is likely returning soon and will probably consume most of the hold chances the Braves give their left handed relievers, but I’d hope they start giving Lee more high leverage work as he’s earned it.



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SP Eligible Relievers


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

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