The Hold Up 6/29: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

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

After featuring Giants reliever Taylor Rogers last week, how about we shift focus to his twin brother, also a Giants reliever, Tyler Rogers. I’ll admit I am typically skeptical of submarine style relievers as they usually don’t strike out anyone and tend to be volatile in general, but Rogers has broken that mold. Despite his NINE (9) strikeouts this past week, we shouldn’t expect him to contribute much in that category moving forward, but what he does a fantastic job of is limiting hard contact and walks. He’s also going to continue to rack up holds, as his 17 on the season is third most in baseball. I still don’t consider Tyler Rogers as a high upside option, but he has an incredibly high floor given his holds output.




  • Andrew Nardi continues to impress in the Miami bullpen, to the point where I really have no idea which one of their lefty relievers truly is worth rostering behind A.J. Puk. Tanner Scott continues to dominate as well, but Nardi has arguably been a Top 10 reliever since May started. Over his last 22.1 IP Nardi has a 2.07 xFIP to go with 31.8% K-BB and 33.4% CSW rates, allowing just two earned runs over that span. He does have seven holds since May, but Scott has 11 and Steven Okert has eight in the same timeframe. Basically, you can’t go wrong rostering a left handed pitcher on the Marlins.
  • Speaking of lefties, the Orioles really have find another diamond in the rough in Danny Coulombe. Over his last 14.1 IP, Coulombe has a 1.26 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 32.1% K rate, to go along with eight holds, which is good for eighth most in baseball since the middle of May. And while it seems like Yennier Cano has been slowing down lately, he does lead the league in Holds over that span (11) while also holding a 2.29 ERA but it does come with a 1.53 WHIP and just a 15.3% K rate.


  • The White Sox best reliever right now is likely Keynan Middleton as he’s been a terrific addition for this bullpen and could land the team a nice prospect at the deadline. Over 21 IP since the start of May, Middleton has a 2.14 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and impressive 17.5% SwStr rate and looks like the secondary saves option for the team at the moment. If Chicago does have a fire sale this deadline, if Aaron Bummer sticks around he could be a sneaky addition for the second half as he has looked like his old self as of late. Over his last 12 games (9.2 IP), Bummer holds a 2.79 ERA (2.26 xFIP), 1.14 WHIP and 41.5% K rate. The walks are still an issue, but if he can bring that walk rate down a little, he could have a big second half.
  • Relievers Matt Bush and Ian Hamilton have returned from the IL this past week, with both having a chance to factor into some holds opportunities. I had high hopes for Bush prior to the season and hopefully he can come back healthy. He should slide right into a set up role with Peter Strzelecki being sent down to Triple-A. Hamilton was rising rapidly prior to his injury, but with Tommy Kahnle returning while he was out and other relievers in that bullpen pitching well, we’ll have to wait and see what his role will look like moving forward.


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.-
7Andrew Chafin-
8Jason Adam-
9Giovanny Gallegos-
10A.J. Minter+1
11Aroldis Chapman
12Héctor Neris-
13Michael King-
14Trevor Stephan-
15Josh Sborz+9
16Tommy Kahnle+7
17Griffin Jax-
18Nick Anderson-
19Tanner Scott+7
20Matt Brash+1
21Brusdar Graterol
22Adam Ottavino-3
23Taylor Rogers+6
25Andrew Nardi+13
26Caleb Ferguson-6
27Lucas Sims-2
28Brooks Raley+7
29Danny Coulombe+11
30Chris Devenski+4
31Gregory Soto-1
32Jason Foley-4
33Chris Martin-2
34Joel Payamps+2
36Steven Okert
37Miguel Castro-5
38Phil Maton+5
39Robert Stephenson+8
40Julian Merryweather+6
41Nick Martinez-8
42Austin Adams+3
43Dauri Moreta+1
44Sam Hentges-3
45Joe Kelly+4
46Reynaldo López+4
47Matt Bush+UR
48Ian Hamilton+UR
49Ron Marinaccio+2
50Joe Jiménez+18
51Eli Morgan
52Colin Poche+1
53Tim Mayza+2
54Alex Young+2
55Drew Smith+2
56Michael Fulmer+2
57Wandy Peralta+2
60Bryan Baker+7
61José Soriano+9
62Elvis Peguero+38
63Tim Hill-1
64Nate Pearson+8
65Jovani Moran+8
66Carlos Hernández-2
67Grant Anderson+15
68Pierce Johnson+13
69Kirby Yates+UR
70Aaron Bummer+18
71Andre Pallante
72Dylan Floro-18
73Collin McHugh-8
74Brock Burke-5
75Kevin Kelly-
76Gregory Santos-
77Joe Barlow+3
78Kyle Nelson+12
79Huascar Brazoban+14
80Yency Almonte-2
81Luis García+2
82Ben Heller+9
83Jacob Webb+12
84José Cisnero+12
85Justin Martinez+UR
86Kevin Ginkel+UR
87Mason Thompson+UR
88Trevor Gott+UR
89Jake Bird+3
90Jake Diekman+8
92Rafael Montero-21
93Taylor Clarke-9
94Chasen Shreve-9
95Josh Winckowski-32
96Buck Farmer-2
97Sam Long-10
99Daniel Bard+UR
100Ian Gibaut+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 6/29: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday”

  1. Rick says:

    I don’t understand Alvarado being #2. He has 1 hold since coming back from the IL. What gives you the confidence to list him that high?

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