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

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

The Yankees bullpen is finally seeing some reinforcement in Tommy Kahnle and Ian Hamilton both pitching well since their recent returns from the IL, and while I still see them adding a reliever or two at the deadline, these two and Luke Weaver are likely to hold things down until then. Weaver has been the most consistent (by default really) but I can see the appeal in chasing the upside of Kahnle (diminished velo but he has a slider now) or even Hamilton who has been getting a ton of Whiffs despite middling results.




  • Ryne Stanek has had some hiccups along the way but for the most part has put together a respectable season so far, and has been really good as of late. He still has a plus fastball at 98.5 MPH with 18.3 iVB and can get whiffs with his secondaries, so he should be a steady holds source.

  • Shelby Miller returned from the IL this week and already has a hold to his credit. With Jason Foley having an up and down May, there’s an outside shot at Miller seeing some more save chances as we move forward.

  • Justin Martinez is now up to 21.2 IP on the season and the only thing to complain about here is the high walk rate at 14.8%. That being said, if we look at his numbers from May on, he has a 22.2% K-BB rate (11.1% BB rate) which will certainly play. The closer that walk rate gets to 10%, the more he moves up the ranks.
  • Elvis Peguero has a 1.54 WHIP for the season, but has been much better lately and it looks like he’s established himself as the top right handed setup option behind Trevor Megill. I don’t particular love either Peguero or Joel Payamps, but they will continue to be in the holds mix at at least until Devin Williams returns.

  • John Schreiber has struggled since the start of May with a 2.06 WHIP, 5.8% K-BB rate (just a 4.6% SwStr rate) and 4.42 xFIP. He’s still likely to see hold chances given the lack of alternative options in that bullpen, but expect the Royals to add some relievers at the deadline.
  • Jorge Alcala is back in the Twins bullpen and it may be for good this time, at least as long as he continues throwing this well. He’s seen an uptick in velo, averaging 99 MPH on his fastball and touching 100 MPH in his last two games. We’ll see how his role plays out but he’s definitely a name to keep an eye on.


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SP Eligible Relievers


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

2 responses to “The Hold Up 6/6: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday”

  1. Chris says:

    Tanner Scott?

  2. Chris says:

    Wrong article, my bad.

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