The Hold Up 7/13: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

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

There wasn’t a ton of movement today as we had a shortened week due to the All-Star game and festivities, so I’ll keep the notes extra light today and tomorrow. One exciting addition to the list this week though is Abner Uribe who was called up by the Brewers last week. Uribe is perhaps the best relief prospect at the moment, as he features a fastball that sits around 100 mph and a cutter/slider at around 90 mph. He’s similar to a right handed José Alvarado (who we lost to the IL this week unfortunately), although just like with Alvarado, Uribe will need to clean up his command to succeed at the MLB level. I like Elvis Peguero for now as a secondary holds option in Milwaukee, but Uribe certainly is talented enough to work his way into a high leverage role in short order.




  • Steven Okert and Tanner Scott finished their first halves strong over the weekend, and the two lefties have consistently been two of the best relievers in baseball since May. With Andrew Nardi on the IL now, the pair should continue to rack up hold chances in the second half.
  • I’m looking for Robert Stephenson to have a big second half in setup role for the Rays. Over his 14.1 IP with the Rays he has a 37.5% K rate, 0.98 WHIP, and 27.1% SwStr rate which is far and away the best mark since June started.



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Rank Pitcher Change
1Andrés MuñozT1-
2Bryan Abreu-
3Erik Swanson-
4Aroldis Chapman-
5Giovanny Gallegos+1
6A.J. Minter
7Mark Leiter Jr.-
8Andrew Chafin-
9Jason Adam-
10Tanner Scott+5
11Josh Sborz-1
12Tommy Kahnle-1
13Héctor Neris-
14Griffin Jax-
15Matt Brash+1
16Yennier Cano
17Joel Payamps+3
18Chris Martin+1
19Lucas Sims+2
20Taylor Rogers-3
21Brooks Raley+1
22Trevor Stephan+2
24Steven Okert+7
25Jason Foley+2
26Danny Coulombe
27Chris Devenski-1
29Gregory Soto+1
30Carlos Hernández+5
31Michael King+6
32Adam Ottavino+1
33José Soriano-1
34Brusdar Graterol+5
35Caleb Ferguson+1
36Robert Stephenson+8
37Phil Maton-3
38Jovani Moran-
39Colin Holderman+1
40Kirby Yates+7
41Julian Merryweather
42Austin Adams+3
43Nate Pearson+3
44Dauri Moreta-2
45Nick Martinez+4
46Eli Morgan+9
47Joe Jiménez+1
48Aaron Bummer-5
49Colin Poche+1
50Miguel Castro+3
51Tim Mayza+7
52Sam Hentges-
53Tom Cosgrove+1
54Elvis Peguero+8
55Reynaldo López-4
56Wandy Peralta
57Ron Marinaccio-
58Bryan Baker+3
59Trevor Richards+6
60Alex Young-1
61Pierce Johnson-1
62Matt Strahm+2
63Jake Diekman-
64Angel Perdomo+4
65Gregory Santos+4
66Ian Hamilton-
67Jeff Hoffman-
68Kyle Nelson+2
69Abner Uribe+UR
70Huascar Brazoban+3
71Kevin Ginkel
72Drew Smith-
73Yency Almonte+1
75Michael Fulmer+4
76Ben Heller-1
77Jacob Webb-1
78Mason Thompson-
79Nick Sandlin+3
80Kyle Finnegan+3
81José Leclerc+6
82Jorge López+6
83Yimi García+UR
84Chasen Shreve+8
85Collin McHugh-4
86Tim Hill-1
87Kevin Kelly+3
88Brock Burke-2
90Buck Farmer+3
91Ian Gibaut+3
92Derek Law+3
93Ryan Brasier+3
94Trevor Gott+3
95Dylan Floro-6
96José Cisnero-5
97Shintaro Fujinami+2
98Rafael Montero+UR
99Justin Martinez+UR
100George Soriano+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 7/13: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday”

  1. Paul says:

    Muñoz is sitting on my waiver wire, in a H2H points league where SV+H are worth 6.5 points (vs. 4 points for a Win; go figure). I already own Seawald so is picking up Muñoz putting too many eggs in one basket? I would drop McGough (or an SP — good RPs are move valuable than Toby SPs in this league). Thanks!

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