The Hold Up 7/14: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Ranking baseball's top setup options for the 2022 season.

During our podcast the other day we broke down All-Star snubs and I think the most egregious one on the AL reliever side is John Schreiber. Since becoming a full-time member of the Red Sox bullpen on May 6th, Schreiber leads the league in SV+HLD’s (18) and also ranks in the top eight in K-BB% (29.7%), xFIP (2.24), SIERA (1.86) and GB% (59.6%). His ERA and WHIP for the season are BOTH 0.60. Tanner Houck is still the go-to closer option at the moment and that’s likely to continue even with Garrett Whitlock’s return imminent, but Schreiber is certainly not going anywhere.




  • Giovanny Gallegos has now allowed runs in his last four appearances, which is certainly unfortunate as he had been given some save opportunities lately. In those four games, he’s allowed seven hits and five runs, however, he does have a 7/1 K/BB rate. Despite this little rough patch he’s going through, Gallegos should remain in a high leverage role for the Cardinals.


  • Brusdar Graterol moves up the list after factoring into some saves the past week and while he doesn’t get many swings and misses, his pitch mix is almost certain to limit hard contact and produce plenty of groundballs (61.6%), so he should be at least a three-category contributor for those of you in holds leagues. EDIT: four hours after this was posted, Graterol landed on the IL with a shoulder injury.


  • Yimi García returned to the Blue Jays bullpen this past week and should slot immediately back into a setup role. This bullpen has had its issues but there should be enough here between García, Adam Cimber, and Tim Mayza (assuming all are healthy) to get the ball to Jordan Romano in the ninth.


  • After struggling in early June, Tyler Duffey had four days off between June 12 and June 17th, and since then has been lights out. Over the past month, Duffey has now fired off 13 straight scoreless innings to go with a WHIP of 1.00 and 12 strikeouts. Emilio Pagán is coming off a pretty good week as well, but I wonder if Duffey has passed him as a preferred high leverage option at this point.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Devin WilliamsT1-
2A.J. Minter
3John Schreiber+1
4Michael King+1
5Seranthony Domínguez+UR
6Jason Adam
7Andrés Muñoz+2
8Evan Phillips+2
9Giovanny Gallegos-6
10Diego Castillo-4
11Brooks Raley-4
12Michael Fulmer-
13Kendall Graveman-2
14Garrett Whitlock+UR
15Alexis Díaz+UR
16Héctor Neris
17Eli Morgan-3
18Alex Lange-3
19Andrew Chafin-2
20Griffin Jax-2
21Seth Lugo-5
22Rafael Montero-2
23Félix Bautista-2
24Wil Crowe-
25Génesis Cabrera+UR
26Brad Boxberger
27Collin McHugh+1
28Will Smith+UR
29Drew Smith-7
30Ryne Stanek-7
31Erik Swanson-6
32Ryan Tepera-6
33Matt Wisler-6
34Tyler Matzek-5
35Yimi García+UR
36Luis García-5
37Anthony Bass-
38Scott Effross-
39Tyler Duffey+7
40A.J. Puk+8
41Adam Cimber
42Dennis Santana-10
44Tim Mayza-4
45Aaron Loup-10
46Emilio Pagán-4
47Aroldis Chapman-17
48Jonathan Loáisiga+UR
49José Leclerc-5
50Brad Hand-5
51Mychal Givens+1
52Brock Burke+1
53Steven Okert-6
54Phil Maton-
55Joe Mantiply-5
56Alex Vesia
57Domingo Acevedo+3
58Adam Ottavino-7
59Matt Strahm-20
60Joe Kelly-11
61Jordan Hicks-4
62Trevor Stephan+10
63Matt Brash+UR
64John Brebbia-8
65Dylan Coleman+5
66Joely Rodríguez-11
67Dominic Leone-8
68Phil Bickford-7
69Wandy Peralta-6
70Caleb Thielbar-3
71Zach Jackson
72Cionel Pérez+1
73Dillon Tate-8
74Carl Edwards Jr.+1
75James Karinchak-4
76Reynaldo López+16
77Matt Bush+UR
78Jake Diekman-16
79Taylor Clarke-11
80José Cuas-16
81José Alvarado+3
82Duane Underwood Jr.+UR
83Andrew Bellatti-14
84Matt Moore-1
85Keegan Akin-
86Robert Stephenson+UR
87Trevor Gott+7
88Dylan Floro-1
89Yerry de los Santos+6
90Hunter Harvey+UR
91Enyel De Los Santos-15
92Chris Martin-4
93Penn Murfee-16
94Bryan Abreu-15
95Joe Jiménez-14
96Junior Fernández-
97Lucas Gilbreath-
98Garrett Richards+UR
100Nabil Crismatt-1


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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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