The Hold Up 7/20: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

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

A pair of Brewer relievers have dominated in the holds department post-All-Star break (pre-break as well) in Joel Payamps and Elvis Peguero, as this Milwaukee organization continues to find and develop relievers better than maybe any organization in baseball.

Since May, Payamps holds a 31.2% K-BB and 32.3% CSW rates with a 0.73 WHIP, 1.36 ERA (2.25 SIERA) and 17 holds over the past 33 innings while Peguero has been solid as well with a 1.07 WHIP, 2.76 ERA, 14% SwStr rate and 14 holds over his past 32.1 IP. It’s unclear what the Brewers plan to do at the deadline, but I’d imagine these two are safe as setup options as the teams shouldn’t be expected to make a splash in the reliever market.




  • The wheels have been coming off the Yankees season as of late, as their bullpen has been an issue amongst other things. Tommy Kahnle has allowed runs in all three of his outings post-All-Star break (five ER total) as he’s dealt with some command issues and unfortunately felt the need to take out his anger on a fan in the team’s dugout yesterday. It’s hard to trust Michael King at the moment as well (11.9% K-BB, 11% SwStr rate, 6.27 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 5.17 xFIP over his last 18.2 IP) so Kahnle should still be in the mix for holds moving forward. The trade deadline is certainly shaping up to be an interesting one for this Yankee club that could use help all over the field, but certainly in the bullpen.
  • Steven Wilson returned to the Padres’ bullpen after the All-Star break and has already picked up two holds despite allowing two earned runs. The stuff has been down a bit since returning, and perhaps that is just rust, but this team will need a strong second half from him and the rest of the bullpen if they want any chance at climbing back into the playoff race. It also shouldn’t be ruled out that they go out and add a reliever to help Josh Hader out here if they truly are still all in on the season, although they do get Robert Suarez back today.


  • Carlos Hernández figures to be one of the biggest benefactors post-trade deadline as Scott Barlow likely being dealt should open up the closer role in Kansas City for him. The Royals have had trouble finding save opportunities at all this year, but perhaps that could change from August onward. Hernández has been great after a rocky start to the season as he has a 2.44 ERA (2.99 SIERA) 0.83 WHIP, 24% K-BB rate and 15% SwStr rates, plus an impressive 127 Stuff+ over his last 32.2 IP.
  • Kevin Ginkel may be working his way into the Diamondbacks closer role, as he’s picked up saves on back-to-back days while Scott McGough has been held out. Ultimately, this team should have a new closer after the trade deadline that is currently not on the roster, as no contender needs a closer as much as this team does. That said, Ginkel has been pitching really well over the past two months (13.1 IP), allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out 12.


If you would like more daily reliever updates, please check out our Reliever Ranks series.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Andrés MuñozT1-
2Bryan Abreu-
3Erik Swanson-
4Will Smith+UR
5Giovanny Gallegos-
6Andrew Chafin+2
7Mark Leiter Jr.-
8Jason Adam+1
9Tanner Scott+1
10Joel Payamps+7
11Héctor Neris+2
12Griffin Jax+2
13Matt Brash+2
14Yennier Cano+2
15Chris Martin+3
16Lucas Sims
17Taylor Rogers+3
18Brooks Raley+3
19Tommy Kahnle-7
21Steven Wilson+UR
22Jason Foley+3
23Carlos Hernández+7
24Danny Coulombe+2
25Steven Okert-1
26Trevor Stephan
28Adam Ottavino+4
29Robert Stephenson+7
30Elvis Peguero+24
31Caleb Ferguson+4
32Robert Suarez+UR
33Brusdar Graterol+1
34Gregory Soto-5
35Phil Maton+2
36Michael King-5
37José Soriano-4
38Jovani Moran-
39Kirby Yates+1
40Colin Holderman-1
41Nick Martinez
42Tim Mayza+9
43Dauri Moreta+1
44Nate Pearson-1
45Joe Jiménez+2
46Matt Moore+UR
47Eli Morgan-1
48Julian Merryweather-7
49Aaron Bummer-1
50Colin Poche-1
51Kevin Ginkel+20
52Tom Cosgrove+1
53Reynaldo López+2
54Gregory Santos+11
55Trevor Richards+4
56Wandy Peralta
57Bryan Baker+1
58Miguel Castro-8
59Angel Perdomo+5
60Austin Adams-18
61Alex Young-1
62Pierce Johnson-1
63Matt Strahm-1
64Jake Diekman-1
65Yency Almonte+8
66Nick Sandlin+13
67Ron Marinaccio-10
68Jeff Hoffman-1
69Abner Uribe-
71Kyle Nelson
72Sam Hentges-20
73Ian Gibaut+18
74Yimi García+9
76Ryan Brasier+17
77Ian Hamilton-11
78Michael Fulmer-3
79José Cisnero+17
80José Leclerc+1
81Huascar Brazoban-11
82Chasen Shreve+2
83Joe Mantiply+UR
84Ben Heller-8
85Jorge López-3
86Jacob Webb-9
87Drew Smith-15
88Grant Anderson+UR
89Collin McHugh-4
90Tim Hill-4
91Kevin Kelly-4
92Brock Burke-4
93Buck Farmer-3
94Shintaro Fujinami+3
95Alex Speas+UR
96George Soriano+4
97Justin Martinez+2
98Prelander Berroa+UR
99Sam Long+UR
100Enyel De Los Santos+UR


Feature image by Michael Packard (@CollectingPack on Twitter) / Photo by Rich von Biberstein/con Sportswire

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 7/20: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday”

  1. Massimo Degaudenzi says:

    Thanks for this as always! The graphic shouldn’t say SV + Holds, I don’t think.

    I know you’ve moved Aroldis Chapman to the Saves list, but if not would he occupy the #4 sot that Will Smith currently occupies? It’s an ambiguous situation, so I’m trying to ascertain current value.

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