The Hold Up 7/21: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

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

After a rough outing at Fenway Park on May 22nd I was beginning to wonder if Andrés Muñoz would actually make a big enough impact this season in SV+HLD’s leagues to be considered rosterable in non dynasty formats. His ERA was sitting at 6.08 with a 1.65 WHIP, but the 34.4% K rate and 2.60 SIERA still gave me hope. Since that outing, Muñoz has been arguably a top five reliever in all of baseball, with a 1.14 ERA (1.08 SIERA) and .68 WHIP and a 20.2% K-BB rate! He’s even chipping in more holds as of late, and has eight over that stretch, with seven coming over the past 30 days, which is the the second most over that span. Muñoz is now fully in the “must roster” category for all of you playing in holds leagues, and has some standard save only appeal as well given his strikeout rate.




  • Garrett Whitlock returned to the Red Sox bullpen this past weekend and fired 3 dominant innings, allowing no hits or walks while striking out five. He’s certainly a huge addition to this bullpen desperate for reliable arms, and should see high leverage work no matter what the team decides to do at the deadline.


  • Pete Fairbanks and Josh Staumont returned this past week as well, and both should factor in to the late innings mix for their respective teams. Obviously things are a bit wide open in Tampa Bay, but Fairbanks, when healthy, has been a consistent option in SV+HLD spots for manager Kevin Cash. Staumont should slot back into a set up role behind Scott Barlow, and could wind up closing out games if Barlow is dealt (assuming he isn’t traded himself).


  • While the Diamondbacks make it hard for hold opportunities, All-Star Joe Mantiply may be in line for an increased role over the second half of the season if the team deals away their veteran relievers. On the flip side, despite not hitting free agency until 2027, this may be the highest Mantiply’s value will ever be and at age 31, the team could still look to move him as he could be the top left handed reliever option on the market.


  • Will Smith plummets in the rankings this week and with that bullpen (mostly) healthy now, I can’t imagine him seeing many hold chances as the team prefers the other lefties (A.J. Minter and probably Tyler Matzek too) in those spots. Matzek hasn’t been quite the same this season, but I’d bet on him turning things around before Smith this season.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Devin WilliamsT1-
2A.J. Minter
3John Schreiber-
4Michael King-
5Jason Adam+1
6Andrés Muñoz+1
7Giovanny Gallegos+2
8Evan Phillips-
9Garrett Whitlock+5
10Diego Castillo-
11Michael Fulmer
12Kendall Graveman+1
13Eli Morgan+4
14Héctor Neris+2
15Alex Lange+3
16Andrew Chafin+3
17Griffin Jax+3
18Rafael Montero+4
19Seth Lugo+2
20Félix Bautista+3
21Wil Crowe+3
22Pete Fairbanks+UR
23Corey Knebel+UR
24Génesis Cabrera+1
25Josh Staumont+UR
26Brad Boxberger
27Colin Poche+UR
28Collin McHugh-1
29Drew Smith-
30Ryne Stanek-
31Erik Swanson-
32Ryan Tepera-
33Matt Wisler-
34Luis García+2
35Anthony Bass+2
36Yimi García-1
37A.J. Puk+3
38Scott Effross-
39Joe Mantiply+16
40Tyler Matzek-6
41Tyler Duffey
42Aroldis Chapman+5
43Tim Mayza+1
44Aaron Loup+1
45Emilio Pagán+1
46José Leclerc+3
47Jonathan Loáisiga+1
48Jonathan Hernández+UR
49Brad Hand+1
50Adam Cimber-9
51Will Smith-23
52Steven Okert+1
53Adam Ottavino+5
54Joe Kelly+6
55Trevor Stephan+7
56Jordan Hicks+5
57Dennis Santana-15
58Brock Burke-6
59Dominic Leone+8
60Domingo Acevedo-3
61Carl Edwards Jr.
62Phil Maton-8
63Steven Wilson+UR
64Mychal Givens-13
65Joe Jiménez+30
66Ryan Thompson+UR
67Zach Jackson+4
68Connor Brogdon+UR
69Alex Vesia-13
70Matt Brash-7
71Joely Rodríguez-5
72Dylan Coleman-7
73James Karinchak+2
74José Alvarado+7
76Phil Bickford-8
77Wandy Peralta-8
78Taylor Clarke+1
79Caleb Thielbar-9
80Duane Underwood Jr.+2
81John Brebbia
82Dylan Floro+6
83Andrew Bellatti-
84Reynaldo López-8
85Matt Bush-8
86Trevor Gott+1
87Dillon Tate-14
88Yency Almonte+UR
89Cionel Pérez-17
90Penn Murfee+3
91Matt Moore-7
92José Cuas-12
93Matt Festa+UR
94Keegan Akin-9
95Lucas Gilbreath+2
96Bryan Abreu-2
97Jake Diekman-19
98Robert Stephenson-12
99Enyel De Los Santos-8
100Yerry de los Santos-11


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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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