The Hold Up 7/25: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rick Graham ranks the top pitchers to own for holds.

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  • Giovanny Gallegos has been one of the more dominant relievers in baseball for some time now and is finally starting to see enough consistent hold chances to comfortably rank in the top 10. Just how good has he been? Over the past 60 days, he has a 37:2 K/BB rate while only allowing 13 hits over 27.1 innings. His teammate Andrew Miller has been much better as of late as well, bringing his ERA down below 4 while having seven holds over the past month. There’s been some talk of Carlos Martinez being moved out of the closer roleor possibly the organizationso Gallegos and Miller to a lesser degree could be in for an uptick in SV+HLD chances soon.
  • With the Giants right in the middle of the NL Wild Card race now, it looks like all of their relievers will be staying put, meaning Sam Dyson won’t be traded to some contender where he may be lost in the bullpen shuffle. He’s been great for the Giants since being DFA’d by the Rangers in 2017, as he’s found a cutter to pair with his two-seamer. He’s not going to get a ton of swings and misses, so the strikeout upside is limited. But he doesn’t allow free passes, and being in a setup role for a hot Giants team is worth riding for the time being.

  • Freddy Peralta converted his first save chance last night, with Craig Counsell mentioning they need to use him in a high-leverage situation moving forward. Whether that means he’ll be closing with Josh Hader working the seventh or eighth inning of games is still up in the air, but at least it looks like he’ll be seeing more SV+HLD chances. A.J. Minter just doesn’t seem to have it this season, and it’s fair to wonder when the Braves will send him back down to Triple-A. With a 7.36 ERA, 1.95 WHIP, and a 7.36 BB/9, it just doesn’t make sense to keep holding on to him outside of deep dynasty leagues.

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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