The Hold Up 7/4: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Ranking baseball's top setup options for the 2024 season.

A.J. Minter returned to the Braves bullpen this past week and should slot right back into a set-up role along with Joe Jiménez. We talked about Dylan Lee last week and how well he had been pitching over the past two months, but Jimenez has also been great, especially over his past 14 IP (31.5% K and 36.6% CSW rates). Minter had been struggling before landing on the IL (10.2% K-BB rate, 4.66 xFIP over 14.1 IP before landing on the IL) but I’d still expect to see him getting more hold chances than Lee, at least for now.




  • Ryan Walker has not allowed an earned run over his last 14 innings pitched and should be strongly considered for an All-Star spot. Over his past 33 IP, Walker holds ridiculous 33.6% K-BB and 36% CSW rates as well as a 1.80 xFIP, all good for top 5 amongst relievers over that span. He’s also starting to see more consistent hold chances, with 12 of his 15 holds coming since May 11.


  • Speaking of May 11, Orion Kerkering has been the Phillies’ best reliever since then, with a 31% K-BB rate, 1.73 SIERA, and 124 Stuff+ over 22 IP. The only issue is, he has just six holds on the season, with just four coming during that span. I’d imagine he’ll start seeing more high-leverage work eventually, so hold tight for now as Kerkering can be a top 5 set-up option with consistent chances.


  • I mentioned how Jorge Alcala’s velo has been on the rise a few weeks back, and it appears as if it continues to rise even higher as he hit 101.2 mph the other day, a career-high for him and the type of velo we had come to expect from Jhoan Duran. The results since returning to the Twins bullpen have been promising, although maybe not quite as dominant as you’d think given the rise in velocity (17.6% K-BB, 3.36 SIERA over the past 19 IP).


  • John Brebbia was one of the best relievers in June and holds an elite 34.5% K-BB rate and 1.67 SIERA over 14.2 IP dating back to the start of June. While it hasn’t resulted in a ton of hold or save chances with the White Sox, he’s certainly pitched well enough to garner significant trade interest and could find a high leverage on a winning club later this month.


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SP Eligible Relievers


Rank Pitcher Change
1Griffin JaxT1-
2Jeff Hoffman-
3Bryan Abreu
4Jason Adam-
5Ryan Walker+5
6Hunter Harvey
7Fernando Cruz-1
8Matt Strahm-1
9Reed Garrett-1
10Bryan Hudson-1
11Yennier Cano-
12A.J. Minter+UR
13Joe Jiménez-1
14Jeremiah Estrada-
15Orion Kerkering+3
16Cade Smith
17Alex Vesia-2
18Ryan Pressly-2
19Hunter Gaddis-2
20Daniel Hudson-1
21David Robertson-1
22Luke Weaver-
23Andrew Kittredge+2
24JoJo Romero+2
25Josh Sborz+UR
26Colin Holderman
27Scott Barlow-
28Blake Treinen-5
29Justin Slaten-5
30Dedniel Núñez-1
31Ryne Stanek-1
32Tommy Kahnle-1
33Lucas Erceg-1
34Kevin Ginkel-
35A.J. Puk-
36Jorge Alcala+9
37Garrett Cleavinger-1
38Andrew Nardi-5
39Justin Martinez-2
40Adrian Morejon-2
41Pierce Johnson
42Taylor Rogers-2
43Tyler Rogers-2
44Colin Poche-
45Dylan Lee+4
46John Brebbia+14
47Adam Ottavino-1
48Ryan Thompson-6
49Giovanny Gallegos-6
50Randy Rodríguez+4
51Nate Pearson-4
52Tyler Holton+7
53José Leclerc+8
54Phil Maton+9
55Yuki Matsui+9
56Erik Miller
57Enyel De Los Santos-1
58Trevor Richards-
59Trent Thornton+6
60Ben Joyce+9
61Matt Moore+5
62Elvis Peguero-10
63Lucas Sims-15
64Sam Hentges-9
65Joel Payamps-14
66Jacob Webb+4
67Austin Adams-10
68Calvin Faucher-
69Sean Hjelle-7
70Robert Garcia-3
71Shelby Miller
72John Schreiber+1
73Caleb Thielbar+4
74Gregory Soto+5
75Ryan Fernandez+6
76Kevin Kelly+9
77Caleb Ferguson-6
78Steven Okert-6
79Kyle Nicolas+16
80Justin Wilson-5
81Aaron Bummer-7
82Tayler Saucedo+4
83Tim Herrin-7
84Sam Moll-4
85Brennan Bernardino+4
86Joe Mantiply+4
87Alex Faedo+9
88Greg Weissert-6
89Bryan Baker-5
90Jake Diekman-3
91Derek Law-3
92Tyson Miller+6
93Luis Garcia-2
94Zack Kelly-2
95Yohan Ramírez-2
96Anthony Bender+4
97Cionel Pérez+UR
98Porter Hodge+UR
99Carmen Mlodzinski+UR
100Will Vest-3

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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