The Hold Up 8/11: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

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

Rafael Montero continues to dominate with his fastball’s (two seam/four seam mix) and has become one of the Astros most trusted relievers as the season has progressed. It’s pretty remarkable to see a pitcher with a 1.55 ERA and .95 WHIP over 46.1 innings despite not relying on any of his secondary’s to get him outs. He is throwing his changeup 15.4% of the time (17.8% Whiff rate) and his slider just 13.4% (21.4% Whiff rate), with both Whiff rates sub par as far as those pitch types go. The difference this year is his location, specifically with his four seamer which has been able to locate at the top of the zone with more consistency, not missing over the middle of the plate like he was more prone to do last season. As long as he is commanding his fastball like this, he should continue to be a rock at the back of this Astros bullpen and for fantasy managers alike.




  • Diego Castillo is back with the Mariners after a short IL stint and should move right back into a high leverage role, although he will have to contend with Paul Sewald, Andrés Muñoz and Erik Swanson for holds. Also back from the IL this week, albeit from a much longer stint, is Kirby Yates who also has some competition in that Braves bullpen for hold chances. Expect Yates to work the 6th/7th inning of games as long as Raisel Iglesias and Kenley Jansen are healthy.


  • Perhaps we now know one of the reasons behind Taylor Rogers recent struggles, as the lefty received a cortisone shot in his left knee recently. He should be available this weekend and hopefully can get back on track as the Brewers new set up man. Also moving down in the top 20 this week is Joe Jiménez, who I may have jinxed last week as he went on to allow two hits, three walks and luckily just three runs against the Rays the other day while recording just one out. I still like Jiménez, but he has to contend with Andrew Chafin and Alex Lange for holds on a team that may not win many ballgames down the stretch.


  • Two of my favorite SP eligible relievers have in Eli Morgan and Griffin Jax have struggles mightily since the All-Star break and find themselves likely on the outside looking in now when it comes to seeing consistent save chances. Morgan has allowed eight earned runs over his past 5.1 IP and is falling behind Trevor Stephan and James Karinchak while Jax has allowed seven earned runs over his last 2.2 IP and the additions of Jorge López and Michael Fulmer are likely to push him down the holds ladder.


  • Jordan Hicks has gotten off to a nice start in August, allowing just one hit and one run over his first 4.2 IP while striking out seven. Command will always be an issue with Hicks, but if he is finally able to turn his nasty pitch mix into more strikeouts, he’ll need to be on your radar in holds leagues, especially with the Cardinals looking for a trusted secondary setup option. FWIW, he was throwing his slider 2.5 MPH harder against the Yankees this past week, leading to 5 Whiffs on 15 thrown (plus 4 called strikes for a 60% CSW rate).


Rank Pitcher Change
1Raisel IglesiasT1-
2Andrés Muñoz+2
3Giovanny Gallegos+2
4Jason Adam+2
5David Robertson+UR
6Evan Phillips
7Jhoan Duran-4
8Brooks Raley+1
9Kendall Graveman+4
10Rafael Montero+1
11A.J. Minter+4
12Diego Castillo+UR
13John Schreiber-5
14Erik Swanson-
15Andrew Chafin+4
16Héctor Neris+4
17Trevor Stephan-
18Alex Lange+4
19James Karinchak+6
20Michael Fulmer-4
21Taylor Rogers
22Joe Jiménez-10
23Scott Effross-
24Luis García-3
25Seth Lugo+1
26Anthony Bender+7
27Anthony Bass+4
28Aroldis Chapman+6
29Joe Mantiply+6
30Eli Morgan-12
31Griffin Jax-7
32Kirby Yates+UR
33Trevor May-4
34Brad Boxberger-4
35Adam Ottavino+1
36Colin Poche
37Jordan Hicks+17
38Ryne Stanek-10
39Yimi García-7
40Collin McHugh-
41Will Smith+UR
42José Leclerc+1
43Tyler Matzek+3
44Emilio Pagán-3
45Josh Staumont-1
46Adam Cimber+5
47Steven Okert+5
48Brock Burke+2
49Brad Hand+4
50Génesis Cabrera-3
51Dany Jiménez
52Nick Martinez+5
53Aaron Loup+7
54Cionel Pérez+45
55Jimmy Herget+13
56Matt Brash+13
57Zach Jackson-2
58Alex Vesia+5
59Dylan Coleman+7
60John Brebbia+19
61Corey Knebel-19
62Jonathan Loáisiga-23
63Carl Edwards Jr.-5
64Mychal Givens-5
65Matt Moore-1
66Jake Diekman-1
67José Quijada+UR
68Robert Suarez+UR
69Brandon Hughes+UR
71Dominic Leone
72Phil Maton-11
73Ryan Thompson-11
74Lucas Gilbreath-7
75Trevor Gott+10
77José Alvarado+14
78Matt Bush+17
79Joely Rodríguez+19
80Reynaldo López+UR
81Sam Moll-10
82Connor Brogdon-10
83Domingo Acevedo-8
84Brett Martin-3
85Víctor Arano-9
86Dylan Lee-9
87Bryan Abreu+5
88Matt Barnes+UR
89Joe Kelly+UR
90Hunter Harvey-12
91José Ruiz+9
92Wandy Peralta-4
93Dillon Tate-4
94Shawn Armstrong+UR
95Keegan Akin-9
96Dylan Floro-9
97Andrew Bellatti-4
98Phil Bickford-4
99José Cuas+UR
100Taylor Hearn+UR


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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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