The Hold Up 8/18: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

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

After a fantastic start to the season, Trevor Stephan hit a bit of a rough patch from May through early-mid June. But over the past two months, he’s back to being one of the Guardians’ must trusted relievers. Despite allowing 21 hits over those 22.1 IP, Stephan has allowed just 3 earned runs while striking out 34 and walking just 4. More importantly, six of his ten holds on the season have come over the past three weeks as Terry Francona is willing to turn to him in more higher leverage situations now.




  • With Clay Holmes landing on the IL with a back issue the door is open for Aroldis Chapman to return to the closer role, but we shouldn’t count out Scott Effross just yet. Effross has pitched well since the Yankees acquired him at the deadline, and no matter what his role winds up being in the short term, he should be on your radar in all leagues that count holds.


  • A week after featuring Rafael Monterohe gets pushed down the list quite a bit after posting back to back terrible outings in which he allowed 5 hits, 5 earned runs and 3 walks while getting just one out against the Athletics and White Sox. That’s obviously cause for some concern, but while regression was always likely, there’s no need to rush to drop him quite yet.


  • A few weeks ago I talked about Griffin Jax and Eli Morgan as SP eligible holds options who had been slumping, and since then the two have gone in two different directions. Jax appears to have figured things out and gotten back on track, and despite the additions the Twins made at the deadline, still has been able to pick up two holds this past week. Morgan, on the other hand, has no SV+HLD’s this month.


  • Tanner Scott appears to be holding on to the closer role in Miami by a thread at this point, potentially leaving the door open for someone like Steven Okert to slide into the role eventually. Okert also has his own issues with walking batters, but over his last 11.2 IP, has allowed just two while striking out 18.


  • Jonathan Hernández seems to have the confidence of interim manager Tony Beasley but José Leclerc has been quite good of late as well. Over his last 6.1 innings, Leclerc has allowed just one hit while compiling a 7/1 K/BB ratio and even recording a save his last time out. With Joe Barlow returning this week, this bullpen should be a strength for the Rangers.


  • Carl Edwards Jr. appears to be in a closer committee with Kyle Finnegan in Washington, and while Finnegan may get he majority of opportunities (which may be few and far between for this team), I still think I’d slightly prefer rostering Edwards Jr. right now (despite the 1.60 WHIP over the past two months) given his strikeout ability.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Raisel IglesiasT1-
2Andrés Muñoz-
3Giovanny Gallegos-
4David Robertson+1
5Jhoan Duran+2
6Evan Phillips
7Brooks Raley+1
8Kendall Graveman+1
9A.J. Minter+2
10Diego Castillo+2
11John Schreiber+2
12Trevor Stephan+5
13Erik Swanson+1
14Scott Effross+9
15Pete Fairbanks+UR
16Héctor Neris-
17Michael Fulmer+3
18James Karinchak+1
19Andrew Chafin-4
20Rafael Montero-10
21Griffin Jax
22Alex Lange-4
23Seth Lugo+2
24Joe Mantiply+5
25Joe Jiménez-3
26Taylor Rogers-5
27Luis García-3
28Anthony Bass-1
29Brad Boxberger+5
30Adam Ottavino+5
31José Leclerc+11
32Steven Okert+15
33Trevor May-
34Kirby Yates-2
35Eli Morgan-5
36Jordan Hicks
37Colin Poche-1
38Yimi García+1
39Ryne Stanek-1
40Carl Edwards Jr.+23
41Collin McHugh-1
42Brock Burke+6
43Will Smith-2
44Tyler Matzek-1
45Emilio Pagán-1
46Brad Hand+3
47Jimmy Herget+8
48Matt Brash+8
49José Quijada+18
50Robert Suarez+18
51Dany Jiménez
52Zach Jackson+5
53Adam Cimber-7
54Nick Martinez-2
55Alex Vesia+3
56Brandon Hughes+13
57Dylan Coleman+2
58Jonathan Loáisiga+4
59Caleb Thielbar+UR
60Jake Diekman+6
61Aaron Loup-8
62Cionel Pérez-8
63Génesis Cabrera-13
64John Brebbia-4
65Mychal Givens-1
66Matt Moore-1
67Joe Barlow+UR
68Ryan Thompson+5
69Matt Barnes+19
70Lucas Gilbreath+4
71Matt Bush
72Reynaldo López+8
73Art Warren+UR
74Dylan Floro+22
75Dylan Lee+11
76Phil Maton-4
77José Alvarado-
79Cole Sulser+UR
80Sam Coonrod+UR
81Connor Brogdon+1
82Joely Rodríguez-3
83Domingo Acevedo-
84Brett Martin-
85Dillon Tate+8
86Bryan Abreu+1
87Joe Kelly+2
88Carlos Estévez+UR
89Hunter Harvey+1
90Phil Bickford+8
91Wandy Peralta+1
92José Ruiz-1
93Keegan Akin+2
94Shawn Armstrong-
95Steven Brault+UR
96Ron Marinaccio+UR
97Manny Bañuelos+UR
98Alex Young+UR
99Andrew Bellatti-2
100Erasmo Ramírez+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.

One response to “The Hold Up 8/18: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday”

  1. Mallex P. Keaton says:

    Speaking of SP-eligible relievers, what do we make of Jimmy Lambert? He’s been particularly effective over the last 30 days and has worked into somewhat consistent high-leverage work.

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