The Hold Up 8/25: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

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

It’s very weird seeing Josh Hader and Craig Kimbrel on this list and even tougher to rank them moving forward as they aren’t very helpful right now, but you still aren’t dropping someone like Hader this season unless he lands on the IL. Right now I’d much prefer Brooks Raley to Hader, and if you are pushing for a playoff spot over the next 2-3 weeks, that may be a swap I’d consider making whereas if you already have a playoff spot locked up, you hang onto Hader and hope he can help you when it matters. This is a hypothetical obviously as Raley should probably be rostered in all leagues where holds count anyway, as he has been quite dominant over his past 17 innings dating back to early July with 17 K’s, 12 SV+HLD’s (most in baseball), a 1.06 ERA and 0.941 WHIP.




  • Brusdar Graterol returned from the IL this past week and has already had two quality outings coming against the Brewers (was even able to produce 4 K’s!). While it remains to be seen what his role will be now, he could certainly factor in to the saves mix with Craig Kimbrel out and only Evan Phillips as his real competition.


  • Robert Suarez has been great this month since returning from the IL, and with Josh Hader moving down the depth chart for the time being, it should open up a set up role for him and Nick Martinez. Suárez intrigues me a bit more however, as I think there is ultimately more swing and miss ability there, but both have been pitching well as of late.


  • Matt Bush has found success in Milwaukee after his first two outings went sideways, even working his way into a secondary set up role it seems. While Bush carries more swing and miss upside, I still get the feeling Brad Boxberger will be called on in more holds chances than Bush, at least for now.


  • John Brebbia has moved into a set up role for the Giants with fellow relievers Dominic Leone and Tyler Rogers both having their fair share of issues this season, and while he doesn’t provide a ton of strikeout upside, he does have five holds over the past two and a half weeks.


  • Matt Moore remains in the mix to close out games for the Rangers and continues to surprise this season in a relief capacity. He’s had some issues with walks this month (8 in 9.1 IP) but he’s still getting a ton of swinging strikes and has the trust of interim manager Tony Beasley.


  • Old friend José Alvarado had a fantastic week and while we know how volatile he is given the command issues, he may be worth taking a look at with their bullpen a little beat up at the moment. For the month (7.1 IP), Alvarado has allowed just one earned run on five hits while striking out twelve and walking only one.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Raisel IglesiasT1-
2Andrés Muñoz-
3Giovanny Gallegos-
4Jhoan Duran+1
5Josh Hader+UR
6Brooks Raley
7Kendall Graveman+1
8A.J. Minter+1
9Trevor Stephan+3
10Erik Swanson+3
11Pete Fairbanks+4
12Clay Holmes+UR
13Diego Castillo-3
14Craig Kimbrel+UR
15John Schreiber-4
16James Karinchak+2
17Michael Fulmer-
18Andrew Chafin+1
19Rafael Montero+1
20Alex Lange+2
21Griffin Jax
22Joe Jiménez+3
23Taylor Rogers+3
24Adam Ottavino+6
25Brad Boxberger+4
26Anthony Bass+2
27José Leclerc+4
28Seth Lugo-5
29Brusdar Graterol+UR
30Steven Okert+2
31Joe Mantiply-7
32Colin Poche+5
33Robert Suarez+17
34Yimi García+4
35Carl Edwards Jr.+5
36A.J. Puk
37Trevor May-4
38Kirby Yates-4
39Eli Morgan-4
40Collin McHugh+1
41Brock Burke+1
42Aroldis Chapman+UR
43Matt Brash+5
44Nick Martinez+10
45Jordan Hicks-9
46Ryne Stanek-7
47Will Smith-4
48Tyler Matzek-4
49Brad Hand-3
50Matt Bush+21
51John Brebbia
52Jimmy Herget-5
53Matt Moore+13
54José Alvarado+23
55Emilio Pagán-10
56José Quijada-7
57Zach Jackson-5
58Adam Cimber-5
59Alex Vesia-4
60Dylan Coleman-3
61Caleb Thielbar-2
62Aaron Loup-1
63Bryan Abreu+23
64Cionel Pérez-2
65Génesis Cabrera-2
66Mychal Givens-1
67Matt Barnes+2
68Sam Coonrod+12
69Tim Mayza+UR
70Ryan Thompson-2
71Jake Diekman
72Brett Martin+12
73Rowan Wick+UR
74Carlos Estévez+14
75Dylan Floro-1
77Dillon Tate+8
78Lucas Gilbreath-8
79Shawn Armstrong+15
80Reynaldo López-8
81Connor Brogdon-
82Matt Strahm+UR
83Joely Rodríguez-1
84Domingo Acevedo-1
85Hunter Harvey+4
86Ron Marinaccio+10
87Andrew Bellatti+12
88Wandy Peralta+3
89JT Chargois+UR
90Erich Uelmen+UR
91Zack Littell+UR
92Lou Trivino+UR
93Sean Newcomb+UR
94Art Warren-21
95Colin Holderman+UR
97José Castillo+UR
98Phil Maton-22
99Phil Bickford-9


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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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