The Hold Up 9/1: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

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

Luis García had been my initial projected closer for the Padres following Josh Hader being removed from the role, but the team has decided to go with Nick Martinez in the role instead, and deservingly so. While Hader was able to close out yesterday’s game with Martinez off, I don’t think that means the team is ready to throw Hader back into the role again quite yet. For García’s part, he’s been great over his last 14.2 IP with a 2.45 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 17 K’s to go along with 9 SV+HLDs.




  • Rafael Montero is looking like the favorite for saves in Houston with Ryan Pressly out, although Héctor Neris also picked up a save this past week. Pressly isn’t expected to miss much time, although the Astros could err on the side of caution and give him a few weeks off to get ready for a long playoff run after winning the AL West and securing a first-round bye.


  • After looking like the “favorite for saves” in Tampa Bay at one point this season, Colin Poche has just 9 SV+HLD’s over the past two months as that bullpen gets healthy and other relievers have passed him on the depth chart. Poche is a fine reliever, but not someone that needs to be rostered if he is only averaging one SV+HLD a week.


  • Kirby Yatesreturn to the mound has been a bit of a roller coaster, and with all the depth in the Atlanta bullpen, there really doesn’t seem to be a need to force him into a setup role right now. In fact, I think looking at where he is at right now, he probably gets left off the postseason roster as long as the rest of the bullpen is healthy.


  • Cionel Pérez may not have the greatest Statcast metrics, but he has been a steady reliever to roster in leagues that count holds as he’s been able to defy his 3.68 xFIP and keep his ERA at 1.54 while striking out a batter an inning and picking up 11 SV+HLD’s over the past two months.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Raisel IglesiasT1-
2Andrés Muñoz-
3Giovanny Gallegos-
4Jhoan Duran-
5Brooks Raley+1
6Josh Hader-1
7Kendall Graveman
8A.J. Minter-
9Trevor Stephan-
10Erik Swanson-
11Pete Fairbanks-
12Hector Neris+UR
13Diego Castillo-
14Blake Treinen+UR
15Craig Kimbrel-1
16John Schreiber-1
17James Karinchak-1
18Michael Fulmer-1
19Joe Jiménez+3
20Andrew Chafin-2
21Taylor Rogers+2
22Griffin Jax-1
23Adam Ottavino+1
24Alex Lange
25Brad Boxberger-
26Anthony Bass-
27José Leclerc-
28Seth Lugo-
29Luis Garcia+UR
30Steven Okert-
31Joe Mantiply-
32Carl Edwards Jr.+3
33Matt Wisler+UR
34Robert Suarez-1
35Trevor May+2
36Yimi García-2
37Collin McHugh+3
38Ryne Stanek+8
39Jonathan Loáisiga+UR
40Will Smith+7
41Colin Poche
42Brock Burke-1
43Jordan Hicks+2
44Matt Brash-1
45Brad Hand+4
46Eli Morgan-7
47Kirby Yates-9
48Tyler Matzek-
49Matt Bush+1
50José Alvarado+4
51José Quijada+5
52Cionel Pérez+12
53Alex Vesia+6
54Dylan Coleman+6
55Caleb Thielbar+6
56Matt Moore-3
57Ryan Tepera+UR
58Emilio Pagán-3
59John Brebbia
60Bryan Abreu+3
61Adam Cimber-3
62Aaron Loup-
63Domingo Acevedo+21
64Matt Barnes+3
65Mychal Givens+1
66Carlos Estévez+8
67Dillon Tate+10
68Hunter Harvey+17
69Phil Maton+29
70Adrian Morejon+UR
71Reynaldo López+9
72Ron Marinaccio+14
73Sam Coonrod-5
74Tim Mayza-5
75Brett Martin-3
76Andre Pallante+UR
78Connor Brogdon+3
79Jake Diekman
80Rowan Wick-7
81Dylan Floro-6
82JT Chargois+7
83Matt Strahm-1
84Joely Rodríguez-1
85Shawn Armstrong-6
86Art Warren+8
87Andrew Bellatti-
88Phil Bickford+11
89Lou Trivino+3
90Chris Martin+UR
91Wandy Peralta-3
92Erich Uelmen-2
93Zack Littell-2
94Taylor Hearn+UR
95Jalen Beeks+UR
96Sam Moll+UR
97Mark Leiter Jr.+UR
98Duane Underwood Jr.+UR
99Michael Rucker+UR
100Manny Bañuelos+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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