The Hold Up 9/12: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rick Graham ranks the top pitchers to own for holds.

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  • Jesus Luzardo’s highly anticipated debut finally came last night, and the young lefty did not disappoint. Luzardo went three innings against the Astros, giving up just one hit (a home run) while striking out two to earn his first MLB hold. It looks like the A’s are ready to throw him right in to some high-leverage situations, so Luzardo can be a contributor to those in holds leagues down the stretch.
  • Luke Jackson has now allowed at least one run in four straight outings, with his most recent coming this past Friday, when he allowed three earned runs while recording just one out. Jackson’s season got off to a promising start and even flashed at times during his stint as the Braves’ closer, but things have unraveled quickly for him in the second half. I still think the potential is there for him to turn into a great seventh-, maybe eighth-inning guy given how good his slider can be, but for this season, I’m out.
  • Carlos Estevez, Emmanuel Clase, and Scott Barlow can be placed in that Young Gun/Cherry Bomb category, but it’s nice to see all three being used in setup roles again for their respective teams. They are all names to remember for next season when looking for late-round SV+HLD upside.

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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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