The Hold Up 9/17: Ranking the Top 90 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rick Graham ranks baseball's top setup men for the 2020 season.

While he only has 4 holds (and 1 save) on the year, Amir Garrett has still been one of the more dominant relievers on the season with his swing and miss ability. His 18.2% SwStr rate ranks 10th amongst all qualified relievers, plus 2.48 SIERA, and 31% K-BB rate rank 11th. And all of his holds have all come since August 20th, with the 4 holds being the 8th highest amongst relievers since that date. The overall numbers might not scream elite, and the Reds do have a tough stretch run (White Sox, Brewers, Twins) but I still believe Garrett is a top ten option for the last week and a half of the season.


  • One of my favorite sleeper RP’s entering the season, Yimi Garcia missed some time after testing positive for Covid-19 but has since returning has been one of the leagues better relievers. He’s established himself as the Marlins best reliever and could get a chance to close out games next season.
  • Jesse Hahn led all relievers this past week with 3 holds, however, I’m still skeptical on if he makes for a good stretch run play as some of his peripherals are worrisome. A 13% BB rate, .143 BABIP, and 91% LOB rate may be a recipe for disaster, although the Royals schedule isn’t exactly tough, as they get the Brewers, Cardinals, and Tigers to end the year.
  • Matt Andriese picked up a pair of saves this weekend and could be in a committee with Ty Buttrey as the Angels closer. In their most recent appearance, however, Andriese worked the 8th inning with Buttrey pitching the 9th, so Buttrey should be the favorite for saves the rest of the way.
  • With Tanner Rainey and Sean Doolittle landing on the IL recently, the Nationals have been relying on Wander Suero and Kyle McGowin to pick up the slack, and each one has responded. Over the past two weeks, Suero has 4 holds while striking out 6 and allowing just 1 ER and 4 baserunners. McGowin has just 2 holds (plus a win), but 12 K’s while allowing o runs and just one hit.
  • JoJo Romero has been a revelation for the Phillies bullpen, despite all the moves they made at the deadline. The rookie lefthander has picked up 4 holds over the past two weeks and is currently one of if not the team’s best set up option.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Devin WilliamsT1-
2Drew Pomeranz-
3Tyler Duffey-
4Diego Castillo+3
5Sergio Romo
6Blake Treinen+6
8Jake Diekman+8
9Archie Bradley+11
10James Karinchak-6
11Scott Barlow
12Zack Britton-3
13Jonathan Hernández-3
15Rowan Wick+4
16Chad Green+2
17Chris Martin+4
18Shane Greene+4
19Will Smith+4
20Joakim Soria-7
21Will Harris+3
22Josh Staumont+7
23Ryan Brasier+13
24Yimi García+27
25Jesse Hahn+40
26Matt Andriese
27Nick Wittgren-12
28Justin Wilson-2
29Gregory Soto-1
30Emilio Pagán-
31Pedro Báez+4
32Wander Suero+24
33Yusmeiro Petit-6
34JoJo Romero+UR
35Lucas Sims-1
36Tyler Clippard+1
37Trevor May+6
39Kyle McGowin+UR
40Tommy Hunter+7
42Freddy Peralta-2
43Phil Maton+2
44Tyler Webb+UR
45Anthony Bass+UR
46Félix Peña-2
47Codi Heuer+10
48Craig Kimbrel+19
49Adam Ottavino-11
50David Phelps-25
51Mychal Givens-10
52A.J. Cole-2
53Ryan Helsley-4
54Yohan Ramírez+UR
55Buck Farmer-3
56Brandon Workman+UR
57Carlos Estévez-9
58Alex Reyes+13
59Héctor Rondón+16
60Miguel Castro+23
62Brusdar Graterol-8
63Hunter Harvey-8
64Tanner Scott-6
65Jake McGee-12
66T.J. McFarland-6
67Enoli Paredes+1
68Oliver Drake+UR
69Jarlín García-10
70A.J. Minter-6
71Tyler Matzek+UR
72Craig Stammen-3
74Junior Guerra-1
75Matt Foster-1
77Brent Suter+3
78Nick Vincent+UR
79Pierce Johnson+3
80Oliver Pérez-17
81Tim Hill+3
82Anthony Misiewicz+7
83José Cisnero-22
84Kyle Ryan-22
85Luis Cessa-19
86James Hoyt-8
87Ryan Tepera-2
88Chasen Shreve-2
89Sam Coonrod-2
90Corey Knebel+UR


Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@freshmeatcomm on Twitter)

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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