The Hold Up 9/20: Ranking the Top 80 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rick Graham's weekly update of the relievers to own for Holds in 2018.

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Today we will take look at the updated non-closer reliever market as there are some changes to the list since our previous installment. Keep in mind, just because a player is ranked below another player (especially when in the same tier), that doesn’t mean you need to rush to drop them for a higher ranked player. These rankings are mostly to be used on a tier by tier scale and apply towards the pitcher’s value for the rest of the season.

  • I decided to add 20 more names for what is likely the last Hold Up of the year. It’s once again been a pleasure to help keep you, the reader, up to date with the latest reliever trends. Hopefully, I didn’t steer any of you too far off the beaten path and you were able to take something positive from these.
  • Some notable movers on the list this week include Richard Rodriguez, who just continues to dominate while now seeing 8th inning work. Lefties Matt Strahm and Adam Conley both saw a jump in the rankings as well, with both pitching well lately in some high leverage situations. Seung Hwan-Oh is running out of time to get his hamstring healthy and now hasn’t pitched in a game since September 9th. Just outside the top 100 were Tayron Guerrero, Trey WingenterJeanmar Gomez, Chris Martin, and Caleb Frare.
  • Richard Rodriguez was the only reliever to pick up 4 holds this week and with a strong close to the season, look for him to be a potential top 10 holds option to start next season although he should have plenty of competition in that talented Pirates bullpen.

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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