The Hold Up 9/22: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

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

While he may only have 17 holds and a middling 3.81 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, there’s a bright future for Alex Lange at the back end of the Tigers’ bullpen. Lange’s curveball is one of the most dominant offerings in all of baseball, with a 59.4% Whiff rate, 38.8% PutAway rate and just 18 hits allowed over a total of 469 pitches. His sinker at 96.2 MPH has been hit around a little, but a 61.5% GB rate is promising. His third offering, his changeup, has a 55.1% Whiff rate on 178 pitches thrown, and has been his secondary offering against left handed hitters. On the year, Lange ranks in the top FIVE in SwStr% (19.7%) and CSW (35.2%). As the season comes to a close and we start looking ahead, keep Lange in mind as a potential sleeper in all formats for 2023.



  • While Collin McHugh only has 14 holds on the season, six have come over the past month as the Braves have been working him into more high leverage situations. Since August 8th, McHugh has a 1.53 ERA and .79 WHIP to go with 22 K’s over 17.2 IP.


  • Chris Martin has been one of the most unheralded trade deadline acquisitions, but since August the veteran has been one of the best relievers in baseball. His .8 WAR, 1.89 SIERA, and 32.1% K-BB rate all rank in the top 10 amongst all relievers since August started. Before the trade he had a 4.31 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, however that did come with a 2.08 xFIP.


  • Sam Hentges has also been lights out since August started, and the Guardians are trusting him in high leverage spots, giving him renewed value in holds leagues (5 of his 6 holds have come since August). Since the All-Star break, Hentges ranks in the top TWO amongst relievers in GB% (72.5%), and SIERA (1.31), while also posting a 34.1% K rate (just outside the top 10).



Rank Pitcher Change
1Raisel IglesiasT1-
2Andrés Muñoz-
3Giovanny Gallegos+2
4Evan Phillips+2
5Jason Adam+2
6A.J. Minter+4
7José Alvarado+4
8Seranthony Domínguez-4
9Trevor Stephan-1
10Brooks Raley-1
11Rafael Montero+4
12John Schreiber+2
13James Karinchak-
14Erik Swanson-2
15Héctor Neris+1
16Kendall Graveman
17Anthony Bass+3
18Michael Fulmer+7
19Adam Ottavino-
20Collin McHugh+12
21Chris Martin+53
22Sam Hentges+67
23Alex Lange+4
24Griffin Jax-2
25Taylor Rogers-2
26Joe Jiménez-5
27Jonathan Loáisiga-3
28Andrew Chafin-
29Aaron Bummer-3
30Nick Martinez+7
31A.J. Puk
32Trevor May-2
33Bryan Abreu-4
34Scott Effross+UR
35Tommy Kahnle-2
36Joe Mantiply-2
37Pierce Johnson-2
38Robert Suarez-2
39Matt Brash-1
40Carl Edwards Jr.-1
41Alex Vesia-1
42Matt Bush-1
43Ryne Stanek-1
44Will Smith-1
45Brock Burke-1
46Cionel Pérez-1
47Matt Moore-1
48Seth Lugo-
49Colin Poche-
50Tim Mayza+8
51Dillon Tate
52Brad Boxberger-
53Tylor Megill+UR
54Brusdar Graterol+UR
55Zack Britton+UR
56Eli Morgan-2
57Diego Castillo-7
58Jorge López+UR
59Steven Okert-6
60Yimi García-9
61Tyler Matzek-5
62Luis Garcia-5
63Carlos Estévez-4
64Dylan Coleman-2
65Adam Cimber-1
66Aaron Loup-1
67Aroldis Chapman+UR
68Tanner Scott+UR
69Jonathan Hernández+3
70Wil Crowe+UR
71José Quijada
72Reynaldo López-3
73Phil Bickford+7
74Caleb Thielbar-7
75Hunter Harvey-7
76Andrew Bellatti-6
77John Brebbia-11
78Phil Maton-3
79Ryan Tepera-1
80Matt Strahm-9
81Drew Smith+UR
82Joe Kelly+3
83Emilio Pagán-10
84Brad Hand-24
85Alex Young-6
87Connor Brogdon-6
88Adrian Morejon-1
89Reyes Moronta+4
90Scott Alexander+5
91JT Chargois+3
92Lou Trivino-1
93Ron Marinaccio+UR
94Jake Diekman-6
95Trevor Gott+UR
96Shawn Armstrong+3
97Kevin Ginkel-15
98Taylor Hearn-
99Javy Guerra+UR
100Duane Underwood Jr.-8


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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.

2 responses to “The Hold Up 9/22: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday”

  1. Micah says:

    Where would Effross slot into these rankings after being activated today? Thanks for your help all season!

    • Rick Graham says:

      Thanks Micah and good call, I forgot to add him back. I feel like coming back now, he’s on that tier 2/3 border, but I can definitely see him passing Loáisiga fairly quickly.

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