The Hold Up 9/29: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

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

With the team moving to a closer-by-committee approach, it’s possible we see 3-4 members of the Yankees bullpen have some SV+HLD league value over the remainder of the season. Scott Effross already has one save in the three games he’s pitched in since returning from the IL last week, and he may be the favorite to finish games this postseason if the team continues to lose confidence in Clay Holmes.

It’s been a frustrating season for Jonathan Loáisiga but the second half of the season has been a bit of a silver lining here as he’s allowed just 5 ER over 23.2 IP since August (however, only 14 K’s). And Lou Trivino, who picked up the Yankees’ last save, has been much better since moving to New York from Oakland, with a 1.74 ERA since August (despite a 1.35 WHIP). With a series against the Orioles followed by four games with the Rangers, look to these Yankee relievers if you need a SV+HLD boost to finish the season.



  • Jason Adam hasn’t been quite as dominant in September but with a .194 BABIP on the season (when he entered the year with a career .278 BABIP), some regression was likely. How much that carries over to next season will be interesting to see, but the changes he’s made this season should keep him in the conversation for holds league relevancy.


  • With the Dodgers looking for help finishing games, look for Alex Vesia to have a significant role the rest of the season and through the postseason. One of my favorite sleeper candidates entering the year, Vesia got off to a slow start but has been one of the best relievers in baseball since the All-Star break (43% K rate, 2.49 xFIP, 1.97 SIERA over his last 23 IP).


  • Two of the biggest free agent set up men to sign this offseason in Héctor Neris and Kendall Graveman are finishing their seasons on a bit of a down note. Despite the 5.79 ERA in September, Neris has been mostly good for the Astros in his first season with the club. Graveman on the other hand (7.88 ERA in September) wasn’t as effective with a 1.44 WHIP, but he does have 30 SV+HLD’s to date.


  • A trio of Angels pitchers moves up the season’s final list, as the Angels have a great schedule to finish the year as they host Texas and then head to Oakland. I’d expect at least 1-2 more SV+HLD’s from José Quijada, Aaron Loup, and Ryan Tepera the rest of the way.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Raisel IglesiasT1-
2Andrés Muñoz-
3Giovanny Gallegos-
4Evan Phillips-
5A.J. Minter+1
6José Alvarado+1
7Trevor Stephan+2
8James Karinchak+5
9Seranthony Domínguez-1
10Jason Adam-5
11Brooks Raley-1
12Rafael Montero-1
13John Schreiber-1
14Erik Swanson-
15Scott Effross+19
16Anthony Bass
17Michael Fulmer+1
18Adam Ottavino+1
19Chris Martin+2
20Collin McHugh-
21Sam Hentges+1
22Héctor Neris-7
23Alex Lange-
24Griffin Jax-
25Taylor Rogers-
26Jonathan Loáisiga+1
27Andrew Chafin+1
28Alex Vesia+13
29Kendall Graveman-13
30Aaron Bummer-1
31A.J. Puk
32Trevor May-
33Bryan Abreu-
34Joe Mantiply+2
35Nick Martinez-5
36Pierce Johnson+1
37Robert Suarez+1
38Carl Edwards Jr.+2
39Matt Bush+3
40Will Smith+4
41Brock Burke+4
42Cionel Pérez+4
43Brad Boxberger+9
44Matt Brash-5
45Matt Moore+2
46Seth Lugo+2
47Colin Poche+2
48Ryne Stanek-5
49Dillon Tate+2
50José Quijada+21
51Tylor Megill
52Brusdar Graterol+2
53Jorge López+5
54Luis Garcia+8
55Aaron Loup+11
56Eli Morgan-
57Tim Mayza-7
58Diego Castillo-1
59Adam Cimber+6
60Steven Okert-1
61Tyler Matzek-
62Ryan Tepera+17
63Lou Trivino+29
64Aroldis Chapman+3
65Dylan Coleman-1
66Yimi García-6
67Manuel Rodríguez+UR
68Hunter Harvey+7
69JT Chargois+22
71Wil Crowe
72Jonathan Hernández-3
73Emilio Pagán+10
74Tanner Scott-6
75Drew Smith+6
76Scott Alexander+14
77Caleb Thielbar-3
78Huascar Brazoban+UR
79Reynaldo López-7
80Andrew Bellatti-4
81John Brebbia-4
82Phil Maton-4
83Richard Bleier+UR
84Matt Strahm-4
85Joe Kelly-3
86Connor Brogdon+1
87Kevin Ginkel+10
88Clarke Schmidt+UR
89Craig Kimbrel+UR
90Yency Almonte+UR
91Ron Marinaccio+2
92Shawn Armstrong+4
93Zack Britton-38
94Alex Young-9
95Adrian Morejon-7
96Trevor Gott-1
97Duane Underwood Jr.+3
98Javy Guerra+1
99Jaime Barria+UR
100José Cisnero+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.

One response to “The Hold Up 9/29: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday”

  1. Jose A. Hernandez says:

    Richard, did you get my email? I left you a message asking for help on non closing relievers. Hope you can reply. Thanks in advance. Jose

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