Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 4/19

Top 100 RP rankings for Saves + Holds leagues in 2024.

Yency Almonte, Lucas Erceg, Kyle Finnegan, Yimi García, Hunter Harvey, Ryan Helsley, Raisel Iglesias, Mark Leiter Jr., Tyler Rogers and JoJo Romero all had three SV+HLD’s this past week. Almonte has seen an uptick in hold chances with the Cubs bullpen down Julian Merryweather, but I’m not buying into him being a longterm option yet. The 30.6% K rate is nice but it comes with a 14% BB and 8.6% SwStr rate. Leiter Jr., on the other hand, could be valuable in the first half at least, just like he was last year before the wheels fell off. Rogers is doing his thing with three holds this week and zero K’s while allowing three hits. He’s a fine option if you just are looking for holds and nothing more. Erceg on the other hand does have some strikeout potential, he just needs to keep the walks in check.




  • Mark Leiter Jr., Caleb Thielbar, Lucas Erceg, Reed Garrett, and Tyler Matzek all join the list this week. Thielbar is returning from the IL and already has a hold. Leiter Jr. and Erceg were talked about above. Matzek will likely be on and off the list until he is more consistent. Garrett now is the interesting one here. He currently has a 0.81 WHIP, 55% K, and 21.6% SwStr rate plus a not-too-shabby 123 Stuff+ for the Mets. I’m skeptical this will last as hitters have been doing a lot of the work for him (34% Zone rate) and he doesn’t have one truly plus offering (maybe the Sweeper). The five-pitch mix is still solid, and there are some similarities here to Seth Lugo in that regard, but we’ll have to see if he can keep this hot start going.


  • Jorge Alcala, Kyle Nelson, George Soriano, Caleb Ferguson, and Nick Burdi all fell off the list this week. Alcala and Soriano were optioned to AAA, but for different reasons as Alcala had actually been pitching well while Soriano has not. Nelson and Burdi will likely be on and off the list until they find some sort of consistency week to week. Ferguson has been a disappointment so far in New York, but there’s obviously plenty of time for him to turn things around.


  • The news that Robert Stephenson will miss the entire season as he needs elbow surgery is just devastating for the Angels and baseball alike as he was the best reliever in the world from June on last season. The fallout from this is that it gives Carlos Estévez some wiggle room as the team’s closer as the only real competition now is Matt Moore, who is left-handed and has five career saves. Estevez has been fine this year, with a great 38.7% CSW (he’s fourth in baseball in Called Strike% at 26.7%), and his fastball grades out well with a 5.68 PLV, as despite decreased velocity he has been able to locate it much better this year. I still have my doubts about Estevez, but he’s certainly worth looking at in a Vargas Rule type situation.


  • Kyle Finnegan, Hunter Harvey, Ryan Helsley, Clay Holmes, Andrew Kittredge, and JoJo Romero lead the league in SV+HLD’s for the season with seven apiece. Harvey and Finnegan may both have seven SV+HLD’s, but it’s very obvious who the better pitcher is between the two (hint: it’s the guy with the 39% K-BB rate, not 8.3%). I think Finnegan is at best the third-best reliever in that bullpen (Robert Garcia is pretty good), so if you can flip him now, I’d suggest doing so.


  • The Cardinals are highly represented here as well, although Giovanny Gallegos seems like a notable absence His role is more of the fireman/high leverage which will be chaotic in terms of hold chances. As far as the trio of Helsley, Romero, and Kittredge go, there are zero complaints here as the Helsley/Romero duo has perhaps been the best in baseball so far. Kittredge has been fantastic as well to start, as we’ve never seen a K rate like this from him before.


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Injured List


Rank Pitcher Change
1Edwin DíazT1-
2Emmanuel Clase-
3Ryan Helsley+1
4Evan Phillips+2
5Pete Fairbanks
6Josh Hader-1
7Raisel Iglesias-
8Camilo Doval-
9Andrés Muñoz-
10Jordan Romano
11David Bednar+1
12Tanner Scott-2
13Craig Kimbrel+22
14Mason Miller+2
15Robert Suarez+4
16Adbert Alzolay+4
17Jason Foley-3
18Michael Kopech-1
19Clay Holmes+7
20James McArthur+1
21José Alvarado
22Griffin Jax-7
23Kevin Ginkel+6
24Alexis Díaz+8
25Abner Uribe-7
26Bryan Abreu-4
27A.J. Minter-3
28Trevor Megill-3
29Ryan Pressly-6
30Jason Adam+1
31Brock Stewart-4
32Hunter Harvey+1
33Kirby Yates+43
34Ian Hamilton-6
35Jeff Hoffman-1
36Kenley Jansen
37Aroldis Chapman-7
38Scott Barlow-1
39JoJo Romero-1
40Joe Jiménez+1
41Yennier Cano-1
42Erik Swanson-3
43Fernando Cruz-
44Joe Kelly+1
45Matt Strahm+3
46Yimi García+14
47Chris Martin-3
48Danny Coulombe-2
49Orion Kerkering
50Giovanny Gallegos-8
51Yuki Matsui+1
52Andrew Nardi-3
53Brooks Raley+2
54Steven Okert+5
55David Robertson+13
56John Schreiber+2
57Daniel Hudson+8
58Héctor Neris-2
59Gregory Soto-6
60Seranthony Domínguez+6
61Shelby Miller-4
62Matt Moore+5
63Andrew Kittredge+7
64Jordan Leasure+22
65Colin Poche-1
66Justin Slaten+21
67Adam Ottavino+11
68Gabe Speier
69Taylor Rogers-8
70Joel Payamps+3
71José Leclerc-21
72Chad Green-
73Phil Maton-10
74Ryne Stanek+10
75Lucas Sims-13
76Anthony Bender-7
77Alex Lange-23
78Alex Vesia-27
79Hunter Gaddis+4
80Pierce Johnson-1
81Carlos Estévez+17
82Tyler Rogers-1
83Steven Wilson-8
84Austin Adams+7
85Nick Sandlin-8
86Rafael Montero+3
87Trevor Richards-7
88Kyle Finnegan+4
89Colin Holderman-1
90Ryan Brasier-16
91Cade Smith-6
92Mark Leiter Jr.+UR
93Andrew Chafin+7
94Caleb Thielbar+UR
95Shawn Armstrong+1
96Tyler Holton+3
97Lucas Erceg+UR
98Reed Garrett+UR
99Emilio Pagán-6
100Tyler Matzek+UR

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 “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 4/19”

  1. Eugene Purdy says:

    Do you also put together lists that are holds only? My league uses Holds as a category and I guess I am finding it hard to separate the relievers from the true middle relievers.

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