Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 4/26 Update

Rick Graham updates his top 100 relief pitchers for SV+HD leagues.

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  • New additions this week include Robert Stephenson, Emilio Pagan, Jake Newberry, Buck Farmer, Brad Wieck, Jace Fry, and Alex Claudio. Hector Neris was one of the biggest movers this week, and while it remains to be seen if he’ll be the Phillies full -ime closer, he’s used enough at the back end off games to be rostered in most save+hold leagues.
  • Leaving the list are Chad Green, Justin Wilson, Chris Devenski, Neil Ramirez, Caleb Ferguson, Dominic Leone, and Nick Burdi. Green’s fall from grace has certainly been one of the more surprising this season. Don’t be surprised if he gets things figured out in Triple-A and is back to his usual self this summer.
  • Raisel Iglesias, John Brebbia, David Hernandez, Jordan Hicks, Ryan Brasier, Kirby Yates, Sergio Romo and Victor Alcantara were the weekly leaders in saves+holds with a total of three apiece. Brebbia has picked up where he left off the second half of last season and is becoming a force in that bullpen. Since the last year’s trade deadline, Brebbia has an ERA of 0.64 over 28.2 innings with 37:9 K/BB ratio. It’s great to see the Cardinals trust him late in games now with his five holds matching his 2018 total.

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.

18 responses to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 4/26 Update”

  1. Adrian says:

    Does Stripling find himself on this list now that he’s in the bullpen?

    • Rick Graham says:

      He’ll probably make some more starts sooner rather than later. The Dodgers typically run 6-7 SP deep due to injuries, rest, etc.

  2. Jim says:

    Jeffress over Greene. Okay. Jeffress is still tossing 92-93 in non-save situations. They have very little confidence in him right now. Meanwhile Greene has been L.O.

    • Rick Graham says:

      Jeffress was activated just a week ago. Greenes been great but he’s been lucky (.138 BABIP, 92% LOB, .69 HR/FB compared to .309, 68.5%, 1.06 career numbers) and the track record implies it won’t last. Greene’s velocity is also down 2 MPH this year.

      • jim says:

        Point is, there are many options listed below Jeffress that are immediately better options. Jeffress velo is at 92-93, down from 98 — not just a few ticks.
        This is not a ‘stash’ list or is it? Jeffress is not an option right now for the Brewers or fantasy teams. Would rather own Biagini or Swarzak currently just to name a couple.

        • Rick Graham says:

          When was Jeffress sitting 98? He’s been around 95 the past 4 or so years. The list isn’t for this week only, more for the long run.

          • theKraken says:

            Jeffress used to sit upper 90s… a long time ago. I have somehow watched him pitch a lot over the past 4 years – he hasn’t been upper 90s in that time. He isn’t that pretty to watch, but he is pretty reliable and in the best situation he could possibly be in. You know what is really weird about him? At many points in his career, he has established himself as a reliable closer only to have his team lose faith, then he goes somewhere else and establishes himself again.

          • Jim says:

            The long haul. Got it.
            Jeffress averaged 96.2 last year on his 4FB. Spent a few years at 97.5.
            You’re right, it’s not 98 but it’s certainly higher than 92.6 where he sits now.
            Remember he was shutdown with shoulder problems only 4 weeks ago.
            His ranking is just too high for those reasons.

        • Marty says:

          As a Toronto native and Blue Jays fan, I can tell you right now Biagini IS NOT a better option. If that’s how you feel just go pick him up and find out for yourself bud.

  3. o snap whaddup says:

    Always appreciate this list- rotating relievers has given me the edge in a very deep and active league.

    Question- How has Ottavino looked this year? His baseline numbers are disappointing, he is walking at least a batter each outing, and his strikeouts are down. Is his stuff still filthy or what is going on? I haven’t seen too many Yankees games this year so I’m kinda in the dark on him.

    • Rick Graham says:

      His numbers look to be closer to 2017’s, and while I’ve only seen a handful of outings, his stuff doesn’t loom as sharp as it was last year. He’s having a hard time getting ahead and setting up his slider, and we’ve also seen him throw a cutter more ofter in exchange for that wipeout slider. Still early in the year but it’s starting to become a concern.

      • theKraken says:

        Agreed. People want him to be the 2018 guy, but he has only ever done that once. There are not people to replace him, so he will still be valuable but not like like last year. As an RP it is very easy to have a magical year – I am sure that was 2018 for Otto.

  4. Matt says:

    Other than being injured this week, I do not see why Trivino is ranked so low. He is the clear 8th inning guy and has better stuff than most pitchers ranked above him.

  5. Rob says:

    Why is their so little love for Holland in AZ? He seems to be worthy of some love…:)

  6. Trev says:

    10tm 10×10 cat league. Looking to stabilize ratios ERA/WHIP and K/BB…Saves would be a bonus of course but not entirely necessary. Only allow 35 pick ups all year so I can’t be swapping out RPs weekly. How would you rank these guys considering context, or is it as listed above?

    Stammen, Castillo, Buttrey, Neris, Trivino

  7. th says:

    I never popped in to tell you that you were right about Vizcaino. Just in case that meant anything to you. I always appreciate your work.

  8. theKraken says:

    I was just kicking the tires on Brebbia the other day and I can’t buy. It seems like his FB is his best pitch and it is a flyball pitch without elite velocity. I think he is just benefiting from a bunch of non well hit FB. Hard to imagine that working for long in this era. Granted, that type of analysis is unisightful trash, but I couldn’t find a reason to believe. All the signs point to him being lucky IMO.

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