Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 4/5 Update

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

Following up on our weekly closers and holds articles will be our top 100 relief pitchers for SV+HD leagues every Friday. Use this list to get a feel for the current reliever market and to gauge value for trades, waiver adds, etc.

Keep in mind, holds are much more volatile and harder to predict than saves. Only seven pitchers have recorded 30 or more holds since 2016, while 37 closers have gone over 30 saves in that same time frame.


Rank Player Team
1. Josh Hader Milwaukee Brewers
2. Edwin Diaz New York Mets
3. Kenley Jansen Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Blake Treinen Oakland Athletics
5. Aroldis Chapman New York Yankees
6. Sean Doolittle Washington Nationals
7. Kirby Yates San Diego Padres
8. Jose Leclerc Texas Rangers
9. Roberto Osuna Houston Astros
10. Felipe Vazquez Pittsburgh Pirates
11. Brad Hand Cleveland Indians
12. Will Smith San Francisco Giants
13. Jose Alvarado Tampa Bay Rays
14. Ken Giles Toronto Blue Jays
15. Ryan Pressly Houston Astros
16. AJ Minter Atlanta Braves
17. Seranthony Dominguez Philadelphia Phillies
18. Jeurys Familia New York Mets
19. Joe Jimenez Detroit Tigers
20. Taylor Rogers Minnesota Twins
21. Raisel Iglesias Cincinnati Reds
22. Wade Davis Colorado Rockies
23. Matt Barnes Boston Red Sox
24. Keone Kela Pittsburgh Pirates
25. Adam Ottavino New York Yankees
26. Ryan Brasier Boston Red Sox
27. Diego Castillo Tampa Bay Rays
28. Dellin Betances New York Yankees
29. Trevor May Minnesota Twins
30. Andrew Miller St. Louis Cardinals
31. David Robertson Philadelphia Phillies
32. Ty Buttrey Los Angeles Angels
33. Cody Allen Los Angeles Angels
34. Craig Stammen San Diego Padres
35. Jeremy Jeffress Milwaukee Brewers
36. Pedro Strop Chicago Cubs
37. Jordan Hicks St. Louis Cardinals
38. Archie Bradley Arizona Diamondbacks
39. Lou Trivino Oakland Athletics
40. Alex Colome Chicago White Sox
41. Blake Parker Minnesota Twins
42. Arodys Vizcaino Atlanta Braves
43. Adam Conley Miami Marlins
44. Tony Watson San Francisco Giants
45. Chad Green New York Yankees
46. Steve Cishek Chicago Cubs
47. Shane Greene Detroit Tigers
48. Zack Britton New York Yankees
49. Hector Rondon Houston Astros
50. Kelvin Herrera Chicago White Sox
51. Seung-Hwan Oh Colorado Rockies
52. Joakim Soria Oakland Athletics
53. Mychal Givens Baltimore Orioles
54. Reyes Moronta San Francisco Giants
55. Chaz Roe Tampa Bay Rays
56. David Hernandez Cincinnati Reds
57. Richard Rodriguez Pittsburgh Pirates
58. Greg Holland San Francisco Giants
59. Anthony Swarzak Seattle Mariners
60. Sergio Romo Miami Marlins
61. Chris Devenski Houston Astros
62. Scott Oberg Colorado Rockies
63. Jace Fry Chicago White Sox
64. Hector Neris Philadelphia Phillies
65. Yoshihisa Hirano Arizona Diamondbacks
66. Carl Edwards Jr. Chicago Cubs
67. Drew Steckenrider Miami Marlins
68. Will Harris Houston Astros
69. Oliver Perez Cleveland Indians
70. Ryne Stanek Tampa Bay Rays
71. Trevor Rosenthal Washington Nationals
72. Amir Garrett Cincinnati Reds
73. Joe Biagini Toronto Blue Jays
74. Jared Hughes Cincinnati Reds
75. Justin Anderson Los Angeles Angels
76. Justin Miller Washington Nationals
77. Kyle Crick Pittsburgh Pirates
78. Pat Neshek Philadelphia Philliess
79. Dominic Leone St. Louis Cardinals
80. Josh James Houston Astros
81. Alex Reyes St. Louis Cardinals
82. Brad Brach Chicago Cubs
83 Juan Nicasio Philadelphia Phillies
84. Tyler Olson Cleveland Indians
85. Ryan Buchter Oakland Athletics
86. Trey Wingenter San Diego Padres
87. Javier Guerra Milwaukee Brewers
88. John Brebbia St. Louis Cardinals
89. Trevor Hildenberger Minnesotta Twins
90. Sam Dyson San Francisco Giants
91. Pedro Baez Los Angeles Dodgers
92. Justin Wilson New York Mets
93. Kyle Barraclough Washington Nationals
94. Tayron Guerrero Miami Marlins
95 Nate Jones Chicago White Sox
96. Joe Kelly Los Angeles Dodgers
97. Alex Wilson Milwaukee Brewers
98. Shawn Kelley Texas Rangers
99. Robert Gsellman New York Mets
100. Robert Stock San Diego Padres




  • After a full, strange week of baseball, of course, Shane Greene is leading the league in saves with five. Working in his third game in as many days, Greene finally allowed his first baserunner yesterday and has been stellar to begin the year. While I don’t believe this run will last, the Tigers and fantasy owners alike have to be excited Greene keeps pumping up his trade value.
  • Behind Greene’s five saves, Josh Hader and Lou Trivino each had four saves/holds of their own. Trivino has great stuff and despite the second-half struggles from last year should be a quality set up man.
  • A.J. Minter was activated off the DL yesterday and will enter the save mix right away. He should be a good source of saves/holds and good ratios, and his strikeout numbers should rise given his 15.5% career swinging-strike rate.
  • Relievers Dellin Betances and Jeremy Jeffress are both about a week away from returning. Betances is scheduled to face hitters soon, and Jeffress is starting a rehab stint today. Both should return to setup roles with Jeffress mixing in for saves as well.

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.

10 responses to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 4/5 Update”

  1. ottovonbismark says:

    Always appreciate these lists but tiers and something indicating week-to-week movement would make them even more helpful.

  2. Andrew Frank says:

    I know Lugo has been super shaky lately but I’m a little surprised to not see him in the top 100

    • Rick Graham says:

      Seems to falling out of favor behind Familia and Wilson (maybe Gsellman?). Few good appearances can get him back on the list.

  3. Phil says:

    Any guess where you will slot Kimbrel once he signs, team aside? Or maybe best and worst case?

  4. Jared says:

    Is this a season long list? I’m confused why Greene would be 47th when he’s been so dominant to this point? Is it because he’s expected to be traded into a setup role at some point?

    • Rick Graham says:

      Always thinking about the rest of the season with these lists. He’s that low partly cause he’ll likely be traded and partly because he has pedestrian career numbers.

  5. J.C. Mosier says:

    Is #87 supposed to be Javier Guerra from the Jays or Junior Guerra from the Brewers?

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