Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 4/8

Top 100 RP rankings for Saves + Holds leagues in 2022

At long last we have regular season baseball! There were seven games yesterday to go over (for a more daily in depth look at RP news and notes, please check out our RP Ranks series) with two featuring brand new closers. A week from now there will be plenty to talk about in the reliever realm, but for now we can just take what we saw yesterday. It’s obviously too soon to panic and make rash decisions but at the same time, this list will be very fluid throughout the first month of the season as we get new data and see bullpen usage trends. I get the temptation to rush out and add someone like Spencer Strider after his outing last night, and he certainly deserves a spot on the list today, but it’s way too early to make assumptions about what his role will actually be.




  • It looks like Anthony Bender has earned the first crack at saves for the Marlins which is great to hear because this likely wasn’t Don Mattingly’s decision after he routinely went with Anthony Bass over Bender in high leverage situations last season. The question now remains, what happens when Dylan Floro returns but I can’t imagine Floro’s presence would automatically bump Bender down the depth chart. Regardless, for SV+HLD purposes, Bender’s value is steady and he should be a rock solid top 30 option for the season.
  • Tony Santillan got the first crack at a save opportunity for the Cincinnati Reds and made quick work of the bottom third of the Braves lineup for his first career save. He looked great, with his fastball touching 97 MPH and getting 4 whiffs (2 on his slider, 2 on the fastball). The team had originally mentioned Santillan to be used in that Tejay Antone type multi inning role, so this was a bit of a surprise (especially with Art Warren not pitching) but nonetheless, it puts him on the radar in SV+HLD leagues as well as save only leagues. For now, I still like Warren and Lucas Sims a bit more, but Santillan is moving up the board.


  • Joe Barlow moves back up the list as I think he (once again) has the inside track for saves with Spencer Patton being left off the roster and Greg Holland being the last one in. The first chance could go to Holland but I still would only be interested in Barlow out of this pen for now. Maybe Josh Sborz too eventually if he can be more consistent this season.
  • With new closer Taylor Rogers getting the night off, the Padres turned to would be closer as of 8am ET Thursday morning, Robert Suarez, who appeared to be a bit nervous in his first MLB game. Suarez walked two and hit a batter before Craig Stammen came in and proceeded to give up a walk off grand slam to Seth Beer. I still have faith in Suarez (fastball was at 99 MPH) and chalk this up to nerves, but it certainly won’t help his standing in what is a deep bullpen when at full strength.


  • David Robertson was called on for the Cubs first save chance, with Rowan Wick and Mychal Givens (used to bail out Wick) working the eighth inning. The pecking order that makes sense here moving forward would likely have Wick/Chris Martin working the 7th, Givens the 8th and Robertson the 9th, but it’s obviously still too early to know if that will be the case. For now, the only two names here worth considering are Robertson and Givens.
  • Emilio Pagán finds himself on his fifth team in six years, as he was traded to Minnesota as part of the Taylor Rogers/Chris Paddack deal. I have no clue really who may end up closing games for this Twins team this season (as I said in our Discord, I have the odds at 33% Pagán, 30% Tyler Duffey, 25% Jorge Alcala, 12% Jhoan Duran) but Pagán will definitely have a better shot at high leverage work in Minnesota’s now shaky bullpen.


  • Spencer Strider was one of the bigger stories last night as he was electric in his 2022 debut, striking out five over two innings while not allowing a baserunner. Strider has always showed high K upside in the minors and you got to see why as he had a ridiculous 56% CSW on 18 fastballs thrown. The sliders good, and should be a fine second offering, but the real question is what will his role be this season with so many talented arms in that bullpen. Last night he was used in a mop up scenario with the team down five late, but he certainly has the stuff to work his way into high leverage work.
  • A bit of an oversight on my part this past week, but I forgot to include Cristian Javier as he will be working out of the bullpen for the Astros for the time being. There’s considerable upside here if he is able to be a multi-inning fireman type, regardless of how many hold chances he may get. On a similar note, I had Aaron Ashby on the holds list yesterday but removed him, not because of yesterdays outing, but because it sounds like he will be making a start next week (and hopefully stick in the rotation).



Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Liam Hendriks-
3Raisel Iglesias-
4Edwin Díaz
5Craig Kimbrel-
6Ryan Pressly-
7Emmanuel Clase-
8Jordan Romano
9Taylor Rogers-
10Devin Williams-
11Giovanny Gallegos-
12Kenley Jansen-
13Paul Sewald-
14Aroldis Chapman-
15Andrew Kittredge-
16Scott Barlow
17Corey Knebel-
18Héctor Neris-
19Diego Castillo-
20Jonathan Loáisiga-
21Blake Treinen-
22Aaron Bummer-
23Will Smith-
24Camilo Doval-
25David Bednar-
26Anthony Bender+7
27Matt Barnes
28Gregory Soto-
29Art Warren+1
30Mark Melancon-1
31Ryan Tepera-
32Chad Green-
33Kendall Graveman+1
34Garrett Whitlock+1
35Jake McGee+1
36Matt Wisler+1
37Tony Santillan+UR
38Daniel Hudson
39Collin McHugh-
40Trevor May-
42Brooks Raley-
43Tim Mayza-
44Jake Cousins-
45Tyler Matzek-
46Alex Vesia-
47Clay Holmes-
48Lou Trivino+1
49Phil Maton
50Joe Barlow+13
52Robert Suarez-25
53Jake Diekman-2
54Michael Fulmer-2
55Aaron Loup-1
56Seth Lugo-1
57Josh Staumont-1
58Seranthony Domínguez-
59Andrés Muñoz+12
60David Robertson+30
61Emilio Pagán+19
62Kyle Finnegan-2
63Pierce Johnson
64Spencer Strider+UR
65Dinelson Lamet-6
66Nick Sandlin-4
67Cole Sulser-19
68Tanner Scott-4
69J.P. Feyereisen-4
70Tyler Duffey-4
71JT Chargois+3
72Ryne Stanek+3
74Tanner Rainey-6
75José Alvarado+1
76Cristian Javier+UR
77Austin Adams-
79Jorge López-
80Génesis Cabrera+1
81Brad Boxberger
82A.J. Minter-13
83Mychal Givens+9
84Robert Stephenson-6
85Brusdar Graterol-3
86Joely Rodríguez-3
87Jhoan Duran+UR
88Luis Cessa-15
89Richard Bleier-5
90Trevor Richards-5
91Austin Warren-5
92Connor Brogdon-5
93Julian Merryweather-5
94Anthony Gose-5
95Drew Steckenrider-1
96Rowan Wick-1
97Daniel Bard-
98Yimi García-
99A.J. Puk-
100Dylan Coleman-


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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.

3 responses to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 4/8”

  1. BB says:

    There is some thinking that Santillan’s save opp wasn’t really planned that way, more a matter of circumstances. Up by three runs, the Reds had Moreta pitch the eighth with Santillan getting loose for the ninth instead of Warren or Strickland under the circumstances. After the lead shrunk to three, they still went with Santillan since he was already warm and would be facing the bottom of the Braves’ order.

  2. Big Joey says:

    Is Lamet droppable in a 12 team mixed league? I really liked him as an SP/RP Holds guy but with the addition of Taylor Rogers, it appears he’s been pushed down even more.

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