Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 5/12

Top 100 RP rankings for Saves + Holds leagues in 2023.

Emmanuel Clase, James Karinchak, Evan Phillips, and Will Smith each had three SV+HLD’s this past week. Smith has gotten off to a solid start, but I don’t want to get too excited with his 4.07 xFIP and 91 Stuff+ due to a poor fastball, not exactly something you want from a closer. He’s looking like the same guy from the past three seasons so expect an ERA around 3.50 and WHIP around 1.20 with a K rate near 30%. Those numbers are fine, especially if he’s racking up saves as well.




  • The Royals bullpen has done a 180 over the past month with Aroldis Chapman and Scott Barlow having their ups and downs this season. Since April 22nd, Chapman has an 8.10 ERA (4.13 xFIP), 1.95 WHIP, and 12.1% K-BB ratio while Barlow has a 0 ERA (1.58 xFIP), .78 WHIP, and 34.5% K-BB ratio. With Chapman garnering trade interest, my early-season concerns about Barlow losing his closer role are dissipating.
  • While we have a good read on most bullpens, there still remain a few where we aren’t quite sure who the “closer” is yet. The Cubs have turned to Adbert Alzolay recently to close out games, and I think regardless of his exact role, it’s clear they will be using him in high-leverage spots moving forward. The Phillies will likely turn to Craig Kimbrel first in the wake of José Alvarado’s injury, and while he’s actually been ok this season, I still prefer Seranthony Domínguez or Gregory Soto.


  • Matt Brash may have a 5.40 ERA and 1.62 WHIP but that does come with an absurd .556 BABIP and his 42.3% K and 37.3% CSW rates, plus 2.02 xFIP show that there is an extremely talented reliever here with loads of upside. With Andrés Muñoz now out until the All-Star break potentially, Brash has time to lock down a set up role and should be on your radar in leagues where available.
  • I guess Reynaldo López is still the acting White Sox closer, and while the stuff looks good and he’s getting plenty of whiffs, he really needs to find a way to limit hard contact and home runs before we can fully trust him.


  • Rafael Montero has allowed 7 ER over 2.2 IP this month and while the underlying metrics don’t scream out that there is a major cause for concern, this Astros bullpen is very deep and you have to wonder if Montero is actually one of the top 3-4 relievers here.
  • Pierce Johnson continues to act as the Rockies closer and is now up to 5 saves on the season, but (similarly to Smith) his fastball is really bad and I don’t love that for a closer pitching half his games in Coors. Also, the high curveball usage leads to a ton of walks, as his 1.74 WHIP will show. Nothing to get excited about here.


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Injured List


Rank Pitcher Change
1Devin WilliamsT1-
2Josh Hader+2
3David Bednar+2
4Yennier Cano+24
5Félix Bautista-3
6Emmanuel Clase-
7Alexis Díaz-
8Paul Sewald-
9Jordan Romano+1
10Raisel Iglesias+UR
11Evan Phillips
12Jhoan Duran-3
13Jason Adam+7
14Kenley Jansen+2
15Ryan Pressly-4
16Ryan Helsley-4
17Camilo Doval+2
18David Robertson-5
19Erik Swanson+4
20Michael King+5
21Alex Lange
22A.J. Puk-5
23Bryan Abreu+1
24Andrew Chafin-10
25Giovanny Gallegos-3
26Aroldis Chapman-5
27A.J. Minter+4
28Carlos Estévez+4
29Seranthony Domínguez-2
30Griffin Jax-4
31Scott Barlow+7
32Clay Holmes+4
33Gregory Soto+13
34Adbert Alzolay+35
35Craig Kimbrel+25
36Matt Brash
37James Karinchak-3
38Adam Ottavino-3
39Brusdar Graterol-9
40Héctor Neris-1
41Nick Anderson-
42Hunter Harvey-
43Will Smith+2
44Trevor Stephan-11
45Caleb Ferguson+10
46Drew Smith
47Chris Martin-
48John Schreiber-11
49Joe Mantiply+2
51Steven Wilson+6
52Sam Hentges+6
53Matt Moore-10
54Mark Leiter Jr.+11
55Nick Martinez+20
56Miguel Castro-12
57Jason Foley+9
58Michael Fulmer+4
59Reynaldo López+37
60Taylor Rogers-12
61Colin Holderman
62Ian Hamilton+UR
63Jorge López-4
64Lucas Sims+3
65Joe Jiménez-16
66Kendall Graveman-3
67Tanner Scott+6
68Huascar Brazoban+26
69Rafael Montero-29
70Justin Lawrence+10
71Jonathan Hernández-1
72Bryan Baker-18
73Pierce Johnson+12
74Collin McHugh-13
75Dylan Lee-1
76Brock Burke
77Josh Winckowski-6
78Peter Strzelecki-14
79Carlos Hernández+7
80Phil Maton+9
81Eli Morgan-4
83Joe Kelly+UR
84Luis García-12
85Yimi García-7
86Génesis Cabrera+2
87Connor Brogdon+3
88Trevor Gott+UR
89Dylan Floro-5
90Tim Mayza+2
91Carl Edwards Jr.-10
92Ron Marinaccio-5
93Robert Stephenson-14
94Victor González+UR
95Jordan Hicks-
96Danny Coulombe-14
97Alex Young-6
98Tim Hill+1
99Nate Pearson-2
100Josh Staumont+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.

5 responses to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 5/12”

  1. Adam Beck says:

    Finnegan completely dropped off? Just surprised by that.

  2. BJ says:

    Estevez feels way too low for how good he’s been

  3. Andrew Petersen says:

    Love that Cano went from 28 to 4 and there’s no note. I mean, I roster him, so I get it, but strange to have no note.

  4. WesMan21 says:

    Poche? Feels like he is squarely in the mix for the Rays.

  5. Will says:

    Jorge Lopez seems so low. Top 15 in SVs+Hlds with really good ratios.

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