Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 5/14

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

About ten days ago it had seemed like Jake McGee was in trouble of losing his job as the Giants closer to Tyler Rogers after a disastrous outing in Coors where he allowed four earned runs. Well, Jake was never great in Colorado and he seems to still have a good grip on the role despite Gabe Kapler’s comments after that game. McGee had three saves this past week and could have had four if he weren’t off yesterday due to working back-to-back games earlier in the week. In those three saves, McGee allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out five. You ideally would like to see a WHIP of under 1.00 from your closer, but that’s really nitpicking. The Giants seem to be that team this year that wins all of their games by three runs or less, so as long as McGee is closing out games for them, he’s worthy of your consideration, as is the rubber-armed Tyler Rogers who leads all relievers in appearances.




  • Will Smith was destroyed by the Blue Jays yesterday, allowing four earned runs over five hits while only getting one out. The Jays typically punish lefties (it’s why Atlanta pushed Drew Smyly back) but excuses aside, this is not great timing with Chris Martin returning from the injured list. The good news I guess from this one is that Smith didn’t walk anybody, so there’s that. His ERA now sits at 5.02 and while he shouldn’t be in danger of losing his job quite yet, the next week or two needs to go well for him to hold off Martin.
  • After a bit of a shaky start to the season, Aaron Bummer has put together a pretty dominant May here, allowing just one hit over five innings while striking out eight and walking none. This is the Bummer we had envisioned heading into the year, and he looks to be on track and now hasn’t allowed a run in over three weeks. With other members of that vaunted White Sox bullpen struggling (Evan Marshall, Matt Foster, Codi Heuer to some degree) Bummer’s resurgence is a welcomed sight.


  • Brad Hand and Taylor Rogers have both had their fair share of issues lately, with Rogers having an ERA of 9.64 in May while Hand’s sits at 10.80 with a WHIP of 2.70. It’s a small sample size, but also a reminder that these two are better off as higher-end depth relievers more so than being one of your top two relievers. Rogers has at least been able to miss bats this season, and his 35.1% CSW is currently 8th amongst all relievers which gives him a distinct edge on Hand, whose Whiff rate seems stuck at 25%.
  • Ryne Stanek has likely been the savior of the Astros bullpen this season, as without him I don’t know if Ryan Pressly even has 3 saves at this point. Stanek has been the bridge that the team hoped was going to be Pedro Baez, and potentially Enoli Paredes, and like Bummer has gone more than three weeks without allowing a run. He walked two in his inning of work last night, which isn’t great, but overall the walks haven’t been an issue and WHIP still sits at 0.86. Stanek’s two secondary offerings, his slider, and splitter both currently have Whiff rates over 50%, so expect the strikeouts to keep piling up.


  • I’m not sure there has been a more disappointing team than the Minnesota Twins this season, and that includes guys in their rotation (Kenta Maeda), and lineup too (Miguel Sano, Max Kepler), but it’s been their bullpen, a supposed strength, that’s been their real weakness. That starts with Tyler Duffey, who was one of the best non-closer relievers in all of baseball for the past two years. It could be related to his velocity drop in 2020, but he pitched well last year with the same velocity. I think it’s more likely related to his Chase Rate, in which last year he was at 34.7% and this year sits at just 22.2%. Hitters are also making more contact even when they do chase (up 7.9%) and his first-pitch strike rate is also down about 10%. All of this has led to a huge increase in his walk rate and decrease in Whiff rate (down over 13%) and for poor numbers for Duffey to begin the year. Some serious adjustments are needed for him to return to form.
  • Four relievers outside of Jake McGee also had three SV+HLD’s this week, including Tyler Rogers, Daniel Hudson, Jake Diekman, and Tyler Chatwood. Rogers continues to do his thing, while it’s also nice to see Hudson’s usage go up this past week after being used sparingly. Diekman continues to work in a closer committee with Lou Trivino, but Diekman is the superior pitcher of the two and could take that role and run with it. I talked about Chatwood in yesterday’s The Hold Up.

NOTE: added Archie Bradley and removed Drew Pomeranz (lat)

Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Aroldis Chapman-
3Liam Hendriks-
4Edwin Díaz-
5James Karinchak-
6Ryan Pressly
7Matt Barnes-
8Raisel Iglesias-
9Craig Kimbrel-
10Kenley Jansen+3
11Mark Melancon+4
12Giovanny Gallegos-
13Emmanuel Clase-2
14Devin Williams+3
15Diego Castillo
16Jake Diekman-
17Trevor May+3
18Chad Green+3
19Héctor Neris-1
20Kendall Graveman+3
21Blake Treinen+4
22Jordan Romano+6
23Lucas Sims+1
24Alex Reyes+3
25Richard Rodríguez-3
26J.P. Feyereisen
27Pete Fairbanks+2
28Will Smith-18
29Rafael Dolis-3
30José Alvarado+2
31Aaron Bummer+11
32Ian Kennedy+5
33César Valdez+3
34Tejay Antone-1
35Victor González-
36Michael Kopech-2
37Yimi García+1
38Scott Barlow+2
39Taylor Rogers-8
40Brad Hand-21
41Ryne Stanek
43Jake McGee+20
45Josh Staumont-6
46Jonathan Loáisiga-3
47Joely Rodríguez-2
48Chris Martin+5
49Codi Heuer-2
50Emilio Pagán-1
51Adam Ottavino+3
52Miguel Castro+3
53Austin Adams+3
54Tanner Scott+4
55Sam Coonrod+4
56Tyler Chatwood+29
57Garrett Whitlock+4
58Yusmeiro Petit+20
59Andrew Chafin+5
60Archie Bradley+UR
62Garrett Crochet-
63Gregory Soto-17
64Lou Trivino-12
65Daniel Hudson+8
66Stefan Crichton+5
67Tyler Duffey-26
68Tanner Rainey-8
69Sam Howard-4
70Tyler Matzek-4
71Dylan Floro-4
72Hansel Robles-4
73Pierce Johnson+3
74Wander Suero+1
75Will Harris-1
76Paul Fry+14
77A.J. Minter-20
78Rex Brothers+14
79Ryan Borucki+18
80Sean Doolittle-10
81Mychal Givens
82Andrew Kittredge+1
83Ryan Thompson+1
84Ryan Tepera+12
85Josh Sborz+9
86Génesis Cabrera+UR
87Alex Colomé+13
88Rafael Montero-7
89Daniel Bard-3
90Brent Suter-13
91Jeffrey Springs-4
92Darwinzon Hernández-3
93Caleb Thielbar-5
94Anthony Misiewicz-3
95Tim Hill-2
96Brooks Raley+2
97Chris Rodriguez-15
98David Bednar+UR
99Anthony Bender+UR
100Hirokazu Sawamura+UR


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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.

2 responses to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 5/14”

  1. Mike Honcho says:

    A guy getting a lot of buzz lately has been Mike Fulmer since he’s been move d to the bullpen. Some might say he’s their best reliever. What are your thoughts?
    A.Colome has only given up 2 hits and 2 BBs in the month of May. Is T.Rogers time as his replacement coming to an end, or at least a share?

  2. Tony says:

    Thanks for the list, it’s a huge help. Paul Fry has been shooting up the list, think it’s legit?

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