Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 5/19

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

Camilo Doval and Dylan Floro each had three SV+HLD’s this past week. Doval has been on a heater the past two weeks while Floro is filling in for injured closer A.J. Puk. Floro will never be a help in the strikeout category (9.2% SwStr rate) but he keeps finding ways to keep hitters off balance while inducing tons of weak ground balls. If you aren’t able to strike hitters out, weak ground balls would probably be the next best thing.




  • Bryan Abreu is not exactly near the top of the leaderboard in SV+HLD’s with 9 on the year, but he is establishing himself as one of the best non-closer relievers in baseball, picking right up from last year’s postseason performance. Abreu’s current 43.6% K, 38.7% CSW and 21.2% SwStr rates each rank in the top six in all of baseball right now, and his 2.15 xFIP is also good for sixth best amongst qualified relievers. Abreu’s upped his slider usage by 14% this season, leading to more whiffs and better overall numbers.
  • With Pete Fairbanks returning to the Rays bullpen this past week, we were hoping to see a dominant 1-2 punch at the back end of that bullpen, instead, we saw both Fairbanks and Jason Adam blow saves in the same game. Adam has been more or less effective over his 18 innings so far, and I’m not too worried about him yet. Fairbanks on the other hand is still throwing with decreased velocity and while it’s only 8 innings, has poor 10.7% SwStr and 8.8 K-BB rates to go along with a bloated 4.54 xFIP.
  • Mark Leiter Jr. may be the next Paul Sewald or at least Sewald-lite perhaps? It’s been a very impressive start for Leiter Jr., with 37.8% K, 34.4% CSW, and 17.9% SwStr rates over his first 18 innings. That also comes with a 2.58 xFIP but is it sustainable, PLV does not approve of his stuff after all as his 4.66 PLV ranks 324th. In a league that has emphasized velocity and spin rates on pitches, Leiter Jr. does the very opposite with some of the lowest spin rate/velocity combinations in baseball. That complete contrarian approach may do him well, as the key to spin isn’t necessarily to be at the top of the leaderboard, more so just not to be in the middle of it.
  • Joel Payamps may not be wowing anyone right now, but things are slim in that Milwaukee bullpen at the moment, and the sinker/slider specialist has at least done a great job limiting hard contact and walks. While he doesn’t produce a ton of swing and miss, the slider has been an effective pitch for him so far with a 37% Whiff rate and impressive spin rates over 2700 RPM’s. He’s more of a watch-list guy right now, but he’s been the team’s second-best reliever for a while now, and hopefully can start factoring into some more holds chances.


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Injured List


Rank Pitcher Change
1Devin WilliamsT1-
2Félix Bautista+3
3Josh Hader-1
4David Bednar-1
5Yennier Cano-1
6Emmanuel Clase-
7Alexis Díaz-
8Paul Sewald-
9Jordan Romano-
10Evan Phillips+1
11Ryan Pressly
12Jhoan Duran-
13Ryan Helsley+3
14Camilo Doval+3
15Bryan Abreu+8
16Raisel Iglesias-6
17David Robertson+1
18Kenley Jansen-4
19Alex Lange+2
20Michael King-
21Erik Swanson
22Giovanny Gallegos+3
23Scott Barlow+8
24Andrew Chafin-
25Pete Fairbanks+UR
26Jason Adam-13
27Will Smith+16
28Craig Kimbrel+7
29Carlos Estévez-1
30Mark Leiter Jr.+24
31Aroldis Chapman
32Seranthony Domínguez-3
33Clay Holmes-1
34Gregory Soto-1
35Héctor Neris+5
36Matt Brash-
37Griffin Jax-7
38A.J. Minter-11
39Adbert Alzolay-5
40James Karinchak-3
41Adam Ottavino-3
42Brusdar Graterol-3
43Nick Anderson-2
44Trevor Stephan-
45Caleb Ferguson-
46Hunter Harvey
47Drew Smith-1
49Miguel Castro+7
50Chris Martin-3
51Sam Hentges+1
52Matt Moore+1
53Steven Wilson-2
54Jorge López+9
55Nick Martinez-
56Taylor Rogers+4
57Kendall Graveman+9
58Jason Foley-1
59Colin Holderman+2
60Brooks Raley+UR
61Tanner Scott
62Dylan Floro+27
63Bryan Baker+9
64Brandon Hughes+UR
65Lucas Sims-1
66Joe Jiménez-1
67Rafael Montero+2
68Justin Lawrence+2
69Josh Winckowski+8
70Carlos Hernández+9
71Huascar Brazoban-3
72Peter Strzelecki+6
73Luis García+11
74Collin McHugh-
75Garrett Crochet+UR
76Wandy Peralta+UR
77Michael Fulmer-19
78Jonathan Hernández-7
79Dylan Lee-4
80Brock Burke-4
81Phil Maton
82Eli Morgan-1
83Pierce Johnson-10
85Joe Kelly-2
86Jordan Hicks+9
87Robert Stephenson+6
88Alex Young+9
89Reynaldo López-30
90Victor González+4
91Steven Okert+UR
92Joel Payamps+UR
93Yimi García-8
94Connor Brogdon-7
95Carl Edwards Jr.-4
96Génesis Cabrera-10
97Trevor Gott-9
98Tim Mayza-8
99Ron Marinaccio-7
100Jeremiah Estrada+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.

3 responses to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 5/19”

  1. Noah Julian Dengler says:

    thanks as always for the content! do you think adbert alzolay has the potential to lock down the cubs closing job? he seems to have the best stuff in the bullpen and leiter, like you said, has some wonky metrics.

  2. Derek says:

    How on earth is Tyler Rogers not ranked here? He has 10 S+H, a 1.03 WHIP, and 2.22 ERA. His Savant metrics place him in the top 20 among all qualified pitchers.

  3. AS says:

    No Danny Coulombe on here? Last 30 days he’s had 6 hlds w/ a 4.00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 13.0 K/9. His ratios won’t blow you away, but 6 hlds and 13ks in 9 IP on a pretty strong team. Especially when comparing against (to nit pick based on a personal gripe) a Steven Wilson (#53) who has far worse… everything in a crowded bullpen

    Appreciate the work you all do, but figured I’d try and validate my Danny C love!

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