Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 5/27

Top 100 RP rankings for Saves + Holds leagues in 2022

Kendall Graveman has been relatively effective in his first season with the White Sox, but a look under the hood reveals he may run into issues down the line. Graveman’s 18.3% Whiff rate is one of the worst on this list, and while he does produce plenty of groundballs (58.5%), that’s still putting a lot of pressure on your defense behind you. But with Joe Kelly back on the IL, Aaron Bummer just returning from the IL, and José Ruiz fading out of the picture, the White Sox will need to rely on their big offseason acquisition.




  • The Yankees have lost Chad Green, Jonathan Loáisiga, and Aroldis Chapman all within the last week, leaving them very thin at the back end of the bullpen. Clay Holmes will be closing out games for now, and the team will need to rely on Michael King more than ever. That could also be an issue as King has allowed five earned over his last 1.2 innings of work. Miguel Castro has been very mediocre this season, so if King struggles, the Yankees may be forced to throw someone like Ron Marinaccio into the fire as their top setup option.


  • The Red Sox bullpen remains in flux as just when I thought Matt Barnes was getting back to normal, he goes out last night and walks four batters (the velocity was a plus though!?). I wonder if the best course of action here is to go with Jake Diekman in the closer role with John Schreiber and Matt Strahm in set up roles because I don’t think you can trust anyone else right now. 


  • If I asked what reliever is currently in the 99th percentile or better in Whiff rate, xERA, xBA, xwOBA, xSLG, and Fastball Spin, I doubt Jason Adam would be your first guess. But here we are with the Rays getting the most out of yet another journeyman reliever and while Adam has flashed this upside in the past, I never expected these types of numbers. With Andrew Kittredge out, Adam should be more of a factor at the end of games for the Rays, but there are still plenty of options there for Kevin Cash to turn to.


  • Raisel Iglesias and Ryan Pressly were the only relievers with 3 SV+HLD over the past week (all saves). I mentioned yesterday how holds are down across the board in baseball as teams are using more than just two or three relievers in late-inning high leverage roles now. That seems like a good thing for the game of baseball, but not so much for these rankings.



Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Edwin Díaz-
3Liam Hendriks-
4Raisel Iglesias-
5Emmanuel Clase
6Taylor Rogers-
7Jordan Romano-
8Craig Kimbrel-
9Ryan Pressly-
10Kenley Jansen-
11Camilo Doval
12David Bednar+3
13Giovanny Gallegos-2
14Paul Sewald+2
15Jhoan Duran+5
16Clay Holmes+6
17Devin Williams+4
18Ryan Helsley+5
19Corey Knebel
20David Robertson-3
21Joe Barlow+3
22Scott Barlow-3
23Héctor Neris+2
24Daniel Bard+3
25Dany Jiménez+7
26Ryan Tepera-
27Gregory Soto+8
28Tanner Rainey+5
29Jorge López+5
30Kendall Graveman-2
31Diego Castillo
32Daniel Hudson+5
33Michael Fulmer+7
34Seth Lugo+5
35Michael King-4
36Josh Staumont-7
37Aaron Bummer+UR
38A.J. Minter+4
39Andrew Chafin+4
40Brooks Raley+6
41Aaron Loup-
42J.P. Feyereisen+10
43Spencer Strider+6
44Emilio Pagán+9
46Will Smith
47Drew Smith-
48Andrés Muñoz-4
49Trevor Stephan-4
50Alexis Díaz+5
51Jake Diekman+15
52Alex Lange+21
53Alex Vesia+9
54Rafael Montero-
55Collin McHugh-5
56Steven Wilson-8
57Phil Maton+6
58Seranthony Domínguez+1
59Griffin Jax+2
60Jason Adam+32
61Luis García
62Mychal Givens-5
63Brad Boxberger+1
64Génesis Cabrera+3
65Tyler Kinley+3
66Colin Poche+4
67Matt Wisler+2
68Tyler Duffey-12
69Scott Effross+6
70Joely Rodríguez+6
71Brock Burke+1
72Hansel Robles-7
73Brusdar Graterol+7
74Matt Strahm+9
75Félix Bautista+9
76Robert Suarez+17
77Adam Cimber+17
78Joe Smith+8
79John Schreiber+UR
80Anthony Bass+1
81Matt Barnes
82Art Warren-8
83Cole Sulser-5
84A.J. Puk+1
85Ryne Stanek+3
86Tanner Scott-9
87Mark Melancon+3
88Matt Foster+3
89Evan Phillips+6
90Yimi García+9
91Ian Kennedy+5
92Wil Crowe+5
93Zach Jackson+UR
94Noé Ramirez+UR
95Tony Santillan+5
96Joe Mantiply+UR
97Jalen Beeks+UR
98José Alvarado-11
99Dylan Floro-17
100Trevor Gott+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.

4 responses to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 5/27”

  1. Andrew Kovacic says:

    Any off-the-radar guys who have a chance of cracking the top 15 this year? Who should I be keeping an eye on? Thanks!

  2. Sweet Chin Music says:

    Huge fan of this article. Are we going to get one for last week?

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