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

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

Jason Adam and Alex Lange each had three SV+HLD’s this past week. Adam will be filling in as the Rays primary closer and is off to a great start this season with 16 K and four BB’s over his last 11 innings. Even with the lower velocity (down 1.7 MPH), Adam is still able to lean on his secondaries to keep hitters off balance. Lange only has five saves on the year, but he’s off to a great start (35% CSW rate), even as that walk rate still lingers above 10%. The curveball and changeup remain great, and the sinkers are leading to a 55% GB rate.




  • I may be looking past the 4.30 ERA and 1.36 WHIP but I still love what Matt Brash brings to the table. The slider is just so good, and it’s helping lead him to 43.1% K, 18.3% SwStr, and 37.7% CSW rates. He also holds a crazy .500 BABIP over 17 games. The fastball, despite the great velocity, remains hittable but I think this can be fixed and I’m willing to take a chance on his 2.07 xFIP painting a more accurate picture.


  • Scott Barlow has had a rough start to the season, and about a week or so ago, I was fairly certain we would see Aroldis Chapman take over the closer role sooner rather than later. Barlow, though, to his credit, has pitched well over his past 4.2 innings, with eight K’s and just three hits and two walks allowed. Chapman on the other hand has allowed four ER over his last 3,2 innings with a 4/4 K/BB ratio and six hits allowed.


  • Will Smith is now the Rangers’ full-time closer, but I don’t think we are seeing Giants-era Will Smith anytime soon. His fastball is just way too vulnerable and there isn’t one thing in his profile right now that suggests he’s a must-add (while the 4.80 xFIP suggests quite the opposite).


  • Kendall Graveman may or may not be the White Sox closer right now (not that it matters much with Liam Hendriks returning soon), but whatever the role, it’s been a disappointing season so far. Despite the lack of swing-and-miss stuff, Graveman continues to get a ton of called strikes (34.1% CSW) but what’s concerning is the ground ball rate at 41.2%. He’s been a 54-55% GB rate guy over the past few seasons, so he may become even more of an HR risk.


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Injured List


Rank Pitcher Change
1Devin WilliamsT1+3
2Félix Bautista+1
3José Alvarado+4
4Josh Hader-2
5David Bednar+8
6Emmanuel Clase
7Alexis Díaz+10
8Paul Sewald-
9Jhoan Duran-4
10Jordan Romano-
11Ryan Pressly
12Ryan Helsley-1
13David Robertson+8
14Andrew Chafin+5
15Evan Phillips-
16Kenley Jansen-4
17A.J. Puk-3
18Alex Lange+2
19Camilo Doval-1
20Jason Adam+7
21Aroldis Chapman
22Giovanny Gallegos-
23Erik Swanson+1
24Bryan Abreu+1
25Michael King+6
26Griffin Jax+2
27Seranthony Domínguez+5
28Yennier Cano+8
29Matt Brash+12
30Brusdar Graterol+5
31A.J. Minter
32Carlos Estévez+5
33Trevor Stephan-4
34James Karinchak-4
35Adam Ottavino-2
36Clay Holmes-20
37John Schreiber-3
38Scott Barlow+10
39Héctor Neris-1
40Rafael Montero-
41Nick Anderson+3
42Hunter Harvey+15
43Matt Moore+15
44Miguel Castro+11
45Will Smith+18
46Gregory Soto
47Chris Martin+UR
48Taylor Rogers+3
49Joe Jiménez-2
50Caleb Thielbar+11
51Joe Mantiply+14
52Kyle Finnegan+7
53Drew Smith+13
54Bryan Baker+20
55Caleb Ferguson+40
57Steven Wilson-7
58Sam Hentges+UR
59Jorge López-10
60Craig Kimbrel-8
61Collin McHugh
62Michael Fulmer-2
63Kendall Graveman-21
64Peter Strzelecki+6
65Mark Leiter Jr.+14
66Jason Foley+6
67Lucas Sims+9
68Colin Holderman-6
69Adbert Alzolay-2
70Jonathan Hernández+7
71Josh Winckowski+UR
72Luis García+8
73Tanner Scott+8
74Dylan Lee+8
75Nick Martinez+UR
76Scott McGough-1
77Eli Morgan-8
78Yimi García+16
79Robert Stephenson-6
80Justin Lawrence+5
81Carl Edwards Jr.-17
82Danny Coulombe
83Brock Burke-
84Dylan Floro+7
85Pierce Johnson+4
86Carlos Hernández+10
87Ron Marinaccio+5
88Génesis Cabrera+12
89Phil Maton+10
90Connor Brogdon+UR
91Alex Young-1
92Tim Mayza+UR
94Huascar Brazoban+UR
95Jordan Hicks+UR
96Reynaldo López-57
97Nate Pearson+UR
98Brad Boxberger-1
99Tim Hill+UR
100Duane Underwood Jr.-7

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: 5/5”

  1. Jayson says:

    How are Chapman and Gallegos so high? Chapman I could understand but Gallegos is awful and he doesn’t even pitch enough to be fantasy relevant even in a SV+HLD league.

  2. m says:

    Why is Jax above Jorge Lopez? Lopez has more SV+HLDs and better ratios, he’s the clear setup guy

    • Daniel Bailey says:

      Because these rankings are a joke that are not based on reality. Just look at Baker’s ranking.

  3. Peter guigli says:

    CANO is way to low. The guy pitches 4 times a week.

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