Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 6/18

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

Zack Britton returned to the Yankees bullpen this past week and so far the results have been…mixed. After such a long absence, it makes sense that Britton’s having issues controlling his fastball, as he just hasn’t had much command of the pitch in his first three outings. He is really focusing on that pitch though, as he’s only thrown two sliders over 47 total pitches thrown so far. It’s also worth noting that Britton’s velocity has been down two mph (92.8 mph) which in turn is down four mph from his legendary 2016 campaign. It’s still early and he just returned from the IL but I do have my concerns with Britton going forward, but for those who have already invested, it’s worthwhile to wait and see this through the All-Star break.




  • It looks as if Emmanuel Clase and James Karinchak have swapped roles again, which is good news for both, as Karinchak has pitched much better in a setup role compared to trying to finish games. While he’s been limited to just five games this month (four against Baltimore), Clase has been fantastic in June, allowing just two hits over five innings to go with eight strikeouts and just one walk. The Orioles help those numbers, but it’s still nice to see just one walk allowed from Clase.
  • Ian Kennedy returned from the IL this week after missing time with a hamstring injury. The Rangers are likely hoping to get another couple of quality outings from him before shipping him off to a contender prior to the trade deadline where his value in SV+HLD leagues may actually improve.


  • Outside of the Diamondbacks, the two teams that really have been no help to boosting their closers fantasy value would be the Pirates and Orioles, which should come as no surprise. Richard Rodríguez has just one save over the past five-plus weeks, and despite being locked in as the teams closer, would benefit immensely in SV+HLD leagues with a trade to a better organization. As for Paul Fry, he didn’t come into the closer role until about a month ago, and he too has only seen one save in that time period. Unfortunately for Fry, he is likely stuck in Baltimore for the remainder of the season where saves will be hard to come by.
  • Despite a near-blown save his last time out against the Royals, Michael Fulmer is back and looks great for the Tigers. His power sinker/slider combo should continue to play up at the back end of the bullpen, and with just one arbitration year remaining, he too could find himself on the move next month.


  • It’s been a disappointing first season as a Met for Trevor May but it’s still too early to completely give up on him. His last two outings have been promising and I think that stems from his increased slider and changeup usage in those games. May’s been throwing his fastball over 55% of the time this year, a number that should probably come down about 10-15% for May to be at his most effective.
  • Edwin Díaz and Craig Kimbrel led all relievers this past week with four SV+HLD’s (all saves) as the two continue their All-Star-worthy seasons. The two of them have arguably been the best closers over the past month or so, and hopefully, they will be able to keep this run of success going. A big key to both of their seasons and something I harp on constantly… walk rate. Both currently have their lowest respective walk rates since 2018 for Diaz and 2017 for Kimbrel.
Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Liam Hendriks-
3Aroldis Chapman-
4Edwin Díaz
5Ryan Pressly-
6Craig Kimbrel+2
7Matt Barnes-1
8Kenley Jansen-1
9Jordan Romano+1
10Giovanny Gallegos+2
11Raisel Iglesias-2
12Tejay Antone+1
13Will Smith+2
14Lucas Sims+3
15James Karinchak-4
16Alex Reyes-
17Héctor Neris-3
18Diego Castillo+1
19Kendall Graveman-1
20Emmanuel Clase+4
21Mark Melancon
22Scott Barlow-1
23Blake Treinen-
24Chad Green-2
25J.P. Feyereisen+2
26Devin Williams+6
27Seth Lugo+2
28Pete Fairbanks-2
29Jake Diekman-4
30Victor González-2
31Ryan Tepera-1
32Taylor Rogers-1
33Aaron Bummer+3
34Adam Ottavino+9
35Austin Adams-2
36Andrew Chafin+1
37Jake McGee+14
38Jimmy Nelson+46
39Ian Kennedy+UR
40Jonathan Loáisiga+6
41José Alvarado
42Daniel Bard-3
43Yimi García+9
44Brad Hand+9
45Zack Britton-1
46Emilio Pagán-8
47Richard Rodríguez-13
48Chris Martin-8
49Lou Trivino+8
51Gregory Soto+4
52Paul Fry-17
53Tanner Scott+3
54Trevor May-9
55Josh Staumont-8
56Michael Fulmer+UR
57Brad Boxberger-9
58Hansel Robles-
59Garrett Crochet+2
60Anthony Bender+29
61Miguel Castro
63Ryne Stanek-3
64Tyler Duffey+4
65Garrett Whitlock-3
66Kyle Zimmer-3
67Pierce Johnson-2
68Josh Sborz-1
69Dylan Floro+1
70Aaron Loup+17
71Jeffrey Springs-2
72Sam Coonrod-1
73Yusmeiro Petit+1
74Wander Suero-1
75Tyler Matzek-
76Jake Brentz+6
77Collin McHugh+6
78David Bednar-12
79A.J. Minter-15
81Sam Howard
82Tanner Rainey+18
83Codi Heuer-11
84Rex Brothers-8
85Andrew Kittredge+10
86Craig Stammen+2
87Nick Sandlin+UR
88Matt Wisler+UR
89Tyler Chatwood+2
90Génesis Cabrera-11
91Bryan Shaw-11
92Darwinzon Hernández-14
93Joely Rodríguez+3
94Brent Suter-8
95Tim Hill-10
96Ryan Thompson-3
97Brooks Raley+1
98Chris Rodriguez-8
99Cole Sulser-18
100Anthony Castro+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.

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