Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 6/2

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

Alexis Díaz, Hector Neris, and Alex Young each had three SV+HLD’s this past week to lead all relievers. We know how good Díaz has been this season, but Neris has been one of the more underrated non-closer relievers while Young has been an intriguing deep league option for some time now. Neris is in the midst of one of his best seasons despite losing over a MPH on his fastball, but it’s led to a better command of the pitch and his splitter is still doing its thing with a 42.2% Whiff rate. Young has had some issues with hard contact but other than that has been fairly dominant this season with a 19.7% SwStr rate and 38.8% Chase rate (while having just a 4.3% BB rate). He’s been throwing his changeup more often this season, a trend that has helped some other relievers have breakouts thus far (Keynan Middleton for example).



  • Mark Leiter Jr. is also having a breakout season, also aided by throwing his changeup/splitter more often, while also upping the cutter usage against lefties (which led to Evan Phillips’s breakout last season). The splitter has been a dominant pitch for him going back to last season, and now that he’s throwing it more often, it’s led to a 36.3% K rate. He’s allowed runs in just three appearances this season, with those coming against the Rays, Astros, and Dodgers, so I’m not concerned about him not being able to keep this up moving forward.
  • Will Smith has been a good find by the Rangers this season and it’s great to see the swing-and-miss stuff come back while being able to keep that walk rate under 10%. My concerns lie in the high hard contact rates, the low groundball rate (24%!), and the fact his BABIP and LOB% will inevitably rise as the season moves on.
  • Tommy Kahnle returned to the Yankees bullpen yesterday and should slide into some sort of high-leverage role rather quickly given the state of that bullpen right now. He’s pitched a total of 13.2 innings since 2019 so it remains to be seen what he can offer still, but Kahnle was one of the better changeup specialists in the game before all of these injuries and flashed that ability in a small sample size last season.
  • It’s time for the Rockies to move on from Pierce Johnson as their closer. The problem becomes, who do you replace him with? There doesn’t seem to be a clear-cut option in that bullpen at the moment so like we should be doing with all Colorado pitchers, just avoid this situation entirely if at all possible.


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Injured List


Rank Pitcher Change
1Devin WilliamsT1-
2Félix Bautista-
3Josh Hader-
4Alexis Díaz-
5Yennier Cano-
6Emmanuel Clase-
7David Bednar-
8Paul Sewald-
9Jhoan Duran-
10Jordan Romano-
11Ryan Pressly
12Raisel Iglesias-
13Camilo Doval+1
14Evan Phillips-1
15Bryan Abreu-
16Liam Hendriks+UR
17Alex Lange-
18Ryan Helsley-2
19David Robertson-1
20Andrew Chafin-
21Kenley Jansen
22Giovanny Gallegos-
23Scott Barlow-
24Carlos Estévez-
25Clay Holmes-
26Craig Kimbrel+1
27Jason Adam+2
28Erik Swanson-
29Mark Leiter Jr.+4
30Will Smith-4
31Aroldis Chapman
32Héctor Neris+2
33Michael King-3
34Adbert Alzolay+4
35Hunter Harvey+8
36Brusdar Graterol-
37Miguel Castro+7
38Adam Ottavino+4
39Gregory Soto-7
40Matt Brash-5
41Nick Anderson-2
42James Karinchak-5
43Trevor Stephan-3
44Caleb Ferguson-3
45Griffin Jax+1
46A.J. Minter
47Seranthony Domínguez+1
48Chris Martin+1
49Steven Wilson+1
50Brooks Raley+1
51Colin Holderman+5
52Tanner Scott+6
53Tommy Kahnle+UR
54Jason Foley+6
55Joel Payamps+10
56Kendall Graveman+13
57Taylor Rogers-
58Nick Martinez-4
59Sam Hentges-6
61Lucas Sims-
62Phil Maton+12
63Ben Joyce+UR
64Jordan Hicks+15
65Joe Kelly-3
66Steven Okert
67Jorge López-12
68Josh Winckowski-1
69Bryan Baker-6
70Brandon Hughes-6
71Carlos Hernández-1
73Reynaldo López+13
74Huascar Brazoban+11
75Brock Burke+8
76Drew Smith-24
77Scott McGough+11
78Alex Young+16
79Joe Jiménez-11
80Peter Strzelecki-8
81Carl Edwards Jr.+3
82Ron Marinaccio+8
84Jovani Moran+15
85Eli Morgan-10
86Wandy Peralta-15
87Justin Lawrence
88Austin Adams+3
89Dylan Floro-12
90Collin McHugh-10
91Trevor Gott+1
92Danny Coulombe+1
93Jeremiah Estrada-17
94Connor Brogdon-7
95Chris Devenski+UR
96Kutter Crawford+UR
97Kyle Finnegan+UR
98Andrew Nardi+UR
99Nate Pearson+UR
100Pierce Johnson-19

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.

One response to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 6/2”

  1. Rosalio Rodriguez says:

    At least Finnegan is on the list now…..still pretty low.

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