Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 6/9

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

Erik Swanson had FOUR SV+HLD’s this past week to lead all relievers. He had 5 K’s and allowed just 1 hit over those four innings of work. Swanson gave us a little bit of a scare a few weeks ago when he allowed 6 runs over 2.2 IP while showing diminished velocity but he has settled down nicely since then, allowing just one hit and two walks over his past 7.2 innings while striking out 10. He remains one of the top set-up men in baseball and his league-leading 16 holds suggest as much.



  • A.J. Puk returned to the Marlins bullpen this week and while he has not recorded a save yet, he should be expected to resume closer duties as soon as this weekend. He worked the ninth inning with a five-run lead on Wednesday, striking out the side while allowing just one baserunner. Puk’s return hurts Dylan Floro’s value a bit as well as the other lefties in this bullpen, but not a whole lot.
  • Evan Phillips, the Dodgers “closer”, has not picked up a save since May 12th, and instead has 4 holds since then. He did have 5 consecutive saves prior to this between April 30th and May 12th, and he has pitched well for the most part (outside of this week). So who has been getting the Dodgers saves since May 12th? Caleb Ferguson has 2 and Brusdar Graterol 1. Daniel Hudson has started his rehab assignment and could be a very interesting speculative add in most leagues.


  • Giovanny Gallegos has been acting as the Cardinals de facto closer over the past month or so, but a string of poor outings has bumped his ERA to 3.70 for the season, and over his last 16 innings he now holds a 5.63 ERA, and 1.44 WHIP with just a 17% K rate. Ryan Helsley has pitched much better over that span (2.30, .89, 32.3% K), and despite only having 5 SV+HLD’s to Gallegos’s 9, I still prefer to roster Helsley.
  • The Rockies closer picture has gotten murkier by the day, and while it looks like Justin Lawrence may be the new favorite for saves, there’s still plenty of uncertainty here. With this being the Rockies, I suggest avoiding the bullpen at all costs, but if you have to roster one, go with Lawrence for now.


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Injured List


Rank Pitcher Change
1Félix BautistaT1+1
2Devin Williams-1
3Alexis Díaz+1
4Josh Hader-1
5Emmanuel Clase+1
6David Bednar+1
7Jhoan Duran
8Ryan Pressly+3
9Camilo Doval+4
10José Alvarado+UR
11Paul Sewald-3
12Andrés Muñoz+UR
13Jordan Romano-3
14Yennier Cano-9
15Erik Swanson+13
16Bryan Abreu
17Scott Barlow+6
18Raisel Iglesias-6
19Liam Hendriks-3
20Alex Lange-3
21A.J. Puk+UR
22Ryan Helsley-4
23Evan Phillips-9
24Jason Adam+3
25Andrew Chafin-5
26Clay Holmes
27Carlos Estévez-3
28Will Smith+2
29David Robertson-10
30Kenley Jansen-9
31Craig Kimbrel-5
32Mark Leiter Jr.-3
33Michael King-
34Aroldis Chapman-3
35Giovanny Gallegos-13
36Héctor Neris
37Adbert Alzolay-3
38James Karinchak+4
39Nick Anderson+2
40Hunter Harvey-5
41Brusdar Graterol-5
42Trevor Stephan+1
43A.J. Minter+3
44Miguel Castro-7
45Adam Ottavino-7
46Seranthony Domínguez+1
47Gregory Soto-8
48Matt Brash-8
49Tanner Scott+3
50Caleb Ferguson-6
51Griffin Jax
52Kendall Graveman+4
53Chris Martin-5
54Steven Wilson-5
55Brooks Raley-5
56Colin Holderman-5
57Sam Hentges+2
58Tommy Kahnle-5
59Nick Martinez-1
60Lucas Sims+1
61Caleb Thielbar+UR
62Chris Devenski+33
63Jason Foley-9
64Phil Maton-2
65Joe Kelly-
66Taylor Rogers
67Joel Payamps-12
68Steven Okert-2
69Jordan Hicks-5
70Ben Joyce-7
72Scott McGough+5
73Justin Lawrence+14
74Brandon Hughes-4
75Austin Adams+13
76Reynaldo López-3
77Drew Smith-1
78Dylan Floro+11
79Peter Strzelecki+1
80Danny Coulombe+12
81Ron Marinaccio+1
83Eli Morgan+2
84Alex Young-6
86Brock Burke-11
87Jorge López-20
88Andrew Nardi+10
89Carlos Hernández-18
90Bryan Baker-21
91Huascar Brazoban
92Josh Winckowski-24
93Dauri Moreta+UR
94Taylor Clarke+UR
95Robert Stephenson+UR
96Wandy Peralta-10
97Nate Pearson+2
98Josh Sborz+UR
99Tim Mayza+UR
100Colin Poche+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.

2 responses to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 6/9”

  1. Gene says:

    Just curious why you would rank Carlos Estevez so low? His overall numbers have been quite good. Is it the team he plays for or his arsenal? Vargas rule?

  2. Dave says:

    Comping Barlow to someone quite a bit lower like Adam, what puts Barlow above here for you? Worse team, 1/3 of the way through has far inferior numbers etc.

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