Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 7/2

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

Heading into July, Jake Diekman held a 2.82 ERA and 1.21 WHIP and was still very much a part of a closer committee with Lou Trivino as he tallied four saves in May alone. Things didn’t go quite as well in June for Diekman, as for the month he had a 4.50 ERA and 1.60 WHIP and only added three holds (zero saves). His command has been a bit all over the place this month, and he’s been vulnerable to allowing a lot of hard contact as a result. His fastball has been left at the bottom of the zone too often this season, resulting in what would be career-worse Barrel%, average launch angle, average exit velocity, and sweet spot %. It’s just a minor concern and one that can easily be remedied, but I think at the midway point of the season it’s safe to say Diekman’s 2021 has been a bit of a disappointing follow up to his 2020 season.




  • June was a brutal month for Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, as he finished the month with an ERA of 11.42, WHIP of 2.77, and an 11/10 K/BB rate over 8.2 innings. Eight of those ten walks came over his past four games, so interpret that how you will, but this is getting to be a concern. Chapman’s velocity seems to fluctuate game to game but has been down more so lately, which could be a result of him taking something off his pitches since he’s having trouble commanding his stuff right now. Hopefully, that’s the case and he just needs to make some adjustments to how he pitches rather than him being hurt or hampered by a nagging injury.
  • Mark Melancon blew another save to the Reds last night, his second in two weeks. Melancon now has a WHIP of 1.68 since the beginning of May and a 16/14 K/BB rate over that span. His job security, especially on this aggressive, win now Padres team should be in question. The problem is, I’m not sure the in-house alternatives are much better. Drew Pomeranz has returned but he hasn’t looked like his normal self in his first two games back. Emilio Pagan has experience closing out games but he too has been a rollercoaster for much of the season. Don’t be surprised to see the Padres in the market for a closer in the next month.


  • While just north of San Diego, the Giants back end of the bullpen dominated June, with Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee combining to allow just thirteen baserunners and one earned run over 20.2 innings pitched. The two pitchers are polar opposites on the mound, and while they don’t add much to the strikeout column, they shut things down in the later innings and are a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.
  • Pete Fairbanks took the biggest hit this week among Rays relievers after allowing ten earned runs over his past 4.2 innings of work, but I still worry about J.P. Feyereisen who continues to see his spin rate down (over 400 RPM’s across the board last game) while his slider has lost considerable break. He’s actually pitched well lately, but I wonder how long that will continue with these drastic changes. Another pitcher dealing with the effects of no sticky stuff is Brad Boxberger, who has walked six hitters over his past three outings despite walking only eight in his previous 30.1 innings of work.


  • Héctor Neris is no longer in the closer mix in Philadelphia for the time being and struggled in his first non-closer role spot this past week allowing three hits and a walk over one inning.  The Phillies are likely one of the teams in the market for relief help this trade deadline, and I wonder if they would consider moving Neris in the process. He could really use a fresh start somewhere else and could thrive in a setup role on a different team.
  • Raisel Iglesias and Alex Reyes led all relievers with three SV+HLD’s over the past week (all saves). It was quite the dominant week for Iglesias who didn’t allow a baserunner while striking out six and for Reyes, it was encouraging to see him go a week without walking anyone.
Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Liam Hendriks
3Craig Kimbrel+3
4Ryan Pressly+1
5Edwin Díaz-1
6Aroldis Chapman-3
7Matt Barnes-
8Kenley Jansen-
9Raisel Iglesias+2
10Jordan Romano
11Alex Reyes+2
12Giovanny Gallegos-2
13Will Smith-1
14Diego Castillo-
15James Karinchak+4
16Kendall Graveman-1
17Emmanuel Clase-1
18Scott Barlow
19Chad Green+1
20Blake Treinen+2
21Seth Lugo+2
22Drew Pomeranz+UR
23Devin Williams+3
24Mark Melancon+1
25Brad Hand+6
26Jake McGee+4
27Taylor Rogers+2
28Jake Diekman-4
29J.P. Feyereisen-2
30Andrew Chafin+2
31Michael Kopech+UR
32Austin Adams+3
33Adam Ottavino+3
34Trevor May+5
35Victor González
36Jimmy Nelson+2
37José Alvarado+3
38Jonathan Loáisiga+3
39Gregory Soto+5
40Lou Trivino+6
41Emilio Pagán+8
43Daniel Bard-1
44Ian Kennedy-1
45Yimi García+3
46Richard Rodríguez-1
47Garrett Whitlock+16
48Tanner Scott+4
49Aaron Loup+5
50Collin McHugh+5
51Chris Martin+5
52Tyler Duffey
53Pete Fairbanks-25
54Dylan Floro+11
55Brad Boxberger-4
57Ryne Stanek+1
58Miguel Castro+4
59Héctor Neris-26
60Paul Fry-
61Garrett Crochet-
62Anthony Bender+5
63Josh Staumont+1
64Jeffrey Springs+2
65Pierce Johnson+UR
66Hansel Robles+3
67Kyle Zimmer+3
68Yusmeiro Petit+4
69A.J. Minter+6
70Josh Sborz+6
71Craig Stammen+7
72Joely Rodríguez+10
73Génesis Cabrera+8
74Cristian Javier+UR
75Matt Wisler+13
76Jake Cousins+UR
77Wander Suero-3
78David Bednar-1
80Connor Brogdon-
82Cole Sulser+UR
83Archie Bradley+17
84Andrew Kittredge+6
85Tyler Chatwood-6
86Brent Suter+6
87Tyler Matzek-3
88Tim Hill-3
89Brooks Raley-6
90Jake Brentz-4
91Caleb Thielbar+3
92Josh Taylor+3
93Darwinzon Hernández-2
94Ranger Suárez+3
95Rex Brothers-8
96José Cisnero+UR
97Brad Brach-24
98Codi Heuer-
99Tim Mayza+UR
100Nick Sandlin+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.

One response to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 7/2”

  1. John says:

    How close was Austin Voth to cracking the top 100? Results look decent the past month or so and seems to be locked into a setup role now.

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