Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 7/24

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

Due to the Yankees and Nationals game ending early due to the rain, we didn’t get to see any relievers in game one of our Opening Day doubleheader. After that, we saw some impressive outings from Pedro Baez and Adam Kolarek, who will need to adapt this season after strictly being a LOOGY in the past. Tyler Rogers was handed a loss after allowing 3 runs in the 7th inning but there’s no need to move him down after one bad outing.



  • Aroldis Chapman is getting closer to returning and just needs to test negative twice before he’s allowed to rejoin the team. That could happen in the next few days or in a few weeks, making this ranking a bit aggressive, but once he is cleared to return, he should be about a week away from pitching in games. He’s still a difference-maker when healthy and on the mound and needs to be stashed in all leagues.


  • With the departures of Will Harris and Hector Rondon, as well as Joe Smith opting out, the Astros bullpen has taken a huge hit this year. Bryan Abreu figures to be the first in line to replace those losses, and he should excel in the role. I’ve said it before, but he is definitely my favorite rookie reliever to watch this season (not counting Kwang-hyun Kim).


  • With Hunter Harvey landing on the IL, Mychal Givens should have the closer role to himself for as long as he is in Baltimore. With just a 60 game schedule and 16 teams slated to make the postseason this year, I’d expect trade activity at the deadline to be at an all-time low. The Orioles may be one of if not the only team that sells pieces at the deadline, and more than half the league could be interested in adding Givens to their bullpen for a September/October push.
Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Kirby Yates-
3Ryan Pressly-
4Nick Anderson-
5Liam Hendriks
6Taylor Rogers-
7Ken Giles-
8Roberto Osuna-
9Aroldis Chapman+11
10Drew Pomeranz-1
11Kenley Jansen
12Brad Hand+1
13Edwin Díaz-2
14Seth Lugo-2
15Emilio Pagán-1
16Tommy Kahnle-1
17Tyler Duffey-1
18Héctor Neris-
19Brandon Workman-2
20Will Smith+4
21Matt Barnes-
22Will Harris-
23Raisel Iglesias-4
24Adam Ottavino-1
25Zack Britton-
26Craig Kimbrel
27Dellin Betances-
28Giovanny Gallegos-
29José Leclerc+1
30Hansel Robles-1
31Sean Doolittle-
32Kwang Hyun Kim+UR
33Diego Castillo-
34Ty Buttrey-
35Corey Knebel-3
36Aaron Bummer-1
37Michael Lorenzen+1
38Bryan Abreu+11
39Andrew Miller-2
40Sergio Romo-1
41Pedro Báez-1
42Archie Bradley
43Alex Colomé-1
44Mark Melancon-1
46Blake Treinen+1
47José Alvarado+1
48Ian Kennedy-4
49Ryan Helsley-13
50James Karinchak-
51Joe Jiménez-6
52Trevor May-1
53Kevin Ginkel-1
54Scott Barlow-1
55Daniel Hudson+1
56John Gant-1
57Luke Jackson-
58Robert Stephenson+1
59Keone Kela+1
60Mychal Givens+10
61Wade Davis
62Scott Oberg+1
63Yusmeiro Petit+1
64Joakim Soria+1
65Chaz Roe+1
66Andrew Chafin+1
67Matt Strahm-6
69Brandon Kintzler+7
70Chris Martin-2
71Justin Wilson-2
72Shane Greene-1
73Joe Kelly-1
74Chad Green-1
75Adam Morgan-1
76Matt Magill-1
78Oliver Pérez-
79Craig Stammen-
80Nick Wittgren-
81Rafael Montero
82Tanner Rainey+1
83Carlos Estévez+4
84Rowan Wick+4
86Trevor Gott+5
87Richard Rodríguez-2
88Jake Diekman+4
89Trevor Rosenthal+4
90Anthony Bass+4
91Nick Burdi+4
92Wander Suero-6
93Yimi García+3
94Jairo Díaz+UR
95Oliver Drake+UR
96Austin Adams+UR
97Darwinzon Hernández+UR
98Josh Taylor+UR
99Brett Martin+UR
100Hunter Harvey-19


Photo by Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@freshmeatcomm on Twitter)

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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