Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 8/11

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

Tim Mayza and Trevor Stephan, two non-closers, led all relievers with 4 SV+HLD’s this past week. Stephan’s first outing post-All-Star break may have been rock bottom for him on the season, as he’s been great ever since with a 0.82 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and 26.8% K-BB rate to go along with 5 holds over his last 11 IP. It looks like he is now back in Terry Francona’s circle of trust as one of the Guardians’ more trusted setup options.



  • The walks are starting to take a toll on Alex Lange’s season, as the Tigers closer may be on the verge of losing his role if he can’t shore up his command soon. Lange has a whopping 9 walks over 2.1 IP this month, but the problems go back further than that. Entering a game against the White Sox on June 4th, Lange had a 1.11 ERA and 0.90 WHIP on the season but since that game (20.2 IP): 7.40 ERA, 2.03 WHIP, and 0.9 K-BB rate (due to an absurd 24.3% BB rate). He still has two plus plus swing and miss offerings at his arsenal, but it won’t matter much if he keeps allowing free passes.
  • On the flip side, Kyle Finnegan has really turned his season around since his early season struggles, as his ERA was at 6.75 on May 6th, with a WHIP of 1.90. Since then, he has a 1.23 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, and a respectable 22.4% K-BB rate. Finnegan doesn’t have the swing-and-miss ability that Lange has, and it’s not really even close to be honest, but he doesn’t allow free baserunners and has pretty steady job security at the moment.
  • JoJo Romero continues to impress out of the Cardinals bullpen, now with a 3.93 ERA (2.27 xFIP) and 0.98 WHIP since being recalled in early July. He’s been able to get swings and misses from right-handed and left-handed hitters as both his changeup and slider have shown plus bat-missing ability. He’s been a top 30 reliever since July started, and should still see high-leverage work even once Ryan Helsley returns.
  • I still see there being an opportunity for Reynaldo López to overtake Carlos Estévez in the Angels closer role, as the team can not afford any more blown saves if they want to have a chance to make the postseason. I’m not sure if López is the best man for that task (it may honestly be Matt Moore) but Estévez likely isn’t as he’s been showing some cracks for a while now. Going back to July, Estévez has the 4th worst xFIP (6.70) and WHIP (2.11) amongst 196 qualified relievers, and his 4.5% K-BB rate is obviously not what you want to see. López on the other hand has been fantastic since the All-Star break, with a 42.9% K rate, 0.89 WHIP, and 1.84 xFIP.
  • It was assumed Adam Ottavino (or Brooks Raley) would be closing out games for the Mets after they traded away David Robertson, but at this point, the team may as well go with some of their younger options (as Buck Showalter has kind of alluded to recently) because Ottavino hasn’t exactly been great since the All-Star break with just a 9.3% K rate, 1.44 WHIP and 5.31 xFIP.
  • Caleb Thielbar has pitched well this season, when available which has been the issue as he’s been limited to 13.1 IP. He’ll likely move back up this list, as long as the Twins start trusting him with hold opportunities again, as all seven of his holds came back in April.


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Injured List



Rank Pitcher Change
1Félix BautistaT1-
2Devin Williams
3Craig Kimbrel-1
4Ryan Pressly-1
5Camilo Doval+2
6Josh Hader+2
7Paul Sewald-2
8Jhoan Duran-2
9Raisel Iglesias-
10Emmanuel Clase-
11Andrés Muñoz-
12David Bednar-
13Alexis Díaz-
14Pete Fairbanks-
15Evan Phillips-
16Clay Holmes-
17Adbert Alzolay+1
18Will Smith+5
19Kenley Jansen-
20David Robertson-3
21Erik Swanson
22Aroldis Chapman-
23Carlos Hernández+1
24Bryan Abreu+1
25Giovanny Gallegos+1
26Gregory Santos+1
27Mark Leiter Jr.+1
28Jordan Hicks+1
29Jason Adam+2
30Joel Payamps+3
31A.J. Minter+1
32Tanner Scott+3
33Héctor Neris+3
34Griffin Jax+3
35Matt Brash+3
36Josh Sborz+4
37Chris Martin+2
38A.J. Puk+3
39Kyle Finnegan+58
40Yennier Cano+2
41Tommy Kahnle
42Brooks Raley+1
43Taylor Rogers+3
44Lucas Sims+4
45Trevor Stephan+7
46Andrew Chafin-12
48Jason Foley+3
49Danny Coulombe+1
50Andrew Nardi+3
51Alex Lange-31
52JoJo Romero+14
53Colin Holderman+6
54Reynaldo López+11
55Joe Kelly+12
56Gregory Soto+1
57Adam Ottavino-13
58Carlos Estévez-28
59Kevin Ginkel-4
60Robert Stephenson-
61Steven Wilson
62Steven Okert-6
63Robert Suarez-5
64Jonathan Loáisiga+UR
65Michael King+6
66Tim Mayza+10
67Matt Moore+10
68Brusdar Graterol+2
69Seranthony Domínguez-
70John Schreiber-2
71Julian Merryweather+3
72Joe Jiménez-11
73José Soriano-
74Caleb Thielbar-12
76Scott McGough-22
77Kirby Yates-14
78Nick Martinez-14
79Elvis Peguero+1
81Abner Uribe
82Angel Perdomo+4
83Kendall Graveman-4
84Caleb Ferguson-12
85Aaron Bummer+7
86Tyler Kinley+10
87Ian Gibaut+1
88Pierce Johnson-3
89Justin Lawrence+6
90Tom Cosgrove-3
91Wandy Peralta-8
92Matt Strahm-3
93Jeff Hoffman-3
94Eli Morgan+5
95Colin Poche-1
96Michael Fulmer+UR
97Yimi García-6
98Trevor May+UR
99Jake Diekman+UR
100José Cisnero+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.

One response to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 8/11”

  1. Brandon says:

    Puk is WAY too high, he’s not even being used in high leverage situations

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