Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 8/28

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

We’ve passed the midway point of the season, and there still remains a great deal of uncertainty in a lot of bullpens. The injury rate also has increased to what feels like a record high, and it’s affected pitchers more than anyone else. Two of the best relievers in the game, Drew Pomeranz and Nick Anderson, landed on the IL this past week. Anderson should be back next week while Pomeranz is likely a week or two away at least.

Two of the best left-handed setup options in baseball, Aaron Bummer, and Zack Britton, both remain without a timetable although based on the few updates available, it feels like Britton will return before Bummer. Ken Giles is throwing and feeling well but still likely a week or two away. Andrew Miller will likely only miss 10 days after being placed on the IL yesterday just to get some rest but his body really seems to be breaking down on him.

The Rays are expecting to have Chaz Roe back within the next week, while Oliver Drake should return in a week or two. Keone Kela was placed on the IL yesterday with an elbow injury, which means he probably won’t be moving at the trade deadline this year. I’d expect the Pirates to slow play it with Kela at this point as there is no reason to rush him back out there.




  • Daniel Hudson hasn’t been quite bad as his 5.73 ERA suggests, although it would be nice to see him start missing barrels at a higher clip. His 13% barrel rate and 93.2 MPH exit velocity against both put him in the bottom 3% amongst all pitchers. On the bright side, his 36.4% K, 18.3% SwStr and 33% Whiff rates all are on track to be career highs by a good margin. His WHIP is still sitting at .91. I’ll chalk up the high barrel rates to mostly bad luck and think he’ll be just fine for the second half, and makes for a great buy-low option.


  • The most boring closer in baseball, Brandon Kintzler will never wow with his swing and miss numbers, but he continues to get the job done and be an effective closer. His ability to get weak groundballs shouldn’t be overlooked.


  • I love Josh Staumont’s stuff, upper 90’s fastball with a curveball that averages 6.6″ of vertical drop at 83 MPH, but his control and command just need to get better. When hitters do make contact, he’s been hit hard, so his 1.42 WHIP seems pretty realistic to me right now despite the high BABIP (.368). His ERA should probably be around 3.50 right now, which given the K upside, is still rosterable. There’s a chance Trevor Rosenthal gets moved, if so that could give Staumont some save chances, but that walk rate needs to come down before I’d be comfortable with placing him in that tier 2-3 range. 


  • Tommy Hunter was the only reliever to pick up 3 SV+HD’s this past week, definitely a surprising name to see at the top of that list. This will likely be the last time he leads the league for a week, but Hunter is a guy that always seems to outperform his poor xStats.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Aroldis Chapman+1
3Liam Hendriks+1
4Kenley Jansen+4
5Tyler Duffey
6James Karinchak+1
7Nick Anderson-5
8Chad Green+1
9Tanner Rainey+1
10Giovanny Gallegos+1
11Devin Williams+24
12Edwin Díaz
13Taylor Rogers+6
14Alex Colomé+4
15Brad Hand+6
16Ryan Pressly+4
17Jordan Romano-
18Drew Pomeranz-13
19Diego Castillo
20Scott Barlow+3
21Rafael Montero+4
22Jonathan Hernández+10
23Joakim Soria-9
24Blake Treinen-9
25Sergio Romo-9
26Raisel Iglesias-4
27Trevor Rosenthal-3
28Mark Melancon-
29Archie Bradley+4
30Will Smith-17
32Ty Buttrey+5
33Daniel Hudson+13
34Brandon Workman-4
35Emilio Pagán+7
36David Phelps-5
37Rowan Wick+3
38Matt Barnes-12
39Caleb Ferguson+8
40Will Harris-6
41Adam Ottavino-5
43Justin Wilson-
44Carlos Estévez-6
45Trevor May+3
46Zack Britton+14
47Jake Diekman+6
48Jeremy Jeffress-4
49Brandon Kintzler+25
50Freddy Peralta+18
51Nick Wittgren
52Yusmeiro Petit-3
53Gregory Soto+1
54Ken Giles+4
55Daniel Bard+36
56Tyler Clippard+8
57Mychal Givens+4
58Anthony Bass-6
59Aaron Bummer-
60Craig Kimbrel+5
61Richard Rodríguez+11
62Josh Staumont+18
63Lucas Sims+30
64Shane Greene-8
65Félix Peña+2
67José Cisnero+UR
68Jake McGee+UR
69Chris Martin-12
70John Gant-20
71Ryan Helsley
72Dellin Betances-10
74Pedro Báez-35
75Taylor Williams+10
76Yoshi Hirano+UR
77Chaz Roe-22
78Oliver Drake-3
79Tommy Hunter+UR
80Javy Guerra-7
81Adam Morgan-
82Matt Strahm-
83Hansel Robles+6
84Cole Sulser-1
85Oliver Pérez+1
86Buck Farmer-10
87T.J. McFarland+UR
88Andrew Miller-59
89Blake Taylor-5
91Darwinzon Hernández+UR
92Rafael Dolis+UR
93Craig Stammen-15
94Wander Suero+5
95Tanner Scott+1
96Kyle Ryan+UR
97Brent Suter-
98Héctor Neris-53
99Keone Kela-33
100Brusdar Graterol-2


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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: 8/28”

  1. Boom says:

    Brasier needs to be added to this list, mid tier.

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