Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 8/5

Top 100 RP rankings for Saves + Holds leagues in 2022

Jason Adam has been the Rays best reliever all season, and while it would be easy to discount the journeyman’s success as early season luck, he’s actually been better as of late somehow. Since July, Adam has allowed just one earned run and five hits over 12 innings to go along with an 18/0 K/BB ratio. Of course, we are talking about the Rays here so SV+HLD chances are basically at random, but Adam’s eight since July 1st still rank fifth amongst all relievers so that’s not too shabby all things considered. Adam is a rare five-category contributor in SV+HLD’s leagues and should remain a top 20 option for the rest of the season.



  • To my surprise, the Rockies decided to not only not trade Daniel Bard (nor any Rockie) this week, but they actually gave him a two-year extension for $19 million. It’s great for Bard and for those rostering Bard as he gets to stay as the closer for the rest of this season and beyond. David Robertson was moved as expected, but he winds up in a pretty good scenario in Philadelphia where he should get the bulk of the save chances the rest of the way.


  • Taylor Rogers may not be closing out games for his new team, but I wouldn’t give up on him in leagues that count holds yet. While Devin Williams gets a minor bump in value, Rogers should remain a quality setup man and the Brewers have a way of getting the most out of their pitchers. I may be in the minority but I don’t think this was a bad deal by the Brewers and their bullpen should still be just as dominant as it was before.


  • Jonathan Hernández has looked great in his return from TJ surgery so far, and while it’s only been seven games, it looks like he has already established himself as the team’s top closing option. Prior to the injury, Hernández was one of the best relievers in baseball, and it looks like his stuff has returned as his sinker is still averaging 98 MPH, and his slider/changeup getting Whiff rates of 60% and 50% respectively. If he stays healthy and this continues, look for him to keep rising.


  • A.J. Puk, Jordan Romano, and Alex Vesia each had 3 SV+HLD’s this past week to lead all relievers. It’s great to see Puk getting high leverage work right now and he appears to be the best reliever on that team at the moment. Vesia is an interesting guy to keep an eye on as he was great for the Dodgers last year, and after only adding Chris Martin to the bullpen at the deadline, could be in line for significant high leverage work as the team’s top left-handed reliever.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Edwin DíazT1-
2Josh Hader-
3Devin Williams+4
4Liam Hendriks-1
5Emmanuel Clase-1
6Clay Holmes
7Ryan Pressly+1
8Jordan Romano+1
9Ryan Helsley+2
10Kenley Jansen+2
11Raisel Iglesias-5
12Paul Sewald+1
13Félix Bautista+18
14Jorge López+2
15Seranthony Domínguez-
16Jhoan Duran-2
17Andrés Muñoz+4
18Giovanny Gallegos+4
19Jason Adam+10
20David Robertson+14
21Daniel Bard
22Gregory Soto+3
23Craig Kimbrel-5
24Camilo Doval-1
25Scott Barlow-8
26Garrett Whitlock-7
27Alexis Díaz-3
28Evan Phillips+2
29John Schreiber-3
30Brooks Raley-3
31Taylor Rogers-11
32Rafael Montero-
33Joe Jiménez+50
34Kendall Graveman+2
35Erik Swanson+8
36A.J. Minter-8
37Jonathan Hernández+33
38Tanner Scott+1
39A.J. Puk+12
40Pete Fairbanks+7
41Wil Crowe
42Michael Fulmer-9
43Trevor Stephan+47
44Eli Morgan-7
45Andrew Chafin-4
46Héctor Neris-8
47Luis García+2
48Alex Lange-8
49Scott Effross+3
50Griffin Jax-8
51James Karinchak+27
52Seth Lugo-7
53Tanner Houck+1
54Ryne Stanek-6
55Trevor May+UR
56Brad Boxberger
57Anthony Bass-7
58Yimi García-5
59Anthony Bender+UR
60Aroldis Chapman+7
61Joe Mantiply-1
62Adam Ottavino-1
63Colin Poche+1
64Tim Mayza+1
65Jonathan Loáisiga+3
66Collin McHugh-8
67Emilio Pagán-8
68Corey Knebel-24
69José Leclerc-
70Josh Staumont-15
71Ryan Tepera-5
72Tyler Matzek-
73Génesis Cabrera-16
74Will Smith-
75Dany Jiménez+UR
76Brock Burke-
77Adam Cimber-15
78Steven Okert-15
79Brad Hand-6
80Jordan Hicks+1
81Kyle Finnegan
82Zach Jackson+2
83Dominic Leone-1
84Nick Martinez+1
85Carl Edwards Jr.+1
86Mychal Givens-7
87Aaron Loup+1
88Phil Maton-8
89Rowan Wick+UR
90Ryan Thompson+2
91Alex Vesia+3
92Matt Moore+8
93Jake Diekman+UR
94Dylan Coleman+4
95Lucas Gilbreath+4
96Jimmy Herget+UR
97Matt Brash+UR
98José Quijada+UR
99Yency Almonte+UR
100Sam Moll-5


Injured List


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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.

5 responses to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 8/5”

  1. Ppablo says:

    +18 on Felix and not even a half sentence dawg?

    • Rick Graham says:

      Haha I talked about him earlier in the week and on the podcast. But now that he’s locked in to the closer role, having consistent save chances, it improves his value pretty significantly. López had six saves in July to Bautistas theee holds as the Orioles like to play matchups before the ninth with that deep bullpen as opposed to just going with fixed setup roles. The only set role is the closer.

      That combined with him being one of the most dominant RP’s in baseball this year leads to him moving up 18 spots.

      • Ppablo says:

        Thanks for the 411, you do great work btw. Has helped me pull some relief guys early in my league. Appreciate it man!

  2. MJ says:

    Cionel Perez with 16 Holds and a lower ERA than Bautista didn’t make your top 100??

    • Rick Graham says:

      He’s just on the outside. The 4.05 xERA, .374 xFIP, 14% K-BB and 11% SwStr rates aren’t very exciting. 16 holds are nice, but thats just 1 a week to this point.

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