Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 9/1

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

Emmanuel Clase, Carlos Estévez, Mark Leiter Jr., Andrés Muñoz and Robert Stephenson led all relievers with 3 SV+HLD’s this past week. Estévez has bounced back since an ugly beginning to August, and has strung together four consecutive scoreless outings to go along with three saves. He also doesn’t have much competition left in that bullpen now, so he should be fairly safe to finish the year as the Angels closer. Leiter Jr. on the other hand continues to have a career year, and like Adbert Alzolay, has been taking advantage of the Cubs second half run leading all relievers with 13 holds since the All-Star break (second most since the break: teammate Julian Merryweather with 10).



  • Kenley Jansen entered June 6th with a a 3.66 ERA (5.31 xFIP), 1.61 WHIP and 11.6% K-BB rate but has been pretty much lights out ever since that early June date, with a 1.88 ERA (2.67 SIERA) and 0.87 WHIP to pair with 29.2% K-BB and 33% CSW rates over his past 24 innings (17 saves, no blown saves). The Red Sox may be out of playoff contention but assuming Jansen is healthy enough, expect him to act as the teams closer throughout September.
  • The Guardians wound up claiming three of the Angels waived players, adding three pitchers in Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo López and Matt Moore. It’s a tough landing spot for Lopez, and Moore as well, but Lopez had been looking like a candidate to take over the Angels closer role up until earlier this week. That obviously wont happen in Cleveleand, who know has a pretty stacked bullpen behind Emmanuel Clase and Trevor Stephan, so I’d expect holds here to be spread out between multiple relievers over the rest of the season.


  • Robert Suarez has begun serving his “sticky stuff” suspension, meaning he will miss 10 of the teams remaining 28 games, which makes him pretty much droppable at this point. With Steven Wilson hitting the IL as well, it looks like Scott Barlow will get a chance to act in a setup role again, and while he’s pitched better as of late, I wouldn’t get too carried away here, as he is only worth a look in deep leagues.
  • Amongst current playoff contenders, perhaps no bullpen is more of a questionmark at the moment than the Texas Rangers (this felt inevitable) but they may be able to get key contributions in September from someone like Chris Stratton. Stratton has been great for them since coming over with Jordan Montgomery, tossing 18 innings in August with a 2.00 ERA and 0.61 WHIP. He’s not a part of that three headed closer committee yet, but he just may be the teams most trust worthy reliever at the moment.


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Injured List



Rank Pitcher Change
1Devin WilliamsT1+1
2Pete Fairbanks+12
3Raisel Iglesias+6
4Josh Hader+2
5Ryan Pressly-1
6Jhoan Duran+2
7Adbert Alzolay+8
8Paul Sewald-1
9Emmanuel Clase+2
10Evan Phillips+2
11Camilo Doval-6
12Kenley Jansen+8
13Andrés Muñoz-
14Tanner Scott+15
15Craig Kimbrel-12
16Jordan Romano-6
17David Bednar-1
18Alexis Díaz-1
19Clay Holmes-1
20JoJo Romero-1
21José Alvarado
22Mark Leiter Jr.+2
23Bryan Abreu-
24Yennier Cano+10
25Jason Adam+3
26Aroldis Chapman-4
27A.J. Minter-1
28Robert Stephenson+23
29Joel Payamps-2
30Héctor Neris+1
31Matt Brash+2
32Trevor Stephan+12
33Kyle Finnegan+2
34Chris Martin+2
35Andrew Nardi+14
36Danny Coulombe+17
37Griffin Jax-5
38Jason Foley+2
39Carlos Estévez+20
40Carlos Hernández-1
41Jordan Hicks
42Taylor Rogers+4
43Kevin Ginkel+5
44Hunter Harvey+6
45Colin Holderman+7
46Gregory Santos-9
47Giovanny Gallegos-9
48Alex Lange+6
49Josh Sborz-6
50Tommy Kahnle-9
51A.J. Puk+4
52Julian Merryweather+14
53José Leclerc+UR
54Lucas Sims+7
55Brusdar Graterol+8
56Adam Ottavino+1
57Brooks Raley-12
59Joe Jiménez+9
60Trevor May+10
61Reynaldo López
62Matt Moore-6
63Abner Uribe+4
64Jonathan Loáisiga+7
66Seranthony Domínguez+6
67Ryan Brasier+26
68Caleb Thielbar+6
69Tim Mayza-4
70John Schreiber+3
71Gregory Soto+6
72José Soriano+6
73Elvis Peguero+8
74Andrew Kittredge+5
76Pierce Johnson+10
77Will Smith-19
78Kirby Yates+6
79Eli Morgan+8
80Steven Okert-4
81Jeff Hoffman+13
82Robert Suarez-18
83Wandy Peralta+12
84Ian Gibaut-2
85Chris Stratton+15
86Matt Strahm
87Trevor Richards+UR
89Sam Hentges+UR
90Luke Jackson+2
91Emilio Pagán-
92Scott McGough-2
93Garrett Whitlock-4
94Caleb Ferguson+UR
95Fernando Cruz+UR
96Yimi García+UR
97Trent Thornton+2
98Colin Poche+UR
99David Robertson-69
100Scott Barlow+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.

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