Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 9/10

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

Since his fourth of July debacle in which he allowed six earned runs while only getting two outs, Héctor Neris has been a top ten reliever in all of baseball, plain and simple. He ranks in the top ten in WAR, xFIP, pCRA, K-BB%, and CSW%. He hasn’t allowed a run now since August 15th, a streak of almost ten innings. New closer Ian Kennedy on the other hand has a 6.59 ERA and 1.39 WHIP since joining the Phillies and blew a save last night while allowing three earned to the Rockies at home. The team still views Kennedy as their closer for now, but if they were to switch back to Neris, he would become a top ten closing option immediately given how easy the team’s schedule is the rest of the way.




  • It’s possible that Matt Barnes returns this weekend for the Red Sox, although there hasn’t been any confirmation that he will. He’s with the team in Chicago but I feel like given where Barnes was prior to his positive COVID test, a short rehab stint wouldn’t be the worst idea. Even after losing the closer role, Barnes should give this bullpen a huge boost with Adam Ottavino and Garrett Whitlock allowing seven earned runs over this past two appearances.
  • Tim Mayza has been one of the better relievers in baseball since the calendar turned to June, and has been underrated in both the fantasy and non-fantasy baseball communities. Since June started Mayza has a 1.35 ERA and .69 WHIP to go with 33 K’s and 14 SV+HLD’s (33.1 IP). His 2.52 xFIP over that span is good for sixth-best amongst qualified relievers.


  • It’s been a rollercoaster of a season for Codi Heuer but the talented rookie reliever has put together a fantastic 30-day stretch lately. He hasn’t allowed an earned run over his last 15 innings pitched, giving up just six hits while having a cool 12/3 K/BB ratio. Holds may be tough to come by the rest of this season, but look for Heuer to be an impact reliever next year.
  • Alex Colomé and Giovanny Gallegos were the only two relievers to pick up three SV+HLD’s this past week. Colomé leads the league in saves since the start of August, but that comes with an 11.9% K rate and 5.13 xFIP.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Liam Hendriks-
3Ryan Pressly-
4Raisel Iglesias-
5Edwin Díaz
6Kenley Jansen-
7Emmanuel Clase-
8Jordan Romano-
9Paul Sewald-
10Aroldis Chapman-
11Will Smith-
12Giovanny Gallegos-
13Jake McGee
14Mark Melancon-
15Craig Kimbrel-
16Blake Treinen-
17Devin Williams-
18Kendall Graveman-
19Scott Barlow-
20Chad Green-
21David Bednar+1
22Diego Castillo+3
23Andrew Kittredge+5
25Anthony Bender+1
26Joe Barlow+1
27Aaron Bummer+3
28Pete Fairbanks+3
29J.P. Feyereisen+3
30Ryan Tepera+11
31Héctor Neris+12
32Andrew Chafin+8
33Adam Ottavino-10
34Nick Anderson-10
35Gregory Soto+10
36Seth Lugo-3
37Drew Steckenrider+7
38Collin McHugh-4
39Michael Kopech-4
40Garrett Whitlock-1
41Trevor May
42Tyler Matzek-6
43Brad Boxberger-6
44Lucas Sims+5
45Tim Mayza+29
46Ian Kennedy+6
47Michael Fulmer+6
48Alex Vesia+2
49Jake Diekman-7
50Luis García-2
51Aaron Loup+4
52Phil Bickford+11
53Pierce Johnson+7
54Garrett Crochet+3
55Michael Lorenzen+4
56Ryne Stanek+9
57Corey Knebel-19
58Codi Heuer+13
59Jake Cousins-8
60Julian Merryweather+UR
61Richard Rodríguez
62Luke Jackson+18
63Mychal Givens-1
64Sergio Romo-10
65Alex Colomé+5
66Austin Adams+7
67José Alvarado+9
68Tyler Duffey+19
69Kyle Finnegan-3
70Dylan Floro-2
71Joe Kelly+11
72Tanner Scott+5
73Adam Cimber+13
74Jhoulys Chacín+UR
75Emilio Pagán-19
76Génesis Cabrera-18
77Josh Staumont-16
78Josh Taylor-
79Daniel Hudson-32
80Archie Bradley+5
81JT Chargois
82Carlos Estévez-13
83Rowan Wick+UR
84Jarlín García-9
85Dominic Leone-6
86Tyler Clippard-5
87Cole Sulser+UR
88Brent Suter-4
89Bryan Shaw-
90Yusmeiro Petit-23
91Alex Reyes-3
92A.J. Minter-1
93Connor Brogdon+7
94Brooks Raley+UR
95Chris Stratton+1
96Spencer Patton+1
97Tim Hill-3
98Jake Brentz-3
99Steve Cishek+UR
100Juan Minaya-1


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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.

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