Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 9/17

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

I think we have featured almost every Rays reliever at this point in the season, but it wouldn’t be fair to leave their All-Star Andrew Kittredge out. Kittredge sits in the top 25 amongst relievers in multiple categories this season, including ERA, WHIP, xFIP, SIERA, CSW, GB%, and WAR. He also leads all relievers in O-Swing%, with his 45% rate being a full 3.6% higher than the second-highest pitcher. While eight Rays pitchers have saves since the start of August, Kittredge is the only one with more than one with five saves. For the year, Kittredge only has seven saves and six holds which is why he hasn’t been higher on this list all year, despite his ratios and K rate.




  • It hasn’t been the smoothest past two weeks for Paul Sewald, as he has an ERA of 7.94 and WHIP of 1.59 over his last 5.2 innings while failing to record any saves (one hold). It may just be a simple late-season rough patch, but the gap between him and Drew Steckenrider has certainly tightened.
  • Mychal Givens started the month on a sour note, allowing three earned while only getting one out back on the third of the month. Since then, he’s allowed just one earned run over 5.2 innings while also picking up four saves. The Reds have a tough matchup this weekend with the Dodgers, but next week they play seven games at home against the Pirates and Nationals.


  • A pair of NL East closers have some good matchups over the next seven days starting with Dylan Floro who gets the Pirates and Nationals over his next six games. Nationals closer Kyle Finnegan gets the Rockies (at home) and then the Marlins. Floro seems like the safer bet at this time after Finnegan’s previous outing (four ER allowed) but I think both are good bets for this weekend.
  • Dylan Floro and T.J. McFarland were the only two relievers to pick up three SV+HLD’s this past week. I mentioned Floro above, but McFarland also deserves some love after the veteran lefty has five saves over the past two weeks, which is tied for the league lead. McFarland won’t miss any bats, but as long as he isn’t ruining your ratios, he’s worth rostering to help with holds.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Liam Hendriks-
3Ryan Pressly-
4Raisel Iglesias-
5Kenley Jansen
6Edwin Díaz-1
7Emmanuel Clase-
8Jordan Romano-
9Aroldis Chapman+1
10Will Smith+1
11Giovanny Gallegos+1
12Mark Melancon
13Craig Kimbrel+2
14Blake Treinen+2
15Devin Williams+2
16Kendall Graveman+2
18Paul Sewald-9
19Scott Barlow-
20Diego Castillo+2
21Chad Green-1
22Andrew Kittredge+1
23Anthony Bender
24Aaron Bummer+3
25Drew Steckenrider+12
26Héctor Neris+5
27Andrew Chafin+5
28Pete Fairbanks-
29J.P. Feyereisen-
30Adam Ottavino+3
31Nick Anderson+3
32Mychal Givens+31
33Joe Barlow-7
34Gregory Soto+1
35Seth Lugo+1
36Garrett Whitlock+4
37Michael Kopech+2
38Michael Fulmer+9
39Collin McHugh-1
40Matt Barnes+UR
41Tyler Matzek
42Brad Boxberger+1
43Luis García+7
44Luke Jackson+18
45Trevor May-4
46Tim Mayza-1
47Lucas Sims-3
48Dylan Floro+22
49Aaron Loup+2
50Alex Vesia-2
51Corey Knebel+6
52Phil Bickford-
53Ryne Stanek+3
54Garrett Crochet-
55Michael Lorenzen-
56Kyle Finnegan+13
57Ian Kennedy-11
58Génesis Cabrera+18
59Josh Staumont+18
60Alex Colomé+5
61Pierce Johnson
62Joe Kelly+9
63Codi Heuer-5
64Jake Cousins-5
65Jake Diekman-16
66Julian Merryweather-6
67Josh Taylor+11
68Richard Rodríguez-7
69Jhoulys Chacín+5
70José Alvarado-3
71JT Chargois+10
72Alex Reyes+19
73Daniel Hudson+6
74Sergio Romo-10
75Austin Adams-9
76Tyler Duffey-8
77Adam Cimber-4
78Carlos Estévez+4
79Emilio Pagán-4
80Rowan Wick+3
81Dominic Leone
82Archie Bradley-2
83Bryan Shaw+6
84Chris Martin+UR
85Spencer Patton+11
86Steve Cishek+13
87Tyler Clippard-1
88T.J. McFarland+UR
89Cole Sulser-2
90A.J. Minter+2
91Brooks Raley+3
92Tim Hill+5
93Chris Stratton+2
94Jarlín García-10
95Brent Suter-7
96Casey Sadler+UR
97Juan Minaya+3
98Tyler Wells+UR
99Jake Brentz-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.

One response to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 9/17”

  1. BB says:

    Don’t really get the love for Feyereisen – high walk rate, low strikeouts, not that many SVHD per appearance, ERA seems luck-driven (around half of his xFIP/SIERA). Has been even worse since returning from the IL, both BB/9 and K/9 at 6.4, two holds in seven appearances, 3.9 ERA (6.7 xFIP/6.3 SIERA). Seems to be increasingly buried in a deep bullpen (overall pLI of 1.4).

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