Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 9/4

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

Since returning from a bout with Covid-19, things have been a bit rocky for Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman. In his first 5 outings, the flamethrowing lefty has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 1.75 while blowing 2 saves and picking up a loss. His stuff looks fine for the most part, so what’s been the problem?

As Yoan Moncada just pointed out yesterday, his “body hasn’t felt the same after the virus”, which is an important reminder that this virus can still affect players even after they have recovered. I’m not saying this is the reason for Chapmans struggles, but I think we need to take into consideration that, for one reason or another, a player returning from Covid may still not be at 100% for a while.




  • Zack Britton returned to the Yankees bullpen on Tuesday and while he’s quickly picked up 2 holds, the results on the mound have been mixed. I was originally planning on him being near the end of tier 2, but after last nights 3 hit, 1 walk, 2 ER outing, I pushed him down a little bit in case there are still some lasting effects from that groin injury.


  • Nick Wittgren hit a bit of a rough patch in the early/middle part of August, but has allowed just 4 baserunners over his past 7 outings. Even with James Karinchak and Brad Hand dominating the latter innings, expect Wittgren to see plenty of hold chances the rest of the way.


  • While Will Smith hasn’t quite made the impact the Braves were hoping for, Chris Martin and Shane Greene have been great this season. Over 28 combined innings, the two have allowed just 3 runs while walking only 5 batters.


  • Two relievers, Mark Melancon and Ryan Pressly, had 3 SV+HD’s this past week. Melancon in particular had a great week, not allowing a baserunner in his 3 outings while striking out 3. He may not generate swings and misses at a high rate, but the groundball specialist has been highly effective ever since the second half of last season.



Rank Pitcher Change
1Liam HendriksT1+2
2Devin Williams+9
3Josh Hader-2
4Nick Anderson+3
5Drew Pomeranz+13
6Giovanny Gallegos+4
7Tyler Duffey
8Kenley Jansen-4
9Aroldis Chapman-7
10Chad Green-2
11James Karinchak-5
12Tanner Rainey-3
13Ryan Pressly+3
14Edwin Díaz-2
15Brad Hand-
16Taylor Rogers-3
17Diego Castillo+2
18Alex Colomé
19Trevor Rosenthal+8
20Rafael Montero+1
21Jonathan Hernández+1
22Mark Melancon+6
23Raisel Iglesias+3
24Scott Barlow-4
25Blake Treinen-1
26Joakim Soria-3
27Sergio Romo-2
28David Phelps+8
30Zack Britton+16
32Nick Wittgren+19
33Ty Buttrey
34Will Smith-4
35Chris Martin+34
36Shane Greene+28
37Archie Bradley-8
38Brandon Workman-4
39Gregory Soto+14
40Matt Barnes-2
41Jeremy Jeffress+7
42Daniel Hudson-9
43Caleb Ferguson-4
44Adam Ottavino-3
45Jake Diekman+2
46Rowan Wick-9
47Yusmeiro Petit+5
48Will Harris-8
50José Cisnero+17
51Josh Staumont+11
52Emilio Pagán-17
53Justin Wilson
54Trevor May-9
55Carlos Estévez-11
56Félix Peña+9
57Freddy Peralta-7
58Yoshi Hirano+18
59Anthony Bass-1
60Brandon Kintzler-11
61John Gant+9
62Richard Rodríguez-1
63Daniel Bard-8
64Tyler Clippard-8
65Mychal Givens-8
66Héctor Neris+32
67Ryan Brasier+UR
68Phil Maton+UR
69Ken Giles-15
70Lucas Sims-7
71Ryan Helsley-
72Jordan Romano-55
74Tommy Hunter+5
75T.J. McFarland+12
77Rafael Dolis+15
78Blake Taylor+11
80Kyle Ryan+16
81A.J. Cole+UR
82Yimi García+UR
83Buck Farmer+3
84Oliver Pérez+1
85Pedro Báez-11
86Jake McGee-18
87Brusdar Graterol+13
88Tanner Scott+7
89Junior Guerra+UR
90Oliver Drake-12
91Jesse Hahn+UR
92A.J. Minter+UR
93Andrew Miller-5
94Luis Cessa+UR
95Enoli Paredes+UR
96Hunter Harvey+UR
97Craig Kimbrel-37
98Keone Kela+1
99Matt Strahm-17
100Craig Stammen-7


Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@freshmeatcomm on Twitter)

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: 9/4”

  1. Chad Banks says:

    Staumont seems like a stud. Should be not be higher despite team context?

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