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Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues in 2024

Top 100 RP rankings for Saves + Holds leagues in 2024.

The third and final relief pitcher rankings for today are cumulative saves plus holds (SV+HLD) list. While the opportunity for these counting stats is certainly taken into consideration, it’s typically hard to gauge with bullpen usage being so fluid throughout the season for most teams.

The bulk of the rankings are derived from bat-missing ability and pure stuff, expected outcome stats, and a little bit of HOTEL mixed in. Also, keep in mind that holds are much more volatile and harder to predict. We’ve only seen 18 seasons from a pitcher with more than 30 holds since 2016, while 79 closers have gone over 30 saves in that same time frame.

Team winning percentage essentially has no correlation with save/hold chances. The Guardians led all of baseball in save chances last season with 81, which is pretty impressive for a team that only won 76 games. The Reds, Giants, Guardians, and Pirates all finished in the top seven in saves last year, despite missing out on the playoffs.

On the flip side, the Dodgers and Astros had 61 save chances apiece last year, which was the seventh lowest in baseball despite the teams winning 190 combined games. The Rangers as a team only had 30 saves despite winning 90 games (and eventually the World Series).

Last year, the Cubs went 83-79 and had just 35 team saves and 57 save opportunities. The Reds on the other hand went 82-80 and had 53 team saves and 79 save opportunities. In 2022, the Cubs had 44 saves and 75 save opportunities while the Reds had just 31 saves and 53 save opportunities. 

Teams win games in a variety of different ways, varying from year to year, and once you factor in luck, trying to predict save totals is pretty much pointless. I worry less about team context and more on the overall talent/skill of the reliever and hope things break right.

I say it every year, but if you don’t happen to be in any leagues where holds are counted, I highly suggest you try to find one (or convince your commissioner to add them) as you really are missing out. In my opinion, it just makes leagues more realistic because you can get value rostering guys in set-up roles who may be more talented and valuable than other teams’ shaky closers.

 

Rank Pitcher Change
1Edwin DíazT1-
2Devin Williams-
3Pete Fairbanks-
4Jhoan Duran+1
5Ryan Helsley+1
6Tanner Scott-2
7Robert Stephenson-
8Emmanuel Clase+4
9Josh Hader+2
10Evan Phillips+7
11José Alvarado-3
12Bryan Abreu+6
13Andrés Muñoz-4
14Ryan Pressly-1
15Raisel Iglesias+1
16Paul Sewald+5
17David Bednar-2
18Camilo Doval-8
19Jordan Romano+1
20Craig Kimbrel+25
21Matt Brash
T2
-7
22A.J. Minter+11
23Josh Sborz+7
24Kenley Jansen+36
25Julian Merryweather+2
26Aroldis Chapman-4
27Trevor Megill+2
28Andrew Nardi+8
29Griffin Jax-6
30Jason Adam+4
31A.J. Puk-6
32Jeff Hoffman-8
33Kevin Ginkel+2
34Erik Swanson+6
35Adbert Alzolay+18
36José Leclerc+16
37Clay Holmes-18
38Alexis Díaz+20
39Hunter Harvey-
40Robert Suarez+36
41Alex Lange+18
42Joe Jiménez
T3
+8
43Alex Vesia+23
44Joe Kelly-3
45Matt Strahm+25
46Brock Stewart-8
47Gregory Soto-21
48Danny Coulombe-16
49JoJo Romero-21
50Yimi García+11
51Reynaldo López+4
52Gregory Santos-21
53Colin Poche-16
54Chris Martin-5
55Yennier Cano+2
56Tommy Kahnle-13
57Scott Barlow+11
58Taylor Rogers+19
59Phil Maton+12
60Aaron Bummer-12
61Hector Neris
T4
+4
62Mason Miller+UR
63Abner Uribe-17
64José Soriano-
65Orion Kerkering+7
66-10
67Joel Payamps-25
68Brooks Raley+13
69John Brebbia+UR
70Pierce Johnson-19
71Brusdar Graterol+7
72Giovanny Gallegos-18
73Yuki Matsui+UR
74Sam Hentges-5
75Emilio Pagán+UR
76Ben Joyce+14
77Colin Holderman-3
78Jonathan Loáisiga+1
79Trevor Stephan+16
80Lucas Sims+UR
81Jason Foley-6
82-2
83Caleb Thielbar+1
84Gabe Speier+7
85Luke Jackson+3
86Trevor Richards
T5
+3
87James McArthur-40
88Ian Gibaut+UR
89Chad Green-27
90Garrett Cleavinger+UR
91Ryan Brasier-5
92Caleb Ferguson-7
93Shawn Armstrong+UR
94Steven Wilson+UR
95Rafael Montero+4
96Tim Mayza+1
97-34
98Matt Moore-11
99David Robertson-26
100-18

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.

2 responses to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues in 2024”

  1. Ray O says:

    Isn’t Will Smith the favorite to close in Kansas City? He doesn’t even make the top 100?

  2. Dan says:

    Mason Miller is projected to be a top 5-10 RP this year. I realize the opportunities may be lower, but 62 seems a tad low given his skillset.

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