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Following up on our weekly Closers and Holds articles will be our Top 100 RP’s for SV+HD leagues every Friday. Use this list to get a feel for the current reliever market and to gauge value for trades, waiver adds, etc.
- Josh Hader being the best RP in baseball shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to those who have been following his career since the second half of last year when the Brewers transitioned him into a reliever. Currently, he is basically Andrew Miller with more usage and who’s going to see 1-2 save chances a week. He currently leads relievers in K/9, WAR, is 2nd in xFIP, 3rd in SIERA, 4th in SwStr% and Z-Contact% to go along with 2 saves and 4 holds over 11.2 innings. I’m fully buying into the former top prospect as a top-tier reliever until he proves otherwise.
- Adam Ottavino and Carl Edwards could also make a case for being the best non-closer relievers out there right now, but I can’t imagining they will be able to keep up with Hader’s usage. Even after a terrible 2017, Ottavino’s great start should mostly be sustainable with the exception being the strikeout numbers. He should still manage to produce weak contact though and get an ample amount of holds in Colorado. Edwards has a great chance at going over 100 K’s this season and is currently having a great season all the while combating a .357 BABIP.
- Kirby Yates came off the DL yesterday and should go back into a setup role for the Padres. The Padres are one of those sneaky mediocre-bad teams that still find ways to keep games close and find plenty of save/hold opportunities for relievers. He was off to a good start, albeit just 5 games, before an ankle injury derailed him. His SwStr% was down in the 3+ innings he had thrown earlier, but interestingly he hasn’t been charted throwing any sliders yet, a pitch he threw 25% last year. Instead, he upped his changeup usage more than 20%, something to keep an eye on after his strong 2017 season.
- After blowing his second save on Wednesday night, there’s been some talk about Hunter Strickland losing the grip on the temporary closer job in San Francisco until Mark Melancon returns. Melancon has yet to begin throwing (scheduled to do so next week) so this does have some significance, but I’d still bet on Strickland getting the next chance based on everything Bruce Bochy has said. I do like Watson a tad better though in leagues that count holds equally, and favor him much more over the rest of the season.