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Nick Mariano's Updated Saves+Holds Rankings for Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers

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It's high time for a June update to hit the summer months strong with a powerful bullpen in our sails. I am back with an updated top-150 Saves+Holds (Solds) rankings with two months of baseball on the scoresheet. Time is precious but so are those of you who play in formats with SV+HLD/Solds or leagues where Saves and Holds are separate categories. Perhaps you're just a fantasy baseball bullpens fiend like me and can't help yourself from reading relief pitcher content!

While the closer's role is important, an increasing number of managers are moving their best arm into a flexible role while shuffling who gets the ninth. 2022 has been no exception as we see some more focus on Saves+Holds (or Solds, or SV+HLD) leagues, which allow for fantasy leagues to reward the best arms regardless of the inning, though it still favors closers in a vacuum. Be sure to also check out our constantly updated fantasy baseball closers and saves depth charts.

Reminder: A hold is recorded when a relief pitcher enters with a lead of three runs or less, or with the tying run on deck, at the plate, or on base, and maintains that lead while recording at least one out. While I look for pitchers used in high-leverage situations, this is also about how good the arm is and how efficient their K/9 works for many of you. I present you with my top-150 RP ranks, with tiers, their respective rank within the bullpen on their team, and some notes, followed by a trade-deadline preview. Currently, injured players are left off for this edition.

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Updated Saves+Holds Rankings - Mixed Leagues

Rankings updated on June 6th

Rank Tier Player Team Lg Team Rank Notes
1 1 Josh Hader MIL NL 1 Damn near perfect '22 until Phils got to him
2 1 Liam Hendriks CWS AL 1 Early injury/tipping issues look clear
3 1 Edwin Diaz NYM NL 1 Nearly an 18.0 K/9, whew!
4 1 Jordan Romano TOR AL 1 16 saves already
5 1 Raisel Iglesias LAA AL 1 Barely used as Halos continue skid
6 2 Taylor Rogers SD NL 1 Early stud still safe in role
7 2 Kenley Jansen ATL NL 1
8 2 Craig Kimbrel LAD NL 1 Flashes of old CK, but loses command too often
9 2 Devin Williams MIL NL 2 Airbender firing on all cylinders
10 2 Emmanuel Clase CLE AL 1 Doing what he can with few opps
11 2 David Bednar PIT NL 1 Glad PIT gave up on sharing 9th
12 2 Clay Holmes NYY AL 1 Breakout star should be NYY closer RoS
13 2 Ryan Pressly HOU AL 1 SwStr% still 14%, Ks should tick up
14 3 Ryan Helsley STL NL 1 Fireballer stepping up for STL
15 3 Jhoan Duran MIN AL 1 SVHLD rewards Duran, love it
16 3 Paul Sewald SEA AL 1 2 saves in past week
17 2 Giovanny Gallegos STL NL 2 Still STL's No. 2 RP, used as a fireman
18 3 Scott Barlow KC AL 1
19 3 Kendall Graveman CWS AL 2 BABIP 30 pts above career norm, should settle
20 3 Joe Barlow TEX AL 1 TEX finally committed to him in 9th
21 3 Corey Knebel PHI NL 1 No Girardi may mean the seat is heating
22 3 Andrew Kittredge TB AL 1 Should resume high-leverage role
23 3 Camilo Doval SF NL 1 Recent scuffles but still late-inning K guy
24 3 Gregory Soto DET AL 1 Lesser Ks but also BBs, trade-off working
25 4 Dany Jimenez OAK AL 1 Next cheap OAK option to ascend
26 4 Hector Neris HOU AL 3 Little more trust than Montero for me
27 4 Jorge Lopez BAL AL 1
28 4 Tanner Rainey WAS NL 1
29 4 Ryan Tepera LAA AL 2 Used often, racking up SVHLDs
30 4 David Robertson CHC NL 1
31 4 Daniel Hudson LAD NL 2 Looking crisp, may press Kimbrel for 9th
32 5 Seth Lugo NYM NL 2
33 5 Rafael Montero HOU AL 2
34 5 Michael King NYY AL 2 Dominant ceiling, better now after recent slide
35 5 Diego Castillo SEA AL 2
36 5 Daniel Bard COL NL 1
37 5 A.J. Minter ATL NL 3
38 5 Andrew Chafin DET AL 3
39 5 Adam Cimber TOR AL 3
40 5 Aaron Bummer CWS AL 4
41 6 Michael Fulmer DET AL 2
42 6 Brooks Raley TB AL 4
43 6 Andres Munoz SEA AL 3 High-ceiling fastball but inconsistent command
44 6 Alexis Diaz CIN NL 3 Could be CIN's best RP
45 6 Drew Smith NYM NL 3
46 6 Brad Boxberger MIL NL 3
47 6 Josh Staumont KC AL 2
48 6 William Smith ATL NL 2
49 6 Emilio Pagan MIN AL 2 Gets late opps but it's a tightrope act
50 6 Matt Wisler TB AL 6
51 6 Phil Maton HOU AL 4
52 6 Jake Diekman BOS AL 1 Late opps if you can eat high WHIP
53 6 Tyler Rogers SF NL 3
54 6 Aaron Loup LAA AL 3
55 6 Mychal Givens CHC NL 3
56 7 John Brebbia SF NL 6
57 7 Jake McGee SF NL 4
58 7 Alex Vesia LAD NL 4
59 7 Mark Melancon ARI NL 1 Near .400 BABIP, he's not THIS bad
60 7 Seranthony Dominguez PHI NL 2 My fav to challenge Knebel
61 7 Art Warren CIN NL 2
62 7 Luis Garcia SD NL 2
63 7 Genesis Cabrera STL NL 3
64 7 Yimi Garcia TOR AL 2
65 7 Brusdar Graterol LAD NL 3
66 8 Colin Poche TB AL 3 Has TB trust for late work
67 8 Cole Sulser MIA NL 2 Can't string together enough good
68 8 Ian Kennedy ARI NL 2
69 8 Zach Jackson OAK AL 3
70 8 Anthony Bass MIA NL 1
71 8 Alex Lange DET AL 4
72 8 Griffin Jax MIN AL 5
73 8 Felix Bautista BAL AL 2 Look out if Lopez is dealt
74 8 Ryne Stanek HOU AL 5
75 8 Tyler Kinley COL NL 2 Strong slider has earned COL setup role
76 8 Wil Crowe PIT NL 3
77 8 Collin McHugh ATL NL 4
78 8 Trevor Stephan CLE AL 5
79 8 John Schreiber BOS AL 2 BOS most consistent RP in '22
80 8 Tanner Houck BOS AL 3 Was warming for save last weekend
81 8 Jason Adam TB AL 5
82 8 Brock Burke TEX AL 3
83 8 Kyle Nelson ARI NL 5
84 8 Tyler Duffey MIN AL 3
85 8 Matt Foster CWS AL 3
86 8 Scott Effross CHC NL 4
87 8 Joe Mantiply ARI NL 3 ARI's best behind tradeable vets
88 8 Tanner Scott MIA NL 3
89 9 John King TEX AL 5
90 9 Brad Hand PHI NL 3
91 8 Will Vest DET AL 5 Electric but below the Chafin/Fulmer/Soto trio
92 9 Matt Strahm BOS AL 4
93 9 Eli Morgan CLE AL 4 Looks great in the 'pen, opps may grow
94 9 Dillon Tate BAL AL 3
95 9 Dennis Santana TEX AL 4
96 9 Cionel Perez BAL AL 4
97 9 Nick Sandlin CLE AL 6
98 9 Joe Smith MIN AL 4 Low Ks but steady Holds play
99 9 Steven Wilson SD NL 5
100 9 Joely Rodriguez NYM NL 5
101 9 Jose Ruiz CWS AL 5
102 9 Tony Santillan CIN NL 1
103 9 Evan Phillips LAD NL 5
104 9 Noe Ramirez ARI NL 4
105 9 A.J. Puk OAK AL 2 Nice to see health holding up
106 9 Robert Suarez SD NL 3 Has recovered well after early woes
107 9 Trevor Gott MIL NL 4
108 9 David Phelps TOR AL 4
109 9 Chris Stratton PIT NL 2
110 9 Adam Ottavino NYM NL 4 Frisbee slider Ks and BBs, as is tradition
111 9 Dominic Leone SF NL 2
112 9 Ryan Thompson TB AL 7
113 9 Domingo Acevedo OAK AL 5
114 9 Matt Bush TEX AL 2
115 9 Steven Okert MIA NL 5
116 9 Kyle Finnegan WAS NL 2
117 9 Miguel Castro NYY AL 3
118 9 Rowan Wick CHC NL 2
119 9 Penn Murfee SEA AL 4 Love him, Holds should come soon
120 9 Jalen Beeks TB AL 8
121 10 Alex Colome COL NL 3 Low Ks & Coors = not worth it
122 10 Reynaldo Lopez CWS AL 7
123 10 Jackson Stephens ATL NL 5 Earning more leverage for ATL
124 10 Nabil Crismatt SD NL 4
125 10 Bryan Shaw CLE AL 2
126 10 Andre Pallante STL NL 5
127 10 Craig Stammen SD NL 7
128 10 Justin Bruihl LAD NL 6
129 10 Victor Arano WAS NL 3
130 10 Sam Hentges CLE AL 3
131 10 Luis Cessa CIN NL 4
132 10 Oliver Ortega LAA AL 4
133 10 Dylan Floro MIA NL 4
134 10 Jimmy Herget LAA AL 5
135 10 Collin Snider KC AL 3
136 10 Nick Wittgren STL NL 4
137 10 Blake Taylor HOU AL 6
138 10 Jeurys Familia PHI NL 4
139 10 Trevor Richards TOR AL 5
140 10 Lou Trivino OAK AL 4
141 10 Dillon Peters PIT NL 4
142 10 Phil Bickford LAD NL 7
143 10 Wandy Peralta NYY AL 5
144 10 Joe Jimenez DET AL 6
145 10 Ryan Brasier BOS AL 5
146 10 Louis Head MIA NL 7
147 10 Jarlin Garcia SF NL 5
148 10 Brandon Hughes CHC NL 5
149 10 Carl Edwards Jr. WAS NL 4
150 10 Arodys Vizcaino KC AL 4

Saves+Holds Tiered Rankings Analysis Notes

The table and notes largely speak for themselves, but I'll quickly speak on a few situations to monitor as the Aug. 2 trade deadline draws ever closer:

-Baltimore should explore trades for Jorge López given his strong start to '22 as their stopper. Félix Bautista stands the gain the most by way of consistent late work as a result, though both Cionel Pérez and Dillon Tate would also see a bump. I'm sure López would see plenty of hold opportunities wherever he went, though stepping onto a contender as a closer is unlikely.

-Seattle could look into replicating last year's Kendall Graveman deal with Paul Sewald if their fortune doesn't turn around in the next month. Again, Sewald is good enough to earn high-leverage innings wherever he lands. Perhaps this would also hinge on how well Ken Giles looks upon his arrival with Seattle after his rehab work is all done. I'd imagine that Diego Castillo, Andrés Muñoz, Penn Murfee, and company can hold down the fort on their own though, even if Giles isn't 100% and Drew Steckenrider can't recover his form in the minors.

-Chicago's North Siders will be fielding many a call regarding Willson Contreras as his contract nears an end on a high note, but David Robertson has performed well and should get flipped as well. Rowan Wick has pitched well enough to earn another crack at the closer's role, while Mychal Givens can be the veteran fallback. Scott Effross continues to display swing-and-miss stuff while Brandon Hughes has emerged as a sneaky weapon too.

-Cincinnati could deal anyone at this point, with the best potential awaiting in Alexis Díaz. I doubt Lucas Sims will have enough time to establish any trade value (if he returns before the deadline at all), but Tony Santillan or Art Warren could certainly go.

-Kansas City will likely consider trading one or both of Scott Barlow and Josh Staumont, which leaves us speculating on Arodys Vizcaíno and Dylan Coleman types for KC's back-end. Perhaps Amir Garrett will be back by then, but he's done little to warrant much confidence in 2022 after the 2021 debacle.

-Pittsburgh may get overwhelmed for David Bednar and fall back into a mash of Chris Stratton, Wil Crowe, and Dillon Peters as the left-hander if Bednar is dealt. I can see the Red Sox overpaying for a true anchor at RP if they keep rising, or maybe the Yankees re-unite Bednar with Clay Holmes as a vicious one-two threat with the injuries they've sustained.

-Oakland is another team we can always count on to flip good performers for future, cheap assets. That said, I'd be surprised if Dany Jiménez was moved given the cheap team control Oakland has to flex with him.

This is a net-zero game and while it's fun to think about the pitchers that climb their respective bullpen totem poles instead of others being dealt, you have to be prepared for the third or fourth options on contending teams to be pushed out a bit. On the whole, I'd expect the Yankees, Cardinals, Padres, Giants, Twins, and Red Sox to be the strongest bullpen buyers. Luckily, I don't think many of you are leaning heavily on the Miguel Castro/Tyler Rogers/Tyler Duffey contingent.

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