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Hold rankings and projections 2013 fantasy baseball (punting saves?)

A new category has been gaining steam in recent years of fantasy baseball – holds.  Many owners are considering punting saves if they play in a head 2 head format which rewards holds, as they can maintain a low ERA while sweeping the holds category each and every week (because it is so often overlooked as a vital part of the fantasy team).   If you play in a league that has holds as a category, it can be hard to find information on the top “holders” in the game, and not every team uses the same set up man throughout the season.


We will be releasing updated fantasy baseball holds rankings aritcles throughout the fantasy baseball season.  Hover over the MLB category at the top of the page, and choose HOLDS from the drop down menu

This list is basically comprised of our top options as the setup (or 8th inning man) for each team, as they should have the most opportunities to earn a hold.

First off, what is a hold?  Wikipedia sites 3 different requirements

1. Enters the game in a save situation; that is, when all of the following three conditions apply:
(a) He appears in relief (i.e., is not the starting pitcher); and
(b) He is not the winning pitcher; and
(c) He qualifies under one of the following conditions:
(i) He enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and maintains that lead for at least one inning
(ii) He enters the game, regardless of the count, with the potential tying run either on base, or at bat, or on deck
(iii) He pitches effectively for at least three innings.
2. Records at least one out
3. Leaves the game before it has ended without his team having relinquished the lead at any point and does not record a save.

So basically, a hold is awarded when a pitcher enters the game in a save situation, but doesn’t earn a save or win. If you would like to see the hold leaders from 2012 to form your own rankings, please click here

Each pitcher on this list is our projected set-up man for their respective team in 2013.  Some are locks for the job (Mitchell Boggs, Vinnie Pestano) while others could see general relief duty depending on their manager’s whim this year.  Most of these relievers will go undrafted even in formats that reward holds, so don’t feel the need to reach too early for the “top” option at the position.

2013 Hold projections – fantasy baseball

Name Team IP K ERA WHIP Holds
Kenley Jansen LAD 70 104 2.24 0.86 34
Ernesto Frieri LAA 68 105 1.97 0.98 20
Ryan Cook OAK 70 84 2.15 0.96 31
Mitchell Boggs STL 70 52 2.20 1.03 35
Drew Storen WAS 70 67 2.31 0.98 34
Eric O’Flaherty ATL 60 48 1.69 1.08 30
David Robertson NYY 67 94 2.65 1.12 35
Jonathan Broxton CIN 65 83 2.34 1.09 32
Vinnie Pestano CLE 70 78 2.41 1.03 33
David Hernandez ARI 70 104 2.46 0.99 30
Bobby Parnell NYM 70 71 2.67 1.26 15
Jared Burton MIN 65 58 2.15 0.91 28
Charlie Furbush SEA 60 70 2.38 0.99 29
Pedro Strop BAL 70 63 2.51 1.26 31
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 70 85 2.87 1.10 29
Luke Gregorson SD 70 74 2.53 1.14 26
Andrew Bailey BOS 70 67 3.22 1.08 30
Joel Peralta TB 65 80 3.71 1.07 33
Joakim Soria TEX 62 68 2.99 1.11 27
Matt Thornton CWS 70 64 3.39 1.21 31
Jim Henderson MIL 65 81 3.61 1.25 31
Mike Adams PHI 65 60 3.19 1.28 28
Joaquin Benoit DET 70 82 3.83 1.17 26
Aaron Crow KC 70 71 3.53 1.21 24
Javier Lopez SF 40 29 2.61 1.29 19
Matt Belisle COL 70 57 3.86 1.35 28
Sergio Santos TOR 65 69 3.87 1.28 26
Mark Melancon PIT 65 58 4.02 1.31 23
Michael Dunn MIA 60 68 4.38 1.46 21

There were a few names left off this list (like Jonny Venters of the Braves), but since we didn’t feel like listing every reliever in baseball, we went ahead and listed the primary setup men for 2013.

kenley jansen with the win

kenley jansen with the win (Photo credit: Malingering)

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