To this point during the regular season we’ve mostly focused on relievers who can get you saves, but about once a month I want to turn my attention to guys who are valuable in leagues that count holds or saves plus holds. In most cases, I’m just looking for good pitchers who will at least be used somewhere in the later innings. While these players are more valuable in leagues that count holds, they are also good names to know because if they ever were in line for saves, I believe they would be successful.

This list isn’t actually as long as I thought it would be, which just goes to show that it is still early, and good sources for saves are still emerging. Looking back at least season, a lot of the holds leaders came out of nowhere. Juan Nicasio led all of baseball with 10 holds in March and April but finished with 19. Steve Cishek had just three holds in April but finished the season tied for 28th. If you missed out on the early holds leaders, there is still hope for the rest...