This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.
Many leagues have adopted holds to add relevancy to setup men. This is unnecessary as there are already far more undrafted middle relievers ultimately proving to be assets. You can count the number of middle relievers not thought to be in the mix for saves drafted onto an active roster spot in 15-team mixed leagues on one hand. Admittedly, some drafted as speculative closers double as useful middle relievers regardless of role, but there is still a huge inefficiency.
The following data is for 15-team mixed leagues, but the pattern transcends all leagues using standard 5x5 rotisserie scoring. The table shows the number of pitchers with season-ending positive value, first the number of starters, then the relievers broken down by number of saves.
|Year||SP||26+ SV||16-25 SV||6-15 SV||0-5 SV|
It's fair to point out that season-ending values incorporate saves, which adds to earnings. To that end, re-running values without counting saves reveals