Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/18/14
C’mon, how are you supposed to hit against THAT face?!Adam is very ambitious. There are 166 days between this first post and 2014′s MLB Opening Day on March 23, and he wants to see how many lists he can compile in that time. Adam is very good at making lists. Adam is not very good at thinking of ideas. Adam needs your help. Help Adam make history! Submit an idea and he’ll work it into his offseason schedule!Here I am still going strong on my attempt to create as many lists as possible between now and the start of next year’s fantasy season. So far we have no road blocks and open daylight. Today’s topic is inspired by a reader (who did that here).Holds strike me as a fickle year-to-year stat, in which more than 20 is considered “good”.  Plus, admittedly, I have never plaid in a league that rewarded Holds as a stat, but I will do my best.  Put 10 minutes on the clock, and here goes list #3!Top sources of holds heading into 2014Tyler Clippard – It seems fairly clear that the Nationals are not going to use Clippard as a closer as long as Rafael Soriano is in the picture.Joel Peralta — Even if the Rays decide not to bring back Fernando Rodney (I suspect they won’t), my guess is they will either sign someone on the cheap or use Jake McGee in the closer role. McGee is more than ready, and I think he will succeed if given the chance.Sean Doolittle — My money is on Billy Beane letting Grant Balfour walk and anointing Ryan Cook as next year’s closer. This means plenty more opportunities for the underrated Doolittle to pitch in the 8th and pick up some holds.Joe Smith — I am not going to be the least bit surprised if there is a change in the closer position in Cleveland (assuming he is brought back), but based on usage and performance this year I would be surprised if Joe Smith isn’t used as a high-leverage late inning guy regardless of where he ends up.Luke Gregerson — One of these years he will get a shot to close, but for now Huston Street is not going anywhere.Sergio Santos – Casey Janssen is a free agent but has a very team-friendly option that I expect to be exercised. I could easily be wrong on this one, but I see lots of late-inning opportunity for Santos to rack up Holds and Ks.Paco Rodriguez — The Dodgers will hopefully keep Kenley Jansen in the 9th, and if that happens I see set-up man potential all over Paco.Joakim Soria – I don’t think he showed enough to convince Texas brass he can replace Joe Nathan, but I do think he will get every opportunity to claim a high-leverage role. On the same team, I can also see Tanner Scheppers becoming a top holds option.Stephen Pryor — Carter Capps is terrible, Danny Farquar is legit…if and when healthy Pryor should be a high leverage stud.
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