Starting Pitcher Rankings – Week 2

Welcome to my Week 2 Starting Pitcher Rankings. Affectionately named “Arm Candy Rankings”.

(I’ll let you pick your favorite type)

These rankings will be updated weekly. I’m not doing tiers for SP’s or hitters because there isn’t a big drop-off anywhere except after Kershaw.

These rankings are to give you an idea of comparative trade value or which streamers you may want to hold on to.

My advice is to take a look around your league and get a general idea of the highest range of pitchers available on the waiver wire. For example, in one of my leagues the best pitchers available are in the 50-60 range. This means any pitchers I own significantly better than that I hold. Any in that level or worse I stream until they prove to be better than that range. If your whole staff falls at that line I hope your hitting is good.

On to the Rankings!

  1. Clayton Kershaw (LAD)
  2. Max Scherzer (WAS)
  3. Yu Darvish (TEX) – Healthy and elite K/9 paired with improved offense
  4. Noah Syndergaard (NYM)
  5. Madison Bumgarner (SF)
  6. Chris Sale (BOS) – If I was doing tiers I would mark off after Sale. I feel it’s a clear top 6. His pitching to contact limits him from moving into the top 4.
  7. Corey Kluber (CLE) – No consistent enough. 
  8. Justin Verlander (DET) – As good or better than last year so far. 
  9. Stephen Strasburg (WAS) – I will never trust him
  10. John Lester (CHC)
  11. Johnny Cueto (SF) – Mr. Consistent. Always better than projected and beats FIP like a drum.
  12. Jacob DeGrom (NYM)
  13. Jake Arrietta (CHC) – Off to a great start and could move up soon.
  14. Chris Archer (TB)
  15. Carlos Carrasco (CLE)
  16. Kyle Hendricks (CHC)
  17. Gerrit Cole (PIT) – Has all the tools to move up ten spots.
  18. Kenta Maeda (LAD)
  19. Carlos Martinez (STL)
  20. Danny Duffy (KC)
  21. Dallas Keuchel (HOU) – Was a bit unlucky last year. I expect closer 2015 form.
  22. Danny Salazar (CLE) – Personal favorite. Has some nasty nasty stuff.
  23. Lance McCullers (HOU)
  24. Aaron Sanchez (TB) – Don’t love the K/9 but can’t argue with the results last 2 years. Only 24.
  25. Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) – Rough start and elbow will always worry me.
  26. James Paxton (SEA) – Everyones Pre-season darling. Pitching like a Cy-Young candidate so far.
  27. Matt Harvey (NYM) – Arm looks good, can he return to dominance?
  28. John Lackey (CHC)
  29. Jose Quintana (CHW)
  30. Zach Greinke (ARI) – Should have plenty of run support. May actually care this year.
  31. Rick Porcello (BOS)
  32. Cole Hamels (TEX) – Name value is higher than actual value these days
  33. Marcus Stroman (TOR) – I had to fight myself from ranking higher. His WBC performances were nice.
  34. Jameson Taillon (PIT) – It’s fun starting a pitcher who never walks anyone.
  35. Kevin Gausman (BAL)
  36. Sean Manaea (OAK)
  37. Michael Fulmer (DET) – He’s either got a lot of regression headed his way or he is AL Johnny Cueto. Not a long enough track record to trust like some are.
  38. Jonathan Gray (COL) – Park sucks, team might too, but that arm is nice.
  39. J.A. Happ (TOR)
  40. David Price (BOS)
  41. Aaron Nola (PHI) – I drool when I watch him. Going to rise quickly if he keeps that control.
  42. Julio Teheran (ATL)
  43. Dylan Bundy (BAL)
  44. Robbie Ray (ARI)
  45. Felix Hernandez (SEA)
  46. Jerad Eickhoff (PHI)
  47. Vince Velasquez (PHI)
  48. Jharel Cotton (OAK)
  49. Stephen Matz (NYM)
  50. Jake Odorizzi (TB)
  51. Rich Hill (LAD)
  52. Tanner Roark (WAS)
  53. Jeff Samardzija (SF)
  54. Garret Richards (LAA)
  55. Joe Ross (WAS)
  56. Taijuan Walker (ARI) – Tough to rank. Tougher to own.
  57. Daniel Norris (DET)
  58. Michael Pineda (NYY)
  59. Matt Shoemaker (LAA)
  60. Eduardo Rodriguez (BOS)
  61. Carlos Rodon (CHW)
  62. Brandon Finnegan (CIN)
  63. Julio Urias (LAD)
  64. Jason Hammel (KC)
  65. Tyler Glasnow (PIT) – I could see him dropping out despite his pure arm talent. Can’t succeed with that walk rate.
  66. Robert Gsellman (NYM)
  67. Matt Moore (SF)
  68. Tyler Skaggs (LAA)
  69. Ervin Santana (MIN)
  70. Adam Wainwright (STL)
  71. Marco Estrada (TOR)
  72. Lance Lynn (STL)
  73. Joe Musgrove (HOU)
  74. Kendall Graveman (OAK)
  75. Blake Snell (TB) – Same as Glasnow
  76. Ian Kennedy (KC)
  77. Alex Cobb (TB)
  78. Charlie Morton (HOU)
  79. Ivan Nova (PIT) – That team is bad and I doubt he ever hits his potential
  80. Amir Garrett (CIN)
  81. Michael Wacha (STL)
  82. Gio Gonzalez (WAS)
  83. Jeremy Hellickson (PHI)
  84. Zach Davies (MIL)
  85. Mike Foltynewicz (ATL)
  86. Luis Severino (NYY)
  87. Drew Pomeranz (BOS)
  88. Adam Conley (MIA)
  89. Reynaldo Lopez (CHW)
  90. Zach Wheeler (NYM)
  91. Trevor Bauer (CLE)
  92. Sonny Gray (OAK)
  93. Shelby Miller (ARI)
  94. Drew Smyly (TB)
  95. Andrew Triggs (OAK)
  96. Hishashi Iwakuma (SEA)
  97. Francisco Liriano (TOR) – One of my personal favorites. Would love him to find some control this year.
  98. Jaime Garcia (ATL)
  99. Patick Corbin (ARI)
  100. Dan Strailey (MIA)

Wow that was tough. My confidence level was pretty high starting out but the differences got smaller and smaller as I made my way down the list. The bottom 40ish are so close it’s kind of silly when it’s all broken down.

Some quick notes on high/low rankings

  • I love Darvish, I think he should win the Cy Young this year.
  • I’m not as sold on Fulmer as others.
  • I don’t trust young guys like Glasnow/Snell until they can find the strike zone regularly like Taillon.
  • Stroman is underrated this year, I probably have him too low.
  • Keuchel looks like he’s returned to form.
  • I don’t like Nova at all this year.

I’m sure I missed some things and a few nuances since this is my first attempt at a complete list. Next week will be honed in a bit better as I make adjustments throughout the week.

Thanks for Reading!