The List

The List 8/31: Weekly Rankings Of The Top 100 Starting Pitchers ROS

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Every Monday, I will be releasing “The List” where I rank the current value of the Top 100 pitchers in fantasy baseball for the rest of the season. Use these rankings to help understand what to expect from pitchers for the rest of 2015, and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues.

Let’s see what has changed in the SP market since last week:

The List (Click to expand table)

Current RankingPlayerPrevious RankingsWorst RankingBest Ranking
Clayton Kershaw 111
Chris Sale242
Max Scherzer362
Corey Kluber454
Zack Greinke5165
Jake Arrieta6146
Jacob DeGrom7207
David Price8147
Madison Bumgarner9136
Chris Archer105610
Gerrit Cole11247
Dallas Keuchel125712
Matt Harvey13176
Johnny Cueto151510
Sonny Gray163615
Jon Lester173315
Felix Hernandez 18182
Danny Salazar19Unranked19
Carlos Carrasco142613
Cole Hamels232310
Noah Syndergaard21Unranked17
Masahiro Tanaka244024
Michael Wacha254422
Jordan Zimmermann263713
Scott Kazmir285125
Lance Lynn305220
Francisco Liriano225420
Carlos Martinez296924
Stephen Strasburg20425
Michael Pineda314112
Luis Severino44Unranked32
Jake Odorizzi275925
Hisashi Iwakuma326223
Justin Verlander598334
Shelby Miller337429
Jaime Garcia36Unranked36
Collin McHugh425619
Garrett Richards434318
Jose Quintana376336
Jason Hammel358222
Tyson Ross394123
James Shields404218
Eduardo Rodriguez46Unranked34
Nathan Karns41Unranked41
John Lackey45Unranked45
Patrick Corbin48Unranked41
Josh Tomlin63Unranked47
Yordano Ventura516926
Steven Matz67Unranked37
Lance McCullers38Unranked34
Mike Fiers536237
Taylor Jungmann49Unranked45
Drew Smyly50Unranked50
Joe Ross34Unranked30
Raisel Iglesias54Unranked54
Taijuan Walker 568636
Julio Teheran556423
John Lamb72Unranked58
Gio Gonzalez525937
Carlos Rodon57Unranked39
Ivan Nova60Unranked56
Chris Bassitt61Unranked61
Jesse Chavez62Unranked42
Alex Wood747416
Andrew Heaney 65Unranked50
Chris Tillman68Unranked64
Wei-Yin Chen69Unranked64
Jeff Samardzija666823
Derek Holland80Unranked69
Kevin Gausman71Unranked63
Chris Heston86Unranked43
Kris Medlen100Unranked72
Charlie Morton70Unranked70
Hector Santiago64Unranked50
Jose Berrios90Unranked75
Aaron Nola47Unranked45
Matt ShoemakerUnranked9333
Trevor Bauer777838
Jimmy Nelson739444
Kyle Hendricks58Unranked44
Nathan Eovaldi899851
Ervin Santana78Unranked59
Jose Fernandez 87879
Ian Kennedy81Unranked60
Marco Estrada82Unranked78
Brett Anderson76Unranked58
Matt Moore88Unranked68
Tyler Duffey92Unranked88
Andrew Cashner858536
Ubaldo Jimenez79Unranked43
Henry Owens75Unranked65
Mike Leake84Unranked81
Erasmo Ramirez91Unranked83
Mat Latos95Unranked35
Drew HutchisonUnranked9754
Chase Anderson97Unranked65
Marcus Stroman99Unranked22
Yovani GallardoUnrankedUnranked72
Joe KellyUnrankedUnranked86
Robbie Ray83Unranked61

Notes

– The theme of this week is inning limits as a handful of players took hits after news spread of their inevitable shutdowns.  Nationals rookie Joe Ross looks to be about 3-4 starts out of a shutdown while the Phillies have expressed that Aaron Nola will be shutdown around 172 IP, which is about two starts away.  Take note and if you’re in a solid position heading into the playoffs, it may be time to look for backups.

GIF night zx

Luis Severino’s Fastball + The Best Pitches From This Weekend’s Games

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Every morning we review the five best pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious HD GIFs.  Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the “GIF of the Week”.  Did we miss your favorite pitch?  Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

Congrats to Trevor Bauer’s for winning GIF of the Week!  He barely edged out Noah Syndergaard‘s 98 MPH Two-Seamer with some incredible front-door movement.

Luis Severino‘s Fastball – I could watch this pitch on repeat for ages as Severino hits the low and away spot perfectly for the strikeout at a blazing 97 MPH.  It’s hard not to love the little strut he gives after releasing the pitch.

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Taking The Wind Out Of The Flying Dutchman’s Sails

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There has been a good amount of talk regarding Derek Holland as he’s returned from the DL for the Rangers.  Some were expecting him to return to his 2013 form and be a stable member of a 12 teamer staff, while others – myself included – see him more like waiver wire fodder.  Now it’ll be tougher to defend that position after he went 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 0 BBs, 11 Ks against the Orioles, but I still stand by my previous assessment.  Let’s for all purposes assume that Option A actually comes to fruition and Holland pitches the rest of the season like his 2013 self.  Those numbers were a 3.42 ERA, 3.44 FIP, 3.68 xFIP with a 7.99 K/9 and 2.70 BB/9.  That would put him hovering around the 50s with a little room for more.  This is the best case scenario for a guy who has been injured often and is now two years removed from his pinnacle.  Sure, this outing was super nice but his floor is still gazing at you from across the room, making sure you don’t forget his 7.09 FIP entering this start.  Moving forward, I see Holland as more of a decent matchup guy – a Lacky-lite if you will – instead of a guy I’m starting every time out.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

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Kelly’s Good Graces

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There are a bunch of pitchers that I barely give a second glance to since I can label a solid performance on a given night to a one-time thing that shouldn’t be trusted moving forward. Joe Kelly has been one of those guys but after yesterday’s effort of 7.1 IP, 1 ER, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks I had to take a look at his recent stretch of success.  Including this outing, Kelly now has a 1.69 ERA over his last five starts with five Wins…at that’s where the good numbers end.  His FIP/xFIP across that time is 3.90/4.04, his strikeout numbers are abysmal at 6.19 K/9, and he features a below averge 2.81 BB/9 as well.  He’s relied on a 91.2% LOB rate to keep runners from scoring, aided by a .256 BABIP.  Need I say more?  Don’t go chasing after Kelly or you’ll be kicking rocks sooner than you’ll like this September.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

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The Best Pitching GIFs Of The Week 8/30 – Who Will Take The Crown?

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It’s been another exciting week of baseball with many excellent pitches from around the league.  You’ve been voting all week, now the top pitches battle for the crown of “Pitching GIF of the Week”.  Who will win? Did we miss your favorite pitch?  Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

Noah Syndergaard‘s Fastball – While it wasn’t the most dominant of performances from Thor, he escaped with his first road Win of the season with five innings on the hill.  This 98 MPH Fastball down and away featured some hard ride and highlighted a nine strikeout evening.

Prospects Rankings

8/30 Edition: Top 10 Minor League Pitchers to Stash

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Hello there, readers of the not-so-distant future! By the time you read this, you may have a much better grasp on the tenuous reality that is predicting major-league call-ups without all that sweet, sweet insider info. But as I am writing this from the present moment’s past, I will do my best to infer based on the current knowledge in my possession. Good luck, and don’t talk to that guy named Matt tomorrow night! Oh wait, you’re from the future, not me. Curses, foiled again!

These players are ranked in order of most likely to make an impact for your fantasy team in 2015. It does not include pitchers who have already pitched in the majors this year.

1. Jose Berrios (MIN) – Berrios has just been getting sweeter and sweeter over the past few months. In his latest show of dominance, he struck out 12 batters over seven innings. While he had a rough start in Triple-A, at this point his numbers are better in every way since the promotion… lower ERA and FIP, more strikeouts, more walks, yes please with a berry on top. He’s a strong bet for a promotion and a must start in all but the deepest of leagues.

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Difficult Move For The Big Easy

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Generally through the year I don’t like to think about innings limits until August when teams start mapping out the rest of their seasons.  I’ve seen owners trade away young studs in July worried about a shutdown only to find themselves with a worse seed for the playoffs and out of it when the guy was still in the rotation.  Additionally, there are often other young arms to fill the void at the same time, such as Jose Berrios who should be called up shortly for the Twins making it an easy transition when to time comes for a shutdown.  Why bring this up?  Well, the Phillies have stated that they don’t intended to surpass last year’s 171.2 innings of Aaron Nola, who after last night’s luscious outing of 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks now has 159 innings logged in 2015.  Those fortunate owners who own the rookie should make plans – if you have a comfortable seed for the playoffs trade him or drop him for someone like Berrios – or ride out the last two starts like the musicians on the Titanic.  There is a small chance that Nola sticks around for longer, but given that the Phils are way out of contention I’d be surprised if they suddenly elected to stretch out their prized prospect.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

Prospects Rankings

8/29 Edition: Top 10 Minor League Hitters to Stash

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Well, it’s here. The moment of truth. One of these prospects always tells the truth, the other always lies. Depending on how tightly you are in contention, your team’s future may lie with these young players, immediate futures uncertain as they may be. Stash wisely and may force outs be with you.

Here’s the list for the minor league hitters most likely to make an impact for your fantasy team in 2015. It does not include hitters who have already hit in the majors this year.

1. Orlando Arcia (SS, Brewers) – Many of the guys on this list are high-risk, high-upside types. Arcia is not one of these. What he is, is a far safer bet to be a productive major leaguer, and possibly a star. As a 21-year-old, he just turned up the power knob with 3 homers in his past 6 games and is now hitting .301 with 8 Home Runs and 23 stolen bases. That also comes with a great 12% K rate and outstanding defense to stick at short. With such a broad base of skills, odds are good that he’ll help you in some way, and quite possibly in multiple ways. Much like an excellent show made by Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, he’s All That.

Gif Breakdown

GIF Breakdown: Analyzing Rookie John Lamb In 12 HD GIFs

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On July 26th, 2015, the Cincinnati Reds dealt Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals for a package of prospects.  A trade was inevitable for the team struggling to stay relevant in the NL Central as the deadline approached rapidly.  The Reds received a solid haul of prospects in return for their ace, including John Lamb.  Lamb was in the midst of an impressive year in the minors, featuring a K/9 of 9.16 and an ERA of 2.67 in AAA for the Omaha Royals, and after a three game stint in the Reds’ affiliate, he was sent to work in the bigs.  After his first two starts, I wanted to give Lamb a dedicated watch and get a good feel for what the young hurler had to offer.  This is John Lamb‘s GIF Breakdown from his August 25th start against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

As always, let’s begin by looking at his strikezone plot for the evening:

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What you will quickly pick up is that Lamb focused pitching down and to his glove side.  This approach makes sense for Lamb, as his Cutter features excellent horizontal movement that can jam right-handers frequently.  His Fastball, while often avoiding the heart of the strikezone, seemed sporadic as he struggled to command it through the game.  He paired his Four-Seamer on the inside corner with a Cutter that travels a little farther inside can be deceptive and induce weak contact.  His Changeup didn’t fair too well in this start, though, as most landed square in the middle of the zone instead of nibbling near the corners and at knee height.  It’s not a poor plot, but there is much to improve upon in future starts.

Now let’s take a look at his pitches individually across the evening:

GIF night zx

Yordano Ventura’s Curveball + The Best Pitches From Thursday’s Games

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Every morning we review the five best pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious HD GIFs.  Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the “GIF of the Week”.  Did we miss your favorite pitch?  Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

Yordano Ventura‘s Curveball – Ventura was straight dealing as he brought down 11 batters in just six innings of work, and his Curveball was public enemy #1.  This may seem like an unassuming strikeout from a check swing until you realize this pitch was recorded at a blistering 89.97 MPH.  Houston Astros pitcher Mike Fiers throws Fastballs slower than Ventura’s Curveball.  Just think about that.  (Thanks to Reddit user g00dn1ghtm4r3 for the tip!)