The List

The List 7/6: Weekly Rankings Of The Top 100 Starting Pitchers

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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 RankingWorst RankingBest Ranking
Clayton Kershaw 111
Max Scherzer262
Chris Sale343
Felix Hernandez 442
Corey Kluber554
Madison Bumgarner696
Zack Greinke10167
Gerrit Cole7247
Jake Arrieta9149
Chris Archer125610
Jacob DeGrom8208
Jose Fernandez 156512
David Price13147
Johnny Cueto141510
Cole Hamels192110
Matt Harvey11166
Michael Pineda163712
Sonny Gray173616
Dallas Keuchel185718
Carlos Carrasco202113
Francisco Liriano215420
Jason Hammel238222
Lance Lynn265220
Noah Syndergaard27Unranked24
Garrett Richards283418
Michael Wacha294425
Carlos Martinez246924
Jon Lester333315
Danny Salazar25Unranked21
Shelby Miller367430
Jordan Zimmermann373713
Masahiro Tanaka304024
James Shields313318
Jake Odorizzi355925
A.J. Burnett347833
Scott Kazmir385132
Steven Matz40Unranked37
Tyson Ross323823
Taijuan Walker 448636
Eduardo Rodriguez41Unranked35
Lance McCullers39Unranked39
Stephen Strasburg22425
Clay Buchholz45Unranked43
Yordano Ventura475126
Hisashi Iwakuma566223
Jeff Samardzija535323
Gio Gonzalez485537
Anibal Sanchez505834
Ubaldo Jimenez51Unranked45
Jesse Chavez49Unranked42
Kyle Hendricks58Unranked47
Collin McHugh435219
Jose Quintana556342
Mike Fiers596237
Andrew Cashner606036
Alex Wood465616
John Lackey63Unranked57
Brett Anderson74Unranked58
Kendall Graveman76Unranked59
Mike Bolsinger52Unranked52
Trevor Bauer547538
Julio Teheran646423
Kevin GausmanUnrankedUnranked63
Hector Santiago66Unranked64
Nathan Karns71Unranked65
Carlos Rodon57Unranked39
Patrick Corbin67Unranked67
Vincent Velasquez62Unranked58
Ervin Santana79Unranked79
Matt Moore68Unranked68
Chris Heston69Unranked70
Wei-Yin Chen77Unranked72
Jaime Garcia42Unranked41
Yovani Gallardo72Unranked72
Ivan Nova73Unranked73
James Paxton757630
Jesse Hahn658853
C.J. Wilson81Unranked74
J.A. Happ83Unranked65
Mat Latos93Unranked35
Rubby De La Rosa89Unranked72
Manny BanuelosUnrankedUnranked82
Justin Verlander708357
Doug Fister82Unranked41
Wandy Rodriguez84Unranked81
Drew Hutchison879154
Bartolo Colon85Unranked51
Dan Haren80Unranked71
Phil Hughes868940
Matt Shoemaker889033
Jimmy Nelson909144
Edinson Volquez919964
Ian Kennedy929360
Tsuyoshi Wada94Unranked66
Mike Montgomery95Unranked95
Andrew Heaney UnrankedUnranked62
Matt Wisler98Unranked90
Matt CainUnrankedUnranked90
Robbie Ray97Unranked95
Trevor May61Unranked61

Notes

– There’s been a small shuffle in the Top 15 with one of baseball’s most consistent pitchers, Zack Greinkemaking the biggest jump.  Jacob deGrom and teammate Matt Harvey take small hits given their lack of consistency, while Jose Fernandez and Chris Archer take advantage and climb higher.

GIF night zx

Jeff Samardzija’s Splitter + 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 Carter Capps’ Slider for winning last week’s GIF of the Week!  His questionably legal delivery has made him into one of the most dominant relievers in the game, and his Slider is carving up batters left and right.

Jeff Samardzija‘s Splitter – It’s been a shaky 2015 for Samardzija, but he still has some nasty stuff under his belt.  He’s limited the use of his Splitter as of late, but he can pull it out of a hat to get out of tough situations, such as this lively one to Chris Parmelee.

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A Servin’ of Ervin

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This week has been filled with debuts and returns to the hill, and Ervin Santana capped off the exciting week as he went 8.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 Hits, 3 BBs, 8 Ks. Okay, I definitely did not expect this kind of showing against a Royals team that avoids the strikeout best in the league.  He earned all eight Ks on the Slider, which was working through the day, and should continue to grant Santana a solid amount of punchouts in future starts.  I don’t believe he’s this good of a pitcher though, and if I’m picking him up, I’m playing the matchups and not blindly starting him.  However, if you need some solid K help, Santana can certainly be of value.  Just don’t be shocked when the ERA and WHIP aren’t glistening this season.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

SP Roundup qw

Going Buch-Wild

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In Clay Buchholz‘s 17 games started this year, you know how many of them he’s allowed more than 2 ER?  Six.  He’s known as the guy that could blow up in your face on any given night, yet has been one of the stabler pitchers around.  After last night’s gem of 9.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 0 BBs, 8 Ks, Clay has allowed 1 ER or fewer in each of his last four games lowering his FIP to 2.55 and xFIP to 3.16.  I’m not sold that Buchholz is the Top 30 pitcher those numbers detail, but I’m willing to give him more of a chance than before.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

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The Best Pitching GIFs Of The Week 7/5 – 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.

Carter Capps’ Slider – No one can touch this guy and it’s so dang fun to watch.  Throwing the highest perceived velocity in the game will induce swings like this one from Matt Duffy on a Slider that doesn’t even come close to the strike zone.  Batters are simply helpless.

Prospect Rankings

6/5 Edition: Top 10 Minor League Pitching Prospects to Stash

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We are reaching the halfway point of the season where many teams have already promoted their biggest and MLB-readiest arms. That being said, there are still many intriguing arms in Double and Triple-A, it’s just that they either need to prove themselves at Triple-A or bide their time until an injury gives them a rotation spot. Hopefully they won’t burn you like Matt Boyd (TOR) burned me.

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 hit in the majors this year.

1.  Luis Severino (NYY) – Severino has kept things rolling with a 6 strikeout shutout in 7 innings in his last start. His fastball command hasn’t been as precise as it could be, but it’s certainly good enough to help out now in the Yankees’ rotation. His call-up discussion should not be discussed in terms of months, but rather, weeks.

SP Roundup qw

No Free Passes Courtesy Of The Rich

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We’ve been waiting for Garrett Richards to get his mojo back from last season, and it’s been tough to endure the bunch of walks he’s allowed in nearly every outing.  AFter allowing only walk last time out, last night he went 7.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 Hits, 1 BBs, 6 Ks.  It may be time to blow the horn of the hype train, because Richards seems to have found the feel of his Fastballs again.  Last year he was a top 15 guy once he found his groove, and if there is a worried owner out there, I would be reaching out my arm to make my purchase like I’m driving up to a McDonald’s.  Go snag him if you need pitching help and hold if you’ve got him already.

Let’s see what every other SP did yesterday:

Prospect Rankings

July 4th Edition: Top 10 Minor League Hitting Prospects to Stash

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Last week, the Minnesota’s brass said that all Miguel Sano (3B, Twins) needs to do is show consistency to earn a call-up. He made the Twins put their money where their mouth is (or mouths are?) by going on a tear and raising his average from .248 to .274 in a week, and getting the call. There have been many rapid ascensions and trials this year, so you want to stay tuned to see who’s next.

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.  Corey Seager (SS, Dodgers) – Seager finally ended his homerless drought with two dingers in a day earlier this week, and the Dodgers declined approving his selection to the Future’s Game. Although the pop has been lacking in Triple-A, I still expect him to hit for power in the majors, and his peripherals have remained consistent at both levels so I don’t expect him to strike out too much in the majors. For this year, his production will be more solid than stud-like, which is fine for a shortstop.

Two Start Pitchers

Two-Start Pitchers You Should Pick Up For Week 14: 7/6 – 7/12

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Every week we’ll recommend three two-start pitchers for those in weekly leagues, focusing on those who are owned in under 50% of ESPN leagues.  Get a leg up on your opponents and snatch them up before the week rolls around.

Brett Anderson (PHI, MIL) – One of the stealthier pickups in your league is Anderson, who has allowed more than 2 ER only once in his last eight outings.  That’s solid stuff supported by above average FIP/xFIP rates of 3.47 and 3.31.  Combine those numbers with 17 Ks over his last two starts, and you have a guy who can take full advantage of poor hitting offenses.  As if you needed a greater incentive, the Brewers rank third last in the league in wOBA against left-handed pitching.  Anderson is owned in only 25.8% of ESPN leagues, giving you an easy chance at some great value.

GIF night zx

Jake Arrieta’s Changeup + 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.

Jake Arrieta‘s Changeup – It was a toss up between this Changeup and a Curveball he threw in the very next at-bat, but we couldn’t ignore the incredible late movement on this 1-2 pitch at the unreal speed of 91 MPH.  Curtis Granderson didn’t have a chance.