Category Power Rankings: Introduction/Week 1

Colin Ward gives his power rankings for each fantasy-relevant category

It’s time, once again, for your season debut of Category Power Rankings!

For those who are unfamiliar, I started this weekly piece at the beginning of the 2019 season in order to help simplify individual fantasy values for managers during the grind that is the fantasy baseball season.

At the beginning of each fantasy week, I will be ranking players using the standard 5×5 categories (AVG, R, HR, RBI, SB and W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP) as well as on-base percentage (OBP) and quality starts (QS). For each category, I will provide a top 25 overall and a top 10 for players who are widely unowned, roughly 65% owned or less, or should be targeted in deeper leagues. The rankings will be based on current and rest-of-season outlook and will take into account a player’s recent success as well as track record as it pertains to a specific category. With 2020 turning into a severely abbreviated season, this will adjust this seasons’ rankings accordingly. Other factors will include:

  • Recent changes to a team construction (i.e. lineup changes, trade/signing, etc.)
  • Recent changes to player batting/pitching profile
  • Injury concern
  • “Change of scenery”
  • Strength/weakness of schedule

That being said, let’s get into the lists!

Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1DJ LeMahieuNYY1B/2B/3B
2Jeff McNeilNYM2B/3B/OF
3Michael BrantleyHOUOF
4Christian YelichMILOF
5Anthony RendonLAA3B
6Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
7Charlie BlackmonCOLOF
8J.D. MartinezBOSOF
9Freddie FreemanATL1B
10Mike TroutLAAOF
11Rafael DeversBOS3B
12Xander BogaertsBOSSS
13Jose AltuveHOU2B
14Ketel MarteARZ2B/SS/OF
15Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
16Bryan ReynoldsPITOF
17Justin TurnerLAD3B
18Trea TurnerWSHSS
19Jorge PolancoMINSS
20Mookie BettsLADOF
21Tim AndersonCHWSS
22Whit MerrifieldKC2B/OF
23Juan SotoWSHOF
24Nelson CruzMINUT
25Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS

 

Off the list: N/A

With the season shortened to only 60 games, I was really tempted to put Cody Bellinger inside the top ten here. I went the conservative approach; at least for the first week. Through his first 60 games of 2019, the 25-year old was raking to a .370 clip. He clearly made the adjustments necessary to make him one of the most feared all-around hitters in baseball, and when he is hot, he can carry your team on his back. Here’s to hoping this is the Belli we will be watching for a very long time.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Luis ArraezMIN2B/3B/OF
2Miguel AndujarNYY3B/UT
3Daniel MurphyCOL1B
4Nick MadrigalCHW2B/SS
5Hanser AlbertoBAL2B/3B
6David FletcherLAA2B/3B/SS/OF
7Corey DickersonMIAOF
8Howie KendrickWSH1B/2B/3B
9Kolten WongSTL2B
10Shogo AkiyamaCINOF

 

Off the list: N/A

Making the transition from Japan to the States isn’t always an easy one. Even in a super crowded Cincinnati outfield, Shogo Akiyama is going to get every opportunity to succeed in the Reds’ lineup. During his nine seasons overseas, Akiyama posted a .304 average including three campaigns of hitting over .320. While that doesn’t always translate to success in the Major Leagues, hitting in a stacked lineup and a superior hitters park will certainly help.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Mookie BettsLADOF
2Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF
3Mike TroutLAAOF
4Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
5Rafael DeversBOS3B
6Charlie BlackmonCOLOF
7Freddie FreemanATL1B
8Anthony RendonLAA3B
9Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
10Christian YelichMILOF
11DJ LeMahieuNYY1B/2B/3B
12Kris BryantCHC3B/OF
13Trevor StoryCOLSS
14Marcus SemienOAKSS
15George SpringerHOUOF
16Francisco LindorCLESS
17Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
18J.D. MartinezBOSOF
19Jose AltuveHOU2B
20Xander BogaertsBOSSS
21Carlos SantanaCLE1B
22Whit MerrifieldKC2B/OF
23Ketel MarteARZ2B/SS/OF
24Juan SotoWSHOF
25Bryce HarperPHIOF

 

Off the list: N/A

It may have taken a number of years, but Marcus Semien turned into a well-rounded fantasy stud in 2019. His walk rate spiked to over 11% which attributed to his career-high 123 runs scored a year ago. If the Athletics can get a bounce back from the likes of Khris Davis, Semien could easily replicate that pace again this year.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF
2Cesar HernandezCLE2B
3Mark CanhaOAK1B/OF
4Brett GardnerNYYOF
5Joc PedersonLAD1B/OF
6Joey VottoCIN1B
7Shogo AkiyamaCINOF
8Kole CalhounARZOF
9Yoshi TsutsugoTB3B/OF
10Miguel AndujarNYY3B/UT

 

Off the list: N/A

Set to lead off in front of the likes of Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor, and Carlos Santana, Cesar Hernandez could be in line for a very nice season. Hernandez has always done a nice job of getting on base and has had success when made a focal point of his lineup. I could see Hernandez eclipsing 50 runs across this shortened season.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Mike TroutLAAOF
2Pete AlonsoNYM1B
3Christian YelichMILOF
4Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
5Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
6Jorge SolerKCOF
7Nelson CruzMINUT
8Joey GalloTEXOF
9Aaron JudgeNYYOF
10J.D. MartinezBOSOF
11Matt OlsonOAK1B
12Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF
13Giancarlo StantonNYYOF
14Freddie FreemanATL1B
15Matt ChapmanOAK3B
16Eugenio SuarezCIN3B
17Mike MoustakasCIN2B/3B
18Trevor StoryCOLSS
19George SpringerHOUOF
20Gary SanchezNYYC
21Yordan AlvarezHOUOF
22Josh DonaldsonMIN3B
23Franmil ReyesCLEOF
24Juan SotoWSHOF
25Bryce HarperPHIOF

 

Off the list: N/A

I am not sure if there is a single player that benefits more from a shortened season than Giancarlo Stanton. The man is coming off of an injury-riddled 2019 and despite all of his shortcomings, he still barreled up the ball pretty well in his small sample of 72 PA’s. Heading into 2020 (presumably) healthy, Stanton should be able to handle the small workload of 50+games, and if that is the case, expect him to be a force once again in the middle of that Yankees lineup.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Hunter RenfroeTBOF
2Joc PedersonLAD1B/OF
3Willie CalhounTEXOF
4Mark CanhaOAK1B/OF
5Renato NunezBAL1B/3B
6Michael ChavisBOS1B/2B
7C.J. CronDET1B
8Randal GrichukTOROF
9Sam HilliardCOLOF
10Austin RileyATLOF

 

Off the list: N/A

The Colorado Rockies having a designated hitter is an exciting thought for fantasy owners. They have a plethora of hitters and having that extra spot will allow guys like Sam Hilliard more at-bats, which can only be a good thing. Hilliard is coming off a monster 35 home run season in Triple-A and has shown consistent power all throughout his time on the farm. If he can earn everyday playing time, he could be a league winner.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
2Anthony RendonLAA3B
3Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
4Freddie FreemanATL1B
5J.D. MartinezBOSOF
6Mike TroutLAAOF
7Pete AlonsoNYM1B
8Nelson CruzMINUT
9Christian YelichMILOF
10Xander BogaertsBOSSS
11Bryce HarperPHIOF
12Jose AbreuCHW1B
13Juan SotoWSHOF
14Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
15Josh BellPIT1B
16Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF
17Eugenio SuarezCIN3B
18Trevor StoryCOLSS
19Yordan AlvarezHOUOF
20Jorge SolerKCOF
21Rafael DeversBOS3B
22Jorge SolerKCOF
23Gleyber TorresNYYSS
24Paul GoldschmidtSTL1B
25Joey GalloTEXOF

 

Off the list: N/A

Yordan Alvarez‘s status for Opening Day is still in question, therefore he finds himself conservatively placed on a couple of these lists. If I knew he would be ready to go by game number one, he would ultimately be a top ten option in both HRs and RBI.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Eric HosmerSD1B
2David PeraltaARZOF
3Renato NunezBAL1B/3B
4Nomar MazaraCHWOF
5C.J. CronDET1B
6Hunter RenfroeTBOF
7Miguel AndujarNYY3B/UT
8Kyle SeagerSEA3B
9Yoenis CespedesNYMOF
10Yoshi TsutsugoTB3B/OF

 

Off the list: N/A

Can you believe it? Yoenis Cespedes is on track to be healthy and ready to go come Opening Day! After what feels like a decade since we last saw him on a Major League diamond, Cespedes has finally healed up and should see regular run in the Mets’ lineup this year. With the added DH, Cespedes also has a shot at remaining healthy for the shortened season and as long as he can still swing the stick, he should produce for what will be a very solid New York lineup.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Adalberto MondesiKC2B/SS
2Trea TurnerWSHSS
3Mallex SmithSEAOF
4Ronald Acuna Jr.ATLOF
5Jonathan VillarMIA2B/SS
6Victor RoblesWSHOF
7Starling MarteARZOF
8Whit MerrifieldKC2B/OF
9Dee GordonSEA2B
10Fernando Tatis Jr.SDSS
11Jose RamirezCLE3B
12Garrett HampsonCOL2B/SS/OF
13Billy HamiltonSFOF
14Christian YelichMILOF
15Elvis AndrusTEXSS
16Luis RobertCHWOF
17Tim AndersonCHWSS
18Mookie BettsLADOF
19Jon BertiMIA3B/SS/OF
20Francisco LindorCLESS
21Tommy EdmanSTL2B/3B/OF
22Byron BuxtonMINOF
23Lorenzo CainMILOF
24Jarrod DysonPITOF
25Trevor StoryCOLSS

 

Off the list: N/A

It is unfortunate that we will have to wait yet another year to see what the exciting Fernando Tatis Jr. can do across a full campaign. He is a special talent that will likely be atop draft boards for many years to come because of his power and speed combo. Expect the Padres to let Tatis run wild in this shortened season as they look to sneak into a Wild Card spot.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Dee GordonSEA2B
2Billy HamiltonSFOF
3Jon BertiMIA3B/SS/OF
4Jarrod DysonPITOF
5Nick MadrigalCHW2B/SS
6Manuel MargotTBOF
7Kevin KiermaierTBOF
8Nick SenzelCINOF
9Trent GrishamSDOF
10Wil MyersSD1B/OF

 

Off the list: N/A

The guy to watch here is going to be Nick Madrigal. As soon as the word comes out that he will be the starting second baseman for the ChiSox, he will be scooped up faster than you can say “he gone!” Coming off of a 35 steal season across three levels of the minor leagues, Madrigal will complement the young, exciting lineup of the South Siders nicely if he does in fact earn the starting gig.

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Mike TroutLAAOF
2Christian YelichMILOF
3Alex BregmanHOU3B/SS
4Anthony RendonLAA3B
5Carlos SantanaCLE1B
6Cody BellingerLAD1B/OF
7Freddie FreemanATL1B
8Juan SotoWSHOF
9Anthony RizzoCHC1B
10Mookie BettsLADOF
11Kris BryantCHC3B/OF
12George SpringerHOUOF
13DJ LeMahieuNYY1B/2B/3B
14J.D. MartinezBOSOF
15Jeff McNeilNYM2B/3B/OF
16Bryce HarperPHIOF
17Nelson CruzMINUT
18Xander BogaertsBOSSS
19Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
20Josh DonaldsonATL3B
21Yordan AlvarezHOUOF
22Tommy PhamSDOF
23Ketel MarteARZ2B/SS/OF
24Aaron JudgeNYYOF
25Yasmani GrandalCHWC/1B

 

Off the list: N/A

Mike Trout is the undisputed king of OBP, and, quite frankly, fantasy in general. But the man has a .447 OBP over the last three years and a career OBP of .419. Literally mind-boggling.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Shin-Soo ChooTEXOF
2Mark CanhaOAK1B/OF
3Joey VottoCIN1B
4Luis ArraezMIN2B/3B/OF
5Howie KendrickWSH1B/2B/3B
6Ji-Man ChoiTB1B
7Kolten WongSTL2B
8Carson KellyARZC
9David FletcherLAA2B/3B/SS/OF
10Jason HeywardCHCOF

 

Off the list: N/A

It is legitimately saddening to see Joey Votto on the under-owned list for OBP and not in the top tier on the overall list. But that is where he stands heading into 2020. I have all the faith in the world in Votto’s ability at the dish and would love nothing more than to see a rebound for the soon-to-be 37-year old.

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Gerrit ColeNYYSP
2Justin VerlanderHOUSP
3Clayton KershawLADSP
4Zack GreinkeHOUSP
5Max ScherzerWSHSP
6Shane BieberCLESP
7Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
8Jacob deGromNYMSP
9Walker BuehlerLADSP
10Aaron NolaPHISP
11Jose BerriosMINSP
12Patrick CorbinWSHSP
13Luis CastilloCINSP
14Lucas GiolitoCHWSP
15Jack FlahertySTLSP
16Mike ClevingerCLESP
17Blake SnellTBSP
18Mike SorokaATLSP
19Corey KluberTEXSP
20Eduardo RodriguezBOSSP
21Lance LynnTEXSP
22James PaxtonNYYSP
23Trevor BauerCINSP
24Ryan YarbroughTBSP/RP
25Kyle HendricksCHCSP

 

Off the list: N/A

Despite the pure domination that is Jacob deGrom, you would typically be hard-pressed to find him near the top of the wins leaders. Well that all changes this year, goshdarnit! The Mets have built a winning ball club and are poised to make a playoff push this year. They will need their ace more than ever, and with a very underrated lineup supporting him, here’s to hoping deGrom can find himself on the winning side of all those 1-0 and 2-1 ballgames.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Rick PorcelloNYMSP
2J.A. HappNYYSP
3Jon GrayCOLSP
4Rich HillMINSP
5Marco GonzalesSEASP
6Steven MatzNYMSP
7Alex WoodLADSP
8Sandy AlcantaraMIASP
9Yonny ChirinosTBSP/RP
10Dakota HudsonSTLSP

 

Off the list: N/A

After David Price chose to sit out the 2020 season, it all but shored up a spot for Alex Wood in the crowded Dodgers starting rotation. Wood is coming off of an injury-shortened season where he only made seven starts. Prior to 2019, the southpaw put together a 3.31 ERA across five seasons and averaged ten wins per year. Now back in L.A., and being supported by arguably the best lineup in baseball, Wood should find himself in the win column more often than not.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jacob deGromNYMSP
2Justin VerlanderHOUSP
3Gerrit ColeNYYSP
4Clayton KershawLADSP
5Max ScherzerWSHSP
6Walker BuehlerLADSP
7Jack FlahertySTLSP
8Zack GreinkeHOUSP
9Mike ClevingerCLESP
10Luis CastilloCINSP
11Shane BieberCLESP
12Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
13Mike SorokaATLSP
14Patrick CorbinWSHSP
15Aaron NolaPHISP
16Lucas GiolitoCHWSP
17Tyler GlasnowTBSP
18Chris PaddackSDSP
19Charlie MortonTBSP
20Kyle HendricksCHCSP
21Hyun-Jin RyuTORSP
22Jose BerriosMINSP
23Sonny GrayCINSP
24Corey KluberTEXSP
25Frankie MontasOAKSP

 

Off the list: N/A

Many people have just written off Corey Kluber as completely washed up but I beg to differ. The veteran right-hander only made seven, albeit bad starts last year before taking a liner off of his throwing arm which sidelined him for a couple of months and then was officially shut down after an abdominal strain. The guy has religiously been a slow starter and, I’m sorry, seven starts is just not a big enough sample size for me to count out a multiple time Cy Young award winner. Kluber will be fine.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Aaron CivaleCLESP
2Rich HillMINSP
3Sandy AlcantaraMIASP
4Yonny ChirinosTBSP/RP
5Adrian HouserMILSP/RP
6Matt ShoemakerTORSP
7Miles MikolasSTLSP
8Anibal SanchezWSHSP
9Nate PearsonTORSP
10Spencer HowardPHISP

 

Off the list: N/A

The two names that stand out here are at the bottom. Both Nate Pearson and Spencer Howard have strong cases to make their respective squad’s Opening Day starting rotation, but neither of them is a certainty at this point. Regardless, they both need to be on your radar because even if they do not break camp with the big clubs, it is safe to assume they will be in the starting five relatively soon.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Gerrit ColeNYYSP
2Justin VerlanderHOUSP
3Max ScherzerWSHSP
4Jacob deGromNYMSP
5Jack FlahertySTLSP
6Shane BieberCLESP
7Trevor BauerCINSP
8Charlie MortonTBSP
9Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
10Patrick CorbinWSHSP
11Matt BoydDETSP
12Yu DarvishCHCSP
13Walker BuehlerLADSP
14Mike ClevingerCLESP
15Luis CastilloCINSP
16Dinelson LametSDSP
17Lucas GiolitoCHWSP
18Lance LynnTEXSP
19Corey KluberTEXSP
20Clayton KershawLADSP
21Blake SnellTBSP
22Aaron NolaPHISP
23Sonny GrayCINSP
24Robbie RayARZSP
25James PaxtonNYYSP

 

Off the list: N/A

Dinelson Lamet has been one of the fantasy industries’ biggest darlings or busts, depending on who you follow. One thing, though, is for certain: Lamet racks up the K’s. After averaging nearly 13 K/9 returning from Tommy John surgery in 2019, the Padres’ right-hander is poised to keep the punch outs coming.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Jon GrayCOLSP
2Rich HillMINSP
3Freddy PeraltaMILSP/RP
4Anthony DesclafaniCINSP
5Sandy AlcantaraMIASP
6Steven MatzNYMSP
7Mitch KellerPITSP
8Reynaldo LopezCHWSP
9Spencer TurnbullDETSP
10J.A. HappNYYSP

 

Off the list: N/A

Rich Hill has found himself on several of these under-owned lists because, well, he is severely under-owned. Currently owned in about half of leagues, Hill is healthy and ready to go as the Twins fifth starter coming off of his second(!) Tommy John. We all know what the 40-year old is capable of in the strikeout department when healthy, therefore he is very much worth the flier.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Kirby YatesSDRP
2Josh HaderMILRP
3Roberto OsunaHOURP
4Kenley JansenLADRP
5Edwin DiazNYMRP
6Brad HandCLERP
7Craig KimbrelCHCRP
8Liam HendriksOAKRP
9Raisel IglesiasCINRP
10Taylor RogersMINRP
11Ken GilesTORRP
12Hector NerisPHIRP
13Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
14Archie BradleyARZRP
15Alex ColomeCHWRP
16Brandon WorkmanBOSRP
17Mark MelanconATLRP
18Sean DoolittleWSHRP
19Nick AndersonTBRP
20Ian KennedyKCRP
21Hansel RoblesLAARP
22Jose LeclercTEXSP/RP
23Giovanny GallegosSTLRP
24Joe JimenezDETRP
25Zack BrittonNYYRP

 

Off the list: N/A

With Aroldis Chapman testing positive for COVID-19 and showing mild symptoms, his status for the start of the season is certainly up in the air. It would appear that Zack Britton would be the favorite to get the save chances in the Bronx while Chapman recovers. Britton has had loads of success in the closer’s role in the past so he is definitely worth a look for the early going.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-Team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Zack BrittonNYYRP
2Daniel HudsonWSHRP
3Brandon KintzlerMIARP
4Wade DavisCOLRP
5Kyle CrickPITRP
6Tony WatsonSFRP
7Hunter HarveyBALRP
8Mychal GivensBALRP
9Matt MagillSEARP
10Austin AdamsSEARP

 

Off the list: N/A

Talk about dumpster diving. With the exception of Britton, none of these names are very desirable if you are in need of saves. Wade Davis appears to be the only one on this list who has been confirmed to be his team’s closer to start the year. So, do with that what you will.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Justin VerlanderHOUSP
2Gerrit ColeNYYSP
3Clayton KershawLADSP
4Jacob deGromNYMSP
5Max ScherzerWSHSP
6Shane BieberCLESP
7Zack GreinkeHOUSP
8Walker BuehlerLADSP
9Jack FlahertySTLSP
10Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
11Luis CastilloCINSP
12Charlie MortonTBSP
13Tyler GlasnowTBSP
14Mike ClevingerCLESP
15Aaron NolaPHISP
16Kyle HendricksCHCSP
17Patrick CorbinWSHSP
18Yu DarvishCHCSP
19Lucas GiolitoCHWSP
20Corey KluberTEXSP
21Brandon WoodruffMILSP
22James PaxtonNYYSP
23Matt BoydDETSP
24Hyun-Jin RyuTORSP
25Sonny GrayCINSP

 

Off the list: N/A

It’s a shame we did not get the chance to see Tyler Glasnow finish the entire season last year. In his twelve starts, he was looking like a Cy Young front runner and every bit of the top prospect we had hoped he would be. His command and control had improved leaps and bounds. Glasnow is looking like a good bet to finish towards the top of the league in ERA and WHIP during this shortened season.

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Rich HillMINSP
2Yonny ChirinosTBSP/RP
3Aaron CivaleCLESP
4Chris BassittOAKSP
5Miles MikolasSTLSP
6Griffin CanningLAASP
7Anthon DesclafaniCINSP
8Alex WoodLADSP
9Nate PearsonTORSP
10Spencer HowardPHISP

 

Off the list: N/A

Recovering from elbow issues stemming from spring training, Griffin Canning appears to be on track for a spot in the Opening Day rotation out in Anaheim. The 24-year old has outstanding stuff and showcased that on several occasions last year. As long as his elbow cooperates, Canning could be a nice find for those wise enough to add him.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Justin VerlanderHOUSP
2Gerrit ColeNYYSP
3Jacob deGromNYMSP
4Clayton KershawLADSP
5Zack GreinkeARZSP
6Max ScherzerWSHSP
7Jack FlahertySTLSP
8Patrick CorbinWSHSP
9Shane BieberCLESP
10Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
11Mike ClevingerCLESP
12Aaron NolaMINSP
13Walker BuehlerLADSP
14Luis CastilloCINSP
15Jose BerriosMINSP
16Lucas GiolitoCHWSP
17Madison BumgarnerARZSP
18Corey KluberTEXSP
19Yu DarvishCHCSP
20Sonny GrayCINSP
21Chris PaddackSDSP
22Mike SorokaATLSP
23Lance LynnTEXSP
24Trevor BauerCINSP
25Zac GallenARZSP

 

Off the list: N/A

Did you know Lance Lynn had more quality starts last year than guys like Max Scherzer, Walker Buehler, Aaron Nola, and Charlie Morton? The guy was really good in 2019.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

RankNameTeamPositionChange
1Steven MatzNYMSP
2Sandy AlcantaraMIASP
3Nathan EovaldiBOSSP/RP
4Anthony DesclafaniCINSP
5Marco GonzalesSEASP
6Aaron CivaleCLESP
7Miles MikolasSTLSP
8Jon GrayCOLSP
9Rick PorcelloNYMSP
10Alex WoodLADSP

 

Off the list: N/A

Steven Matz posted a quality start in half of his starts from 2019, which is pretty remarkable considering he averaged only a little over five innings per start. Matz is the type of pitcher where when he is good, he is good. But when he is bad, he is bad.

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Colin Ward

Colin currently resides in the Buffalo, NY area and studied at SUNY Fredonia earning a degree in Sport Management. He is a former Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director at the collegiate level. Baseball is his passion and he bleeds Pinstripes.

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