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The List 5/23: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

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...

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 2016, and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues.

Note: We’re working on fixing the “prev” column.  They may be a bit off this week.  

Let’s see how the SP landscape has changed since last week:

 

Rank Player Prev Best Worst
1 Clayton Kershaw 1 1 1
2 Jake Arrieta 2 2 2
3 Chris Sale 3 3 4
4 Noah Syndergaard 4 4 11
5 Max Scherzer 5 3 5
6 Jose Fernandez 9 7 9
7 Stephen Strasburg 7 7 12
8 Madison Bumgarner 11 5 11
9 Corey Kluber 8 8 11
10 David Price 10 8 10
11 Jacob DeGrom 6 6 6
12 Carlos Carrasco 19 9 19
13 Zack Greinke 15 14 17
14 Gerrit Cole 13 13 14
15 Johnny Cueto 26 26 30
16 Danny Salazar 21 21 23
17 Jon Lester 17 17 19
18 Steven Matz 23 23 27
19 Aaron Nola 36 36 48
20 Yu Darvish 32 32 44
21 Felix Hernandez 16 16 18
22 Drew Smyly 22 22 33
23 Jose Quintana 28 28 39
24 Cole Hamels 20 20 21
25 Chris Archer 14 14 16
26 Matt Harvey 12 12 13
27 Taijuan Walker 29 29 50
28 Jeff Samardzija 63 55 78
29 Joe Ross 31 31 35
30 Marcus Stroman 25 20 26
31 Jaime Garcia 38 31 38
32 Lance McCullers 43 36 43
33 Kevin Gausman 68 53 72
34 Rich Hill 56 48 105
35 Drew Pomeranz 57 52 172
36 Masahiro Tanaka 39 37 39
37 Justin Verlander 30 28 31
38 John Lackey 65 54 67
39 Jordan Zimmermann 40 40 53
40 Kyle Hendricks 61 47 61
41 Carlos Martinez 27 23 27
42 Jason Hammel 60 50 68
43 Gio Gonzalez 58 55 58
44 Jake Odorizzi 34 34 43
45 Vincent Velasquez 37 37 72
46 Kenta Maeda 35 35 63
47 Raisel Iglesias 42 26 42
48 Tyler Duffey 64 64 112
49 Aaron Sanchez 69 51 236
50 Rick Porcello 66 51 70
51 Wei-Yin Chen 55 53 60
52 Michael Wacha 50 45 57
53 Jerad Eickhoff 45 45 70
54 Dallas Keuchel 18 15 18
55 Edinson Volquez 67 64 95
56 Francisco Liriano 48 41 48
57 Julio Teheran 93 89 116
58 Nathan Eovaldi 87 67 94
59 Chris Tillman 107 100 129
60 Ian Kennedy 59 56 69
61 Blake Snell 82 62 85
62 Mike Clevinger 328 328 328
63 Marco Estrada 90 76 91
64 Alex Wood 95 90 130
65 Carlos Rodon 41 39 46
66 Tanner Roark 92 85 142
67 Eduardo Rodriguez 54 37 68
68 Jameson Taillon 81 81 188
69 Tyler Glasnow 85 75 86
70 Nate Karns 93 63 93
71 Sonny Gray 25 25 29
72 Tyson Ross 51 44 63
73 Hisashi Iwakuma 49 40 61
74 Michael Pineda 47 24 55
75 Patrick Corbin 46 31 46
76 Josh Tomlin 73 72 87
77 Adam Conley 91 72 120
78 J.A. Happ 77 75 90
79 Juan Nicasio 74 57 208
80 James Shields 71 46 77
81 Michael Fulmer 69 68 254
82 Matt Moore 70 56 113
83 Jon Gray 144 129 144
84 Yordano Ventura 52 50 71
85 Steven Wright 222 215 222
86 Mike Leake 100 99 127
87 Adam Wainwright 64 22 84
88 Collin McHugh 88 59 88
89 Alex Cobb 101 92 101
90 Zack Wheeler 102 93 103
91 Julio Urias 86 77 117
92 Scott Kazmir 75 66 80
93 Bartolo Colon 105 97 143
94 Jimmy Nelson 111 97 111
95 Robbie Ray 98 71 119
96 Matt Shoemaker 115 91 124
97 John Lamb 78 75 82
98 Rubby De La Rosa 129 107 129
99 Mike Foltynewicz 316 312 316
100 Mike Fiers 95 68 98

NOTES

– We saw a lot of big names fall this week, from Jacob DeGrom, Matt Harveyand Chris Archerall the way down to the struggling Dallas Keuchel and injured Sonny Gray.  The former group should improve later in the year, though right now there is work to be done.

– Benefiting from the falls are Steven Matz and Aaron Nola who have both entered the Top 20. Matz has been lights out since his first start of the year and dodged a bullet after missing just one outing with elbow soreness.  Meanwhile, Nola is doing little to stop his hot start and there’s no reason to expect anything less.

– Yu Darvish closes out the Top 20 as he’s expected to make his debut this weekend.  He’s looked great during his rehab and given the question marks of the Top 30 he has earned his spot at #20 with room to grow.

– Some other major jumps include Chris Tillman, Julio Teheranand John Lackey.  Tillman has been incredibly productive this season, allowing more than two ER just twice – including one 3 ER game.  Meanwhile, Lackey has been as sturdy as ever in the Cubs rotation and Teheran has found new life, allowing just three runs total in his last five starts.

– Mike Clevinger made his MLB debut week and displayed a good foundation where he could move forward later in the season.  He could also falter given that he doesn’t feature overpowering stuff, but deGrom has showed that with a solid repertoire and great command you can still be a fantastic option.

– Speaking of prospects, Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow both rose as we get closer to June.  The Super 2 cutoff will most likely be around the middle of the month, and if these two are still sitting out on the wire, now may be the time to go grab them.  Jose Berriosthough, has been demoted to minors and is still struggling with his control.  Look elsewhere for a good stash.

– Joining The List this week are Robbie Ray and Matt Shoemaker.  Ray is starting to flex a bit of his upside and could continue to take strides this year while Shoemaker’s strikeout tear over the weekend made it too tough to leave him off.

– Making room for the new additions are Sean Manaea and Hector Santiago.  Manaea isn’t expressing his upside nearly enough to endure his poor numbers, and Santiago is too far from the hard thrower he witnessed early in the season.

Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

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