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The List 7/25: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

Every week, 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 week, 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.

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

Rank Player Prev Best Worst
1 Max Scherzer 2 2 6
2 Madison Bumgarner 3 3 11
3 Stephen Strasburg 4 3 12
4 Jose Fernandez 5 4 9
5 Jake Arrieta 6 2 6
6 Noah Syndergaard 9 4 11
7 Chris Sale 7 3 7
8 Jacob DeGrom 8 6 8
9 Carlos Carrasco 13 9 19
10 Johnny Cueto 11 11 30
11 Clayton Kershaw 1 1 5
12 Corey Kluber 13 8 15
13 Justin Verlander 14 14 31
14 Yu Darvish 15 15 44
15 Zack Greinke 16 12 18
16 Steven Matz 18 17 27
17 Gerrit Cole 19 13 25
18 Danny Salazar 20 16 23
19 David Price 17 8 17
20 Jon Lester 12 12 19
21 Drew Pomeranz 21 21 172
22 Rich Hill 22 14 105
23 Masahiro Tanaka 39 37 39
24 Kyle Hendricks 24 24 61
25 Aaron Nola 25 25 48
26 Carlos Martinez 27 23 35
27 Matt Shoemaker 30 30 124
28 Cole Hamels 28 20 30
29 Jose Quintana 32 23 39
30 Felix Hernandez 31 16 41
31 Danny Duffy 34 32 142
32 Adam Wainwright 35 22 84
33 Kenta Maeda 33 28 63
34 Lance McCullers 44 36 46
35 Michael Fulmer 26 26 254
36 John Lackey 29 18 67
37 Anthony DeSclafani 38 36 110
38 James Paxton 37 35 121
39 Steven Wright 39 30 222
40 Aaron Sanchez 40 38 236
41 Vincent Velasquez 41 37 72
42 Jerad Eickhoff 36 36 70
43 Rick Porcello 48 48 70
44 Chris Archer 54 14 64
45 Marco Estrada 45 44 91
46 Bud Norris 46 46 323
47 Jason Hammel 49 49 68
48 Kevin Gausman 52 45 72
49 Taijuan Walker 50 29 50
50 Dallas Keuchel 53 15 65
51 Jameson Taillon 55 39 188
52 Julio Teheran 43 21 116
53 Joe Ross 74 31 101
54 Tanner Roark 42 42 142
55 Blake Snell 57 50 85
56 Chris Tillman 59 51 129
57 Mike Leake 82 68 127
58 Michael Pineda 56 24 82
59 Jeff Samardzija 58 26 78
60 Scott Kazmir 90 66 102
61 Trevor Bauer 47 42 136
62 Junior Guerra 66 64 329
63 J.A. Happ 69 69 90
64 Brandon McCarthy 62 62 225
65 Josh Tomlin 71 71 87
66 Zach Davies 76 76 187
67 Marcus Stroman 67 20 88
68 Carlos Rodon 68 39 68
69 Jon Gray 65 65 144
70 Sonny Gray 51 25 51
71 Collin McHugh 78 59 95
72 Hisashi Iwakuma 80 40 89
73 Ian Kennedy 61 56 81
74 Drew Smyly 63 22 65
75 Mike Foltynewicz 64 64 316
76 Jake Odorizzi 70 34 71
77 Jose Berrios 134 44 134
78 Adam Conley 81 72 120
79 Tyler Skaggs 290 272 290
80 Michael Wacha 60 45 63
81 Zach Eflin 77 77 333
82 Sean Manaea 114 69 327
83 Dylan Bundy 87 87 154
84 Andrew Cashner 144 87 144
85 Eduardo Rodriguez 104 37 104
86 Zack Wheeler 73 73 103
87 Robbie Ray 83 71 119
88 Tyson Ross 92 44 103
89 Nathan Eovaldi 110 67 110
90 Jordan Zimmermann 97 40 97
91 Doug Fister 84 82 147
92 Ivan Nova 252 231 252
93 Bartolo Colon 95 89 143
94 Matt Moore 91 56 113
95 Gio Gonzalez 94 55 94
96 Jeremy Hellickson 105 88 153
97 Cody Reed 95 67 335
98 Yordano Ventura 98 50 98
99 Matt Boyd 269 249 269
100 Jimmy Nelson 99 85 111

Notes

– Last week it appeared that Clayton Kershaw was on the verge of returning to the hill, but now there is a big risk that he may not pitch again in 2016. The chance that he still pitches puts him still inside the Top 15, but clearly his perch at #1 had to be contested.

– David Price and Jon Lester fall to the end of the Top 20 as their inconsistencies and under-the-hood numbers are dragging them down. Price’s startling 35.8% hard contact rate is easily the highest of his career and propels his WHIP 20 points from last year’s mark. While I expect Lester to outperform his 4.00 FIP due to his ability to induce soft contact at a 21.5% rate and limit hard contact to 27.5%, Lester isn’t flashing the dependable upside we wanted and it’s questionable if he’ll be Top 15 again this season.

– A solid jump this week for Scott Kazmir who has looked much improved over his last nine starts. It could quickly fall down, though it is very encouraging.

– Not encouraging is the situation of Sonny Graywho stumbled in a big way against the Rays. While he should still be rostered, he looks far away from his 2015 self.

– The magic looks to be faded from Trevor Bauerwho takes another fall this week. It’s possible that he can reclaim some of it here and there, though his time as a member of the “Sea of Upside” has past.

– Andrew Cashner has looked like a new man with his Slider and made a return to the ranks. I wouldn’t jump too far for him, but ride it out and see where it goes.

– A good amount of young names join The List this week. Sean Manaea has become proficient with his Changeup and could follow the same path as fellow MLB debut twin Michael FulmerJose Berrios returns given speculation that he’ll be called up soon as he’s destroying AAA opponents. Tyler Skaggs is entering the Angels’ rotation this week after earning multiple double-digit strikeout marks in the minors. Matt Boyd has been flashing his upside more often than expected, while Ivan Nova and Nathan Eovaldi have found their grooves inside the Yankee rotation. Eduardo Rodríguez may have fixed his command issues by a slight changing of his hands and it could spell the success I expected earlier in the season.

– Making room for them are Archie Bradley, Lucas Giolito, Tyler Glasnow, Chad Green, Brock Stewart, Daniel Mengden, Alex Reyes, Mike Montgomeryand Alex CobbMonty, Stewart, and Green don’t have good enough shot to rejoin the rotation, Giolito has been bouncing around too much to suggest a roster spot, Glasnow is injured, Mengden’s walk rates are atrocious, Reyes could be up soon, but may enter the bullpen first, and Bradley simply isn’t doing enough.

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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