The List 8/19 – Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

Nick Pollack released his weekly update, ranking the Top 100 Starting Pitcher rankings for fantasy baseball.

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Fringe Starters


PitcherWhy They Missed The Cut
Yonny ChirinosOn the IL with a finger injury – Top 45 SP
Tyler MahleOn the IL with a hamstring injury – Top 70 SP
Robbie RayOn the IL with back injury – Top 40 SP
Carlos CarrascoOn the IL with leukaemia – Top 20 SP
David PriceOn the IL with cyst in his wrist – Top 30 SP
Blake SnellOn the IL with elbow injury – Top 10 SP
Corey KluberOn the IL with a forearm injury – Top 10 SP
Zach DaviesOn the IL with back injury – Top 90 SP
Jameson TaillonOn the IL with an elbow injury – Top 25 SP
Tyler GlasnowOn the IL with forearm strain – Top 25 SP
Luke WeaverOn the IL with a forearm strain – Top 35 SP
Brad PeacockOn the IL with a shoulder injury – Top 60 SP
Rich HillOn the IL with flexor strain – Top 40 SP
Pablo LopezOn the IL with back injury – Top 60 SP
Brandon WoodruffOn the IL with an oblique injury – Top 30 SP
Danny SalazarOn The IL with a groin injury – Fringe Top 100 when pitching
Frankie MontasSuspended 80 games
Matt StrahmDemoted to bullpen
Michael WachaDemoted to bullpen
Nick PivettaDemoted to the bullpen
Jesus LuzardoIn Triple-A – Top 50 SP
Jose UrquidyDemoted to Triple-A – Top 70 SP
Jimmy NelsonDemoted to bullpen
Dustin MayDemoted to bullpen. Top 70 SP.
Kevin GausmanExpected to head to bullpen after acquired by Reds from Braves
Daniel MengdenHe’s a Toby at best
Tommy MiloneToo risky over the other options
Jake FariaCalled up to replace Davies, if he starts and looks solid, could be on List soon
Daniel PoncedeleonI wonder if he can really put it together instead of being a major liability
Trent ThorntonThe strikeout upside is interesting, but it’s too low of a floor
Luis SeverinoThe recent injury news sets him back to mid-August hopefully. He’ll be Top 15 then.
Jhoulys ChacinEven his recent stretch isn’t worth the floor
Trevor WilliamsThe ratios nor strikeouts are there to chase him
Jason VargasThe Vargas Rule is no more
Alex YoungLast one off, his stuff dictates a low floor and low ceiling
Mike LeakeThe reward is too little for the low floor in 12-teamers
Hector NoesiCurious if his upside will return after a date in Coors


Player Notes


  • Max Scherzer has returned while Chris Sale is out for the year with an elbow injury, negating any (-1) effects of Scherzer’s return. He’s not #1 right away since we don’t know if there will be any hindrances caused by the injury, but we’re happy to see him again.
  • I thought I would be lowering Matt Boyd a bit more, but it gets real dicey entering the 30s and his recovery over the weekend sure hints at better days ahead.
  • Yu Darvish has gotten his act together with his fastball, helping hold a ridiculous 34% K-BB rate across his last seven starts. Hard to argue against that in the mid-20s.
  • I’m typing this now as Brendan McKay looks lost in the first frame against the Mariners, and I can’t change his rank more. I wouldn’t be surprised if I lower him into the 40s next week, but the talent is still there to be a huge impact down the stretch. He simply has some things to figure out,  but his cutter/changeup/fastball are all legit.
  • Jose Quintana and Ryan Yarbrough get huge bumps as they’ve turned into legit options across the last few weeks. Quintana is tossing high heaters with low breakers effectively, while The Fratty Pirate’s changeup is filthy.
  • Despite his excellent outing against the White Sox, Griffin Canning takes a huge hit as his ROS schedule is the worst of anyone I’ve seen thus far. Next week will be the full-on “Based on ROS sechedules” version of The List and this traditional table will be no more.
  • I can’t seem to quite Mike Montgomery and Adrian Houser as they continued their hot streaks this week and have good matchups in the short term. Pick em up and see what happens.
  • I’m not believing in Dylan Cease‘s ascension as much as before, but keep an eye on him in September to see if something clicks. The same goes for Mitch Kellerthough I have more faith in Keller to figure out his approach to amplify his excellent stuff.
  • Tony Gonsolin, Logan Webb, and Yusei Kikuchi enter in the mid-70s. Gonsolin is taking over Dustin May‘s rotation spot for the time being, Logan Webb was impressive in his start over the weekend but lacks a polished heater, and Kikuchi’s new approach with high heat and low secondary stuff returned instant success.
  • Also joining The List are Zach Eflin, Dillon Peters, Ivan Nova, and Martin PerezEflin earned a new rotation spot and while he was lit up, expect him to be a decent Toby the rest of the way. Peters has a solid changeup and could be a streaming option the rest of the way, Nova has been on a stupid good streak, while Perez’s cutter and changeup have been effective lately with 94/95 mph fastball velocity.

(Photo by Justin Paradis – @FreshmeatComm and Nathan Mills – @NathanMillsPL)

Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Rotographs contributor. Worked with CBS Sports, Grantland, Washington Post, and SB Nation. Former pitching coach and Brandeis alum.

  • Avatar Jeremy says:

    Hey Nick — when do you start ranking The List based on ROS schedule. I’m looking for some guys on good schedules to “stream” for the remaining weeks because I have limited moves remaining. At a quick glance it looks like Minnesota guys (Odorizzi and Pineda) and KC guys (Junis and Keller) have some juicy matchups. Any sneaky pickups?

    • Avatar Ryan DC says:

      “Next week will be the full-on “Based on ROS sechedules” version of The List and this traditional table will be no more.”

  • Avatar Jim says:

    Hey Nick, did I miss Blake Snell? Also, Samardzija has 6 quality starts in his last 9 outings. He’s easily been better than most outside of the top 50. He’s gotta be a tier 6 at worst.

  • Avatar hondo says:

    Price?Not even mentioned with the injured.

  • Avatar BBHHI says:

    Bassitt => Rodney Dangerfield

  • Avatar James A Cummings says:

    John Means?

  • Avatar rainmaker says:

    I love these rankings but I would like to see a stated goal for them. For example, do these rankings include W’s or QS’s as factors? What size league are these for? I assume its no more than 12 as mediocre innings-eaters get no love as they would in say my 16 team league.

  • Avatar Brewers says:

    How much stock do you put into Statcast data? I always like to look at it myself. Interesting tidbit, out of pitchers with at least 500 PA, Wade Miley is ranked 15th in xwOBA (1 spot ahead of Chris Sale) as statcast sees him as having been unlucky this year based on his quality of contact. Do you believe in this skill of Miley’s or do you see this as luck/noise?

  • Avatar Chris says:

    What is “Toby?”

  • Avatar Chris says:

    What is “Cherry bomb?”

  • Avatar Swampman says:

    Hey Nick – awesome column every week. In a 4×4 league that counts W, S, ERA and WHIP. No K’s. Right Now have Bauer, Castillo, Fried, Gallen, C Smith and Howser as my starters. Have Canning and Heaney on my reserved list, but scared to death of their brutal ROS. Would you let them go and stand pat or activate one or both of them.

  • Avatar high_changeup says:

    This is missing Waguespack.

  • Avatar Dan says:

    Will this update tonight based on schedules going forward?

  • Avatar mattmaison says:

    Adam Plutko?

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