The Top 100 Starting Pitchers For 2021 – The List 3/17 UPDATE

The Top 100 Starting Pitchers for 2021.

What is happening!

I put out my initial Top 200 Starting Pitcher rankings back in the middle of February and now that we’re a month removed, there are adjustments to be made.

The foundations of these rankings are the same as they were back then – Volume, early schedule, realizing you’re not drafting a best ball team, etc. – and please read that section of the Top 200 rankings again to grasp how to take advantage of this updated Top 100 to its fullest.

With this update, I will next be completing my Ultimate Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide For 2021 that will be releasing on the site on Monday. It will go over:

  • A massive section devoted to my drafting philosophies
  • Breaking down each position highlight which players I’m targeting based on ADP
  • Round by round outline of each position and how I am navigating my 12-teamer snake drafts with a lovely spreadsheet included

This isn’t the final update to the SP ranks before the season starts – Monday, March 29th will kick-off the weekly Monday updates of The List, which will carry on through October 4th.

And always, make sure to read the notes as there are many changes that have good reasons behind them, and please consider that these ranks are based on a 12-teamer, 5×5 roto format. Adjust accordingly to your situation.

 

Ranking Notes

 

  • During the next update of The List, I will be handling injured players like I do in-season with a “Fringe Starters” table that outlines who just missed the Top 100 + removing all IL players and noting where I expect them to re-appear once we believe they’ll return to the rotation during the upcoming week.
  • For now, I’ve elected not to shift the three injured arms – Stephen Strasburg, Carlos Carrascoand Sonny Gray. All three should miss two starts at most – if anything! – and shouldn’t affect your draft strategies much if at all.

 

  • You won’t see much movement inside the Top 15 or so in April, though we did get news that the Diamondbacks will be limiting Zac Gallen to some degree. I’m not thrilled about it, but it forces me to put him below Luis Castillo and Jack Flaherty since they have higher inning ceilings now.
  • I also made a mini-tier for Blake Snell, Lance Lynnand Tyler GlasnowI find myself drafting them separately from the others so here you go, have a tier.

 

  • I elected to take the old/injured group and push them down the ranks a decent amount – Charlie Morton, Patrick Corbinand Zack GreinkeI think I’m still generally more favorable than the consensus on all of them, but I found myself leaning toward the innings of Zack Wheeler and Max Fried more inside drafts.
  • I also wanted to give a little more love to Zach Plesac and Corbin BurnesIt’s awfully tempting to push them both to Top 20 – their skill sets suggest it! – but we have to be cautious given a likely smaller volume + a shorter track record of success. I definitely feel that Burnes and Plesac love, though. I really do.

 

  • I find myself “in” on Chris Paddack figuring out his fastball woes from last season, especially after he reportedly began embracing advanced metrics to help him correct its axis. Sorry Jose Berriosyou just aren’t as exciting to me.
  • I also pushed up Sixto Sanchez after talking to Derek VanRiper and Eno Sarris during our “Super Pod” on Monday. Sixto is a special talent and his ceiling deserved more love.

 

  • I’m sticking to my guns here, I truly believe that Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon are destined to succeed in 2021. Kluber is already back to his 2019 & 2020 velocity and earning plenty of whiffs with his elite breakers. Taillon is in the perfect scenario in New York, is 100% healthy for the first time in a long time, has already displayed a vastly improved four-seamer, and was a Top 25 starter in 2018, his last healthy season. You want this.
  • I’m also pushing up Pablo Lopez and Aaron Civale who each have the ability to consistently go six frames, while featuring a solid floor in both 2019 and 2020. I see a 2021 for both that builds upon their strengths and adds new elements, such as a new breaker from Pablo and an improved fastball from Civale.

 

  • To boost up those above, we have to drop some major names. Ian Anderson and Frankie Montas each fall as I question if they can reach their ceilings this season. I think Anderson has amazing 2022+ potential, but he simply doesn’t have enough experience to dictate a lower walk rate and smooth sailing in the first half of 2021. Meanwhile, Montas showed us last year the inconsistency we fear from a splitter and there may be more undulation this season than we’d like.
  • I also had to do John Means a touch as well. It’s not for a lack of love, it’s more that I worry about his opening month of the season, facing the Red Sox and Yankees out of the gate. He also has been a touch inconsistent with his velocity (sometimes ~92, others ~94) and it may take a moment longer to turn into the polished arm. Still, I’m higher than the consensus on Means for good reason and recommend him well earlier than his 200+ ADP.

 

  • I’m in on Shohei Ohtanithe pitcher. Look, take the chance on his Top 20 upside and forget about the inning totals. It’s a 12-teamer, he shouldn’t be your #4 starter. Your #5? Absolutely as the worst-case scenario where he’s either terrible early or pitches under 75 innings is easy to stomach. The reward of a 30% strikeout rate with excellent ratios is worth your investment past the #50th SP off the board.
  • Jose Urquidy is another to consider right at the same moment. The Astros aren’t going to dramatically limit him (I’d wager something around 150 innings?) and his four-pitch mix is plenty better than his COVID-laden 2020 season suggests. Urquidy will help your staff.

 

  • In Tier 9, I elected to give a major bump to Domingo GermanHe’s looked like his 2019 self in spring training, with a firm hold on the #5 in the Yankee rotation. This could be another year where German is a steal in your final rounds and he should be heavily considered out of the gate.
  • I gave a drop to David Price as it’s become clear that he’s suffering heavily from #Dodgeritis. I’m not sure if he’ll start and how long he’ll be starting when he does, forcing me to push him close to #60. I’d still take the shot and hope he lands a clear starting gig early, but you’re better off looking elsewhere first.

 

  • We still have the injured tier for Chris Sale, Noah Syndergaardand Luis SeverinoSyndergaard got a boost since he should be back sooner, but Sale is the ultimate prize here.
  • You should be drafting at least one of these in your drafts if you have at least two IL spots – there’s no reason not to and you’ll likely be able to snag someone else from The List to take their place. Give yourself the choice to drop them if you need to in-season.

 

  • Tier 11 starts with Tobys. Keuchel should be a solid play if you need ratios, as well as Marco GonzalesYes, I trust Keuchel slightly more as 1) He’s not in a six-man rotation 2) He should get more Wins with the White Sox behind him, and 3) He’s done the whole “solid ratios” thing for longer.
  • Mike Minor gets a massive boost as his velocity has been 92-94 this spring after sitting sub 91 mph all of last year. Given that he faces his former Rangers for his first start, you’re wise to draft Minor, start him, and make a decision after that. Don’t forget, he had 200 strikeouts in 2019.

 

  • Carlos Martinez has been vastly ignored and I’m here to put an end to it. He’s up to 94+ mph in spring training, has two elite secondaries in his changeup and slider, has a secure rotation spot, and has a solid schedule vs. the Reds, Brewers, Phillies, and Nationals in April. Do you want strikeouts and decent ratios after pick 200? CarMart is the one you want.
  • I’m still wondering how to feel about Jake Odorizzi as he’s in a wonderful situation now in Houston. We still haven’t seen much of him, though, and he may not be able to replicate his 2019 breakout. Monitor this closely as a spring replicating 2019 would shoot him up to the 50s of my ranks.

 

  • Don’t forget about A.J. Puk who may start the year inside the Athletics’ rotation. He comes with legit heat and a wicked slider and if he’s dominant, there may be a case he stays there, even when Mike Fiers is healthy again.
  • Man, do I hope that Tony Gonsolin gets legit starts out of camp. He’s killing it, but has only pitched six frames in six outings, making it look like he won’t get early chances at 5-6 inning outings. Ugh, it’s not fair. He’s a legit Top 30 SP contender if he were locked in, say, Cleveland’s rotation.

 

  • Do I trust that Nathan Eovaldi is going to be amazing through the year? Not really, but he gets the Orioles on opening day and I’d be very happy drafting him late just for that one outing. And hey, maybe he kills it and justifies the Rays next.
  • On the other side, there’s Madison Bumgarner who is throwing 90-91 mph instead of the ~88mph he held last season…but gets the Padres and Coors to start the year. Feel free to draft Bumgarner if you’re okay holding him for those two games – who knows, he may surprise us all in those starts!

 

  • Am I back on the Matthew Boyd train? Not really? Tier 13 is a tier of mystery and suspense and who better than Boyd, who unlocked his changeup last year, but at the expense of fastball command and his golden slider disappearing. If he can get both back, it may be the prize we foresaw this time last year.
  • Yeah, I’ve pushed Sean Manaea up a little bit. While I don’t necessarily love him, I can see people turning to him as the #80th starter for a bit of ratio help and a tinge of strikeout upside. Let’s hope he can sit 91 mph and get whiffs with his slider and changeup.

 

  • Sorry, I’m not looking to draft Cristian Javier or Dustin MayWith Javier, he has a stamina problem inside starts, without a good enough repertoire to justify taking the chance. Dustin has the same problem as Gonsolin, but a worse repertoire and I believe is one step lower on the Dodgers’ depth chart. It’s just not worth the pick right now.
  • I am recognizing that this could be the year of Yusei Kikuchithough. I’m hesitant to draft him given a shaky early schedule that could hurt y’all early, but if Kikuchi can nail down that fastball command while maintaining its 96 mph velocity, there could be some legit fantasy upside here.

 

  • In the final tier, we have two significant drops. Caleb Smith is still someone I have my eye on early as the velocity returned last year but the command wasn’t quite there. He’s this far down as I imagine he can stay on your wire for his first outing against the Padres, but he may be worth the add for Cincinnati after.
  • There’s also Garrett Richards who simply hasn’t looked sharp in the spring. Richards struggles to avoid deep counts and seeing him fail to get ahead consistently in the spring makes me believe it’ll be more disappointment in 2021 – at least at first. I’d rather roll the dice elsewhere to kick off the season.

 

  • We have a fun crew joining The List this week, starting with two Marlins in Elieser Hernandez and Trevor RogersElieser has a wonderful slider that should miss bats, possibly pushing him into consistent 5-6 inning outings and flirting a 25% strikeout rate. Rogers has a solid fastball/changeup combination and a developing breaker in the five-hole for Miami. Don’t overlook him as a decent streamer early.
  • Rounding out the new additions are Josh Lindblom, Tejay Antoneand Rich HillLindblom could gather plenty of innings for the Brewers and may have made adjustments this season to push down the ratios while hovering a 25% strikeout rate. Antone may have the fifth spot in Cincinnati now that Wade Miley is injured, though I question if he’s consistent enough to warrant your draft pick. Finally, there’s Hill who…well, it’s Rich Hill. Let’s hope he still has a bit left in the tank.

 

  • Six pitchers had to leave The List to make room for these new additions. Michael Kopech is out of the rotation to start the season and you know me, I don’t like early bench stashes. The same goes for Tanner Houck as it looks like Nick Pivetta has earned his keep (too risky!). Nate Pearson may be out of a job as well after re-aggravating his groin injury and given his injury history + two-pitch mix, a bullpen role may be in his near future.
  • Three others just missed a spot. I’ll have my eye on Dean Kremer through the year, but I don’t think a draft pick investment is necessary, especially when he faces Boston in his first two passes. I wonder if Anthony DeSclafani can return to form in San Francisco, but I’d rather wait and see there. Lastly, Adrian Houser has the chance to get his fastball back in order, though there’s no rush to stash him now.

 

  • At the very end, I considered plenty of names. I haven’t been able to find a velocity reading on Chris Archermaking him still a questionable first week play if he gets that start against Miami. Luke Weaver could be a fixed man with a new slider, but I’m still waiting past that first week. Robbie Ray threw plenty of strikes in his first spring outing yet you all know how risky that proposition is.
  • I also wanted to stick Spencer Howard at the end, but his role isn’t clear with the Phillies quite yet – and was sidelined with back spasms – so he’s just outside the Top 100 at the moment.
  • Then there’s Tarik Skubalwho many have labeled as their sleeper SP for the season. His omission isn’t for lack of appeal – I really like his stuff long term! – it’s for a lack of early faith. I feel a draft pick of Skubal as a bench stash where I wouldn’t trust him to perform at a high level early in the season. I personally don’t go for bench stashes as draft picks – those roster spots should be used on early, successful players in hopes they stick! – pushing Skubal off the List. For now.

 

All right, now that the notes are at the top and you understand where I’m coming from, let’s get to The List:

RankPitcherBadgesChange
1Jacob deGromT1
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-
2Shane Bieber
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-
3Gerrit Cole
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-
4Yu Darvish
T2
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-
5Lucas Giolito
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-
6Aaron Nola
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-
7Walker Buehler
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-
8Max Scherzer
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-
9Trevor Bauer
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Cherry Bomb
-
10Clayton Kershaw
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-
11Kenta Maeda
T3
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-
12Luis Castillo
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
+1
13Jack Flaherty
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
+1
14Zac Gallen
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Playing Time Question
-2
15Brandon Woodruff
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-
16Blake Snell
T4
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
-
17Lance Lynn
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-
18Tyler Glasnow
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
-
19Carlos Carrasco
T5
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-
20Stephen Strasburg
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-
21Sonny Gray
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-
22Zack Wheeler
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
+2
23Hyun Jin Ryu
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Ratio Focused
-1
24Max Fried
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
+2
25Kyle Hendricks
Aces Gonna Ace
Quality Starts
Ratio Focused
-
26Zach Plesac
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
+3
27Corbin Burnes
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
+3
28Dinelson Lamet
T6
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
+3
29Charlie Morton
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Quality Starts
Playing Time Question
-6
30Patrick Corbin
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-2
31Zack Greinke
Aces Gonna Ace
Quality Starts
-4
32Chris Paddack
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
+2
33Jose Berrios
T7
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-1
34Sandy Alcantara
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Playing Time Question
-1
35Lance McCullers
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
+3
36Sixto Sanchez
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
+3
37Jesus Luzardo
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
-
38Corey Kluber
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Playing Time Question
+3
39Jameson Taillon
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Playing Time Question
+1
40Pablo Lopez
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Cherry Bomb
Streaming Option
+3
41Aaron Civale
Aces Gonna Ace
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Ratio Focused
+4
42Ian Anderson
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Ratio Focused
-7
43Frankie Montas
T8
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-7
44Julio Urias
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
+5
45Joe Musgrove
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
+1
46Dylan Bundy
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
-2
47John Means
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
-5
48Mike Soroka
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Playing Time Question
Ratio Focused
Stash Option
-1
49Tyler Mahle
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
+2
50Kevin Gausman
Ace Potential
Quality Starts
Toby
Ratio Focused
+2
51Jose Urquidy
T9
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Playing Time Question
+6
52Shohei Ohtani
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
+6
53Marcus Stroman
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Toby
Ratio Focused
-5
54James Paxton
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
+5
55Jordan Montgomery
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Stash Option
-2
56Triston McKenzie
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
-2
57Domingo German
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
+13
58David Price
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
-8
59German Marquez
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
-3
60Chris Sale
T10
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Stash Option
-
61Noah Syndergaard
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Stash Option
+1
62Luis Severino
Aces Gonna Ace
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Stash Option
-1
63Dallas Keuchel
T11
Quality Starts
Toby
Ratio Focused
-8
64Marco Gonzales
Quality Starts
Toby
+11
65Mike Minor
Quality Starts
Toby
Ratio Focused
+23
66Zach Davies
Quality Starts
Toby
-1
67Jake Odorizzi
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Toby
+1
68Carlos Martinez
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
+25
69Michael Lorenzen
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
+2
70Drew Smyly
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
-7
71Mitch Keller
T12
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
-7
72Zach Eflin
Quality Starts
Toby
Streaming Option
-3
73Eduardo Rodriguez
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
-1
74Brady Singer
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Ratio Focused
Streaming Option
-1
75A.J. Puk
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
+10
76Nathan Eovaldi
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
+21
77Madison Bumgarner
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Toby
Ratio Focused
+UR
78Andrew Heaney
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
-2
79Tony Gonsolin
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Ratio Focused
-13
80Chris Bassitt
Strikeout Upside
Quality Starts
Toby
Ratio Focused
-2
81Sean Manaea
T13
Injury Risk
Ratio Focused
+9
82Matthew Boyd
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
+9
83Spencer Turnbull
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
-2
84Elieser Hernandez
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Cherry Bomb
+UR
85Alec Mills
Quality Starts
Toby
Ratio Focused
Streaming Option
+1
86Dane Dunning
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
Streaming Option
-6
87Ryan Yarbrough
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
-5
88Yusei Kikuchi
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
Toby
+8
89Cristian Javier
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Cherry Bomb
Streaming Option
-12
90Dustin May
Low Ips
Playing Time Question
Ratio Focused
-23
91Michael Pineda
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
Streaming Option
-2
92J.A. Happ
Quality Starts
Toby
Ratio Focused
Streaming Option
-5
93Caleb Smith
T14
Ace Potential
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
Streaming Option
-10
94Trevor Rogers
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
Streaming Option
+UR
95Dylan Cease
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
Streaming Option
-3
96Josh Lindblom
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
Streaming Option
+UR
97Garrett Richards
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Cherry Bomb
Streaming Option
-23
98Griffin Canning
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Low Ips
Cherry Bomb
Streaming Option
-4
99Tejay Antone
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Streaming Option
+UR
100Rich Hill
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Playing Time Question
Streaming Option
+UR

Labels Legend

Aces Gonna Ace
Ace Potential
Injury Risk
Strikeout Upside
Low IPS
Quality Starts
Playing Time Question
Cherry Bomb
Toby
Ratio Focused
Streaming Option
Stash Option

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Nick Pollack

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

  • Avatar Duntroon68 says:

    Any thoughts about draft and holds?

    • Nick Pollack Nick Pollack says:

      I would focus even heavier on volume + take fewer risks in the top 75.

      It’s a different animal, really.

  • Avatar Thom says:

    Thoughts on Jon Gray? Reports had his velocity back at the 96-97mph range instead of 93 last year. I feel like I’m lobbying for guy to be in the Top 100 but also know you don’t like the headache that is Coors regardless of his track record there.

    • Nick Pollack Nick Pollack says:

      You nailed it – I don’t see a reason to take the chance on Gray given we won’t feel confident in at least half his starts.

  • Avatar Anonymous says:

    Why is Woodruff only ‘Ace Potential’? I feel like several of the guys below Woodruff that have the ‘Aces Gonna Ace’ tag are less proven than Woodruff. I think my man Woody deserves it!

    • Nick Pollack Nick Pollack says:

      Thanks for the catch! Just looked through the AGA labels and updated through the first six tiers.

  • Avatar kent says:

    what is a toby and cherry bomb?

    • Nick Pollack Nick Pollack says:

      Hey Kent! From our Glossary (Pitcherlist.com/glossary):

      Toby: A middling pitcher who has little upside but a steady enough floor that may earn a spot on your roster just for some stability, but is to be avoided against tougher matchups. That guy who goes to work every day and gets the job done but he’s super boring and you don’t want to talk to him, like ever. You don’t even want to acknowledge that he works for the same company as everyone else. Named after The Office character of the same name.

      Cherry Bomb: A term given to a pitcher who could give an excellent performance or a complete dud. In other words, be really sweet (cherry) or blow up in your face (bomb).

  • Avatar Joel says:

    Good lord this is impressive.

    • Nick Pollack Nick Pollack says:

      Hey, thanks Joel! I do them every Monday through the season. Hope to see you through the year!

      • Avatar Joel says:

        You can count on it! Heard you with Eno and DVR the other day, and really enjoyed the banter in addition to everything else. I’m on board.

  • Avatar Dezre says:

    Wow what a terrific resource. The tool itself is awesome, but your notes…just so much great content here. Kudos to you all and your efforts at PL

  • Avatar Ryan says:

    What about T Walker TOR?

  • Where would you slot in Framber w/ the news that he might not need surgery? Thanks for the amazing work as always!

    • Nick Pollack Nick Pollack says:

      I think I’d still avoid him for the most part? Maybe in the 80s or so, but I’d personally like to wait until I hear more.

      I’d prefer to draft Soroka/Sale/Severino/Syndergaard by a good bit.

  • Avatar Will Lankford says:

    Hey Nick, are you looking to draft or avoid Dinelson Lamet this year, or is it somewhere in between. He has done well this spring, but it still doesn’t sound like the elbow issue is fully worked out. As always, thanks for the great stuff.

  • Avatar Dave says:

    Hey Nick, thanks for doing this. I always look forward to reading it – my favorite PitcherList article. I’m curious about your thoughts on Adrian Morejon. My understanding is that he has a deep repertoire, is currently slotted as San Diego’s # 5 in their rotation, they really like him and they want him to stick (not to mention they gave him a huge signing bonus coming out of Cuba when only 17 years old). Thanks

  • Avatar J Willy says:

    I valued Sandy Alcantera (#34 on your list) very high in recent drafts despite a tough division. I was interested to hear why you had him labeled as a playing time question? He seems to be a durable, emerging front of the rotation starter who has averaged over 6 innings per start over the last 2 seasons, even with the Covid-19 issues the Marlins endured last season.
    Side note: Love to see your hard work with GIFs the last several years pay off. Fun to watch good people, dedicated to the industry get recognized and grow. Great resource! If only the website domain was Pitcher(s)List…lol

  • Avatar Mallex P. Keaton says:

    Nick, it’s been said many times, by many persons (including several times by yours truly)… but I feel compelled to say it again. You. Are. The. BEST.

  • Avatar Floyd says:

    I will take the discount on Carrasco if his elbow is really OK. But with the hamstring issue, we can’t know for sure about the elbow. Hmmmmm

  • Avatar bbboston says:

    Nick,
    Food for thought:
    => “Stuff” is a tempting siren upon rocky shores. Drawn into its’ seductive calling and pay the price.
    => Command and mix enable SP’s to keep batters off-balance, but aren’t always so sexy….

    Guys like Bassitt and Yarbrough fall down the rankings every year but then slowly, slowly climb back up them…. One of these years, command, mix and keeping batters off-balance will be given its due, and guys like Puk (who has yet to prove anything) won’t be ranked above Bassitt who got Cy Young votes in 2020.

  • Avatar TommyBoy1189 says:

    (Redraft) please pick one: Gonso, Peralta or Singer?

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