Top 100 Starting Pitchers

I figured I should probably update my top 100 since the season is approaching and drafts are happening. For this one, you will see super short little blurbs next to the pitcher’s names. Rankings are a tough thing to do because in drafts after the first couple of rounds it is all about context. If you have risk early, draft high floor later. If you draft high floor early, take some risks later. Innings, strikeouts, and WHIP of course come into play as well. Always fill the holes and try to mold a rotation that will hit on every category in your league. Well, here is my updated top 100! Feedback is always encouraged.

  1. Gerrit Cole - Elite with an elite offense behind him.

  2. Jacob deGrom - Small injuries popping up brings Cole to one.

  3. Shane Bieber - Fantastic 2020 and should grab innings.

  4. Luis Castillo - My love knows no bounds.

  5. Aaron Nola - Called strike king, fantastic breaking stuff.

  6. Lucas Giolito - Four-seam/changeup combination is the best in the league.

  7. Trevor Bauer - Innings should be there, slightly afraid of his volatile past.

  8. Yu Darvish - Can he continue to stay healthy?

  9. Jack Flaherty - The fastball isn’t as bad as it was in 2020, but also not as great as it was in 2019.

  10. Brandon Woodruff - Changeup took a step forward.

  11. Max Scherzer - Does he have one more elite season in him?

  12. Clayton Kershaw - Driveline did wonderful things with Kershaw. Dodgeritis though.

  13. Walker Buehler - Consider him and Kershaw 12A and 12B. Dodgeritis though.

  14. Zac Gallen - Superstar in the making.

  15. Lance Lynn - Eats innings.

  16. Blake Snell - Time to find out if he can go six innings consistently. No question marks in terms of stuff.

  17. Sonny Gray - A lot of perceived value in my eyes.

  18. Carlos Carrasco - Mets should let him run the pitch count up. Health is key.

  19. Kenta Maeda - Can he hold up for an entire season?

  20. Max Fried - Will he pitch for contact or will he let that slider shine and raise his strikeout rate?

  21. Kyle Hendricks - High floor for the win.

  22. Zach Plesac - Slider is fantastic and his elite command seems legit.

  23. Tyler Glasnow - With hitters adjusting to the curve I am slightly worried.

  24. Corbin Burnes - Love the cutter but how many innings will we get?

  25. Zack Wheeler - High floor with strikeout upside.

  26. Dylan Bundy - Keep throwing that slider!

  27. Hyun-Jin Ryu - When he is on the mound he is great, but how much time will he spend on it?

  28. Jose Berrios - Another high floor pitcher but I think this is who Berrios is, don’t see any more upside.

  29. Zack Grienke - I heard he is pitching underhand this year. Will still probably produce.

  30. Pablo Lopez - Fastballs work well, changeup is fantastic.

  31. Aaron Civale - Extremely close to a breakout, grabbing him everywhere.

  32. Frankie Montas - Injuries hurt his 2020 production.

  33. Jesus Luzardo - No doubt in his skills but a lot of doubt in his innings.

  34. Sandy Alcantara - Power sinker to die for, still want to see more development from his other pitches.

  35. Julio Urias - Dodgeritis.

  36. Charlie Morton - Can he produce one more year with his curveball?

  37. Patrick Corbin - Watch his velocity, if the slider comes back he could be a steal.

  38. Chris Paddack - Needs to fix the fastball and add a third pitch.

  39. Sixto Sanchez - Sure the changeup is great but where are the strikeouts?

  40. Stephen Strasburg - Long injury history and coming off of carpal tunnel.

  41. Tyler Mahle - Slider added a dimension to his repertoire that he needed. Elite command and could break out.

  42. Lance McCullers - Kind of want to drop him lower.

  43. James Paxton - Another one to watch with fastball velocity. Great when healthy.

  44. Dallas Keuchel - No strikeouts but solid ratios.

  45. Chris Bassitt - Sinker was a called strike machine last year.

  46. Joe Musgrove - Throw those breaking balls.

  47. Ian Anderson - Not confident in that changeup but should succeed at inducing weak contact.

  48. Dinelson Lamet - Can’t believe I have him on a team.

  49. Andrew Heaney - So much potential and it’s the same story every year. Injuries.

  50. Marco Gonzales - High ratio floor, maybe we are underestimating him?

  51. German Marquez - According to my Twitter poll if he left Coors he would be a top 20 pitcher.

  52. Kevin Gausman - Can the splitter hold for an entire season?

  53. Marcus Stroman - Solid floor and now gets Lindor behind him to field those ground balls.

  54. David Price - Seems like he doesn’t even want to play.

  55. John Means - Better command of the fastball towards the end of the season lead to better results.

  56. Jordan Montgomery - Three pitches with a positive pVAL and seemed to run into bad luck.

  57. Ryan Yarbrough - The cutter and changeup are used masterfully.

  58. Brad Keller - Decent ratios and a darkhorse for innings.

  59. Luke Weaver - Scratch 2020 with Weaver, good command and good stuff make him intriguing.

  60. Triston McKenzie - Fastball velocity decreased with each start leading to durability concerns.

  61. Tony Gonsolin - Give him, May, and Urias the same amount of innings, and I’m convinced Gonsolin comes out on top. Dodgers though.

  62. Dustin May - Gif machine with no clear route to innings.

  63. Eduardo Rodriguez - All about health.

  64. Nathan Eovaldi - Seems to be popping up on a lot of lists. The walk rate went down and the strikeout rate went up. Maybe I should make him a target?

  65. Zach Eflin - Matt Boyd vibes here.

  66. Justus Sheffield - Good at being deceptive and I like the slider.

  67. Mike Soroka - Who knows how they really handle him.

  68. Jameson Taillon - Hoping for a comeback here.

  69. Kwang Hyun Kim - .257 wOBAcon against is impressive.

  70. Corey Kluber - Hoping the breaking balls are still there, then we could be in for a wild ride.

  71. Michael Kopech - If used as a long relief guy in the pen he good nab a ton of wins. Should get into the rotation at some point.

  72. Deivi Garcia - Yankees will need him and he has a solid fastball and changeup combination.

  73. Brady Singer - Started to throw the slider more and became almost unhittable in September.

  74. Mike Minor - Kind of want to move him up. Velocity is back in spring training and he should be a workhorse.

  75. Drew Smyly - Such a small sample size and velocity didn’t last in his final two starts. I don’t get the hype.

  76. Dylan Cease - Grandal is trying to hype us up again.

  77. Taijuan Walker - Fastball was impressive last season.

  78. Griffin Canning - Still worried about that elbow.

  79. Yusei Kikuchi - If he can get a handle on the new movement on his pitches, oh boy is he a steal.

  80. Jose Urquidy - Worried about the slider.

  81. Josh Lindblom - Another pitcher who seems close, great breaking stuff.

  82. Dane Dunning - Looks like Superman on the mound with those glasses.

  83. Cristian Javier - Deadened ball could help that home run rate.

  84. David Peterson - Has the “F You” mentality.

  85. Spencer Turnbull - Watch I was one year early on him.

  86. Noah Syndergaard - The only pitcher coming off of Tommy John I might consider drafting.

  87. Framber Valdez - Framber no! Have to wait and see if he will be out for the year.

  88. Robbie Ray - The strikeouts are still there people!

  89. Matt Boyd - Yea I’m not buying again.

  90. Luis Severino - They will take their time with him.

  91. Chris Sale - May not even see him this season.

  92. Shohei Ohtani - A ton of talent but so many question marks.

  93. Caleb Smith - Would love to see a rebound.

  94. Domingo German - Overrated to me.

  95. Zach Davies - Better real-life pitcher but could be a solid streamer at times.

  96. Mitch Keller - Throw that slider more.

  97. Kyle Freeland - Coors is stupid.

  98. Michael Lorenzen - If confirmed in the rotation, bump him up to 30! Kidding. Kind of.

  99. Tarik Skubal - Went to Driveline and love the strikeout potential. Will he start the season up with the team though?

  100. . Sean Manaea - Meh.

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