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July Starter Rankings

Monday, July 01, 2013


Welcome to the July starter rankings. As always, players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 scoring over the rest of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll find a fully updated top 300 list.

 

 

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Click to see other July rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

 

 



Starting pitcher Rankings


Dropping off: James McDonald (No. 106), Trevor Bauer (No. 119), Justin Grimm (No. 123), Scott Diamond (No. 124), Scott Baker (No. 127), Cory Luebke (No. 130), Dylan Bundy (No. 132), Tyler Skaggs (No. 134), Josh Beckett (No. 138), Tommy Hanson (No. 140), Edinson Volquez (No. 142), Daniel Hudson (No. 144), Tyson Ross (No. 148), Jonathan Pettibone (No. 150)

 

 

  • I've been overly harsh in accounting for Fernandez's innings limit in the rankings each month, but it is time to really start thinking about that now. He's a top-50 pitcher at the moment, but he's likely to get September off. Cashner might be in the same boat unless the Padres can stay in the NL West race. As is, the Padres are already working out ways to get him extra rest. Wheeler and Gibson are among the other youngsters likely to finish the season as spectators.

 

  • Speaking of Gibson, he was pretty impressive in his major league debut Saturday against the Royals, throwing 93-94 mph with his fastball and recording five strikeouts in a victory. The Twins held him back so long in part because they're managing his innings in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, and since they're not going to make any noise this year, they may limit him to 10-12 more starts before shutting him down. Despite that, Gibson is still easily their top pitcher for fantasy purposes right now. He and Deduno are the only Twins pitchers to make the top 150 this month.

 

  • Wandy Rodriguez's latest forearm/elbow setback resulted in a 20-spot bump for Cole in the rankings. It's starting to seem quite a bit less likely that he'll see Triple-A again this year.

 

  • Cingrani is a top-50 starter until Cueto rejoins the Reds' rotation. Sounds like it'll be at least a month this time.

 

  • Despite being sent down last week, Straily is still nominally Oakland's fifth starter. He was sent down because three off days enabled the team to go to a four-man rotation for a couple of weeks.

 

  • If I were the Yankees (Hughes, Phelps), Braves (Maholm) or Rockies (Chatwood, Nicasio), I'd call the Royals and see if they'd trade Davis for a more reliable SP, with the idea of shifting Davis back to the pen. Davis looked like potential closer material in the Rays pen last year, but he's been a flop as a starter again this year and the Royals already have plenty of quality relief options.

 

 

RankSPTeam2013MayJune
1 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 1 1 1
2 Adam Wainwright Cardinals 10 5 3
3 Justin Verlander Tigers 2 2 2
4 Yu Darvish Rangers 16 7 5
5 Cliff Lee Phillies 6 9 6
6 Felix Hernandez Mariners 8 3 4
7 Stephen Strasburg Nationals 3 8 7
8 Gio Gonzalez Nationals 9 10 8
9 Madison Bumgarner Giants 13 6 10
10 Max Scherzer Tigers 23 15 13
11 Cole Hamels Phillies 4 4 9
12 James Shields Royals 12 14 12
13 Matt Harvey Mets 44 17 14
14 Matt Cain Giants 7 12 15
15 Mat Latos Reds 25 18 21
16 Chris Sale White Sox 19 24 26
17 David Price Rays 5 11 29
18 Jordan Zimmermann Nationals 24 19 22
19 Matt Moore Rays 22 13 11
20 Jeff Samardzija Cubs 29 22 23
21 Zack Greinke Dodgers 14 29 25
22 Hiroki Kuroda Yankees 32 27 27
23 Matt Garza Cubs 45 41 36
24 Hyun-Jin Ryu Dodgers 31 31 28
25 Lance Lynn Cardinals 41 34 33
26 Mike Minor Braves 42 32 19
27 Hisashi Iwakuma Mariners 74 53 35
28 Jered Weaver Angels 11 33 17
29 Patrick Corbin Diamondbacks 129 62 42
30 Clay Buchholz Red Sox 52 26 18
31 Shelby Miller Cardinals 78 43 31
32 Jeremy Hellickson Rays 34 39 49
33 Julio Teheran Braves 51 74 56
34 Kris Medlen Braves 18 23 46
35 CC Sabathia Yankees 17 21 32
36 R.A. Dickey Blue Jays 15 25 41
37 C.J. Wilson Angels 27 47 38
38 Jon Lester Red Sox 20 16 16
39 Derek Holland Rangers 72 52 43
40 Doug Fister Tigers 63 46 39
41 Anibal Sanchez Tigers 53 20 20
42 Yovani Gallardo Brewers 30 30 53
43 Josh Johnson Blue Jays 36 59 55
44 A.J. Burnett Pirates 50 42 37
45 Homer Bailey Reds 48 44 44
46 Tommy Milone Athletics 33 36 45
47 Mike Leake Reds 88 104 62
48 Jarrod Parker Athletics 43 78 59
49 Francisco Liriano Pirates 91 82 58
50 Bartolo Colon Athletics 124 95 74
51 A.J. Griffin Athletics 83 77 61
52 Jake Peavy White Sox 37 35 34
53 Justin Masterson Indians 89 84 52
54 Ervin Santana Royals 97 55 84
55 Tim Hudson Braves 62 61 64
56 John Lackey Red Sox 145 124 78
57 Alex Cobb Rays 38 28 24
58 Paul Maholm Braves 94 60 63
59 Andrew Cashner Padres 75 71 67
60 Travis Wood Cubs 158 98 73
61 Ryan Dempster Red Sox 82 63 71
62 Johnny Cueto Reds 21 37 30
63 Trevor Cahill Diamondbacks 58 50 48
64 Tony Cingrani Reds 105 RP 45 85
65 Gerrit Cole Pirates 120 116 114
66 Jhoulys Chacin Rockies 93 73 94
67 Erasmo Ramirez Mariners 64 90 80
68 Kyle Lohse Brewers 60 57 72
69 Edwin Jackson Cubs 46 54 66
70 Tim Lincecum Giants 47 56 69
71 Chris Tillman Orioles 99 89 102
72 Jeff Locke Pirates 164 150 90
73 Andy Pettitte Yankees 57 65 65
74 Jose Fernandez Marlins 86 75 76
75 Zack Wheeler Mets 160 133 82
76 Kyle Kendrick Phillies 108 92 95
77 Brandon Beachy Braves 133 107 54
78 Eric Stults Padres 182 NR 128
79 Jose Quintana White Sox 69 66 70
80 Ian Kennedy Diamondbacks 39 51 60
81 Miguel Gonzalez Orioles 117 114 108
82 Rick Porcello Tigers 68 106 83
83 Bronson Arroyo Reds 119 96 89
84 Alexi Ogando Rangers 49 48 57
85 Scott Feldman Cubs 100 94 68
86 Wandy Rodriguez Pirates 71 68 51
87 Phil Hughes Yankees 73 67 75
88 Wade Miley Diamondbacks 66 69 79
89 Ross Detwiler Nationals 77 72 86
90 Jeremy Guthrie Royals 95 85 91
91 Wei-Yin Chen Orioles 80 88 103
92 Bud Norris Astros 171 149 135
93 Felix Doubront Red Sox 115 110 100
94 Ricky Nolasco Marlins 116 109 96
95 Jason Vargas Angels 55 64 50
96 Martin Perez Rangers 233 NR NR
97 Michael Wacha Cardinals 148 130 40
98 Kyle Gibson Twins 178 NR 141
99 Corey Kluber Indians 213 NR 139
100 Michael Pineda Yankees 149 129 115
101 Brandon McCarthy Diamondbacks 61 87 97
102 Chris Capuano Dodgers 76 79 101
103 Robbie Erlin Padres 204 NR 137
104 Jorge De La Rosa Rockies 131 118 109
105 Nathan Eovaldi Marlins 165 NR NR
106 Ted Lilly Dodgers 98 102 87
107 Roy Oswalt Rockies 102 113 116
108 Jacob Turner Marlins 135 NR NR
109 Dan Straily Athletics 139 108 81
110 Joe Blanton Angels 84 134 129
111 Ubaldo Jimenez Indians 123 NR 120
112 Jake Westbrook Cardinals 126 93 112
113 Colby Lewis Rangers 122 105 117
114 Hector Santiago White Sox 121 127 136
115 John Danks White Sox 114 103 122
116 David Phelps Yankees 146 126 118
117 Mark Buehrle Blue Jays 111 139 133
118 Roberto Hernandez Rays 141 138 121
119 Jason Hammel Orioles 65 76 99
120 Dan Haren Nationals 35 38 47
121 Scott Kazmir Indians 163 NR 146
122 Ryan Vogelsong Giants 67 80 131
123 Chris Archer Rays 127 111 92
124 Esmil Rogers Blue Jays 159 RP NR NR
125 Dillon Gee Mets 96 144 145
126 Jordan Lyles Astros 198 NR NR
127 Marco Estrada Brewers 81 101 107
128 Shaun Marcum Mets 92 128 126
129 Kevin Gausman Orioles 152 122 88
130 Jon Niese Mets 59 70 77
131 Henderson Alvarez Marlins 112 NR NR
132 Carlos Villanueva Cubs 103 83 104
133 Zach McAllister Indians 159 132 113
134 Brett Anderson Athletics 28 40 93
135 Erik Bedard Astros 186 NR NR
136 Aaron Harang Mariners 169 NR NR
137 Brandon Morrow Blue Jays 40 58 98
138 Joe Kelly Cardinals 168 NR NR
139 Jeremy Hefner Mets 153 146 NR
140 J.A. Happ Blue Jays 130 119 149
141 Zach Britton Orioles 140 NR NR
142 Wade Davis Royals 87 97 110
143 Roy Halladay Phillies 26 86 147
144 Samuel Deduno Twins 184 NR NR
145 Carlos Martinez Cardinals 203 NR NR
146 Nick Tepesch Rangers 232 125 111
147 Jerome Williams Angels 187 NR NR
148 Stephen Fife Dodgers 241 NR NR
149 Kevin Slowey Marlins 154 100 125
150 Barry Zito Giants 155 117 143


Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.
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