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May Starter Rankings

Monday, May 05, 2014


Welcome to the May starter rankings. As always, players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 scoring over the rest of the season. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300 list.

 

Click to see other May rankings:

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

 

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Starting pitcher rankings

 

MaySPTeam2014
1 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 1
2 Cliff Lee Phillies 2
3 Adam Wainwright Cardinals 7
4 Felix Hernandez Mariners 5
5 Madison Bumgarner Giants 6
6 Justin Verlander Tigers 4
7 Jose Fernandez Marlins 11
8 Max Scherzer Tigers 8
9 Stephen Strasburg Nationals 3
10 Yu Darvish Rangers 10
11 Zack Greinke Dodgers 17
12 Masahiro Tanaka Yankees 20
13 David Price Rays 9
14 Michael Wacha Cardinals 15
15 James Shields Royals 16
16 Jordan Zimmermann Nationals 18
17 Sonny Gray Athletics 32
18 Johnny Cueto Reds 30
19 Gio Gonzalez Nationals 23
20 Doug Fister Nationals 22
21 Alex Cobb Rays 12
22 Homer Bailey Reds 19
23 Cole Hamels Phillies 21
24 Andrew Cashner Padres 31
25 Jon Lester Red Sox 34
26 Matt Cain Giants 14
27 Julio Teheran Braves 26
28 Chris Sale White Sox 13
29 Mike Minor Braves 27
30 Ervin Santana Braves 47
31 Gerrit Cole Pirates 24
32 Jeff Samardzija Cubs 37
33 Tim Hudson Giants 61
34 John Lackey Red Sox 45
35 C.J. Wilson Angels 39
36 Anibal Sanchez Tigers 42
37 Ian Kennedy Padres 40
38 Hisashi Iwakuma Mariners 52
39 Dan Haren Dodgers 53
40 Yordano Ventura Royals 71
41 Hyun-Jin Ryu Dodgers 28
42 Chris Archer Rays 36
43 Alex Wood Braves 48
44 R.A. Dickey Blue Jays 29
45 Garrett Richards Angels 113
46 Nathan Eovaldi Marlins 83
47 Lance Lynn Cardinals 46
48 Tyson Ross Padres 57
49 Mat Latos Reds 25
50 Jesse Chavez Athletics 137
51 Corey Kluber Indians 60
52 Kyle Lohse Brewers 85
53 Francisco Liriano Pirates 41
54 Tony Cingrani Reds 33
55 Danny Salazar Indians 38
56 Clay Buchholz Red Sox 35
57 Marco Estrada Brewers 64
58 Jake Peavy Red Sox 63
59 Rick Porcello Tigers 55
60 Justin Masterson Indians 56
61 Wily Peralta Brewers 117
62 CC Sabathia Yankees 54
63 Jose Quintana White Sox 58
64 Scott Kazmir Athletics 81
65 Jered Weaver Angels 44
66 A.J. Burnett Phillies 69
67 Matt Garza Brewers 72
68 Drew Smyly Tigers 62
69 Hiroki Kuroda Yankees 50
70 Shelby Miller Cardinals 51
71 Trevor Bauer Indians 205
72 Mike Leake Reds 66
73 Yovani Gallardo Brewers 79
74 Martin Perez Rangers 122
75 Dan Straily Athletics 43
76 Zack Wheeler Mets 65
77 Travis Wood Cubs 93
78 Brandon McCarthy Diamondbacks 90
79 Derek Holland Rangers 86
80 Charlie Morton Pirates 76
81 Drew Hutchison Blue Jays 108
82 Dillon Gee Mets 82
83 Jon Niese Mets 109
84 Robbie Erlin Padres 101
85 Robbie Ross Rangers 77
86 Tim Lincecum Giants 70
87 Aaron Harang Braves 171
88 Bartolo Colon Mets 74
89 Henderson Alvarez Marlins 88
90 Tanner Roark Nationals 135
91 Chris Tillman Orioles 100
92 Wade Miley Diamondbacks 67
93 Archie Bradley Diamondbacks 89
94 Dallas Keuchel Astros 126
95 Jason Vargas Royals 112
96 John Danks White Sox 87
97 Jeremy Hellickson Rays 84
98 Josh Beckett Dodgers 123
99 Jaime Garcia Cardinals 97
100 Marcus Stroman Blue Jays 158
101 Danny Duffy Royals 127
102 Wei-Yin Chen Orioles 99
103 Mark Buehrle Blue Jays 104
104 Carlos Martinez Cardinals 95
105 Jason Hammel Cubs 141
106 Miguel Gonzalez Orioles 73
107 Drew Pomeranz Athletics 157
108 Jenrry Mejia Mets 105
109 Kevin Gausman Orioles 115
110 Edwin Jackson Cubs 91
111 Tyler Skaggs Angels 125
112 Roenis Elias Mariners 280
113 Felix Doubront Red Sox 92
114 Erasmo Ramirez Mariners 68
115 Ubaldo Jimenez Orioles 106
116 Michael Pineda Yankees 119
117 Jhoulys Chacin Rockies 130
118 Alfredo Simon Reds 135 RP
119 Phil Hughes Twins 94
120 Yusmeiro Petit Giants 155
121 Gavin Floyd Braves 128
122 Joe Kelly Cardinals 132
123 Hector Santiago Angels 107
124 Kyle Gibson Twins 134
125 Tommy Milone Athletics 80
126 Trevor Cahill Diamondbacks 103
127 James Paxton Mariners 118
128 Taijuan Walker Mariners 96
129 Ricky Nolasco Twins 110
130 Roberto Hernandez Phillies 146
131 Matt Harrison Rangers 143
132 Jake Arrieta Cubs 151
133 Zach McAllister Indians 148
134 Tom Koehler Marlins 156
135 Eric Stults Padres 98
136 Edinson Volquez Pirates 193
137 Vidal Nuno Yankees 122 RP
138 Jorge De La Rosa Rockies 142
139 Chad Billingsley Dodgers 139
140 Chris Capuano Red Sox 145
141 Brett Anderson Rockies 111
142 David Hale Braves 144
143 Bronson Arroyo Diamondbacks 116
144 Jeremy Guthrie Royals 147
145 Scott Feldman Astros 149
146 Andrew Heaney Marlins 165
147 Jacob Turner Marlins 131
148 Brandon Cumpton Pirates 231
149 Bud Norris Orioles 163
150 Kyle Kendrick Phillies 150

 

Dropping off: Matt Moore (49th), A.J. Griffin (59th), Ivan Nova (75th), Josh Johnson (78th), Carlos Carrasco (102nd), Tanner Scheppers (114th), Taylor Jordan (120th), Jeff Locke (121st), Erik Johnson (124th), Randall Delgado (129th), Brandon Morrow (133rd), Wandy Rodriguez (136th), Alexi Ogando (138th), Jake Odorizzi (140th)

 

  • Starters in the middle of the rankings who would be higher if not for the injury risk include Kazmir, McCarthy and Niese. I’d also have Burnett a bit higher if not the hernia.

 

  • Martin Perez has ridden his changeup to two early shutouts, but not to the top of the rankings here. For one thing, his velocity is way down this year, and while part of that appears to be a conscious effort to induce sinking action, he’s getting fewer swings and misses and strikeouts. It’s obviously working for him so far, but it’s not going to be easy for him to remain successful for the long haul while striking out 5.5 batters per nine innings.

 

  • Straily and Milone were both on my buy list this spring, but neither has shown the kind of stuff each possessed in past years. Straily’s average fastball has come in at 88.3 mph, down from 91.3 in 2012 and 90.3 last year, according to Fangraphs data. Milone has always been a soft-tosser, but he’s at 86.2 right now, down from 87.7 in 2012 and 87.2 last year. Velocity can pick up as the year goes on, so I haven’t completely written off either. However, they are among the biggest tumblers in this month’s rankings. Pomeranz is the new big-time sleeper; he might get a chance to replace Milone before long.

 

  • Padres prospect Matt Wisler and Tigers prospect Robbie Ray were the most difficult cuts from the top 150. Wisler, who was just promoted from Double- to Triple-A, looks like he could be a threat to replace Stults in the San Diego rotation next month. Ray will make his major league debut this week in Anibal Sanchez’s place, but it figures to be a short-term stay this time around.


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 at matthewpouliot.
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