Matthew Pouliot

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June Starter Rankings

Monday, June 02, 2014


Here are the June Rankings. Players are ranked for the remainder of the season based on how I believe they’ll perform in 5x5 leagues. Players are also listed at the positions where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.

 

Click to see other June rankings:

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

 

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Starting pitcher Rankings

 

JuneSPTeamAprMay
1 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 1 1
2 Adam Wainwright Cardinals 7 3
3 Felix Hernandez Mariners 5 4
4 Madison Bumgarner Giants 6 5
5 Stephen Strasburg Nationals 3 9
6 Yu Darvish Rangers 10 10
7 Max Scherzer Tigers 8 8
8 Zack Greinke Dodgers 17 11
9 Masahiro Tanaka Yankees 20 12
10 Justin Verlander Tigers 4 6
11 Cliff Lee Phillies 2 2
12 Michael Wacha Cardinals 15 14
13 Alex Cobb Rays 12 21
14 Doug Fister Nationals 22 20
15 David Price Rays 9 13
16 Johnny Cueto Reds 30 18
17 Sonny Gray Athletics 32 17
18 Cole Hamels Phillies 21 23
19 James Shields Royals 16 15
20 Chris Sale White Sox 13 28
21 Julio Teheran Braves 26 27
22 Mike Minor Braves 27 29
23 Jordan Zimmermann Nationals 18 16
24 Homer Bailey Reds 19 22
25 Jon Lester Red Sox 34 25
26 Corey Kluber Indians 60 51
27 Hyun-Jin Ryu Dodgers 28 41
28 Hisashi Iwakuma Mariners 52 38
29 Gerrit Cole Pirates 24 31
30 Matt Cain Giants 14 26
31 Anibal Sanchez Tigers 42 36
32 Jeff Samardzija Cubs 37 32
33 Gio Gonzalez Nationals 23 19
34 C.J. Wilson Angels 39 35
35 John Lackey Red Sox 45 34
36 Andrew Cashner Padres 31 24
37 Tim Hudson Giants 61 33
38 Mat Latos Reds 25 49
39 Ian Kennedy Padres 40 37
40 Ervin Santana Braves 47 30
41 Chris Archer Rays 36 42
42 R.A. Dickey Blue Jays 29 44
43 Tyson Ross Padres 57 48
44 Dan Haren Dodgers 53 39
45 Rick Porcello Tigers 55 59
46 Kyle Lohse Brewers 85 52
47 Lance Lynn Cardinals 46 47
48 Trevor Bauer Indians 205 71
49 Garrett Richards Angels 113 45
50 Scott Kazmir Athletics 81 64
51 Wily Peralta Brewers 117 61
52 Francisco Liriano Pirates 41 53
53 Yordano Ventura Royals 71 40
54 Jered Weaver Angels 44 65
55 Dallas Keuchel Astros 126 94
56 Jesse Chavez Athletics 137 50
57 Marco Estrada Brewers 64 57
58 Jason Hammel Cubs 141 105
59 Nathan Eovaldi Marlins 83 46
60 Alex Wood Braves 48 43
61 Jose Quintana White Sox 58 63
62 Mike Leake Reds 66 72
63 Derek Holland Rangers 86 79
64 Tony Cingrani Reds 33 54
65 Drew Smyly Tigers 62 68
66 Matt Garza Brewers 72 67
67 Jaime Garcia Cardinals 97 99
68 Josh Beckett Dodgers 123 98
69 Drew Pomeranz Athletics 157 107
70 Marcus Stroman Blue Jays 158 100
71 Brandon McCarthy Diamondbacks 90 78
72 Jake Peavy Red Sox 63 58
73 Hiroki Kuroda Yankees 50 69
74 Yovani Gallardo Brewers 79 73
75 Shelby Miller Cardinals 51 70
76 Zack Wheeler Mets 65 76
77 A.J. Burnett Phillies 69 66
78 Tim Lincecum Giants 70 86
79 Justin Masterson Indians 56 60
80 Charlie Morton Pirates 76 80
81 Tommy Milone Athletics 80 125
82 Wade Miley Diamondbacks 67 92
83 Henderson Alvarez Marlins 88 89
84 Jon Niese Mets 109 83
85 Phil Hughes Twins 94 119
86 Aaron Harang Braves 171 87
87 Mark Buehrle Blue Jays 104 103
88 Clay Buchholz Red Sox 35 56
89 Gavin Floyd Braves 128 121
90 Roenis Elias Mariners 280 112
91 Travis Wood Cubs 93 77
92 Tanner Roark Nationals 135 90
93 Jeremy Hellickson Rays 84 97
94 Jason Vargas Royals 112 95
95 Edwin Jackson Cubs 91 110
96 Bartolo Colon Mets 74 88
97 Chris Tillman Orioles 100 91
98 Danny Duffy Royals 127 101
99 CC Sabathia Yankees 54 62
100 Miguel Gonzalez Orioles 73 106
101 Drew Hutchison Blue Jays 108 81
102 Andrew Heaney Marlins 165 146
103 Dillon Gee Mets 82 82
104 Ryan Vogelsong Giants 198 NR
105 Ubaldo Jimenez Orioles 106 115
106 Robbie Erlin Padres 101 84
107 Danny Salazar Indians 38 55
108 Jake Arrieta Cubs 151 132
109 Wei-Yin Chen Orioles 99 102
110 Tyler Skaggs Angels 125 111
111 Carlos Martinez Cardinals 95 104
112 Tom Koehler Marlins 156 134
113 John Danks White Sox 87 96
114 Taijuan Walker Mariners 96 128
115 Archie Bradley Diamondbacks 89 93
116 Bronson Arroyo Diamondbacks 116 143
117 Alfredo Simon Reds 135 RP 118
118 Jake Odorizzi Rays 140 NR
119 Rubby De La Rosa Red Sox 279 NR
120 Jhoulys Chacin Rockies 130 117
121 Jorge De La Rosa Rockies 142 138
122 Brandon Workman Red Sox 77 RP NR
123 Dan Straily Athletics 43 75
124 Joe Kelly Cardinals 132 122
125 Roberto Hernandez Phillies 146 130
126 Daisuke Matsuzaka Mets 183 32 RP
127 Kevin Gausman Orioles 115 109
128 Felix Doubront Red Sox 92 113
129 Erasmo Ramirez Mariners 68 114
130 Ricky Nolasco Twins 110 129
131 Jimmy Nelson Brewers 185 NR
132 Trevor Cahill Diamondbacks 103 126
133 Chad Billingsley Dodgers 139 139
134 Josh Tomlin Indians 216 NR
135 Bud Norris Orioles 163 149
136 Jonathan Gray Rockies 257 NR
137 Robbie Ray Tigers 266 NR
138 Collin McHugh Astros 298 NR
139 David Hale Braves 144 142
140 Yusmeiro Petit Giants 155 120
141 Edinson Volquez Pirates 193 136
142 Nick Tepesch Rangers 224 NR
143 Kyle Gibson Twins 134 124
144 Michael Pineda Yankees 119 116
145 Scott Feldman Astros 149 145
146 Jarred Cosart Astros 167 NR
147 James Paxton Mariners 118 127
148 Eric Stults Padres 98 135
149 Brandon Cumpton Pirates 231 148
150 David Phelps Yankees 161 NR

 

Dropping off: Jose Fernandez (No. 7), Martin Perez (No. 74), Robbie Ross (No. 85), Hector Santiago (No. 123), Matt Harrison (No. 131), Jeremy Guthrie (No. 133), Vidal Nuno (No. 137), Chris Capuano (No. 140), Brett Anderson (No. 141), Jeremy Guthrie (No. 144), Jacob Turner (No. 147), Kyle Kendrick (No. 150)

 

  • This would be a grand time to make a play for Zimmermann in fantasy leagues. His stuff isn’t only as good as ever, but it might actually be better; he has far and away the highest swing-and-miss rate of his career and his strikeout rate is at its highest since 2010. While his ERA stands at 4.07, his FIP and xFIP are both better than usual. He’s just giving up a whole bunch more singles than one would expect, and that’s not something that figures to last.

 

  • Stroman is going to get a chance to stick around after shutting down the Royals on Saturday. I’m not sure he’s a great bet for the short term -- not only was he ineffective as a reliever for the Jays last month, but he gave up seven runs over nine innings in his two starts in Triple-A after returning to the minors -- but the stuff is there to make him a No. 2 or No. 3 starter for the Jays. He’s worth the flier in mixed leagues.

 

  • Rubby De La Rosa couldn’t be left off after his impressive showing against the Rays on Saturday, though it’s really unclear what is going to happen with the Red Sox rotation going forward. After all, Buchholz and Doubront are barely hurt and both have track records that deserve additional opportunities. At the same time, De La Rosa, Workman and Allen Webster are all real talents and seem like better options than Buchholz and Doubront right now. The upside is there to make De La Rosa worth a grab in mixed leagues, though not at the cost of a quality player. He’s No. 119 here right now. Next month, I imagine he’ll be in the top 80 or he’ll be back in the minors.

 

  • The reports on Johan Santana as he returns from another shoulder surgery have been awfully encouraging, but I think he’s a big long shot to amass fantasy value while pitching in the AL East and Camden Yards. If he had signed with an NL team over the winter, he might have cracked the top 150 this month. If all goes well, he’ll join Baltimore’s rotation in 3-4 weeks.


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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