Matthew Pouliot

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July Starter Rankings

Monday, June 30, 2014


Here are the July 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 July rankings:

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

 

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Starting pitcher Rankings

 

JulySPTeam2014MayJune
1 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 1 1 1
2 Adam Wainwright Cardinals 7 3 2
3 Felix Hernandez Mariners 5 4 3
4 Madison Bumgarner Giants 6 5 4
5 Yu Darvish Rangers 10 10 6
6 Stephen Strasburg Nationals 3 9 5
7 Masahiro Tanaka Yankees 20 12 9
8 Max Scherzer Tigers 8 8 7
9 Zack Greinke Dodgers 17 11 8
10 Johnny Cueto Reds 30 18 16
11 Cole Hamels Phillies 21 23 18
12 David Price Rays 9 13 15
13 Doug Fister Nationals 22 20 14
14 Jordan Zimmermann Nationals 18 16 23
15 Chris Sale White Sox 13 28 20
16 Cliff Lee Phillies 2 2 11
17 Homer Bailey Reds 19 22 24
18 Julio Teheran Braves 26 27 21
19 Alex Cobb Rays 12 21 13
20 Justin Verlander Tigers 4 6 10
21 Jon Lester Red Sox 34 25 25
22 Mike Minor Braves 27 29 22
23 Gio Gonzalez Nationals 23 19 33
24 Corey Kluber Indians 60 51 26
25 Sonny Gray Athletics 32 17 17
26 Garrett Richards Angels 113 45 49
27 Hyun-Jin Ryu Dodgers 28 41 27
28 Matt Cain Giants 14 26 30
29 Anibal Sanchez Tigers 42 36 31
30 James Shields Royals 16 15 19
31 Jeff Samardzija Cubs 37 32 32
32 Hisashi Iwakuma Mariners 52 38 28
33 Mat Latos Reds 25 49 38
34 John Lackey Red Sox 45 34 35
35 Alex Wood Braves 48 43 60
36 C.J. Wilson Angels 39 35 34
37 Tim Hudson Giants 61 33 37
38 Ervin Santana Braves 47 30 40
39 Chris Archer Rays 36 42 41
40 Michael Wacha Cardinals 15 14 12
41 Gerrit Cole Pirates 24 31 29
42 R.A. Dickey Blue Jays 29 44 42
43 Tyson Ross Padres 57 48 43
44 Scott Kazmir Athletics 81 64 50
45 Ian Kennedy Padres 40 37 39
46 Lance Lynn Cardinals 46 47 47
47 Andrew Cashner Padres 31 24 36
48 Rick Porcello Tigers 55 59 45
49 Jered Weaver Angels 44 65 54
50 Yordano Ventura Royals 71 40 53
51 Kyle Lohse Brewers 85 52 46
52 Jason Hammel Cubs 141 105 58
53 Wily Peralta Brewers 117 61 51
54 Dallas Keuchel Astros 126 94 55
55 Josh Beckett Dodgers 123 98 68
56 Jesse Chavez Athletics 137 50 56
57 Jose Quintana White Sox 58 63 61
58 Drew Smyly Tigers 62 68 65
59 Trevor Bauer Indians 205 71 48
60 Francisco Liriano Pirates 41 53 52
61 Andrew Heaney Marlins 165 146 102
62 Mike Leake Reds 66 72 62
63 Yovani Gallardo Brewers 79 73 74
64 Dan Haren Dodgers 53 39 44
65 Marcus Stroman Blue Jays 158 100 70
66 Nathan Eovaldi Marlins 83 46 59
67 Jake Arrieta Cubs 151 132 108
68 Matt Garza Brewers 72 67 66
69 Jon Niese Mets 109 83 84
70 Charlie Morton Pirates 76 80 80
71 Hiroki Kuroda Yankees 50 69 73
72 Derek Holland Rangers 86 79 63
73 Danny Duffy Royals 127 101 98
74 Jesse Hahn Padres NR NR NR
75 Phil Hughes Twins 94 119 85
76 Alfredo Simon Reds 135 RP 118 117
77 Tanner Roark Nationals 135 90 92
78 Zack Wheeler Mets 65 76 76
79 Henderson Alvarez Marlins 88 89 83
80 Tim Lincecum Giants 70 86 78
81 Bartolo Colon Mets 74 88 96
82 Justin Masterson Indians 56 60 79
83 Carlos Martinez Cardinals 95 104 111
84 Kevin Gausman Orioles 115 109 127
85 Mark Buehrle Blue Jays 104 103 87
86 CC Sabathia Yankees 54 62 99
87 Wade Miley Diamondbacks 67 92 82
88 Taijuan Walker Mariners 96 128 114
89 Odrisamer Despaigne Padres NR NR NR
90 Brandon McCarthy Diamondbacks 90 78 71
91 Roenis Elias Mariners 280 112 90
92 Jake Odorizzi Rays 140 NR 118
93 A.J. Burnett Phillies 69 66 77
94 Shelby Miller Cardinals 51 70 75
95 Travis Wood Cubs 93 77 91
96 Tommy Milone Athletics 80 125 81
97 Marco Estrada Brewers 64 57 57
98 Dillon Gee Mets 82 82 103
99 Jarred Cosart Astros 167 NR 146
100 Aaron Harang Braves 171 87 86
101 Jason Vargas Royals 112 95 94
102 Jeremy Hellickson Rays 84 97 93
103 Clay Buchholz Red Sox 35 56 88
104 Collin McHugh Astros 298 NR 138
105 Chris Tillman Orioles 100 91 97
106 Wei-Yin Chen Orioles 99 102 109
107 Josh Tomlin Indians 216 NR 134
108 Jake Peavy Red Sox 63 58 72
109 Archie Bradley Diamondbacks 89 93 115
110 Ryan Vogelsong Giants 198 NR 104
111 Tyler Skaggs Angels 125 111 110
112 Drew Pomeranz Athletics 157 107 69
113 Drew Hutchison Blue Jays 108 81 101
114 Kyle Gibson Twins 134 124 143
115 Tom Koehler Marlins 156 134 112
116 Rubby De La Rosa Red Sox 279 NR 119
117 Edwin Jackson Cubs 91 110 95
118 Joe Kelly Cardinals 132 122 124
119 John Danks White Sox 87 96 113
120 J.A. Happ Blue Jays 186 NR NR
121 Ubaldo Jimenez Orioles 106 115 105
122 Jimmy Nelson Brewers 185 NR 131
123 Chris Young Mariners 225 NR NR
124 Jeremy Guthrie Royals 147 144 NR
125 Tony Cingrani Reds 33 54 64
126 Jaime Garcia Cardinals 97 99 67
127 Brandon Workman Red Sox 77 RP NR 122
128 Brandon Cumpton Pirates 231 148 149
129 Ricky Nolasco Twins 110 129 130
130 Bronson Arroyo Diamondbacks 116 143 116
131 Edinson Volquez Pirates 193 136 141
132 Matt Shoemaker Angels 248 NR NR
133 Scott Feldman Astros 149 145 145
134 Bud Norris Orioles 163 149 135
135 Danny Salazar Indians 38 55 107
136 Jhoulys Chacin Rockies 130 117 120
137 Trevor May Twins 259 NR NR
138 Dylan Bundy Orioles 282 NR NR
139 Dan Straily Athletics 43 75 123
140 Robbie Ray Tigers 266 NR 137
141 Miguel Gonzalez Orioles 73 106 100
142 Roberto Hernandez Phillies 146 130 125
143 Erasmo Ramirez Mariners 68 114 129
144 James Paxton Mariners 118 127 147
145 Brad Peacock Astros 173 NR NR
146 Daisuke Matsuzaka Mets 183 32 RP 126
147 Alex Meyer Twins 240 NR NR
148 Robbie Erlin Padres 101 84 106
149 Jorge De La Rosa Rockies 142 138 121
150 Brad Mills Athletics NR NR NR

 

Dropping off: Gavin Floyd (89th), Felix Doubront (128th), Trevor Cahill (132nd), Chad Billingsley (133rd), Jonathan Gray (136th), David Hale (139th), Yusmeiro Petit (140th), Nick Tepesch (142nd), Michael Pineda (144th), Eric Stults (148th), David Phelps (150th)

 

  • I don’t suspect he’ll have a whole lot of staying power, but the Padres’ Odrisamer Despaigne is certainly one of the more fun to watch pitchers to enter the league recently. Like Livan and especially Orlando Hernandez before him, he throws everything but the kitchen sink. Unfortunately, the fastball comes with mid-career Livan-type velocity, but he could continue to make some noise his first time around the league anyway. He checks in at No. 89 for the rest of the season, but I’d have him higher than that for July alone.

 

  • Some other pitchers who would place higher in the rankings just for the month of July: Sale, Anibal Sanchez, Alex Wood, Kazmir, Beckett and Arrieta.

 

  • Kennedy is an odd one, with a trade pretty likely on the way before the deadline. He’d certainly get better run support playing for a contender, but he’d probably wind up in a significantly worse situation for his ERA and WHIP. So, when he does get moved, he might actually drop a few more spots.

 

  • Rubby De La Rosa would have been ranked third highest of Red Sox starters here, except the Red Sox went and sent him down in order to stick with Peavy a little longer. I imagine we’ll see De La Rosa back after the break, if not in place of Peavy then perhaps over Workman. The Red Sox will stick with Buchholz as long as he’s healthy, but I’m not sure whether that will end up paying dividends. Buchholz checks in at No. 102 for now, but that’s probably either 40 spots too low or 40 spots too high.

 

  • While Meyer remains the more exciting prospect, we should see May first in Minnesota, assuming he overcomes his current calf injury as quickly as anticipated. May is 8-4 with a 2.94 ERA and an 81/31 K/BB ratio in 79 2/3 innings in Triple-A. Meyer is 4-4 with a 3.61 ERA and an 86/35 K/BB in 77 1/3 innings.


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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