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September Starter Rankings

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Welcome to the September rankings update. Players are ranked for the rest of the season based on a 5x5 scoring format. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300. Players are listed at the position at which they’re most valuable.

 

Click to see other September rankings:

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

 

 

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Starting pitcher Rankings

 

SeptSPTeam2017JulyAug
1 Max Scherzer Nationals 3 2 1
2 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 1 1 15
3 Chris Sale Red Sox 4 3 2
4 Corey Kluber Indians 7 4 3
5 Yu Darvish Dodgers 9 7 4
6 Jake Arrieta Cubs 5 17 16
7 Madison Bumgarner Giants 6 12 9
8 Dallas Keuchel Astros 38 13 8
9 Jacob deGrom Mets 10 6 5
10 Zack Greinke Diamondbacks 47 10 7
11 Stephen Strasburg Nationals 13 5 21
12 Carlos Martinez Cardinals 18 9 10
13 Aaron Nola Phillies 15 18 13
14 Gerrit Cole Pirates 20 23 14
15 Justin Verlander Tigers 12 22 19
16 Jose Quintana Cubs 21 15 6
17 Carlos Carrasco Indians 17 8 18
18 Masahiro Tanaka Yankees 16 16 17
19 Chris Archer Rays 28 19 22
20 Jon Lester Cubs 11 11 11
21 Rich Hill Dodgers 30 32 23
22 Robbie Ray Diamondbacks 58 27 35
23 Marcus Stroman Blue Jays 34 25 24
24 Luis Severino Yankees 114 36 25
25 Kyle Hendricks Cubs 8 51 43
26 Sonny Gray Yankees 78 33 28
27 Kenta Maeda Dodgers 44 57 44
28 Jeff Samardzija Giants 37 26 34
29 Gio Gonzalez Nationals 85 64 45
30 Rick Porcello Red Sox 27 31 27
31 Alex Wood Dodgers 74 21 20
32 Cole Hamels Rangers 25 58 36
33 Lance Lynn Cardinals 82 42 33
34 Patrick Corbin Diamondbacks 69 69 73
35 Lance McCullers Astros 22 14 32
36 Jimmy Nelson Brewers 146 68 39
37 Jon Gray Rockies 46 43 47
38 Jameson Taillon Pirates 31 24 29
39 Marco Estrada Blue Jays 56 52 59
40 Eduardo Rodriguez Red Sox 76 40 40
41 Drew Pomeranz Red Sox 73 62 54
42 Taijuan Walker Diamondbacks 53 48 42
43 Danny Salazar Indians 39 49 26
44 Brad Peacock Astros 289 66 52
45 Kevin Gausman Orioles 52 74 58
46 Tyler Glasnow Pirates 71 134 84
47 Michael Fulmer Tigers 40 29 30
48 J.A. Happ Blue Jays 62 60 60
49 Luke Weaver Cardinals 104 78 67
50 Alex Cobb Rays 43 45 41
51 Jose Berrios Twins 122 53 51
52 Carlos Rodon White Sox 65 54 72
53 Luis Castillo Reds 356 87 79
54 Mike Montgomery Cubs 63 34 82
55 Julio Teheran Braves 29 72 64
56 John Lackey Cubs 32 61 53
57 Ervin Santana Twins 135 77 70
58 Tanner Roark Nationals 64 75 62
59 James Paxton Mariners 24 28 12
60 Ivan Nova Pirates 55 41 49
61 Charlie Morton Astros 108 97 69
62 Hyun-Jin Ryu Dodgers 83 89 68
63 Chad Kuhl Pirates 126 104 92
64 Michael Wacha Cardinals 61 59 48
65 Zack Godley Diamondbacks 213 84 66
66 Zach Davies Brewers 93 102 89
67 Danny Duffy Royals 49 46 37
68 Dylan Bundy Orioles 97 96 90
69 Jerad Eickhoff Phillies 66 83 71
70 Dan Straily Marlins 98 73 78
71 Brandon McCarthy Dodgers 41 35 50
72 Lucas Sims Braves 354 146 99
73 Mike Foltynewicz Braves 90 76 76
74 Blake Snell Rays 77 85 75
75 Matt Moore Giants 45 80 93
76 Seth Lugo Mets 118 99 77
77 Dinelson Lamet Padres 297 100 107
78 Mike Clevinger Indians 185 90 80
79 Sean Manaea Athletics 60 50 46
80 Mike Leake Cardinals 84 65 65
81 Kendall Graveman Athletics 99 106 96
82 Jack Flaherty Cardinals 301 NR NR
83 Johnny Cueto Giants 14 30 55
84 Noah Syndergaard Mets 2 67 61
85 Jason Vargas Royals 168 79 83
86 Matt Andriese Rays 136 91 86
87 Andrew Heaney Angels 251 NR 112
88 Felix Hernandez Mariners 36 47 31
89 Chase Anderson Brewers 177 141 120
90 CC Sabathia Yankees 140 120 113
91 Trevor Bauer Indians 107 107 105
92 Parker Bridwell Angels 381 RP NR 136
93 Collin McHugh Astros 131 136 103
94 German Marquez Rockies 188 133 91
95 Doug Fister Red Sox 211 145 159
96 Jacob Faria Rays 265 63 57
97 Daniel Norris Tigers 75 92 101
98 Matt Harvey Mets 23 124 110
99 Brandon Woodruff Brewers 202 NR NR
100 Erasmo Ramirez Mariners 130 132 109
101 Jake Odorizzi Rays 48 39 74
102 Jordan Montgomery Yankees 226 70 97
103 Chris Stratton Giants 326 NR NR
104 Trevor Williams Pirates 286 142 151
105 David Price Red Sox 19 20 38
106 Ariel Miranda Mariners 196 94 94
107 Tyler Skaggs Angels 94 135 127
108 Mike Fiers Astros 127 98 95
109 R.A. Dickey Braves 145 144 117
110 Jaime Garcia Yankees 80 82 98
111 Jake Junis Royals 237 NR NR
112 Joe Biagini Blue Jays 82 RP 111 68 RP
113 Sean Newcomb Braves 212 113 114
114 Jose Urena Marlins 160 153 161
115 Lucas Giolito White Sox 240 NR 174
116 Adam Wainwright Cardinals 51 81 87
117 Andrew Cashner Rangers 403 NR 122
118 Reynaldo Lopez White Sox 151 168 140
119 Ian Kennedy Royals 95 86 88
120 Robert Gsellman Mets 72 119 104
121 Ryan Merritt Indians 173 NR NR
122 Jason Hammel Royals 129 173 131
123 Mark Leiter Jr. Phillies NR NR NR
124 Austin Pruitt Rays 314 NR NR
125 Adam Conley Marlins 87 NR 119
126 John Gant Cardinals 185 NR NR
127 Jharel Cotton Athletics 67 95 125
128 Edwin Jackson Nationals NR NR 160
129 Garrett Richards Angels 59 115 116
130 JC Ramirez Angels 276 117 102
131 Brent Suter Brewers 305 157 118
132 Aaron Sanchez Blue Jays 50 56 63
133 Jhoulys Chacin Padres 102 164 147
134 Josh Tomlin Indians 139 177 173
135 Brett Anderson Blue Jays 103 143 155
136 Luis Perdomo Padres 167 125 139
137 Steven Brault Pirates 179 122 137
138 Daniel Gossett Athletics 291 NR 149
139 Ricky Nolasco Angels 109 118 128
140 Jeremy Hellickson Orioles 106 123 144
141 Jordan Zimmermann Tigers 112 126 111
142 Wei-Yin Chen Marlins 111 NR NR
143 Ben Lively Phillies 235 161 171
144 Joe Musgrove Astros 81 148 175
145 Junior Guerra Brewers 100 101 129
146 Marco Gonzales Mariners 270 NR NR
147 Wade Miley Orioles 169 NR NR
148 Trevor Cahill Royals 134 112 123
149 Nick Pivetta Phillies 318 105 100
150 Brent Honeywell Rays 128 138 134
151 Robert Stephenson Reds 358 NR NR
152 Miguel Gonzalez White Sox 197 NR NR
153 Matt Boyd Tigers 137 140 124
154 Ty Blach Giants 150 170 151
155 Kyle Gibson Twins 148 NR NR
156 A.J. Cole Nationals 172 NR 156
157 Bartolo Colon Twins 119 NR NR
158 Homer Bailey Reds 158 172 130
159 Adam Warren Yankees 124 128 133
160 Travis Wood Padres 152 NR 170

 

Dropping off: Steven Matz (56th), Vince Velasquez (81st), Matt Shoemaker (85th), Anthony DeSclafini (106th), Jesse Hahn (108th), Brock Stewart (115th), Zack Wheeler (121st), Francis Martes (126th), Tyson Ross (132nd), Francisco Liriano (135th), Josh Hader (138th)

 

  • For the most part, teams have already called up the starting pitchers they think can help them, leaving few September additions of all that much interest. Tyler Glasnow is the one guy currently in the minors that I’m particularly high on; he checks in at No. 46. The main reason he wasn’t called up two or three weeks ago is that the Pirates could gain an extra year of control by keeping him down until Sept. 1. 

 

  • The only other future callup to crack the top 100 is the Cardinals’ Jack Flaherty at No. 82. He’d be higher if he were guaranteed a rotation spot for the month, but it’s hard to say how much more he’s going to pitch; the 21-year-old has already thrown 149 innings this year, topping his 2016 total of 134.

 

  • We’ve seen a lot of young starters get shut down in September in recent years, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be as big of an issue this year. Part of the reason is that more teams are in contention and some of those youngsters who might get shut down are instead trying to help teams win wild card berths. In other cases, the young starters dealt with injuries earlier in the year and simply don’t have the innings counts to make an early shutdown necessary.

 

I do imagine we’ll see the Reds shut down Luis Castillo one or two starts early, but he is 24 and not really in need of being babied. The Tigers should end Michael Fulmer’s season if he has any additional arm incidents, but that’s a different sort of case. The Orioles could have Dylan Bundy pack it in unless they’re still in the wild card race in mid-September. I’m assuming Aaron Nola, Jameson Taillon and Luke Weaver are going to finish out the year in the rotation.

 

  • I considered putting Stephen Gonsalves in the rankings, but the Twins have Adalberto Mejia and Hector Santiago both ready to come off the disabled list next week; if they wanted to give him a shot, it really should have happened already. I’m skeptical that he’d be a mixed-league SP anyway.


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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