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July Starter Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Here’s the July rankings update. Players are ranked for the rest of the season based on a 5x5 scoring format. Includes 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 July rankings:

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

 

 

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Starting pitcher rankings

 

 

July SP Team 2015 May June
1 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 1 1 1
2 Max Scherzer Nationals 3 3 2
3 Felix Hernandez Mariners 2 2 3
4 Madison Bumgarner Giants 5 5 4
5 David Price Tigers 6 6 6
6 Chris Sale White Sox 8 8 7
7 Corey Kluber Indians 7 7 5
8 Zack Greinke Dodgers 12 10 8
9 Sonny Gray Athletics 14 12 9
10 Gerrit Cole Pirates 15 14 11
11 Stephen Strasburg Nationals 4 4 20
12 Cole Hamels Phillies 10 11 10
13 Chris Archer Rays 44 16 14
14 Matt Harvey Mets 16 13 12
15 Dallas Keuchel Astros 33 20 19
16 Michael Wacha Cardinals 28 22 16
17 Jacob deGrom Mets 24 23 18
18 Jordan Zimmermann Nationals 13 15 13
19 Johnny Cueto Reds 9 9 23
20 James Shields Padres 21 17 15
21 Jake Arrieta Cubs 34 25 24
22 Michael Pineda Yankees 19 19 17
23 Carlos Carrasco Indians 22 21 21
24 Tyson Ross Padres 27 27 25
25 Garrett Richards Angels 25 24 22
26 Shelby Miller Braves 91 64 26
27 Lance Lynn Cardinals 39 28 28
28 Jason Hammel Cubs 81 59 36
29 Gio Gonzalez Nationals 30 29 27
30 Jose Fernandez Marlins 75 61 43
31 A.J. Burnett Pirates 83 51 32
32 Francisco Liriano Pirates 57 44 40
33 Taijuan Walker Mariners 54 88 93
34 Jake Odorizzi Rays 63 38 30
35 John Lackey Cardinals 48 48 34
36 Jon Lester Cubs 31 31 29
37 Anibal Sanchez Tigers 46 34 39
38 Danny Salazar Indians 67 33 31
39 Alex Wood Braves 23 36 38
40 Andrew Cashner Padres 47 39 33
41 Hisashi Iwakuma Mariners 26 40 47
42 Jeff Samardzija White Sox 43 42 35
43 Jose Quintana White Sox 50 47 42
44 Carlos Martinez Cardinals 77 50 52
45 Scott Kazmir Athletics 55 41 46
46 Masahiro Tanaka Yankees 35 56 48
47 Ian Kennedy Padres 49 45 51
48 Collin McHugh Astros 53 35 37
49 Clay Buchholz Red Sox 65 79 60
50 Doug Fister Nationals 20 32 45
51 Trevor Bauer Indians 84 52 41
52 Noah Syndergaard Mets 137 129 53
53 Jaime Garcia Cardinals 107 103 73
54 Steven Matz Mets 200 NR NR
55 Brett Anderson Dodgers 89 93 64
56 Matt Cain Giants 32 53 67
57 Justin Verlander Tigers 36 55 44
58 Jesse Hahn Athletics 70 63 54
59 Julio Teheran Braves 18 26 49
60 Matt Shoemaker Angels 41 54 56
61 Chris Heston Giants 326 74 71
62 Jesse Chavez Athletics 122 116 63
63 Eduardo Rodriguez Red Sox 276 143 62
64 C.J. Wilson Angels 80 75 69
65 Mike Fiers Brewers 59 60 55
66 Drew Hutchison Blue Jays 58 62 59
67 Mat Latos Marlins 68 89 107
68 Yordano Ventura Royals 45 49 50
69 Wei-Yin Chen Orioles 82 85 70
70 Phil Hughes Twins 52 46 57
71 Carlos Rodon White Sox 98 78 65
72 Mike Leake Reds 78 67 75
73 Charlie Morton Pirates 95 105 86
74 Jake Peavy Giants 62 68 66
75 Roenis Elias Mariners 102 101 61
76 Kyle Gibson Twins 116 117 76
77 Lance McCullers Astros 341 NR 142
78 Yovani Gallardo Rangers 113 110 124
79 Wade Miley Red Sox 69 73 68
80 Danny Duffy Royals 72 43 78
81 Dan Haren Marlins 109 99 77
82 Rick Porcello Red Sox 71 65 74
83 Kevin Gausman Orioles 64 69 85
84 Matt Moore Rays 178 146 103
85 Matt Wisler Braves 170 NR NR
86 Hector Santiago Angels 182 130 94
87 Derek Holland Rangers 42 95 89
88 Edinson Volquez Royals 333 87 88
89 Jimmy Nelson Brewers 96 76 72
90 Kyle Hendricks Cubs 88 86 82
91 Robbie Ray Diamondbacks 351 NR NR
92 Bartolo Colon Mets 101 81 84
93 James Paxton Mariners 66 71 79
94 R.A. Dickey Blue Jays 73 83 101
95 Nate Karns Rays 140 139 98
96 Anthony DeSclafani Reds 110 77 92
97 Ubaldo Jimenez Orioles 165 106 96
98 Kendall Graveman Athletics 90 NR 117
99 Mike Montgomery Mariners 388 NR NR
100 Kyle Lohse Brewers 56 58 58
101 Erasmo Ramirez Rays 130 145 140
102 Patrick Corbin Diamondbacks 126 118 109
103 Alfredo Simon Tigers 145 104 99
104 Vincent Velasquez Astros 266 NR NR
105 Chris Young Royals 168 NR 100
106 Aaron Sanchez Blue Jays 119 98 112
107 Tim Hudson Giants 76 72 81
108 Jered Weaver Angels 51 100 87
109 Marco Estrada Blue Jays 151 144 148
110 Miguel Gonzalez Orioles 117 111 111
111 Ivan Nova Yankees 163 NR 156
112 Matt Garza Brewers 86 90 104
113 Kris Medlen Royals 139 136 133
114 CC Sabathia Yankees 93 92 95
115 Ryan Vogelsong Giants 184 NR 146
116 Wily Peralta Brewers 74 84 121
117 Shane Greene Tigers 94 82 83
118 Carlos Frias Dodgers 148 102 119
119 Adam Warren Yankees 97 112 113
120 Tsuyoshi Wada Cubs 158 NR 110
121 J.A. Happ Mariners 135 115 122
122 Mark Buehrle Blue Jays 115 123 132
123 Mike Bolsinger Dodgers 209 NR 134
124 Aaron Harang Phillies 224 138 97
125 Andrew Heaney Angels 127 149 154
126 Nathan Eovaldi Yankees 112 91 105
127 Jason Vargas Royals 92 107 106
128 Tanner Roark Nationals 118 148 90
129 Bud Norris Orioles 100 132 152
130 Henderson Alvarez Marlins 61 80 120
131 Brandon Morrow Padres 99 66 91
132 Tim Lincecum Giants 144 124 118
133 Jarred Cosart Marlins 114 96 108
134 Jon Niese Mets 128 121 137
135 Cody Anderson Indians 382 NR NR
136 Chase Anderson Diamondbacks 138 137 127
137 Tom Koehler Marlins 124 133 136
138 Chris Tillman Orioles 111 114 115
139 Brandon Beachy Dodgers 164 NR NR
140 Vidal Nuno Mariners 155 NR 129
141 Odrisamer Despaigne Padres 134 134 143
142 Jose Urena Marlins 255 NR NR
143 Marco Gonzales Cardinals 121 70 114
144 Jeff Locke Pirates 104 113 135
145 Alex Colome Rays 167 142 147
146 Yusmeiro Petit Giants 85 108 126
147 Justin Masterson Red Sox 123 125 NR
148 Joe Ross Nationals 332 NR NR
149 David Phelps Marlins 147 147 139
150 Williams Perez Braves 278 NR NR
151 Justin Nicolino Marlins 243 NR NR
152 Trevor May Twins 232 NR NR
153 Aaron Nola Phillies 214 NR NR
154 Matt Boyd Blue Jays NR NR NR
155 Drew Smyly Rays 38 30 151
156 Ervin Santana Twins 195 NR NR
157 Vance Worley Pirates 108 120 153
158 Zach McAllister Indians 150 NR 145
159 Colby Lewis Rangers 246 NR NR
160 Daniel Norris Blue Jays 87 109 123
161 Carlos Villanueva Cardinals 131 150 149
162 Rubby De La Rosa Diamondbacks 201 NR 130
163 Josh Collmenter Diamondbacks 129 126 138
164 Nick Martinez Rangers 309 NR 141
165 Brian Johnson Red Sox 263 NR NR
166 Joe Blanton Royals 202 NR NR
167 A.J. Griffin Athletics 152 NR 158
168 Michael Lorenzen Reds 289 NR 160
169 Ricky Nolasco Twins 186 NR 128
170 Wandy Rodriguez Rangers 218 NR 157

 

Dropping off: Mike Wright (102nd), Mike Foltynewicz (116th), Archie Bradley (125th), Joe Kelly (131st), Raisel Iglesias (144th), Rafael Montero (150th), Steven Wright (155th), Travis Wood (159th)

 

o I’m worried enough about Cueto’s elbow that he hasn’t regained his usual seat in the top 10. There’s also the likelihood of a trade lurking. A deal might help his value by getting him to a friendlier ballpark, but it’s more likely to hurt him a bit, since he could go to the AL and he’d probably end up with a team with a weaker defense than Cincinnati’s (of course, the Reds’ defense is a little weaker now, too, with Zack Cozart out for the year).

 

o I was pretty pessimistic about Fister in last week’s column, but his velocity crept back up somewhat in his second start back from the disabled list Thursday against the Braves. He still tumbles a few spots in the rankings, but it’s higher than he would have been had I done these a week ago.

 

o Matz would have debuted in the 60-65 range if I had posted them before his start. The strong showing Sunday against the Reds moved him up to No. 54. His command isn’t great, and pitching into the eighth, as he did in his debut, isn’t something he’ll do often at all. The stuff, though, is plenty good, and he notches the highest rankings debut of any pitcher this year.

 

o I wasn’t sure where to put Aaron Sanchez, since the Jays are reportedly considering bringing him back from the disabled list as a reliever next month. If that happens, he could quickly assume the closer’s role. However, it’s still my guess that they’ll trade for a closer, and if they do that, Sanchez is more likely to remain an unexceptional fantasy SP.

Matthew Pouliot
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.