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June Starter Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: May 29, 2019, 7:35 pm ET

Up this week are the June rest-of-season position rankings and overall top 300. Remember that players are listed where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see someone you’re looking for, check another position. Designated hitters are listed with the first basemen.

Click to see other June rankings:

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

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Starting pitcher rankings

June SP Team 2019 May
1 Max Scherzer Nationals 1 1
2 Jacob deGrom Mets 2 2
3 Gerrit Cole Astros 6 3
4 Justin Verlander Astros 7 4
5 Chris Sale Red Sox 3 7
6 Aaron Nola Phillies 5 6
7 Blake Snell Rays 9 5
8 Patrick Corbin Nationals 15 14
9 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 14 9
10 Carlos Carrasco Indians 10 10
11 Noah Syndergaard Mets 11 11
12 Walker Buehler Dodgers 8 13
13 Trevor Bauer Indians 13 12
14 Jack Flaherty Cardinals 12 15
15 Stephen Strasburg Nationals 16 20
16 Luis Castillo Reds 34 19
17 Zack Greinke Diamondbacks 20 18
18 Shane Bieber Indians 33 27
19 James Paxton Yankees 19 16
20 David Price Red Sox 17 17
21 Jose Berrios Twins 29 22
22 Cole Hamels Cubs 22 21
23 Masahiro Tanaka Yankees 24 23
24 Madison Bumgarner Giants 23 28
25 Kenta Maeda Dodgers 31 31
26 Kyle Hendricks Cubs 30 39
27 Charlie Morton Rays 35 32
28 Corey Kluber Indians 4 8
29 Zack Wheeler Mets 37 36
30 Mike Soroka Braves 149 67
31 German Marquez Rockies 38 30
32 Yu Darvish Cubs 25 29
33 Hyun-Jin Ryu Dodgers 61 56
34 Chris Archer Pirates 18 25
35 Jose Quintana Cubs 39 34
36 Robbie Ray Diamondbacks 32 48
37 Rich Hill Dodgers 51 40
38 Mike Clevinger Indians 21 66
39 Chris Paddack Padres 55 38
40 Matthew Boyd Tigers 71 44
41 Ross Stripling Dodgers 28 35
42 Yonny Chirinos Rays 63 51
43 Lucas Giolito White Sox 127 126
44 Joe Musgrove Pirates 42 33
45 Eduardo Rodriguez Red Sox 40 45
46 Brad Peacock Astros 53 57
47 Max Fried Braves 130 47
48 Kevin Gausman Braves 94 73
49 Joey Lucchesi Padres 44 49
50 Miles Mikolas Cardinals 36 43
51 Marcus Stroman Blue Jays 65 41
52 Luis Severino Yankees 27 53
53 Sonny Gray Reds 48 42
54 Yusei Kikuchi Mariners 54 63
55 Caleb Smith Marlins 66 52
56 Domingo German Yankees 88 55
57 Pablo Lopez Marlins 49 46
58 Jake Arrieta Phillies 69 60
59 Jordan Lyles Pirates 105 76
60 Tyler Glasnow Rays 46 24
61 Rick Porcello Red Sox 59 62
62 Andrew Heaney Angels 62 83
63 Anthony DeSclafani Reds 56 58
64 J.A. Happ Yankees 47 59
65 Dallas Keuchel   43 61
66 Brandon Woodruff Brewers 85 81
67 Mike Foltynewicz Braves 45 37
68 Steven Matz Mets 52 54
69 Matt Strahm Padres 80 71
70 Jon Lester Cubs 77 74
71 Jameson Taillon Pirates 26 26
72 Tyler Skaggs Angels 76 64
73 Jalen Beeks Rays 106 90
74 Julio Urias Dodgers 70 69
75 Frankie Montas Athletics 119 100
76 Corbin Martin Astros 217 NR
77 Nick Pivetta Phillies 57 85
78 Wade Miley Astros 99 87
79 Alex Wood Reds 58 77
80 Mike Minor Rangers 113 80
81 Kyle Gibson Twins 91 98
82 Jon Gray Rockies 75 72
83 Tyler Mahle Reds 110 110
84 Julio Teheran Braves 86 84
85 Luke Weaver Diamondbacks 87 65
86 Nathan Eovaldi Red Sox 64 92
87 Tanner Roark Reds 116 107
88 Marco Gonzales Mariners 90 78
89 Touki Toussaint Braves 82 75
90 Zach Eflin Phillies 118 102
91 Chris Bassitt Athletics 173 99
92 Griffin Canning Angels 228 125
93 Jesus Luzardo Athletics 98 97
94 Jimmy Nelson Brewers 96 79
95 Ryan Yarbrough Rays 72 101
96 Trevor Richards Marlins 100 95
97 Jake Odorizzi Twins 131 124
98 Josh James Astros 60 91
99 Danny Salazar Indians 83 86
100 Gio Gonzalez Brewers 139 114
101 Michael Wacha Cardinals 67 70
102 Anibal Sanchez Nationals 89 105
103 Alex Reyes Cardinals 79 108
104 Bryse Wilson Braves 73 106
105 Felix Pena Angels 115 119
106 Aaron Sanchez Blue Jays 128 94
107 Jose Urena Marlins 114 113
108 Martin Perez Twins 437 NR
109 Merrill Kelly Diamondbacks 92 88
110 Freddy Peralta Brewers 78 104
111 Jakob Junis Royals 93 96
112 Devin Smeltzer Twins NR NR
113 Jhoulys Chacin Brewers 104 109
114 Jeff Samardzija Giants 111 111
115 Corbin Burnes Brewers 41 68
116 Eric Lauer Padres 120 117
117 Jerad Eickhoff Phillies 172 131
118 Zac Gallen Marlins 226 NR
119 Trevor Williams Pirates 142 116
120 Michael Pineda Twins 81 93
121 Tyler Chatwood Cubs 175 148
122 Danny Duffy Royals 165 NR
123 Shaun Anderson Giants 211 NR
124 Collin McHugh Astros 50 50
125 Daniel Ponce de Leon Cardinals 203 134
126 Mitch Keller Pirates 220 NR
127 Dylan Bundy Orioles 108 149
128 Spencer Turnbull Tigers 187 143
129 Forrest Whitley Astros 122 115
130 Dakota Hudson Cardinals 148 156
131 Joe Ross Nationals 95 89
132 Mike Montgomery Cubs 103 130
133 Matt Andriese Diamondbacks 126 128
134 Zach Davies Brewers 166 NR
135 Austin Gomber Cardinals 152 141
136 Tyler Beede Giants 233 122
137 Trevor Cahill Angels 134 133
138 Sandy Alcantara Marlins 158 146
139 CC Sabathia Yankees 156 137
140 Drew Pomeranz Giants 112 103
141 Daniel Mengden Athletics 145 157
142 Zack Godley Diamondbacks 74 127
143 Brent Honeywell Rays 124 129
144 Dylan Cease White Sox 202 NR
145 Seth Lugo Mets 84 120
146 Nick Kingham Pirates 101 123
147 Adam Wainwright Cardinals 159 139
148 Caleb Ferguson Dodgers 146 142
149 Reynaldo Lopez White Sox 147 144
150 Kyle Wright Braves 140 151
151 Sean Manaea Athletics 210 NR
152 Jon Duplantier Diamondbacks 190 155
153 Lance Lynn Rangers 213 NR
154 John Means Orioles 431 NR
155 Derek Holland Giants 109 121
156 Mike Fiers Athletics 144 160
157 Chase Anderson Brewers 153 152
158 Jharel Cotton Athletics 223 NR
159 Cal Quantrill Padres 298 NR
160 Jordan Zimmermann Tigers 125 147
161 Justus Sheffield Mariners 164 159
162 Ryan Helsley Cardinals 197 NR
163 Wade LeBlanc Mariners 129 NR
164 Robbie Erlin Padres 163 NR
165 Mike Leake Mariners 132 NR
166 Dereck Rodriguez Giants 138 132
167 Nick Tropeano Angels 167 NR
168 Kyle Freeland Rockies 137 135
169 Drew Smyly Rangers 121 138
170 Brad Keller Royals 151 145

 

Dropping off: Dropping off: Carlos Rodon (82nd), Jonathan Loaisiga (112th), Vince Velasquez (118th), Erik Swanson (140th), Matt Harvey (150th), Nick Margevicius (153rd), Jeremy Hellickson (158th)

 

  • Please consider that while this column is called the “June Rankings,” I’m ranking the players for the remaining four months, instead of just one. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chris Paddack and others would be ranked considerably higher on a list for just the month of June, but because of the likelihood of injury or fatigue or the possibility of innings limits, they simply aren’t as good of a bet for August and September.
  • I’d love to take back my preseason Mike Soroka ranking; I had him projected for the same kind of ERA as pitchers I had in the 20s and 30s here (3.58 to be exact), but since he hurt his shoulder again this spring, after missing the second half of last year with shoulder troubles, and he was sent down without ever appearing in a game, I wrote him off as an early season contributor. Instead, he’s made eight starts already with a crazy 1.07 ERA. I like his chances of remaining very good, and I’m placing him 30th here even though I am still worried about the shoulder acting up again. He did throw 143 and 154 innings in his two full minor league seasons in 2016 and 2017, so he would seem to have a better chance of getting to 170 or so this year than some of the other young guns. It helps that he’s quite efficient, too. If I were more confident about the shoulder, he’d be another 5-10 spots higher than he is now.
  • I don’t reference previous innings totals because I think a pitcher’s arm is likely to explode if he’s asked to throw 30 innings on top of what he did the previous year. Of course there’s always some risk of injury, but I mostly worry about the kind of fatigue that results in bad numbers, not necessarily IL stints. It’s a lot to expect any rookie to make 30 big-league starts in a season, but it’s an especially iffy proposition when the kid has never turned in a full season at any level. Here are career-high innings totals for some of this year’s breakout pitchers:

    Frankie Montas: 137
    Caleb Smith: 135
    Domingo German: 124
    Matt Strahm: 124
    Max Fried: 119
    Chris Paddack: 90

    Maybe one or two of these guys will last all year in the rotation and remain strong right through the end of September. I’m not saying anyone needs to sell high on any of these pitchers right now, but come the second half, I’d fade the group as a whole.

  • Astros rookie Corbin Martin is one of the toughest calls here. If he can just get over these early control problems and get through these next few weeks, then I suspect he has a good chance of being a top-50 SP. However, his margin for error has to be really slim at this point. If Martin does pitch his way out of the spot, I hope the Astros will consider returning Josh James to the rotation. I still believe James could be a real force for five or six innings at a time.

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.