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May Starter Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot

Up this week are the May 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.

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

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Starting pitcher rankings

May SP Team 2019
1 Max Scherzer Nationals 1
2 Jacob deGrom Mets 2
3 Gerrit Cole Astros 6
4 Justin Verlander Astros 7
5 Blake Snell Rays 9
6 Aaron Nola Phillies 5
7 Chris Sale Red Sox 3
8 Corey Kluber Indians 4
9 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 14
10 Carlos Carrasco Indians 10
11 Noah Syndergaard Mets 11
12 Trevor Bauer Indians 13
13 Walker Buehler Dodgers 8
14 Patrick Corbin Nationals 15
15 Jack Flaherty Cardinals 12
16 James Paxton Yankees 19
17 David Price Red Sox 17
18 Zack Greinke Diamondbacks 20
19 Luis Castillo Reds 34
20 Stephen Strasburg Nationals 16
21 Cole Hamels Cubs 22
22 Jose Berrios Twins 29
23 Masahiro Tanaka Yankees 24
24 Tyler Glasnow Rays 46
25 Chris Archer Pirates 18
26 Jameson Taillon Pirates 26
27 Shane Bieber Indians 33
28 Madison Bumgarner Giants 23
29 Yu Darvish Cubs 25
30 German Marquez Rockies 38
31 Kenta Maeda Dodgers 31
32 Charlie Morton Rays 35
33 Joe Musgrove Pirates 42
34 Jose Quintana Cubs 39
35 Ross Stripling Dodgers 28
36 Zack Wheeler Mets 37
37 Mike Foltynewicz Braves 45
38 Chris Paddack Padres 55
39 Kyle Hendricks Cubs 30
40 Rich Hill Dodgers 51
41 Marcus Stroman Blue Jays 65
42 Sonny Gray Reds 48
43 Miles Mikolas Cardinals 36
44 Matthew Boyd Tigers 71
45 Eduardo Rodriguez Red Sox 40
46 Pablo Lopez Marlins 49
47 Max Fried Braves 130
48 Robbie Ray Diamondbacks 32
49 Joey Lucchesi Padres 44
50 Collin McHugh Astros 50
51 Yonny Chirinos Rays 63
52 Caleb Smith Marlins 66
53 Luis Severino Yankees 27
54 Steven Matz Mets 52
55 Domingo German Yankees 88
56 Hyun-Jin Ryu Dodgers 61
57 Brad Peacock Astros 53
58 Anthony DeSclafani Reds 56
59 J.A. Happ Yankees 47
60 Jake Arrieta Phillies 69
61 Dallas Keuchel   43
62 Rick Porcello Red Sox 59
63 Yusei Kikuchi Mariners 54
64 Tyler Skaggs Angels 76
65 Luke Weaver Diamondbacks 87
66 Mike Clevinger Indians 21
67 Mike Soroka Braves 149
68 Corbin Burnes Brewers 41
69 Julio Urias Dodgers 70
70 Michael Wacha Cardinals 67
71 Matt Strahm Padres 80
72 Jon Gray Rockies 75
73 Kevin Gausman Braves 94
74 Jon Lester Cubs 77
75 Touki Toussaint Braves 82
76 Jordan Lyles Pirates 105
77 Alex Wood Reds 58
78 Marco Gonzales Mariners 90
79 Jimmy Nelson Brewers 96
80 Mike Minor Rangers 113
81 Brandon Woodruff Brewers 85
82 Carlos Rodon White Sox 97
83 Andrew Heaney Angels 62
84 Julio Teheran Braves 86
85 Nick Pivetta Phillies 57
86 Danny Salazar Indians 83
87 Wade Miley Astros 99
88 Merrill Kelly Diamondbacks 92
89 Joe Ross Nationals 95
90 Jalen Beeks Rays 106
91 Josh James Astros 60
92 Nathan Eovaldi Red Sox 64
93 Michael Pineda Twins 81
94 Aaron Sanchez Blue Jays 128
95 Trevor Richards Marlins 100
96 Jakob Junis Royals 93
97 Jesus Luzardo Athletics 98
98 Kyle Gibson Twins 91
99 Chris Bassitt Athletics 173
100 Frankie Montas Athletics 119
101 Ryan Yarbrough Rays 72
102 Zach Eflin Phillies 118
103 Drew Pomeranz Giants 112
104 Freddy Peralta Brewers 78
105 Anibal Sanchez Nationals 89
106 Bryse Wilson Braves 73
107 Tanner Roark Reds 116
108 Alex Reyes Cardinals 79
109 Jhoulys Chacin Brewers 104
110 Tyler Mahle Reds 110
111 Jeff Samardzija Giants 111
112 Jonathan Loaisiga Yankees 117
113 Jose Urena Marlins 114
114 Gio Gonzalez Brewers 139
115 Forrest Whitley Astros 122
116 Trevor Williams Pirates 142
117 Eric Lauer Padres 120
118 Vince Velasquez Phillies 123
119 Felix Pena Angels 115
120 Seth Lugo Mets 84
121 Derek Holland Giants 109
122 Tyler Beede Giants 233
123 Nick Kingham Pirates 101
124 Jake Odorizzi Twins 131
125 Griffin Canning Angels 228
126 Lucas Giolito White Sox 127
127 Zack Godley Diamondbacks 74
128 Matt Andriese Diamondbacks 126
129 Brent Honeywell Rays 124
130 Mike Montgomery Cubs 103
131 Jerad Eickhoff Phillies 172
132 Dereck Rodriguez Giants 138
133 Trevor Cahill Angels 134
134 Daniel Ponce de Leon Cardinals 203
135 Kyle Freeland Rockies 137
136 Sean Newcomb Braves 107
137 CC Sabathia Yankees 156
138 Drew Smyly Rangers 121
139 Adam Wainwright Cardinals 159
140 Erik Swanson Mariners 191
141 Austin Gomber Cardinals 152
142 Caleb Ferguson Dodgers 146
143 Spencer Turnbull Tigers 187
144 Reynaldo Lopez White Sox 147
145 Brad Keller Royals 151
146 Sandy Alcantara Marlins 158
147 Jordan Zimmermann Tigers 125
148 Tyler Chatwood Cubs 175
149 Dylan Bundy Orioles 108
150 Matt Harvey Angels 136
151 Kyle Wright Braves 140
152 Chase Anderson Brewers 153
153 Nick Margevicius Padres 236
154 John Gant Cardinals 168
155 Jon Duplantier Diamondbacks 190
156 Dakota Hudson Cardinals 148
157 Daniel Mengden Athletics 145
158 Jeremy Hellickson Nationals 150
159 Justus Sheffield Mariners 164
160 Mike Fiers Athletics 144

 

Dropping off: Matt Shoemaker (102nd), Wade LeBlanc (129th), Mike Leake (132nd), Tyler Anderson (133rd), Andrew Suarez (135th), Alex Cobb (141st), Jason Vargas (143rd)

 

  • Leaving Jacob deGrom second among starters was a tough call, less because of his subpar 4.85 ERA than because of the elbow scare. He’s striking out 38% of the batters he’s faced and throwing as hard as ever, so I don’t see any reason to be concerned about his performance. Still, I do worry about the elbow some. It might have been a different story in that No. 2 spot if Chris Sale, Aaron Nola and Corey Kluber weren’t having their own issues. Despite ERA problems of his own, Gerrit Cole got the most consideration for overtaking deGrom.
  • Tyler Glasnow has gone from 0-5 with a 10.38 ERA this spring to 5-0 with a 1.75 ERA during the regular season. He has the stuff to remain outstanding, but I’m still nervous about going all in, given his history of control issues. Ranking him 24th feels right for now.
  • As always this time of year, there are a number of pitchers I’d have higher for the short term but that I worry about as far as fatigue or innings limits. Included in that group this time around are Chris Paddack, Max Fried, Caleb Smith, Mike Soroka and Matt Strahm.

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.