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Top 100 Starting Pitcher Rankings for Redraft Leagues: Week Two

Hey everyone! My name is Jake Devereaux, some of you may know me from the “Five Tool Fantasy Baseball Podcast” that I do with Eric Cross and Jesse Roche here at Fantrax. I will be taking over the top 100 starting pitcher rankings here at Fantrax HQ by doing both redraft and dynasty rankings during the season.

These rankings reflect a lot of change vs what you saw here last week. That’s because those rankings were from Nathan Dokken who used to write this piece. The new rankings are with yours truly. In the future, I will be releasing these every Monday during the season.

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Top-100 Starting Pitcher Rankings for Redraft Leagues

To make these rankings I relied on a whole lot of information. I looked at all of the basic stats you would consider when ranking pitchers like ERA, WHIP, strikeout rate, walk rate, and home run to fly-ball rate. I also dove into expected stats many of which can be found at Baseball Savant or on Alex Chamberlain’s excellent pitching leaderboard. In addition, I utilized a great stat created by Nick Pollack and Alex Fast at Pitcher List called CSW (called strikes + whiffs). Lastly, I relied on swinging-strike rate. All of these statistics when taken together give me a great idea of how a pitcher is performing and how they will perform in the future.

I also looked at all of the weapons available to each pitcher, paying specific attention to how many above-average offerings each individual has and whether or not their primary offering is above average. I looked at a combination of zone rate and called strike rate to try and figure out which pitchers have the best command. Finally, I looked at playing time and durability, something that when I do these ranks for a full season will have a much heavier weight.

These ranks contain only pitchers who are currently starting in the major leagues which means prospects that have not made their debut are not listed here. They will be accounted for in my dynasty ranks if they make the cut. Pitchers that have debuted or were just called up like Luis Patiño will not be added to the list until they have been put into the starting rotation. These are intended to help you in redraft leagues right now and to provide context for trade value. I expect my rankings to shift as pitchers improve or decline.

In a typical week, I will continue to include risers and fallers as well as new additions to the list, but in the interest of getting you to the list faster I will skip that for this week, or else we may be here all day. If you have any questions about the list don’t hesitate to hit me up on Twitter @devjake. Thanks for reading!

All players that are injured or on COVID-19 IL are not included in this list.

1Jacob deGrom2
2Gerrit Cole1
3Max Scherzer3
4Shane Bieber4
5Mike Clevinger5
6Jack Flaherty6
7Walker Buehler10
8Luis Castillo7
9Stephen Strasburg11
10Patrick Corbin12
11Sonny Gray22
12Brandon Woodruff32
13Aaron Nola14
14Lucas Giolito20
15Clayton Kershaw8
16Chris Paddack16
17Lance Lynn30
18Trevor Bauer26
19Max Fried21
20Zac Gallen34
21Blake Snell18
22Yu Darvish15
23Tyler Glasnow29
24Frankie Montas13
25Dinelson Lamet39
26Carlos Carrasco24
27Zack Greinke33
28Kenta Maeda35
29Jose Berrios17
30Andrew Heaney58
31Zach PlesacNR
32Aaron Civale83
33Kyle Hendricks28
34German Marquez47
35Lance McCullers Jr.25
36Dylan Bundy55
37Jesus Luzardo69
38Ross Stripling41
39Julio Urias48
40Hyun Jin Ryu19
41Madison Bumgarner36
42Mike Minor50
43Zack Wheeler23
44Charlie Morton9
45Griffin Canning67
46Matthew Boyd37
47Joe Musgrove68
48Dustin May54
49Nate PearsonNR
50Chris Bassitt65
51Nathan Eovaldi75
52Adrian Houser77
53Ryan Yarborough76
54Caleb Smith43
55Garrett Richards56
56Yonny Chirinos90
57Robbie Ray44
58Yusei KikuchiNR
59Spencer Turnbull73
60Marco GonzalesNR
61Masahiro Tanaka70
62Dallas Keuchel66
63Josh Lindblom81
64Jon Gray85
65Jordan Montgomery61
66Steven Matz59
67Tyler ChatwoodNR
68Matt Shoemaker72
69Logan WebbNR
70Kevin GausmanNR
71Joshua James78
72James Paxton42
73Luke Weaver31
74Sean Manaea79
75Christian JavierNR
76Anthony DeSclafaniNR
77Kyle Gibson62
78Jon LesterNR
79Dylan Cease94
80Joey Lucchesi63
81Johnny Cueto60
82Brady Singer82
83Corbin Burnes51
84Tyler MahleNR
85Kris BubicNR
86Randy DobnakNR
87Tanner Roark87
88Pablo Lopez89
89David PetersonNR
90Adam WainwrightNR
91Merrill KellyNR
92Michael WachaNR
93Asher Wojciechowski98
94Jordan Lyles88
95Kyle FreelandNR
96John Means74
97Dakota Hudson86
98Touki ToussaintNR
99Martin PerezNR
100Kendall GravemanNR

Fell of List: Mike Soroka, Carlos Martinez, Jake Odorizzi, Mitch Keller, Corey Kluber, Marcus Stroman, Rich Hill, Shohei Ohtani, Austin Voth, Jose Urquidy, Alex Wood, Carlos Rondon, Freddy Peralta, Wade Miley, Mike Foltynewicz, Miles Mikolas, Jeff Samardzija, Homer Bailey, Reynaldo Lopez, Mike Fiers

New to List: Zach Plesac, Nate Pearson, Yusei Kikuchi, Marco Gonzales, Tyler Chatwood, Logan Webb, Kevin Gausman, Cristian Javier, Anthony DeSclafani, Jon Lester, Tyler Mahle, Kris Bubic, Randy Dobnak, David Peterson, Adam Wainwright, Merrill Kelly, Michael Wacha, Kyle Freeland, Touki Toussaint, Martín Perez, Kendall Graveman

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  1. Barry says

    I find it interesting that you have Walker Buehler moving up significantly even though in my eyes he has been a major disappointment based on his “Ace” expectations. I assume that it must be more from others originally above him having bigger problems than his pitching.

  2. Josh says

    How come Alex Cobb didn’t make your list?

    1. Jake Devereaux says

      He just made my newest version, I was just waiting to see more success from him. Injuries so often derail him. I do like him as a pitcher when healthy.

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