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Top 100 Starting Pitcher Rankings: Week Three

Welcome back to another edition of my top 100 starting pitcher rankings for redraft leagues. There was a fair amount of movement in my rankings this week. To explain some of this movement, risers and fallers are listed below. I hope you enjoy the list!

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Top-100 Starting Pitcher Rankings for Redraft Leagues


Brandon Woodruff- After Monday’s start Woodruff has a 54.9% ground ball rate and 13% swinging strike rate on the season. Basically, the vast majority of the hitters he faces are grounding out or swinging through the ball. We already knew that Woodruff had an elite four-seam fastball, that pitch has maintained its elite status. It’s the secondaries that have so far taken a step forward for Woodruff with both his changeup and slider missing more bats than ever before, both over a 20% swinging-strike rate. He does all this while staying in the zone over half the time. He is a clear buy high for me.

Dustin May– Some of you may have heard that I love Dustin May. Much like the aforementioned Woodruff, my main man May is in the zone all the time, at 59.6%, and has a stellar ground ball rate of 54.1%. Unlike Woodruff, he isn’t getting as many swings and misses with just an 8.7% swinging strike rate. However, there is progress being made here. May’s curveball is missing more bats at a 14.3% SwStr, up 5% from last season. He’s also generating a tremendous amount of weak contact. If he can continue to make gains with his curveball and cutter then May will continue to ascend.

Dallas Keuchel– All of a sudden the 32-year-old Keuchel is pitching like he hasn’t pitched in years—like an ace in fact. The change for him has been increased changeup usage, up from 15% last year to 28% this year. He’s getting an excellent swinging strike rate on the pitch of 17.8% to go along with a 71.8% ground ball rate on the offering. All of this has led to a 2.55 ERA and his lowest contact rate in three seasons. I like what I’m seeing.


José Berríos- Now here’s a guy we always see talked about like a young, up and coming ace. As we sit around waiting for the breakout to happen we need to face the reality that it may never come. Berríos locates well and his four-seam fastball generates an above-average amount of swinging strikes, but the pitch is getting hit incredibly hard when batters make contact with it. More troubling is that Berríos lacks a true put away secondary offering leaving him unable to get out of jams. Blows ups happen far too frequently and I’m avoiding him.

Madison Bumgarner– In Monday’s start Bumgarner was lifted after just 47 pitches due to back spasms. During this short start, he struggled with his velocity barely touching 89 MPH throughout the outing, his average fastball velocity on the year is just 88.1, down significantly from 91.7 last year. Hopefully, this is due to injury and not to a sudden and drastic decline. Without his fastball functioning properly Bumgarner’s curveball has also been ineffective leaving him overly reliant on his cutter. He is droppable.

Luke Weaver– I will admit I’ve never been much of a Luke Weaver guy. This season Weaver has a 12.19 ERA. Weaver is doing everything wrong. He’s walking too many batters, over five per nine, and he’s giving up hard contact at an eye popping 65.6% rate. This is mostly due to his changeup, which is normally his best secondary, but this year it’s getting demolished. He’s not effectively throwing the pitch in the zone  and until he gets the pitch working I advise you to stay away.

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 these starting pitcher rankings.

1Jacob deGrom1
2Gerrit Cole2
3Shane Bieber4
4Mike Clevinger5
5Brandon Woodruff12
6Stephen Strasburg9
7Patrick Corbin10
8Sonny Gray11
9Luis Castillo8
10Walker Buehler7
11Max Scherzer3
12Jack Flaherty6
13Aaron Nola13
14Chris Paddack16
15Clayton Kershaw8
16Lucas Giolito14
17Lance Lynn30
18Trevor Bauer26
19Max Fried19
20Zac Gallen20
21Yu Darvish22
22Frankie Montas24
23Dinelson Lamet25
24Zach Plesac31
25Aaron Civale32
26Germán Márquez34
27Dylan Bundy36
28Jesús Luzardo37
29Carlos Carrasco26
30Dustin May48
31Blake Snell21
32Zack Greinke27
33Tyler Glasnow23
34Kenta Maeda28
35Andrew Heaney30
36Kyle Hendricks33
37Zack Wheeler43
38Ross Stripling38
39Hyun Jin Ryu40
40Julio Urias39
41Adrian Houser52
42José Berríos29
43Charlie Morton44
44Griffin Canning45
45Dallas Keuchel62
46Nate Pearson49
47Spencer Turnbull59
48Chris Bassitt50
49Mike Minor42
50Ryan Yarborough53
51Masahiro Tanaka61
52Garrett Richards55
53Lance McCullers Jr.35
54Robbie Ray57
55Josh Lindblom63
56Nathan Eovaldi51
57Marco Gonzales60
58Pablo Lopez88
59Joe Musgrove47
60Jake OdorizziNR
61Anthony DeSclafani76
62Matthew Boyd46
63Logan Webb69
64Kevin Gausman70
65James Paxton72
66Spencer HowardNR
67Kyle Gibson77
68Touki Toussaint98
69Tyler Chatwood67
70Madison Bumgarner41
71Sean Manaea74
72Christian Javier75
73Yusei Kikuchi58
74Kolby AllardNR
75Tyler Mahle84
76Johnny Cueto81
77Brady Singer82
78Austin VothNR
79Kris Bubic85
80Randy Dobnak86
81Jon Gray64
82Patrick SandovalNR
83David Peterson89
84Brad KellerNR
85Merrill Kelly91
86Alex CobbNR
87Jon Lester78
88Dylan Cease79
89Kyle Freeland95
90John Means96
91Jake ArrietaNR
92Jordan Montgomery65
93Martin Perez99
94Luke Weaver73
95Zach DaviesNR
96Tommy MiloneNR
97Trevor WilliamsNR
98Jakob JunisNR
99Framber ValdezNR
100J.T. BrubakerNR

Fell of List: Caleb Smith, Yonny Chirinos, Dakota Hudson, Michael Wacha, Asher Wojciechowski, Jordan Lyles, Adam Wainwright, Joey Lucchesi, Corbin Burnes, Kendall Graveman, Joshua James, Tanner Roark, Matt Shoemaker, Steven Matz

New to List: Jake Odorizzi, Alex Cobb, Tommy Milone, Zach Davies, Brad Keller, Jakob Junis, Trevor Williams, Framber Valdez, J.T. Brubaker, Jake Arrieta, Spencer Howard, Kolby Allard, Austin Voth, Patrick Sandoval

You should also check out Jake’s Top 100 Starting Pitchers for Dynasty Leagues.



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