The List 5/1: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

Every Monday during the season, I will be releasing “The List” where I rank the current value of the Top 100 pitchers in fantasy baseball for the rest of the...

Every Monday during the season, I will be releasing “The List” where I rank the current value of the Top 100 pitchers in fantasy baseball for the rest of the season. Use these rankings to help understand what to expect from pitchers for 2017 and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues. Note: These rankings have been made with H2H 5×5 12-teamers in mind.

Let’s see how the SP landscape has changed:

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  • With the start of May, we have the biggest update for The List thus far as I feel it’s enough of a data set to start believing and doubting. For example, Chris Sale has done nothing but been his ceiling, while Max Scherzer has had some struggles, causing a shuffle in the first two spots.
  • The news of Noah Syndergaard is unfortunate to say the least and he, with David Price who has questions of health as well, mark the end of a tier in the 40s.
  • I surprised myself by having Dallas Keuchel jump so far to #15, but there weren’t any other pitchers in his way to stop him. I tackled with Zack Greinke vs Keuchel for a while, ultimately believing that Greinke’s floor is slightly lower as the main variable.
  • Sean Manaea, Aaron Sanchez, and Aaron Nola all dropped due to their recent injuries. The resurgence of injuries from Nola and Sanchez are both incredibly frustrating and Manaea is expected back this weekend but I don’t expect a full return until a start or two later.
  • Meanwhile, it’s time to recognize Ivan Nova and Luis Severinowho both make major jumps. Nova is pitching with incredible confidence and consistency, while Severino’s strikeout ability is elite with an improving Changeup and better Fastball command.
  • After the stashes of Felix Hernandez and Steven Matz, it’s a new tier where it’s all about hot upside, allowing JC Ramirez, Andrew Triggs, Sonny Grayand Mike Leake to take big jumps. Ramirez brings legitimate strikeout upside with an overpowering Fastball and wipeout Slider, Triggs is getting excellent movement with his side-arm delivery while maintaining good command, Gray is returning from the DL and could be a serviceable #5 for your team, and Leake has performed to the highest of his ability lately – the shortest leash here goes to Leake though you should be starting him as he performs well.
  • Kevin Gausman, Zack Wheeler, Joe Ross and Robert Gsellman all take big hits this week. The Fastball command of both Gausman and Wheeler are poor, while Gsellman may be far away from showcasing the polish he needs, leaving me to rather own hot hands and stream in his spot. Ross, like Gsellman, lacks precision with his pitches to make me trust him moving forward, let alone doesn’t have a solid third pitch yet in his Changeup.
  • Jose Berrios is a decent SP stash if you’re gunning for upside, though I would be cautious starting him in his first start – whenever that is even if he is suspected to join the team this weekend.

Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

11 responses to “The List 5/1: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday”

  1. Matt Nielsen says:

    So dropping Gsellman for .EDU is a no brainer, right?

  2. miles says:

    Why the big jump for Happ? I have a few guys on the DL should i consider dropping ross for happ

    • Nick Pollack says:

      I’d definitely make that swap.

      Happ is back from the DL, causing the jump.

      I must have been greatly confused. Happ should be lower since he’s still on the DL. My mistake! Hold Ross.

  3. STL says:

    How is Patrick Corbin not ranked? He’s been solid.

    • Nick Pollack says:

      Totally get that, he’s right after 100…I really find it hard to be gung-ho about Corbin after last year’s complete disaster, but I hope he makes it impossible for me to leave him off next time.

      • STL says:

        I definitely understand. Question: ROS, do you prefer him or Eduardo? Both Home Parks are tough to pitch in, but Boston has the edge with their offense. Corbin has already broken out and perhap Eduardo is on the verge. Your thoughts?
        Also, currently Sonny & Shawn Kelley could be dropped for E-Rod.

        • Nick Pollack says:

          Eduardo has the better and more believable path to his upside. I have more faith that he can produce consistent good outings than Corbin by a longshot.

  4. Rasouddress says:

    When are we gonna get a profile for J.C. Ramirez up? I’d like to see your professional takes on his pitches.

    • Nick Pollack says:

      The aim is to actually do a GIF Breakdown in the near future. Was hoping to do it today but couldn’t get around to it. Let’s hope for tomorrow!

      • Rasouddress says:

        I’m looking forward to it! Homerism aside, he’s been one of the less-heralded stories of April. It’s nice to see the recognition.

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