The List 7/15 – Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

Nick Pollack released his weekly update, ranking the Top 100 Starting Pitcher rankings for fantasy baseball.

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Fringe Starters


Pitcher Why They Missed The Cut
Jesus Luzardo I’ve moved stashes to Fringe Pitchers. Luzardo would be Top 50 if up now.
Danny Duffy Not the worst option and one of the last off The List
Daniel Norris There isn’t enough upside to chase this
Gio Gonzalez On the IL with “dead arm” – He’s a Toby
Zack Wheeler On the IL with a fatigued shoulder – Top 35 SP
Carlos Carrasco On the IL with leukemia, timetable unknown – Top 20 SP
Corey Kluber On the IL with a forearm injury – Top 10 SP
Jameson Taillon On the IL with an elbow injury – Top 25 SP
Tyler Glasnow On the IL with forearm strain – Top 25 SP
Luke Weaver On the IL with a forearm strain – Top 35 SP
Brad Peacock On the IL with a shoulder injury – Top 60 SP
Rich Hill On the IL with flexor strain – Top 40 SP
Pablo Lopez On the IL with back injury – Top 60 SP
Cole Hamels On the IL with an oblique injury – Top 45 SP
Dylan Bundy On the IL with a knee injury – Top 80 SP
Daniel Mengden One of the last cut – he’s a Toby at best
Frankie Montas Suspended 80 games
Elieser Hernandez Demoted to bullpen…for now.
Matt Strahm Demoted to bullpen…for now.
Michael Wacha Demoted to bullpen
Mike Foltynewicz Demoted to Triple-A – Top 60 SP
Mitch Keller Demoted to Triple-A – Top 60 SP
Jimmy Nelson Demoted to bullpen
Jason Vargas The Vargas Rule is no more. Seriously, the Marlins?
Trent Thornton The strikeout upside is interesting, but it’s too low of a floor
Jake Junis Too volatile to trust despite a tinge of strikeout upside
Luis Severino The recent injury news sets him back to mid-August hopefully. He’ll be Top 15 then.
Alex Wood I’m just going to wait until he’s back to properly rank him. Most likely in the 50s.
Danny Salazar Not sure when he returns, he’d be a Top 60 SP when he starts again
Jhoulys Chacin Even his recent stretch isn’t worth the floor
Ivan Nova Just not enough upside and while he’s a decent streamer, it’s never for a high ceiling.


What is happening!

It’s another week and another edition of the Top 100 Starting Pitchers for Fantasy Baseball.

Before I dive into the player notes, here’s an outline of how I’m handling The List this season:

  • Previous/Best/Worst columns removed
    • These took a heavy chunk of loading time and ultimately provided very little value. The change arrows themselves are all that’s needed
  • Tiers added
    • As much as I hate making tiers (When do they start and end? How big are the cliffs?), ya’ll have been asking for them and I’m here for all of you. Please understand how hard it is to accurately place them and don’t get too worked up about it.
  • Labels added
    • There’s often confusion as to why a pitcher is a spot or two above or below another. These labels should help understand what each pitcher brings to the table, showing that some pitchers may be better or worse for what you need.
    • Hover over them (or tap on mobile) to see each label’s name next to the pitcher.
    • Ratio Focused = Their value lies in you chasing their ERA/WHIP more than strikeouts and Wins.
    • Toby = Boring arm that doesn’t excite you, but you stare at the waiver wire and accept that he just okay enough. You don’t like that he’s around the office, but he gets his work done.
    • Cherry Bomb = Volatile pitchers who are either “super sweet” or “blow up in your face.” Heed warning.
    • Ace Potential = I define an ace as: 3.40 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 24% K rate, 6.0 IPS. It’s why you see some surprising names as having the upside of an ace.
  • Fringe Starters added
    • There are always a handful of starters I badly want to add to The List but I don’t have enough room. I’ll always have this table at the end for a collection of starters – in no order – that I also heavily considered, as well as why they could be relevant
    • This will be where IL Players will land. I’ll mention where they would slot when healthy.

Please let me know how you feel about these changes and I’m looking forward to another fun year assessing the wonderful entity that is the SP Landscape.

On to the notes! Remember, these ranks are for 12-teamers in H2H categories leagues.


Player Notes


  • Not many big moves here given we haven’t many games to make changes, but it’s time that we raise Gerrit Cole above Chris SaleI saw it today and it felt like it was time.
  • Shane Bieber should have been higher last week, sitting comfortably in the Top 20.
  • I wanted to give more love to Madison Bumgarner (see graphic!), but with Domingo German returning in style and the rest of Tier 3 doing well, I couldn’t do a whole lot.
  • Noah Syndergaard is on the rise with his 91 mph slider over the weekend, while Mike Minor is sure to hit more regression in the second half.
  • It’s been a strong rise for Sonny Graywho has a great feel for his deuce and is locked in as begins the second half. I had to give him a Top 40 spot.
  • You’re probably surprised to see the (-1) for Eduardo Rodriguez after his fantastic outing, but it was more that I needed to raise Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray above him.
  • After today’s ghastly game, German Marquez’s inconsistent 2019 is too much to ignore. He could still turn it on like he did last year, but he needs to take a dip behind his teammate Jon Gray.
  • I’m intrigued by Tyler Beede’s new slider and considering the lack of exciting options on the wire, I’d take a chance to see if it turns into something legit in the final months. Yes, in your 12-teamer.
  • Andrew Cashner and Adam Wainwright rise a bit with their recent hot streaks. Cashner’s changeup has been stupid good and moving to the Sawx will only help.
  • Take a chance on Daniel Poncedeleon if you can as he enters the rotation. I’m not sure his secondary stuff will be good enough for him to stick, but we’ll see.
  • Big falls were handed to Sandy Alcantara (too raw), Tanner Roark (all around blegh), Bryse Wilson (poor in minors, hard gamble to take right now), and Trevor Williams (hasn’t looked anything like his former self since returning from IL)
  • Joining The List week are Jake Odorizzi (off IL!), Logan Allen (back in rotation, could be a streaming option or more), Jake Arrieta (avoids IL stint, he’s hopefully a Toby), and Marco Gonzales (please let his velocity come back…)

(Photo by Justin Paradis – @FreshmeatComm)

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.

13 responses to “The List 7/15 – Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday”

  1. Adam says:

    Shout out to whoever did this graphic. It’s dope.

  2. PitcherList Superfan says:

    Hey Nick,

    Loving these new graphics each week, they look dope!

    Although it doesn’t feel quite right, dropping Giolito for Woodruff is a shallow 8 teamer that doesn’t do trades is the right move, correct?

  3. quimmy says:

    Paxton above Lynn is mind boggling brutha. What could possibly be the justification for that?

  4. Bradley Ross says:

    Why isn’t Chirinos a Toby to you?

    I commented last week, idk if there was a response, that it was weird he was still a cherry Bomb. Chirinos keeps pumping out all ratios and QSs without high Ks.

  5. Dan G says:

    No Homer Bailey, even as a fringe starter? I think he’d be on the verge of top-100, especially after the trade to OAK.

  6. Scott says:

    How does stripling go up 5 spots? He pitched 5 innings which was his longest start since taking over for hill. He was pulled after 68 pitches. It seems like the Dodgers wont let him go past 5 or face the batting order for a 3rd time no matter what his pitch count looks like. Wins will be impossible b/c he generally throws more pitches before the 5th inning and allows more base runners than he did last time (3rd time through the order). I also believe LAD may trade for a other pitcher since they prefer stripling as a swing man.

  7. David says:

    Pineda vs Mets
    Logan Allen @ Miami
    Plesac vs Detroit?

    In order of preference for tonight, please. I may even need 2.

  8. High_Changeup says:

    Alex Young definitely appears to be missing.

  9. Ryan says:

    Did you forget about Jeff Samardzija or am I missing him?

  10. Ethan says:

    Heaney is injured but he is still on the list (actually moved UP). Shouldn’t he come off it?

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