The List 8/19 – 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
Yonny Chirinos On the IL with a finger injury – Top 45 SP
Tyler Mahle On the IL with a hamstring injury – Top 70 SP
Robbie Ray On the IL with back injury – Top 40 SP
Carlos Carrasco On the IL with leukaemia – Top 20 SP
David Price On the IL with cyst in his wrist – Top 30 SP
Blake Snell On the IL with elbow injury – Top 10 SP
Corey Kluber On the IL with a forearm injury – Top 10 SP
Zach Davies On the IL with back injury – Top 90 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
Brandon Woodruff On the IL with an oblique injury – Top 30 SP
Danny Salazar On The IL with a groin injury – Fringe Top 100 when pitching
Frankie Montas Suspended 80 games
Matt Strahm Demoted to bullpen
Michael Wacha Demoted to bullpen
Nick Pivetta Demoted to the bullpen
Jesus Luzardo In Triple-A – Top 50 SP
Jose Urquidy Demoted to Triple-A – Top 70 SP
Jimmy Nelson Demoted to bullpen
Dustin May Demoted to bullpen. Top 70 SP.
Kevin Gausman Expected to head to bullpen after acquired by Reds from Braves
Daniel Mengden He’s a Toby at best
Tommy Milone Too risky over the other options
Jake Faria Called up to replace Davies, if he starts and looks solid, could be on List soon
Daniel Poncedeleon I wonder if he can really put it together instead of being a major liability
Trent Thornton The strikeout upside is interesting, but it’s too low of a floor
Luis Severino The recent injury news sets him back to mid-August hopefully. He’ll be Top 15 then.
Jhoulys Chacin Even his recent stretch isn’t worth the floor
Trevor Williams The ratios nor strikeouts are there to chase him
Jason Vargas The Vargas Rule is no more
Alex Young Last one off, his stuff dictates a low floor and low ceiling
Mike Leake The reward is too little for the low floor in 12-teamers
Hector Noesi Curious if his upside will return after a date in Coors


Player Notes


  • Max Scherzer has returned while Chris Sale is out for the year with an elbow injury, negating any (-1) effects of Scherzer’s return. He’s not #1 right away since we don’t know if there will be any hindrances caused by the injury, but we’re happy to see him again.
  • I thought I would be lowering Matt Boyd a bit more, but it gets real dicey entering the 30s and his recovery over the weekend sure hints at better days ahead.
  • Yu Darvish has gotten his act together with his fastball, helping hold a ridiculous 34% K-BB rate across his last seven starts. Hard to argue against that in the mid-20s.
  • I’m typing this now as Brendan McKay looks lost in the first frame against the Mariners, and I can’t change his rank more. I wouldn’t be surprised if I lower him into the 40s next week, but the talent is still there to be a huge impact down the stretch. He simply has some things to figure out,  but his cutter/changeup/fastball are all legit.
  • Jose Quintana and Ryan Yarbrough get huge bumps as they’ve turned into legit options across the last few weeks. Quintana is tossing high heaters with low breakers effectively, while The Fratty Pirate’s changeup is filthy.
  • Despite his excellent outing against the White Sox, Griffin Canning takes a huge hit as his ROS schedule is the worst of anyone I’ve seen thus far. Next week will be the full-on “Based on ROS sechedules” version of The List and this traditional table will be no more.
  • I can’t seem to quite Mike Montgomery and Adrian Houser as they continued their hot streaks this week and have good matchups in the short term. Pick em up and see what happens.
  • I’m not believing in Dylan Cease’s ascension as much as before, but keep an eye on him in September to see if something clicks. The same goes for Mitch Kellerthough I have more faith in Keller to figure out his approach to amplify his excellent stuff.
  • Tony Gonsolin, Logan Webb, and Yusei Kikuchi enter in the mid-70s. Gonsolin is taking over Dustin May’s rotation spot for the time being, Logan Webb was impressive in his start over the weekend but lacks a polished heater, and Kikuchi’s new approach with high heat and low secondary stuff returned instant success.
  • Also joining The List are Zach Eflin, Dillon Peters, Ivan Nova, and Martin Perez. Eflin earned a new rotation spot and while he was lit up, expect him to be a decent Toby the rest of the way. Peters has a solid changeup and could be a streaming option the rest of the way, Nova has been on a stupid good streak, while Perez’s cutter and changeup have been effective lately with 94/95 mph fastball velocity.

(Photo by Justin Paradis – @FreshmeatComm and Nathan Mills – @NathanMillsPL)

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.

22 responses to “The List 8/19 – Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday”

  1. Tim says:


  2. Jeremy says:

    Hey Nick — when do you start ranking The List based on ROS schedule. I’m looking for some guys on good schedules to “stream” for the remaining weeks because I have limited moves remaining. At a quick glance it looks like Minnesota guys (Odorizzi and Pineda) and KC guys (Junis and Keller) have some juicy matchups. Any sneaky pickups?

    • Ryan DC says:

      “Next week will be the full-on “Based on ROS sechedules” version of The List and this traditional table will be no more.”

  3. Jim says:

    Hey Nick, did I miss Blake Snell? Also, Samardzija has 6 quality starts in his last 9 outings. He’s easily been better than most outside of the top 50. He’s gotta be a tier 6 at worst.

  4. hondo says:

    Price?Not even mentioned with the injured.

  5. BBHHI says:

    Bassitt => Rodney Dangerfield

  6. James A Cummings says:

    John Means?

  7. rainmaker says:

    I love these rankings but I would like to see a stated goal for them. For example, do these rankings include W’s or QS’s as factors? What size league are these for? I assume its no more than 12 as mediocre innings-eaters get no love as they would in say my 16 team league.

  8. Brewers says:

    How much stock do you put into Statcast data? I always like to look at it myself. Interesting tidbit, out of pitchers with at least 500 PA, Wade Miley is ranked 15th in xwOBA (1 spot ahead of Chris Sale) as statcast sees him as having been unlucky this year based on his quality of contact. Do you believe in this skill of Miley’s or do you see this as luck/noise?

  9. Chris says:

    What is “Toby?”

  10. Chris says:

    What is “Cherry bomb?”

  11. Swampman says:

    Hey Nick – awesome column every week. In a 4×4 league that counts W, S, ERA and WHIP. No K’s. Right Now have Bauer, Castillo, Fried, Gallen, C Smith and Howser as my starters. Have Canning and Heaney on my reserved list, but scared to death of their brutal ROS. Would you let them go and stand pat or activate one or both of them.

  12. high_changeup says:

    This is missing Waguespack.

  13. Dan says:

    Will this update tonight based on schedules going forward?

  14. mattmaison says:

    Adam Plutko?

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