2021 First Run Starting Pitcher Rankings

Well, we got a season! It was only two months so it’s really hard to know exactly how much stock to put it into any of it, but here’s my first look. Obviously this is subject to change and will do so quite a bit as the offseason moves forward, but I feel pretty good about this initial look. I decided not to tier it yet as I’m just not feeling confident in the cutoffs, but rest assured that there are several globs once we get past the first 25 or so. I also just labeled pitchers with their current team, we’ll get into free agent stuff later in the offseason.

Let me know what you think in the comments! I’ll have more detailed ranks out shortly after the playoffs.

Note: Pearson, Richards, and Fiers added after initial post. Meanwhile, I had missed Hudson’s TJ. 

2021 First Run SP Rankings
1 Jacob deGrom NYM
2 Shane Bieber CLE
3 Gerrit Cole NYY
4 Yu Darvish CHC
5 Max Scherzer WAS
6 Trevor Bauer CIN
7 Luis Castillo CIN
8 Blake Snell TBR
9 Tyler Glasnow TBR
10 Clayton Kershaw LAD
11 Walker Buehler LAD
12 Kenta Maeda MIN
13 Brandon Woodruff MIL
14 Sonny Gray CIN
15 Lance Lynn TEX
16 Hyun Jin Ryu 류현진 TOR
17 Aaron Nola PHI
18 Lucas Giolito CWS
19 Dinelson Lamet SDP
20 Jack Flaherty STL
21 Zac Gallen ARI
22 Zach Plesac CLE
23 Zack Wheeler PHI
24 Max Fried ATL
25 Mike Clevinger SDP
26 Carlos Carrasco CLE
27 Kyle Hendricks CHC
28 Dylan Bundy LAA
29 Corbin Burnes MIL
30 José Berríos MIN
31 Frankie Montas OAK
32 Zack Greinke HOU
33 Jesús Luzardo OAK
34 Julio Urías LAD
35 David Price LAD
36 Stephen Strasburg WAS
37 Lance McCullers Jr. HOU
38 Chris Paddack SDP
39 Framber Valdez HOU
40 Mike Soroka ATL
41 Andrew Heaney LAA
42 Tony Gonsolin LAD
43 Kevin Gausman SFG
44 Marco Gonzales SEA
45 Tyler Mahle CIN
46 Sixto Sánchez MIA
47 Sandy Alcantara MIA
48 Chris Bassitt OAK
49 Patrick Corbin WAS
50 Pablo López MIA
51 Dustin May LAD
52 Brad Keller KCR
53 Germán Márquez COL
54 Dallas Keuchel CWS
55 James Paxton NYY
56 Charlie Morton TBR
57 Jose Urquidy HOU
58 Aaron Civale CLE
59 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS
60 Masahiro Tanaka NYY
61 Joe Musgrove PIT
62 Justus Sheffield SEA
63 Triston McKenzie CLE
64 Brady Singer KCR
65 Zach Davies SDP
66 Griffin Canning LAA
67 John Means BAL
68 Zach Eflin PHI
69 Matthew Boyd DET
70 Jameson Taillon PIT
71 Spencer Turnbull DET
72 Mike Minor OAK
73 Jake Odorizzi MIN
74 Ian Anderson ATL
75 Cristian Javier HOU
76 Michael Kopech CWS
77 Corey Kluber TEX
78 Nathan Eovaldi BOS
79 Ryan Yarbrough TBR
80 Dakota Hudson – out w/TJ STL
81 Elieser Hernandez MIA
82 Kwang Hyun Kim 김광현 STL
83 Kris Bubic KCR
84 Danny Duffy KCR
85 Luis Severino NYY
86 Tanner Houck BOS
87 Drew Smyly SFG
88 Taijuan Walker TOR
89 Seth Lugo NYM
90 Dylan Cease CWS
91 Sean Manaea OAK
92 J.A. Happ NYY
93 Michael Pineda MIN
94 Deivi García NYY
95 Casey Mize DET
96 Tarik Skubal DET
97 Dane Dunning CWS
98 Nate Pearson TOR
99 Spencer Howard PHI
100 Chris Sale BOS
101 Noah Syndergaard NYM
102 Josh Lindblom 린드블럼 MIL
103 Garrett Richards SDP
104 Rich Hill MIN
105 Alec Mills CHC
106 Adam Wainwright STL
107 Jordan Montgomery NYY
108 Justin Dunn SEA
109 Matt Shoemaker TOR
110 Keegan Akin BAL
111 Yusei Kikuchi SEA
112 Ross Stripling TOR
113 Madison Bumgarner ARI
114 JT Brubaker PIT
115 Adrian Morejon SDP
116 Cole Hamels ATL
117 Randy Dobnak MIN
118 Tejay Antone CIN
119 Mitch Keller PIT
120 Cal Quantrill CLE
121 Marcus Stroman NYM
122 Adbert Alzolay CHC
123 Antonio Senzatela COL
124 Dean Kremer BAL
125 David Peterson NYM
126 Josh Fleming TBR
127 Patrick Sandoval LAA
128 Alex Cobb BAL
129 Chad Kuhl PIT
130 Miles Mikolas STL
131 Kyle Freeland COL
132 Jon Gray COL
133 Luke Weaver ARI
134 Domingo Germán NYY
135 Chris Archer PIT
136 Adrian Houser MIL
137 Tanner Roark TOR
138 Robbie Ray TOR
139 Kyle Gibson TEX
140 Luis Patiño SDP
141 Carlos Martinez STL
142 Kyle Wright ATL
143 Michael Fulmer DET
144 Steven Matz NYM
145 Anthony DeSclafani CIN
146 Tyler Chatwood CHC
147 Bryse Wilson ATL
148 Caleb Smith ARI
149 Austin Gomber STL
150 Martín Pérez BOS
151 Daniel Ponce de Leon STL
152 Mike Fiers OAK
153 Clarke Schmidt NYY
154 Jordan Lyles TEX
155 Homer Bailey MIN
156 Vince Velasquez PHI
157 Alex Young ARI
158 Merrill Kelly 켈리 ARI
159 Kyle Cody TEX
160 Brett Anderson MIL
161 Wade Miley CIN
162 Nick Pivetta BOS
163 Jeff Samardzija SFG

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3 years ago

Way too low on Samardzija IMO

3 years ago
Reply to  Matt

Way too high in mine, lol