Rotographs Ranking March Update – Starting Pitchers

We started our positional rankings updates yesterday with outfield and today we’re hitting the mound.

We’re using Yahoo! eligibility requirements which is 5 starts or 10 appearances. These rankings assume the standard 5×5 categories and a re-draft league.  If we forgot someone, please let us know in the comments and we’ll make sure he’s added for the updates. If you have questions for a specific ranker on something he did, let us know in the comments. We can also be reached via Twitter:

There will be differences, sharp differences, within the rankings. The rankers have different philosophies when it comes to ranking, some of which you’re no doubt familiar with through previous iterations. Of course the idea that we’d all think the same would be silly because then what would be the point of including multiple rankers?! Think someone should be higher or lower? Make a case. Let us know why you think that. The chart is sortable. If a ranker didn’t rank someone that the others did, he was given that ranker’s last rank +1.

Brad didn’t get a chance to update his rankings so they’re removed & the Yovani Gallardo ranking for Dan is fixed. 

Key:

  • AVG– just the average of the seven ranking sets
  • AVG– the average minus the high and low rankings
  • SPLIT– the difference between the high and low rankings

Starting Pitchers – March Update
Player Jeff Zach Dan Mike Paul S Paul K Justin AVG Adj. AVG SPLIT
1 Clayton Kershaw 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.0 1.0 0
2 Max Scherzer 2 3 2 2 2 3 2 2.3 2.2 1
3 Chris Sale 3 5 3 3 5 2 3 3.4 3.4 3
4 David Price 4 4 6 5 6 6 6 5.3 5.4 2
5 Jake Arrieta 7 2 5 6 10 5 9 6.3 6.4 8
6 Madison Bumgarner 5 7 4 8 4 13 4 6.4 5.6 9
7 Corey Kluber 6 18 8 4 7 4 12 8.4 7.4 14
8 Matt Harvey 10 8 9 10 3 9 10 8.4 9.2 7
9 Jose Fernandez 9 11 7 11 9 7 8 8.9 8.8 4
10 Jacob deGrom 12 6 12 9 13 12 11 10.7 11.2 7
11 Stephen Strasburg 8 16 11 7 14 11 16 11.9 12.0 9
12 Zack Greinke 14 12 14 16 17 10 5 12.6 13.2 12
13 Felix Hernandez 15 14 10 12 8 14 17 12.9 13.0 9
14 Gerrit Cole 17 10 15 17 11 15 7 13.1 13.6 10
15 Carlos Carrasco 13 21 13 14 12 8 14 13.6 13.2 13
16 Dallas Keuchel 18 9 16 13 16 18 15 15.0 15.6 9
17 Chris Archer 16 19 18 18 15 17 13 16.6 16.8 6
18 Jon Lester 11 17 19 15 21 16 25 17.7 17.6 14
19 Noah Syndergaard 20 13 17 19 20 20 18 18.1 18.8 7
20 Johnny Cueto 19 20 20 21 23 32 19 22.0 20.6 13
21 Cole Hamels 24 26 21 20 18 26 26 23.0 23.4 8
22 Danny Salazar 26 22 24 23 19 30 22 23.7 23.4 11
23 Tyson Ross 23 34 22 27 28 19 21 24.9 24.2 15
24 Sonny Gray 41 15 26 22 25 27 24 25.7 24.8 26
25 Masahiro Tanaka 21 23 28 29 32 21 29 26.1 26.0 11
26 Francisco Liriano 22 31 23 31 30 24 31 27.4 27.8 9
27 Garrett Richards 37 25 31 24 24 31 20 27.4 27.0 17
28 Marcus Stroman 34 24 27 26 27 33 27 28.3 28.0 10
29 Adam Wainwright 32 33 25 36 29 25 28 29.7 29.4 11
30 Michael Wacha 51 28 36 33 22 45 23 34.0 33.0 29
31 Michael Pineda 25 55 32 32 45 28 35 36.0 34.4 30
32 Jose Quintana 33 41 34 39 42 29 37 36.4 36.8 13
33 Carlos Martinez 48 32 45 35 31 34 38 37.6 36.8 17
34 Wei-Yin Chen 35 29 42 50 38 39 33 38.0 37.4 21
35 Jake Odorizzi 39 45 38 43 34 40 30 38.4 38.8 15
36 Taijuan Walker 36 30 39 42 39 51 34 38.7 38.0 21
37 Jeff Samardzija 27 69 35 25 37 43 36 38.9 35.6 44
38 Hisashi Iwakuma 43 27 40 40 48 22 56 39.4 39.6 34
39 Yordano Ventura 28 44 52 41 46 37 43 41.6 42.2 24
40 James Shields 29 57 47 37 44 36 42 41.7 41.2 28
41 Collin McHugh 42 38 41 30 51 49 44 42.1 42.8 21
42 Justin Verlander 44 58 53 28 26 52 39 42.9 43.2 32
43 Jordan Zimmermann 50 56 33 44 33 53 32 43.0 42.6 24
44 Scott Kazmir 40 40 37 49 47 44 45 43.1 43.2 12
45 John Lackey 31 35 44 48 74 35 47 44.9 41.8 43
46 Drew Smyly 45 49 30 54 43 57 41 45.6 46.4 27
47 Raisel Iglesias 38 37 50 52 52 38 53 45.7 46.0 16
48 Lance McCullers 46 42 29 74 55 41 49 48.0 46.6 45
49 Gio Gonzalez 54 61 58 34 40 46 48 48.7 49.2 27
50 Yu Darvish 30 48 46 82 69 23 63 51.6 51.2 59
51 Patrick Corbin 61 36 54 60 41 54 59 52.1 53.6 25
52 Julio Teheran 55 50 55 46 36 72 55 52.7 52.2 36
53 Luis Severino 66 53 61 45 59 56 40 54.3 54.8 26
54 Kyle Hendricks 49 51 43 55 75 50 64 55.3 53.8 32
55 Steven Matz 60 64 49 56 58 55 50 56.0 55.8 15
56 Shelby Miller 69 60 60 51 35 66 52 56.1 57.8 34
57 Andrew Cashner 56 70 74 53 53 42 54 57.4 57.2 32
58 Jason Hammel 57 39 56 63 62 62 65 57.7 60.0 26
59 Clay Buchholz 53 62 62 57 65 47 62 58.3 59.2 18
60 Mike Fiers 59 52 51 75 64 69 51 60.1 59.0 24
61 Aaron Nola 67 63 66 61 56 61 67 63.0 63.6 11
62 Ian Kennedy 47 112 64 38 49 68 66 63.4 58.8 74
63 Carlos Rodon 58 109 67 68 50 48 46 63.7 58.2 63
64 Kevin Gausman 65 73 57 67 66 63 60 64.4 64.2 16
65 Rich Hill 62 66 69 47 91 64 69 66.9 66.0 44
66 Jimmy Nelson 73 89 76 62 60 59 58 68.1 66.0 31
67 Jaime Garcia 99 46 65 64 71 74 73 70.3 69.4 53
68 Mike Leake 74 43 78 89 67 67 74 70.3 72.0 46
69 Joe Ross 102 59 71 78 57 75 57 71.3 68.0 45
70 Anibal Sanchez 63 79 73 83 78 58 72 72.3 73.0 25
71 Anthony DeSclafani 64 114 68 65 81 71 68 75.9 70.6 50
72 Andrew Heaney 101 67 70 93 70 78 61 77.1 75.6 40
73 Rick Porcello 52 122 81 76 72 73 75 78.7 75.4 70
74 Marco Estrada 100 68 75 70 82 84 81 80.0 78.4 32
75 Kenta Maeda 68 95 48 69 61 145 76 80.3 73.8 97
76 Eduardo Rodriguez 88 105 72 88 79 83 71 83.7 82.0 34
77 Phil Hughes 70 81 84 80 110 77 85 83.9 81.4 40
78 Kyle Gibson 117 85 90 66 73 81 84 85.1 82.6 51
79 J.A. Happ 71 96 79 95 97 82 80 85.7 86.4 26
80 Edinson Volquez 89 74 83 81 95 107 87 88.0 87.0 33
81 Alex Wood 91 102 63 94 83 95 91 88.4 90.8 39
82 Wade Miley 82 104 87 73 101 80 92 88.4 88.4 31
83 Nathan Eovaldi 96 108 93 92 86 70 82 89.6 89.8 38
84 Derek Holland 72 128 104 97 92 65 70 89.7 87.0 63
85 Jake Peavy 80 76 80 85 104 121 83 89.9 86.4 45
86 Erasmo Ramirez 114 71 95 77 63 133 78 90.1 87.0 70
87 Jesse Hahn 121 83 97 87 85 85 77 90.7 87.4 44
88 Ervin Santana 93 86 105 79 77 104 93 91.0 91.0 28
89 Trevor Bauer 107 93 106 59 80 119 79 91.9 93.0 60
90 Hyun-Jin Ryu 124 82 59 113 102 76 90 92.3 92.6 65
91 R.A. Dickey 90 84 85 58 114 130 100 94.4 94.6 72
92 Hector Santiago 94 65 88 118 94 108 96 94.7 96.0 53
93 Nate Karns 118 54 82 148 68 110 97 96.7 95.0 94
94 Ubaldo Jimenez 75 117 101 71 144 79 98 97.9 94.0 73
95 Matt Moore 106 101 137 90 54 103 101 98.9 100.2 83
96 Robbie Ray 105 91 91 122 113 90 86 99.7 98.0 36
97 Jerad Eickhoff 126 47 103 84 123 109 109 100.1 105.6 79
98 C.J. Wilson 76 80 107 105 135 97 119 102.7 101.6 59
99 Rubby de la Rosa 110 141 94 72 108 102 94 103.0 101.6 69
100 Jon Niese 125 90 99 114 76 99 131 104.9 105.4 55
101 Chris Tillman 95 107 109 98 121 117 88 105.0 105.2 33
102 Kris Medlen 85 106 145 99 93 120 102 107.1 104.0 60
103 Josh Tomlin 98 87 112 86 152 91 146 110.3 106.8 66
104 Yovani Gallardo 113 126 127 108 99 86 120 111.3 113.2 41
105 Mat Latos 84 167 108 104 106 96 118 111.9 106.4 83
106 Jorge de la Rosa 78 131 141 91 155 87 107 112.9 111.4 77
107 Jeremy Hellickson 77 169 110 103 105 93 136 113.3 109.4 92
108 Jonathan Gray 86 134 149 102 140 89 108 115.4 114.6 63
109 Jose Berrios 112 123 111 169 89 114 99 116.7 111.8 80
110 Bartolo Colon 109 111 89 126 128 112 147 117.4 117.2 58
111 Jesse Chavez 81 132 114 150 122 92 143 119.1 120.6 69
112 CC Sabathia 111 161 152 112 115 94 95 120.0 117.0 67
113 Jeff Locke 115 121 113 107 156 100 130 120.3 117.2 56
114 Danny Duffy 97 120 92 135 146 134 121 120.7 121.4 54
115 Daniel Norris 130 138 147 117 96 116 104 121.1 121.0 51
116 Chris Young 128 75 132 106 116 155 148 122.9 126.0 80
117 Chris Heston 142 88 77 155 150 113 137 123.1 126.0 78
118 Martin Perez 87 163 169 123 120 88 117 123.9 122.2 82
119 Drew Hutchison 157 140 100 147 98 124 116 126.0 125.4 59
120 Vincent Velasquez 144 137 137 121 87 155 114 127.9 130.6 68
121 James Paxton 178 124 115 110 142 138 89 128.0 125.8 89
122 Alex Cobb 140 94 98 168 141 101 155 128.1 127.0 74
123 Zack Wheeler 143 118 96 167 125 105 145 128.4 127.2 71
124 Matthew Wisler 104 173 156 133 100 129 115 130.0 127.4 73
125 Brett Anderson 79 151 102 162 170 60 201 132.1 132.8 141
126 Matt Shoemaker 146 130 86 142 157 127 138 132.3 136.6 71
127 Lucas Giolito 122 177 131 152 88 118 140 132.6 132.6 89
128 Chase Anderson 170 125 143 100 129 137 126 132.9 132.0 70
129 Robbie Erlin 103 136 173 146 148 135 106 135.3 134.2 70
130 Brandon Finnegan 155 119 140 124 138 155 129 137.1 137.2 36
131 John Lamb 92 175 178 131 132 111 144 137.6 138.6 86
132 Chris Bassitt 145 115 184 132 130 155 112 139.0 135.4 72
133 Chad Bettis 129 165 131 141 112 125 179 140.3 138.2 67
134 Kendall Graveman 152 150 135 130 153 140 123 140.4 141.4 30
135 Homer Bailey 120 144 144 159 143 126 149 140.7 141.2 39
136 Tom Koehler 116 98 184 119 158 155 156 140.9 140.8 86
137 Matt Cain 119 189 165 128 171 115 103 141.4 139.6 86
138 Mike Foltynewicz 83 193 135 175 171 132 105 142.0 143.6 110
139 Taylor Jungmann 153 147 184 125 136 139 127 144.4 140.4 59
140 Tyler Duffey 179 110 135 109 147 155 178 144.7 145.0 70
141 Jered Weaver 127 139 184 96 171 143 158 145.4 147.6 88
142 Tyler Skaggs 165 154 140 175 117 150 122 146.1 146.2 58
143 Joe Kelly 150 153 177 127 171 123 125 146.6 145.2 54
144 Tyler Glasnow 266 77 184 154 90 146 111 146.9 137.0 189
145 Jarred Cosart 131 135 184 115 171 149 150 147.9 147.2 69
146 Wily Peralta 138 185 182 134 154 106 139 148.3 149.4 79
147 Henry Owens 208 143 142 175 107 151 113 148.4 144.8 101
148 Matt Garza 135 200 184 120 119 141 141 148.6 144.2 81
149 Miguel Gonzalez 141 116 184 136 159 155 154 149.3 149.0 68
150 Trevor May 266 92 116 175 151 98 153 150.1 138.6 174

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magargle
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magargle

Dan really yanked Gallardo 17th overall?

Bud Smith
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Bud Smith

Brad with Brett Anderson at 62 and Alex Cobb at 44 also seem pretty strange. I’m not sure I’d put a full season of Anderson at 62, much less a half season after back surgery.

Daniel Schwartz
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On my phone but that’s gotta be 117 or I don’t know what!

Bud Smith
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Bud Smith

Dan doesn’t have anyone at 127, so that would be my guess