Top 175 SP for 2020

Can you believe March is just two days away? Draft season is upon us! I’ve updated my rankings and added 50 starters since the last one came out in January. I’ll have another update in March with some notes on most of the entrants (I can’t promise I’ll have a tidbit on all 175 arms, but many will have a stat or note similar to this run of rankings).

As you know, I feel there are globs of talent throughout the SP rankings wherein a 20, even 30 spot difference isn’t as vast as it seems because we’re splitting hairs between very similar arms and yet even knowing that I still agonize over the slottings and move guys up or down 2-3 spots like crazy before posting a new set of ranks. You’ll see tiers set up by the blue bars and that indicates the beginning of a new tier.

Enough chatter, let’s get to the rankings and start discussing them in the comments below. Again, if you think #34 should #29, I’m less interested in that as I probably agree that they could be flipped. Let’s focus on the bigger splits, like if you feel #83 should be #45 or #27 should be #62, etc… Of course you can also just make comments or ask questions about a pitcher without relating it to their ranking. I’m open to discussing my thought process on any of the 175 pitchers.

In the March run, I’m probably going to rank about 70 and then separate the other 105 into specific groups (prospects, injury arms, K-heavy, etc…) since I think that has some use in addition to a 1-175 list.

Top 175 SP for 2020
1 Justin Verlander HOU
2 Jacob deGrom NYM
3 Max Scherzer WAS
4 Gerrit Cole NYY
5 Walker Buehler LAD
6 Blake Snell TB
7 Stephen Strasburg WAS
8 Patrick Corbin WAS
9 Shane Bieber CLE
10 Clayton Kershaw LAD
11 Luis Castillo CIN
12 Jack Flaherty STL
13 Chris Sale BOS
14 Charlie Morton TB
15 Yu Darvish CHC
16 Noah Syndergaard NYM
17 Lucas Giolito CWS
18 Mike Clevinger CLE
19 Zack Greinke HOU
20 Frankie Montas OAK
21 Chris Paddack SD
22 Tyler Glasnow TB
23 Aaron Nola PHI
24 Carlos Carrasco CLE
25 Max Fried ATL
26 Sonny Gray CIN
27 Brandon Woodruff MIL
28 José Berríos MIN
29 Corey Kluber TEX
30 Lance Lynn TEX
31 Trevor Bauer CIN
32 Kyle Hendricks CHC
33 Mike Soroka ATL
34 Jake Odorizzi MIN
35 Zack Wheeler PHI
36 Shohei Ohtani LAA
37 Julio Urías LAD
38 Carlos Martinez STL
39 Kenta Maeda MIN
40 Hyun-Jin Ryu TOR
41 Joe Musgrove PIT
42 Madison Bumgarner ARI
43 Jesus Luzardo OAK
44 David Price LAD
45 Luke Weaver ARI
46 Zac Gallen ARI
47 Mike Minor TEX
48 James Paxton NYY
49 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS
50 Robbie Ray ARI
51 Dinelson Lamet SD
52 Matthew Boyd DET
53 German Márquez COL
54 Jon Gray COL
55 Mike Foltynewicz ATL
56 Mitch Keller PIT
57 Lance McCullers Jr. HOU
58 Jose Urquidy HOU
59 Aaron Civale CLE
60 Masahiro Tanaka NYY
61 Sean Manaea OAK
62 Joey Lucchesi SD
63 Andrew Heaney LAA
64 Sandy Alcantara MIA
65 A.J. Puk OAK
66 Dylan Cease CWS
67 Dylan Bundy LAA
68 Yonny Chirinos TB
69 Ryan Yarbrough TB
70 Jeff Samardzija SF
71 Homer Bailey MIN
72 Marcus Stroman NYM
73 Chris Archer PIT
74 Caleb Smith MIA
75 Kyle Gibson TEX
76 Jordan Lyles TEX
77 Pablo López MIA
78 Steven Matz NYM
79 Josh Lindblom MIL
80 Wade Miley CIN
81 Anibal Sánchez WAS
82 Garrett Richards SD
83 Adrian Houser MIL
84 Reynaldo López CWS
85 Josh James HOU
86 Griffin Canning LAA
87 Nathan Eovaldi BOS
88 Marco Gonzales SEA
89 Anthony DeSclafani CIN
90 Cole Hamels ATL
91 Julio Teheran LAA
92 Johnny Cueto SF
93 Matt Shoemaker TOR
94 Daniel Norris DET
95 Zach Plesac CLE
96 Jordan Montgomery NYY
97 Ross Stripling LAD
98 Miles Mikolas STL
99 Zach Eflin PHI
100 Yusei Kikuchi SEA
101 Jose Quintana CHC
102 Spencer Turnbull DET
103 Dustin May LAD
104 John Means BAL
105 Nick Pivetta PHI
106 Tanner Roark TOR
107 Chase Anderson TOR
108 J.A. Happ NYY
109 Brad Peacock HOU
110 Kwang-hyun Kim STL
111 Forrest Whitley HOU
112 Michael Kopech CWS
113 MacKenzie Gore SD
114 Vince Velasquez PHI
115 Dakota Hudson STL
116 Mike Fiers OAK
117 Chris Bassitt OAK
118 Patrick Sandoval LAA
119 Freddy Peralta MIL
120 Dallas Keuchel CWS
121 Jon Lester CHC
122 Domingo Germán NYY
123 Kevin Gausman SF
124 Drew Smyly SF
125 Michael Pineda MIN
126 Jordan Yamamoto MIA
127 Alex Wood LAD
128 Gio González CWS
129 Rich Hill MIN
130 Jonathan Loaisiga NYY
131 Zach Davies SD
132 Tony Gonsolin LAD
133 Tyler Beede SF
134 Brad Keller KC
135 Nate Pearson TOR
136 Matt Manning DET
137 Casey Mize DET
138 Deivi Garcia NYY
139 Austin Voth WAS
140 Brendan McKay TB
141 Sixto Sanchez MIA
142 Martín Pérez BOS
143 Tyler Mahle CIN
144 Merrill Kelly ARI
145 Alex Young ARI
146 Corbin Burnes MIL
147 Jake Arrieta PHI
148 Danny Duffy KC
149 Jakob Junis KC
150 Eric Lauer MIL
151 Brett Anderson MIL
152 Mike Leake ARI
153 Randy Dobnak MIN
154 Taijuan Walker SEA
155 Sean Newcomb ATL
156 Michael Fulmer DET
157 Ian Anderson ATL
158 Logan Webb SF
159 Justus Sheffield SEA
160 Jorge López KC
161 Spencer Howard PHI
162 Michael Wacha NYM
163 Mike Montgomery KC
164 Brusdar Graterol LAD
165 Justin Dunn SEA
166 Tarik Skubal DET
167 Joe Ross WAS
168 Devin Smeltzer MIN
169 Kyle Wright ATL
170 Rick Porcello NYM
171 Daniel Ponce de Leon STL
172 Bryse Wilson ATL
173 Jimmy Nelson LAD
174 Iván Nova DET
175 Mitchell White LAD

Paul is the Editor of Rotographs and contributes to ESPN's Daily Notes. Follow Paul on Twitter @sporer and on Twitch at sporer.

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2 years ago

Great stuff. What about Woj?