26. Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA
JIMI: Established himself as an MLB SP with remarkable consistency throughout the ’13 season.
KEVIN: Age and 2013 luck may mean he’s not the best value going forward, but he’s definitely a solid SP
27. Alex Cobb, TB
JIM: He will put things together in 2014 and silence the critics in 2015.
TOMMY: Cobb is ready to step up and be a fantasy ace in 2014. Since he will be 26 on opening day, he will be a fantasy asset for years to come.
28. Homer Bailey, CIN
JIM: Won’t stand out in one category, but will give solid numbers overall.
PETER: Bailey had his second 200 inning season in 2013, and while he finished below 0.500 with an 11-12 record, he increased his K/9, decreased his HR/9 and ERA.
29. Jon Lester, BOS
PETER: Lester returned to his pre-2012 form during most of 2013, and was a dominating ace in the posteason. The lefty is a top of the rotation pitcher and should be one of the first 12 arms taken in a typical league.
TOMMY: Lester is now more of a safe and solid option on a good team than anything else. His days of elite production are likely behind him.
30. Michael Wacha, StL
KEVIN: STL is considering moving Miller but not Wacha. That tells you how highly you should value him.
JIMI: Young phenom who took the post season by storm. Will have innings limit in 2014.
31. Kris Medlen, ATL
JIMI: First half of 2013 was up and down, but his 2nd half was very good.
JIM: Will never be the guy from 2012, but will be a solid #4 pitcher.
32. Johnny Cueto, CIN
JIM: Finally puts the injury bug to rest and becomes dependable starter.
PETER: Cueto’s question mark has always been health, but when he is on the mound he delivers a K/9 of around 7 with a low WHIP. Some inconsistency.
33. C.Buchholz, BOS
KEVIN: Was very lucky in 2013, and missed time due to injuries. Likely to be overvalued in 2014.
TOMMY: Elite talent meets huge injury risk.
34. Patrick Corbin, ARI
KEVIN: Growth year by improving his K/9 by 0.5 in first full year. Nothing you can complain about in his game, and he could improve some more
TOMMY: I am leary of Corbin because of the way he finished 2013, but given his overall numbers and his youth, he makes an excellent keeper target.
35. Hyun0-jin Ryu, LAD
JIM: Solid number three pitcher in a great ballpark.
PETER: Ryu was a key reason the Dodgers made their playoff run in 2013. Finishing 14-8 in his first MLB season, Ryu relies on location not power to get outs.
36. Sonny Gray, OAK
JIMI: Showed what he can do in the 2013 post season.
JIM: Good college and average minor league numbers. This one could go either way.
37. Andrew Cashner, SD
TOMMY: Cashner’s K numbers were disappointing in 2013, but the rest were not. Since he has flashed K per inning potential in the past, he could be a great value pitching in Petco.
KEVIN: Without the amazing K/9 he displayed as a reliever, he’s only good, not great.
38. Zack Wheeler, NYM
PAUL: Top 25 talent. Can the results match? I have very little doubt.
JIMI: Will continue to be monitored in 2014 with an innings limit.
39. Jared Weaver, LAD
TOMMY: Weaver is getting older (31) and his K rate isn’t what it was, but he can still pitch. Weaver will help your staff in ERA, WHIP and wins.
JIM: Weaver’s skills are on the decline and we’re only a few years away from a total collapse.
40. Tony Cingrani, CIN
PETER: Cingrani is a K-machine, with K/9 of 10.32 in 104 innings in 2013. If the Reds make him a full-time starter he could be a threat to lead the majors in strikeouts.
JIMI: Injuries slowed him some in ’13, but could be a future ace.
41. Justin Masterson, CLE
JIMI: Ace of Indians staff. Should be good for W’s and K’s in ’14
KEVIN: I can’t buy the K/9 surge, and so something closer to 2011 means he’s not the ace of your staff.
42. Francisco Liriano, MIN
TOMMY: There is tons of risk here, but I think the move to the NL greatly increases the likelihood of a repeat performance in 2014.
PETER: My personal fantasy kryptonite, Liriano showed his dominance that he flashed in Minnesota. Injuries are always a risk, and he will be 30 next season, so temper expectations, but 14-17 wins can be expected.
43. C.J. Wilson, LAD
KEVIN: He’s a little inconsistent for my taste, but he’s a respectable #2 or #3 SP.
PETER: Ho hum, another typical season from the lefty Wilson. 17-7, 212 innings, ERA under 3.50, close to 200 Ks. He may not put up many eye-popping performances, but his consistency is worth spending a pick on.
44. Danny Salazar, CLE
TOMMY: Salazar will be 24 on opening day and really turned some heads towards the end of 2013.
JIM: Will improve even more once he gets the stamina to go 200 innings.
45. Derek Holland, TEX
PETER: Holland may have ended the season 10-9 but he made some important strides. He pitched 213 innings, struck out 189 batters and lowered his ERA by over half a run.
KEVIN: I fully buy into a repeat. He doesn’t have huge upside from here, but you’ll like what he gives you.
46. Lance Lynn, StL
JIM: Could move up rankings even more if he learns to pitch on the road.
KEVIN: Holding steady. There’s room for growth given age, if he can cut BB/9 and get a few more grounders.
47. Brandon Beachy, ATL
PETER: Beachy has had 1 season of 140 innings pitched, but he has delivered a career 9.25K/9 (10.74 in 2011), with an ERA solidly in the 3’s.
JIMI: Missed all of ’12, looked good in a few 2013 2nd half starts.
48. Doug Fister, DET
KEVIN: I like groundball pitchers with great BB/9.
TOMMY: I really don’t see the appeal here. He is an average pitcher.
49. Matt Harvey, NYM
TOMMY: Keeper owners who are rebuilding need to target Harvey aggressively. He is a top of the list talent. Expect him to come back stronger than ever in 2015. Harvey is worth the wait.
JIM: Will miss 2014 and be rusty in 2015. We’ll reassess things after 2016 season.
50. Jeff Samardzija, CHC
PETER: Samardzija is a good pitcher to own in rotisserie leagues due to his strikeout potential, finishing 12th in K/9 in 2013.
JIM: Big strikeouts but potential bad ERA and WHIP. Not for the faint of heart.