2014 Rest of Season Top 100 Pitchers

We’re a little past the half way mark in baseball so it’s time to take stock in what players have done in the first half and predict what they’ll do in the future.  Each Assembly member was asked to rank their top 100 pitchers going forward.  We then took those rankings and consolidated them in the hopes to give you an idea of whom to look for in the second half.  Players ranked with an N/R did not make a particular writers top 100.  We’ve listed an additional 33 pitchers after the top 100 so you can see some of the lower rated players that were only ranked by a few of our writers.

Note that these rankings were done a week in advance.  Any injuries/demotions that occurred between then and now were not taken into account.  If you see such a player (Masahiro Tanaka for example), feel free to inquire about them in the comments section below.

Closers/Relief Pitchers in Red

Rank Player Jim Kevin Paul Peter Rob Tommy
1 Clayton Kershaw 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Felix Hernandez 4 4 2 5 2 2
3 Yu Darvish 2 2 3 2 6 5
4 Masahiro Tanaka 3 3 8 3 5 4
5 Adam Wainwright 5 8 7 8 3 3
6 David Price 8 5 4 6 4 14
7 Stephen Strasburg 6 7 6 4 10 9
8 Madison Bumgarner 9 6 11 7 7 6
9 Chris Sale 7 9 9 11 8 7
10 Max Scherzer 10 12 5 9 9 8
11 Johnny Cueto 13 11 15 12 11 10
12 Zack Greinke 11 13 10 10 16 16
13 Julio Teheran 21 10 14 13 13 18
14 Jordan Zimmermann 15 16 13 19 17 13
15 Craig Kimbrel 12 18 18 20 14 12
16 Cole Hamels 14 28 12 17 12 15
17 Aroldis Chapman 17 23 28 16 15 21
20 Jon Lester 27 22 17 14 19 26
18 Corey Kluber 25 15 19 15 22 31
19 Mat Latos 16 24 24 18 27 25
21 Kenley Jansen 22 26 31 26 24 23
22 Hisashi Iwakuma 18 17 32 34 30 24
23 Cliff Lee 19 33 40 35 21 11
24 Greg Holland 24 42 22 29 25 20
25 Garrett Richards 37 25 26 23 20 32
26 Gio Gonzalez 28 38 16 27 18 37
27 Anibal Sanchez 20 59 21 24 28 17
28 Hyun-Jin Ryu 26 19 27 25 23 51
29 Jeff Samardzija 29 14 20 28 39 54
30 Doug Fister 30 35 25 39 29 40
31 Tyson Ross 23 20 23 44 46 45
33 Homer Bailey 32 53 33 32 35 27
32 Alex Cobb 34 30 26 22 65 36
34 Sonny Gray 41 57 29 21 38 43
35 Trevor Rosenthal 33 49 50 38 31 33
36 James Shields 31 39 58 31 34 42
37 David Robertson 35 46 35 63 32 29
38 Koji Uehara 38 21 39 99 26 19
39 Gerrit Cole 47 56 30 46 45 35
40 Scott Kazmir 52 29 37 54 37 52
41 Francisco Rodriguez 49 50 46 41 49 34
42 Ian Kennedy 44 32 52 37 57 50
43 Alex Wood 53 31 51 50 42 47
44 Jered Weaver 50 37 48 43 44 53
45 C.J. Wilson 36 36 45 36 55 73
46 Mike Minor 45 52 70 30 36 59
47 Michael Wacha 39 41 53 89 41 30
48 John Lackey 46 61 49 33 61 49
49 Jake Arrieta 60 34 43 56 63 44
50 Glen Perkins 42 72 44 75 47 28

Not many surprises and only a few deviations in the top 50.  Eight closers ranked in the top 50 and with the exception of Francisco Rodriguez, were all ranked in the top 10 to start the season.  Sticking with closers, most were fairly close in rank with the exception of Koji Uehara.  Apparently Pete doesn’t think much of his chances in the second half (surprising for a Red Sox fan) and would prefer a half-dozen other closer to Koji.  Pitchers were close as well, but there were a few exceptions.  Michael Wacha (despite the injury) was highly regarded by everyone except Pete.  Anibal Sanchez is a top 30 pitcher according to everyone except Kevin who ranked him at 59.

Rank Player Jim Kevin Paul Peter Rob Tommy
51 Dallas Keuchel 55 44 42 53 67 48
52 Rafael Soriano 57 54 56 58 50 39
53 Yordano Ventura 48 45 38 64 64 60
54 Justin Verlander 40 27 N/R 40 54 62
55 Sean Doolittle 43 N/R 47 N/R 33 22
56 Mark Melancon 62 58 69 52 51 55
57 Kyle Lohse 66 51 66 47 59 65
58 Chris Archer 51 76 78 42 40 72
59 Rick Porcello 54 48 34 71 N/R 66
60 Jason Hammel 56 55 98 61 74 46
61 Tim Hudson 59 79 82 48 84 57
62 Lance Lynn 61 81 76 60 58 74
63 Josh Beckett 63 90 55 N/R 43 58
64 Huston Street 65 N/R 54 N/R 52 38
65 Zack Wheeler 74 43 57 45 100 N/R
66 Joakim Soria 69 83 64 76 62 68
67 Tanner Roark 64 65 74 72 71 78
68 Andrew Cashner 72 N/R 68 N/R 56 41
69 Taijuan Walker 73 N/R 41 N/R 68 67
70 Zach Britton 77 71 77 62 79 86
71 Steve Cishek 86 96 60 N/R 48 63
72 Tim Lincecum 78 64 75 69 N/R 71
73 Cody Allen 100 84 63 70 78 69
74 Carlos Martinez N/R 69 71 51 73 N/R
75 Jake Odorizzi 76 67 67 86 69 N/R
76 Nathan Eovaldi 68 70 79 57 96 96
77 Wily Peralta 96 47 65 66 N/R N/R
78 Jonathan Papelbon 91 N/R 81 N/R 53 56
79 Jose Quintana 58 40 94 N/R 99 N/R
80 Hiroki Kuroda 67 77 N/R 88 86 82
81 Ervin Santana 97 60 93 91 60 N/R
82 Jonathon Niese 98 75 N/R 49 N/R 79
83 Mike Leake 92 74 83 73 N/R 80
84 Danny Duffy 95 63 73 74 N/R N/R
85 Collin McHugh 87 N/R 96 67 70 88
86 Casey Janssen 70 N/R N/R 98 77 70
87 Jesse Chavez N/R 68 84 65 N/R N/R
88 Yovani Gallardo 85 88 88 77 N/R 81
89 Fernando Rodney 88 89 91 92 76 85
90 Shelby Miller 83 98 90 68 N/R 84
91 Henderson Alvarez N/R N/R 59 N/R 75 89
92 Phil Hughes N/R 78 N/R 81 82 83
93 R.A. Dickey N/R 80 92 55 97 N/R
94 Dellin Betances 71 100 72 N/R 95 87
95 Joe Nathan 90 N/R 99 59 81 N/R
96 Drew Hutchison 80 73 N/R 78 N/R N/R
97 Marcus Stroman 75 87 87 N/R 89 95
98 Matt Cain 89 N/R N/R N/R 83 61
99 Alfredo Simon N/R 94 61 N/R 87 97
100 Dan Haren 81 N/R 95 N/R N/R 75

This is where opinions really start to vary.  We all know who the best are, but who the rest should be is another story.  Starting with relievers there were 13 listed here, Dellin Betances being the only non-closing relief pitcher to make the top 100.  Justin Verlander comes in at #54 and was the first pitcher not ranked.  In fact, only 14 players ranked here were on all 6 lists.  Only 5 players were left off 3 of the six lists.

The rest of the pitchers that didn’t make the cut for the top 100 are:

Rank Player Jim Kevin Paul Peter Rob Tommy
101 Drew Smyly 94 93 80 85 N/R N/R
102 Ryan Vogelsong N/R 66 N/R 83 N/R N/R
103 A.J. Burnett 79 97 N/R 82 N/R N/R
104 John Danks N/R 62 N/R 97 N/R N/R
105 Joe Smith N/R 91 N/R N/R 93 76
106 Kyle Gibson N/R 82 N/R 79 N/R N/R
107 Kevin Gausman N/R N/R 62 N/R N/R N/R
108 Bartolo Colon N/R N/R N/R N/R 72 92
109 Jesse Chavez N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R 64
110 Matt Garza N/R 85 86 95 N/R N/R
111 Jason Vargas 82 N/R N/R N/R 88 100
112 Matt Shoemaker N/R N/R N/R N/R 69 N/R
113 Andrew Heaney N/R N/R N/R 80 N/R 90
114 Jake McGee N/R N/R N/R N/R 94 77
115 Jesse Hahn N/R 95 N/R N/R 86 93
116 Chad Qualls N/R N/R N/R N/R 80 99
117 Tyler Skaggs 99 92 N/R 90 N/R N/R
118 Wade Miley 84 N/R 97 N/R N/R N/R
119 Jenrry Mejia N/R N/R N/R 93 91 N/R
120 Dillon Gee N/R N/R N/R N/R 84 N/R
121 Jarred Cosart N/R N/R N/R 84 N/R N/R
122 Tom Koehler N/R N/R 85 N/R N/R N/R
123 Charlie Morton N/R 86 100 N/R N/R N/R
124 Addison Reed 93 N/R N/R N/R N/R 94
125 Chris Tillman N/R N/R N/R 87 N/R N/R
126 Mark Buehrle N/R N/R N/R N/R 98 91
127 Wade Davis N/R N/R 89 N/R N/R N/R
128 Hector Rondon N/R N/R N/R N/R 90 N/R
129 LaTroy Hawkins N/R N/R N/R N/R 92 N/R
130 Chase Anderson N/R N/R N/R 94 N/R N/R
131 Travis Wood N/R 99 N/R 96 N/R N/R
132 Francisco Liriano N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R 98
133 Edinson Volquez N/R N/R N/R 100 N/R N/R

Most of the pitchers here were ranked by only 1 or 2 members of the assembly.  There are a handful of exceptions like Drew Smyly, but the few votes of confidence he (and the others) received were too low to move them any higher.  If we had ranked more than 100 players I’m sure you would see a slight shuffle in the players ranked from 51-100.  Any of the players ranked below 100 could easily move up or down; for that reason, take their rankings with a grain of salt.  Players from 100-133 are just there to give you alternative names that each of us may like slightly more than the masses.

That’s our mid-season pitcher rankings.
Be sure to check back Friday when we bring you our top 150 for the second half.

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4 thoughts on “2014 Rest of Season Top 100 Pitchers”

  1. I am heading out of town for a couple days, so I wanted to quickly comment about a few of my ranks in case there are questions.

    – I have Price way too low. I would slot him ahead of Strasburg if ranking today.
    -Tanaka would be somewhere in the 40s for me. I think he comes back, but he is obviously very risky.
    – Gerrit Cole would take a hit too. I would drop him 20 spots or so, given the uncertainty of his return.
    – Rankings of Cashner and Cliff Lee both assume that they are back right after the AS break, and therefor are valued as if not injured.

    In general, I tend to rank players based on what I think their current trade value is instead of trying to predict what their second half production will be.

  2. I look at Anibal’s drop in K/9 and swinging strike rate as red flags. Also, he’s been a bit lucky in terms of BABIP, and his HR/FB is rather low.

    Also, I like how on some SP, there are 3 who are all ranked higher on the guy, and 3 who are ranked much lower, but the highs and the lows are all very near each other. Shows there’s a difference in what we fantasy managers target, or what we look at regarding future value.

  3. I expect the Red Sox to deal Koji and think he could end up as a setup guy for a contender. As for Wacha, I am nervous about his injury and would think the Cardinals will be very careful with him. Plenty of trade rumors swirling around MLB these days, so it will be interesting if anything materializes. For some reason I am still high on Carlos Martinez, remember I picked him to get 10 wins in my preseason predictions!

    1. I am not aware of any trade rumors for Koji, but even so, he is too good not to be a closer. The fact you have Nathan, Mejia and many others ahead of Koji is odd. Isn’t he ranked as a top 5 closer almost everywhere?

      Peter – some of your rankings seem like they’re based on guess work instead of analysis.

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