Top 100 Starting Pitchers #70 - 61

Updated: Mar 14

#70 - Triston McKenzie (RHP) Cleveland Guardians


TRUST THE PROCESS. Cleveland has a way with pitchers and I’m betting big like everyone else in the industry that the 24 year old will bounce back in a massive way. McKenzie really knew nothing but success in the minor leagues and with some adjustments I’d expect him to live up to the hype. With an ADP of 221 he’s practically free. Don’t wait too long to draft!


2021 Stats: W 5 / QS 9 / K 136 / ERA 4.95 / WHIP 1.18


2022 Projections: W 8 / QS 11 / K 145 / ERA 4.37 / WHIP 1.12


#69 - Josiah Gray (RHP) Washington Nationals


Gray was shipped to Washington last year in the Scherzer/Turner blockbuster. High pedigree but I do not like the team whatsoever. I doubt Gray gets any run support and I think this will hurt him in W’s category. Still has to work things out with the ERA/WHIP but has potential to be special.


2021 Stats: W 2 / QS 5 / K 76 / ERA 5.48 / WHIP 1.36


2022 Projections: W 5 / QS 8 / K 101 / ERA 4.64 / WHIP 1.28


#68 - German Marquez (RHP) Colorado Rockies


Ton of strikeouts and innings with Marquez. Solid pitcher and will be somewhere at the top of the Rockie rotation but I simply stay away from Colorado pitching due to half their games being played at one of the most ideal hitters parks in the league. Suitable option for the rotation but someone I’d wait on to draft rather than trying to snag early.


2021 Stats: W 12 / QS 17 / K 176 / ERA 4.40 / WHIP 1.27


2022 Projections: W 10 / QS 13 / K 168 / ERA 4.31 / WHIP 1.27


#67 - Adam Wainwright (RHP) St. Louis Cardinals


Draft at your own discretion. Wainwright is a beast but he is entering his 17th season with a birth certificate that states he’s currently 40 years old turning 41 in August. Now I may point out a player(s) age often in these blog posts but I wouldn’t call myself an ageist. Most of the time it is to highlight where the player is at in their career for development reasoning or realistic expectations. Just last season he hurled north of 200 innings with results yielding 17 wins, 174 K’s, 3.05 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. If I can get him at a discount (ADP #162) or need a 4th/5th starter I will have no issue drafting Mr. Wainwright this season.


2021 Stats: W 17 / QS 22 / K 174 / ERA 3.05 / WHIP 1.06


2022 Projections: W 14 / QS 17 / K 153 / ERA 3.66 / WHIP 1.13


#66 - Huascar Ynoa (RHP) Atlanta Braves


I was one who benefitted from Ynoa’s services last year until he broke his hand punching that dugout bench (I wouldn’t want to be that bench!). His stuff looked awesome, still only 23 and honing his craft. I love that he will be working daily with pitchers like Max Fried, Ian Anderson, Charlie Morton and Tucker Davidson. There is a lot to learn and the Braves will be looking to defend their World Series title. Look to Ynoa to surpass expectations in 2022.


2021 Stats: W 4 / QS 6 / K 100 / ERA 4.05 / WHIP 1.11


2022 Projections: W 6 / QS 10 / K 116 / ERA 3.99 / WHIP 1.19


#65 - Alex Wood (LHP) San Francisco Giants


Wood throws a nasty slider that includes a chase rate north of 44%. He has nasty stuff and is in a really good rotation. Expect Wood to deliver solid numbers across the board.


2021 Stats: W 10 / QS 9 / K 152 / ERA 3.83 / WHIP 1.18


2022 Projections: W 8 / QS 11 / K 136 / ERA 4.08 / WHIP 1.23


#64 - Aaron Civale (RHP) Cleveland Guardians


Fresh off 126 innings thrown in 2021, Civale looks poised to have another solid season ahead of him. Above average ERA & WHIP. Isn’t going to get massive strikeout numbers but that doesn’t mean to not expect a healthy amount coming his way either. I do project less wins for Civale as the Cleveland lineup scares me and not in a good way. I tend to always factor in run support for selecting pitchers but that is just me. Civale is definitely worthwhile to draft for a 4th/5th starter.


2021 Stats: W 12 / QS 9 / K 99 / ERA 3.84 / WHIP 1.12


2022 Projections: W 11 / QS 10 / K 126 / ERA 3.96 / WHIP 1.18


#63 - Noah Syndergaard (RHP) Los Angeles Angels


New team and coming back from serious injury….it’s not that I don’t love me some THOR but I’m going to let another manager draft his services. If your league allows for IR spots he is never bad to stash and deploy for the days he does pitch as his stuff is electric when he’s on and healthy.


2021 Stats: W 0 / QS 0 / K 2 / ERA 9.00 / WHIP 1.50


2022 Projections: W 4 / QS 6 / K 74 / ERA 3.71 / WHIP 1.21


#62 - Jordan Montgomery (LHP) New York Yankees


Montgomery showed a lot of good signs last year for fantasy owners to take a shot this year on the southpaw from the Bronx. No one wants to hit against Montgomery’s curveball which is one of the deadliest in baseball. His most used pitch last year called for a 41% chase rate and a 21% Swinging Strike rate. His curveball is elite and with development to other pitches in the arsenal Montgomery can heavily increase his ratios and prove to be one of the best hidden gems in the game.


2021 Stats: W 6 / QS 9 / K 162 / ERA 3.83 / WHIP 1.28


2022 Projections: W 7 / QS 10 / K 162 / ERA 3.89 / WHIP 1.26


#61 - Hyun-Jin Ryu (RHP) Toronto Bluejays


Taking a deep look at Ryu's numbers, I don't really like what I see. Still a quality pitcher on a good team but I will most likely let someone else draft him in 2022. Plus in a couple weeks he will be closer to 40 than 30.


2021 Stats: W 14 / QS 13 / K 143 / ERA 4.37 / WHIP 1.22


2022 Projections: W 12 / QS 11 / K 138 / ERA 4.11 / WHIP 1.22


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