Top Starting Pitchers #40 -21

Updated: Jul 21

I'm going to start off with an apology as the season has begun and this is tad late but we are only 6 games into the season! Look out for my final rankings of the Top 100 shortly.

#40 - Shane Baz (RHP) Tampa Bay Rays


Is Baz one of the next “GUYS” in the Rays rotation? At age 22 Baz seems to be a strikeout machine with solid ratios across the board. The question is how many innings will he get to toss? Since it’s the Rays most people would guess they will be weird and have the youngster on some sort of pitch count. I’d actually bet the opposite as Glasnow is out all year, Patino is a little banged up to heading into the season and they really only brought in an aging Corey Kluber to add depth to the rotation. There will be plenty of innings for Baz to hurl this year.


2021 Stats: W 2 / QS 0 / K 18 / ERA 2.03 / WHIP 0.68


2022 Projections: W 9 / QS 14 / K 130 / ERA 3.41 / WHIP 1.18


#39 - Nathan Eovaldi (RHP) Boston Redsox


Eovaldi might be a sneaky top 25 arm in the majors. The stuff isn’t flashy but it gets the job done. I tend to fade anyone with a high career WHIP where Eovaldi currently sits with a 1.33. He will be in a solid rotation on a contender so W/QS will hopefully stay constant. No matter what, I don't think you can go wrong with drafting the services of Mr. Eovaldi.


2021 Stats: W 11 / QS 13 / K 195 / ERA 3.75 / WHIP 1.19


2022 Projections: W 10 / QS 14 / K 162 / ERA 4.11 / WHIP 1.29


#38 - Ian Anderson (RHP) Atlanta Braves


Not even 24 years old and looks like a seasoned veteran out there. Set to pitch in the middle of a loaded rotation. I very much like Anderson this year. Very solid source of strikeouts. Would like to see the WHIP come down a bit but that will come in time with improving his command and dishing out less walks. Never a bad thing to pitch for a team with a stacked lineup.


2021 Stats: W 9 / QS 10 / K 124 / ERA 3.58 / WHIP 1.23


2022 Projections: W 11 / QS 15 / K 145 / ERA 3.47 / WHIP 1.19


#37 - Framber Valdez (LHP) Houston Astros


Valdez is an excellent starting pitcher. Isn’t you go-to source for strikeouts but owns a career ERA below a 4.00. With Verlander just getting back from an extended absence, McCullers injured and Odorizzi still trying to find himself there is a lot of opportunity for the southpaw to emerge as part of the top of Houston’s rotation. I’ve already drafted Valdez in a few leagues this year and look to continue doing so for ERA. Fingers crossed he can get that WHIP down as a career 1.31 WHIP isn’t very pretty.


2021 Stats: W 11 / QS 13 / K 125 / ERA 3.14 / WHIP 1.25


2022 Projections: W 10 / QS 15 / K 151 / ERA 3.57 / WHIP 1.25


#36 - Zac Gallen (RHP) Arizona Diamondbacks


Gallen is probably the most talented pitcher that I will not be drafting this year. He is a sure fire ACE just not a relatively healthy one. One thing you will notice with my posts are that I am not fond of players who are injury prone or tend to have injuries that linger. I get everyone’s body is different and people react differently to similar injuries I just don’t want the headache.


2021 Stats: W 4 / QS 8 / K 139 / ERA 4.30 / WHIP 1.29


2022 Projections: W 6 / QS 11 / K 146 / ERA 3.77 / WHIP 1.22


#35 - Tyler Mahle (RHP) Cincinnati Reds


Mahle might be the reason why the Reds knew they could part ways with DeScalfani and Bauer. He needs to work on improving his command to lower the WHIP & ERA but over all a solid pitcher. Will have plenty of innings to pitch for Cincinnati this season and with Gray gone now as well will most likely serve as the number 2 behind Castillo for the Reds rotation this season.


2021 Stats: W 13 / QS 12 / K 210 / ERA 3.75 / WHIP 1.23


2022 Projections: W 12 / QS 14 / K 217 / ERA 3.86 / WHIP 1.29


#34 - Blake Snell (LHP) San Diego Padres


Snell is another oddball. If he would just stop throwing his changeup he might be considered one of the elite again. Last year his changeup had poor results and once he eliminated it from his arsenal Snell became a new pitcher. He has been on video saying he plans to incorporate his changeup again this year, lets just hope he has improved his changeup and he doesn’t throw it often.


2021 Stats: W 7 / QS 7 / K 170 / ERA 4.20 / WHIP 1.32


2022 Projections: W 8 / QS 10 / K 164 / ERA 3.72 / WHIP 1.28


#33 - Carlos Rodon (RHP) San Francisco Giants


Rodon was legit last year and looks to be a monster again this year if he stays healthy. The Giants signed him away from the Whitesox and I am assuming they knew the health risk and took it anyway by offering the southpaw a 2 year / $44 million deal. Look for Rodon to compete for a top 10 SP by end of year if he gets north of 30 starts.


2021 Stats: W 13 / QS 9 / K 185 / ERA 2.37 / WHIP 0.96


2022 Projections: W 12 / QS 12 / K 158 / ERA 3.13 / WHIP 1.21


#32 - Charlie Morton (RHP) Atlanta Braves


Charlie Morton is really good and is on a really good team. He is one of my favorite players this season and I highly recommend drafting. Super safe pick and provides solid numbers across the board. Forget age with this one as pitchers are breaking age barriers everyday!


2021 Stats: W 14 / QS 19 / K 216 / ERA 3.34 / WHIP 1.05


2022 Projections: W 15 / QS 17 / K 209 / ERA 3.31 / WHIP 1.03


#31 - Pablo Lopez (RHP) Miami Marlins


Lopez might be one of the most talented starters in the league but he plays for a terrible team. The 26 year old is legit and has a ton of potential to finish as a top 20 starter. Based off of talent I draft, off of the team I stay away. Your call.


2021 Stats: W 5 / QS 10 / K 115 / ERA 3.07 / WHIP 1.12


2022 Projections: W 7 / QS 11 / K 145 / ERA 2.89 / WHIP 1.16


#30 - Yu Darvish (RHP) San Diego Padres


The pitcher with 8+ pitches in the arsenal…..Does Darvish come back to form? He might be one of the most watched pitchers heading into the season. I like Darvish but have not drafted him all that much. I would recommend drafting just not overpaying for him. Padres should look to rebound this year behind Darvish but who knows in the NL West. Any pitcher who has 4 or more pitches I am always interested in as they can mess with batters easily. My recommendation is to grab as many shares of Darvish as possible without over paying.


2021 Stats: W 8 / QS 13 / K 199 / ERA 4.22 / WHIP 1.09


2022 Projections: W 10 / QS 15 / K 212 / ERA 3.67 / WHIP 1.10


#29 - Frankie Montas (RHP) Oakland Athletics


Montas might be the last trading chip Oakland has on its roster. That being said you cannot draft Montas based on the current team. All I know is Montas is really, really good. On the right side of 30, I like drafting for keeper or yearly leagues. Would love to see as much usage this year as Montas pitched north of 185 innings last year which was a career high.


2021 Stats: W 13 / QS 20 / K 207 / ERA 3.37 / WHIP 1.18


2022 Projections: W 14 / QS 18 / K 227 / ERA 3.26 / WHIP 1.26


#28 - Dylan Cease (RHP) Chicago White Sox


Next Cy Young winner? Cease is a stud and I recommend drafting in all formats. At age 26 he can only climb from here and playing on a contender never hurts. 226 strikeouts in 2021 was good for 7th best in the league behind names like Robbie Ray, Gerrit Cole, Max Scherzer, Zach Wheeler, Corbin Burners and Kevin Gausman…yeah Cease is in elite company.


2021 Stats: W 13 / QS 10 / K 226 / ERA 3.91 / WHIP 1.25


2022 Projections: W 14 / QS 17 / K 246 / ERA 3.77 / WHIP 1.18


#27 - Shane McClanahan (LHP) Tampa Bay Rays


McClanahan the new GUY in Tampa? Quite possibly? The Southpaw is a menace to deal with on the mound and is one of the best pitchers in the league simply by STUFF. I love me some Shane McClanahan and plan to draft him everywhere and anywhere I can based off skill and age. Trust Tampa with the “Shane’s” this year.


2021 Stats: W 10 / QS 6 / K 141 / ERA 3.43 / WHIP 1.27


2022 Projections: W 13 / QS 17 / K 209 / ERA 3.21 / WHIP 1.18


#26 - Trevor Rogers (LHP) Miami Marlins


Another freak arm at only age 24. Rogers is one of the aces within Miami’s organization. Former 1st round pick that has been panning out for Miami. Love the arsenal and the pedigree. My ONLY reason for not loving Rogers more is simply the organization. Get his man on a new team and we are talking about a top 10 pitcher in all of baseball at some point.


2021 Stats: W 7 / QS 9 / K 157 / ERA 2.64 / WHIP 1.15


2022 Projections: W 9 / QS 13 / K 171 / ERA 2.61 / WHIP 1.09


#25 - Alek Manoah (RHP) Toronto Bluejays

Another talented young arm on a contender. I remember watching Monoah in his 1st major league appearance against the Yankees and he slaughtered them. He has legit stuff and is very young to have that type of skill. I like Manoah but I am expecting him to fall short of expectations for the hype that is out there surrounding the young hurler.


2021 Stats: W 9 / QS 11 / K 127 / ERA 3.22 / WHIP 1.05


2022 Projections: W 11 / QS 13 / K 168 / ERA 3.28 / WHIP 1.11


#24 - Joe Musgrove (RHP) San Diego Padres


The “stuff” is nasty just not as consistent as you would imagine for a top 25 pitcher. Musgrove is poised to have a massive year and will be playing on a contender. Only 29 years old and already has notched a No-Hitter under his belt, Musgrove looks to grow with maturity in 2022.


2021 Stats: W 11 / QS 15 / K 203 / ERA 3.18 / WHIP 1.08


2022 Projections: W 12 / QS 16 / K 208 / ERA 3.37 / WHIP 1.15


#23 - Jose Berrios (RHP) Toronto Bluejays


Another industry favorite for the Cy Young Award this year. Toronto made a massive trade last year for the services of Mr. Berrios last year. Hopefully that huge investment they made pays off. So far, so good but a massive year from Berrios wouldn’t be hated by Toronto fans. Will the Jays have back to back Cy Young winners? Only time will tell.


2021 Stats: W 12 / QS 17 / K 204 / ERA 3.52 / WHIP 1.06


2022 Projections: W 13 / QS 18 / K 217 / ERA 3.64 / WHIP 1.21


#22 - Jack Flaherty (RHP) St. Louis Cardinals


Flaherty has had some stellar years but has been injury plagued for what seems like forever now. The strikeout rate is incredible and has been very steady since 2018. Flaherty is a great source of strikeouts with an above average ERA & WHIP to go with it. The shoulder scares me so I am going to stay away. If he stays healthy though, I am going to be pissed at myself and look like an idiot. I’m cheering for Flaherty and hope I’m wrong.


2021 Stats: W 9 / QS 9 / K 85 / ERA 3.22 / WHIP 1.06


2022 Projections: W 13 / QS 16 / K 209 / ERA 3.17 / WHIP 1.06


#21 - Luis Castillo (RHP) Cincinnati Reds


Castillo is a baaaad dude and can be lethal from the mound. The Reds seem to know what they are doing when it comes to pitching and I’ve been a benefactor multiple times now from drafting Castillo. Highly recommend taking a bet on Castillo. The one hesitancy is how many W’s he will earn as Cincy’s lineup does not look great right now. His command could use some work as well to lower the walks as he led the league in walking batters last year.


2021 Stats: W 8 / QS 18 / K 192 / ERA 3.98 / WHIP 1.36


2022 Projections: W 10 / QS 19 / K 214 / ERA 3.66 / WHIP 1.24


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