2014 Rankings: Top 45 Starting Pitchers: #16-30 (Updated For Injuries)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Yesterday we updated the top of our starting pitcher rankings (click here to view), so let’s continue to look at the shake-up of our rankings.  Who is on the rise?  Who has been falling?  Let’s take a look:

16) Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies
17) Homer Bailey – Cincinnati Reds
18) Zack Greinke – Los Angeles Dodgers
19) Anibal Sanchez – Detroit Tigers
20) Doug Fister – Washington Nationals
21) Matt Cain – San Francisco Giants
22) Gerritt Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates
23) Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees
24) Alex Cobb – Tampa Bay Rays
25) Mat Latos – Cincinnati Reds
26) Andrew Cashner – San Diego Padres
27) Patrick Corbin – Arizona Diamondbacks
28) Shelby Miller – St. Louis Cardinals
29) R.A. Dickey – Toronto Blue Jays
30) Jeff Samardzija – Chicago Cubs

Thoughts:

  • There are two key injuries in this slate of pitchers.  We’ve touched on Hamels a few times, and as we’ve said we will get a much better idea of his status in the coming days.  All of the early signs point towards him only missing a few starts, though time will tell.
  • The other injury is Mat Latos, who underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee according to Mark Sheldon of mlb.com (click here for the article).  While it is unknown if he will be ready for Opening Day, you have to think that he will likely miss at least a few starts (the article states that he would miss at least 10 days of throwing).  We’ll have to downgrade him (but not much, with him likely only missing 2-3 starts), for now, but the news could lead to him jumping back up in the coming days.
  • The tier from Gerritt Cole and Shelby Miller (excluding the now included Latos) is one full of extreme potential.  If you can acquire one or two of them, considering their chance to outperform their ranking and draft day status, could make the difference between winning and losing.
  • Another pitcher not to sleep on is Doug Fister, who is making the jump to the NL for the first time in his career.  He has seen his strikeouts rise over the past two seasons (7.63 and 6.86), which should climb again moving to Washington.  Couple that potential with elite control (1.81 career BB/9) and groundball stuff (51.0% and 54.3% over the past two seasons) and he could easily post a career year.

 

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6 comments

  1. Sean says:

    After going through a full season already, is Shelby Miller ready to make that jump into the upper echelon of starting pitchers? I.E. ranking in the range of 15-10?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      I wouldn’t count on that big of a jump, but it’s not impossible. I’d out my money on someone like Cobb more

  2. jmax says:

    Mat Latos is progressing well. I read something like he’s already walking

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Agreed, but there’s still reason to be cautious within reason. Still some obstacles to overcome, but I wouldn’t argue if you wanted to push him up higher.

  3. Mike says:

    Having watched Cole pitching last season and I’m a big time believer in this guy… He has a relatively smooth delivery, just like Harvey, consistently touching upper 90’s in his fastball without going all out… I think if he stays healthy he should come relatively close to Matt Harvey’s success last year.
    Think Cole has a very good chance to finish top 10 among SP’s… He has the highest upside among the group of guys mentioned in the 3rd bullet point.

  4. Roger says:

    I think Cobb has the largest upside of the guys ranked 16-30 to improve on 2013. I can see a higher ERA, maybe 3.25 but love his delivery and rate of improvement each year. I can see 15 wins and 21 QS in 2014 which I will definitely take from a guy who isn’t the staff ace.

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