by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Earlier in the week we took a look at the first part of our dynasty starting pitcher rankings (click here to view). Who’s up next? Which prospects should we be targeting? Let’s take a look:
21. Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees (25-years old)
22. Shelby Miller – St. Louis Cardinals (23-years old)
23. Matt Harvey – New York Mets (25-years old)
24. Patrick Corbin – Arizona Diamondbacks (24-years old)
25. Cliff Lee – Philadelphia Phillies (35-years old)
26. Jeff Samardzija – Chicago Cubs (29-years old)
27. Andrew Cashner – San Diego Padres (27-years old)
28. Julio Teheran – Atlanta Braves (23-years old)
29. Sonny Gray – Oakland A’s (24-years old)
30. Alex Wood – Atlanta Braves (23-years old)
31. Michael Wacha – St. Louis Cardinals (22-years old)
32. Danny Salazar – Cleveland Indians (24-years old)
33. Taijuan Walker – Seattle Mariners (21-years old)
34. Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets (21-years old)
35. Jameson Taillon – Pittsburgh Pirates (22-years old)
36. Kevin Gausman – Baltimore Orioles (22-years old)
37. Doug Fister – Washington Nationals (30-years old)
38. Anibal Sanchez – Detroit Tigers (30-years old)
39. James Shields – Kansas City Royals (32-years old)
40. Kris Medlen – Atlanta Braves (28-years old)
- The popular belief is likely that Tanaka belongs in the Top 20 of these rankings. I can understand that thought process, but I need to see how his stuff translates to the Majors before pushing him quite that hard. Let’s not forget that his strikeouts were less than stellar in Japan last season (7.77 K/9, though the unfamiliarity could help that rebound) and pitchers have a history of seeing their control struggle in their first season stateside (i.e. Yu Darvish, who posted a 4.19 BB/9 in his debut season).
- Obviously the dynasty aspect hurts Cliff Lee’s value overall, but he’s one of the elite pitchers for 2014 and should still have a good few seasons in him. In other words, if you are positioning your team to win now he’s likely going to come at a tremendous value.
- Where does Matt Harvey slot onto the rankings? It’s a tough call, because he obviously is just going to be sitting idly on your roster for 2014. At the same time, if he wasn’t sitting on the sideline he would’ve slotted into one of the top three spots on these rankings. It all depends on your strategy, but he’s definitely a player to target.
- I’ve talked about my doubts regarding Danny Salazar enough that the regular Rotoprofessor readers are well aware of them. That said, there is no arguing the potential he has and he should only get better as he learns how to work deeper in games. With Major League experience under his belt, he does get the nod over some prospects who haven’t gotten a taste of the Majors yet.
- The guys listed from 33-36 all should reach the Majors this season and could emerge as Top 20 starters as soon as 2015. Makes it hard to overlook them in dynasty formats.
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