Updated 2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 40 Starting Pitchers (#21-40): Where Does Ohtani Rank & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As we noted when we looked at the Top 20, both Shoehei Ohtani and Zack Greinke fell outside the Top 20 due to recent news.  How far did they fall?  Were there other pitchers who have seen their stock change recently?  Let’s continue updating our rankings with a look at the next twenty starting pitchers:

21. Zack Godley – Arizona Diamondbacks
22. Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees
23. Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels
24. Patrick Corbin – Arizona Diamondbacks
25. Jon Gray – Colorado Rockies
26. Jeff Samardzija – San Francisco Giants
27. David Price – Boston Red Sox
28. Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs
29. Marcus Stroman – Toronto Blue Jays
30. Alex Wood – Los Angeles Dodgers
31. Garrett Richards – Los Angeles Angels
32. Charlie Morton – Houston Astros
33. Jose Quintana – Chicago Cubs
34. Lance McCullers – Houston Astros
35. Johnny Cueto – San Francisco Giants
36. Sonny Gray – New York Yankees
37. Kevin Gausman – Baltimore Orioles
38. Dylan Bundy – Baltimore Orioles
39. Luis Castillo – Cincinnati Reds
40. Danny Salazar – Cleveland Indians

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Thoughts:

  • There have been whispers of Ohtani opening the year at Triple-A, though that doesn’t appear to be the case (and would be shocking if it happened). While he’s had an extremely disappointing spring we have to remember it is just Spring Training and generally doesn’t mean much.  He needs work and time to adjust, but once the lights turn on the upside remains.  He needs to drop down the rankings, but he shouldn’t be ignored.
  • Kevin Gausman vs. Dylan Bundy, which Orioles youngster has the highest upside? To see why we have Gausman sitting ahead, even just barely, click here.
  • One of the hotter names this spring is the Reds’ Luis Castillo, and while it makes sense does that mean he should be ranked significantly higher than we currently have him? We gave our outlook for 2018, including our projection, which you can read by clicking here.
  • We’ve often referred to Jose Quintana as more of a name than an actual upside play. He showed strikeouts last season after the trade to the Cubs (9.87 K/9), but an 8.4% SwStr% and 28.4% O-Swing don’t support the spike.  Couple that with a pedestrian groundball rate and ranking him much higher feels like a mistake.
  • Patrick Corbin’s numbers last season are uninspiring, but he should benefit from the addition of the humidor in Arizona. While that alone should signal an improvement, when coupled with the three skills we look for (8.45 K/9, 2.89 BB/9 and 50.4% groundball rate) and strong underlying metrics he should take a significant step forward.  You won’t have to pay this price, but could easily get the results.

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Make sure to check out all of our 2018 Preseason Rankings:

Position
Standard League
OBP League
Catchers03/14/1802/02/18
First Basemen01/08/1802/09/18
Second Basemen01/15/1802/13/18
Shortstops03/21/1802/27/18
Third Basemen03/09/1803/06/18
Outfielders1-20: 03/18/18

21-40: 03/19/18
1-20: 03/12/18

21-40:
Starting Pitchers1-20: 03/24/18

21-40: 03/24/18
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Relief Pitchers02/12/18--

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