2022 Starter Rankings

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Up this week are my just-for-fun 2022 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams if those options have a legitimate chance of being exercised. Those players are noted with asterisks.

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2022

SP

Team

2021

July

1

Jacob deGrom

Mets

1

1

2

Gerrit Cole

Yankees

3

5

3

Brandon Woodruff

Brewers

19

16

4

Shane Bieber

Indians

2

18

5

Max Scherzer

5

4

6

Walker Buehler

Dodgers

4

6

7

Chris Sale

Red Sox

64

49

8

Zack Wheeler

Phillies

34

3

9

Joe Musgrove

Padres

21

7

10

Corbin Burnes

Brewers

22

11

11

Julio Urias

Dodgers

31

19

12

Clayton Kershaw

7

8

13

Kevin Gausman

28

2

14

Luis Castillo

Reds

9

14

15

Aaron Nola

Phillies

10

10

16

Jack Flaherty

Cardinals

8

55

17

Lucas Giolito

White Sox

12

15

18

Trevor Bauer

Dodgers*

6

9

19

Freddy Peralta

Brewers

60

24

20

Trevor Rogers

Marlins

142

44

21

Carlos Rodon

140

23

22

Yu Darvish

Padres

13

13

23

Tyler Glasnow

Rays

11

134

24

Kyle Hendricks

Cubs

18

12

25

Pablo Lopez

Marlins

33

22

26

Jose Berrios

Twins

24

17

27

Ian Anderson

Braves

37

30

28

Lance Lynn

32

20

29

Sandy Alcantara

Marlins

38

28

30

Carlos Carrasco

Mets

30

33

31

Jose Urquidy

Astros

17

41

32

Zac Gallen

Diamondbacks

25

29

33

Zack Greinke

26

21

34

Shohei Ohtani

Angels

80

36

35

Robbie Ray

102

46

36

Dinelson Lamet

Padres

20

86

37

Chris Bassitt

Athletics

46

27

38

Mike Clevinger

Padres

NR

NR

39

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Blue Jays

40

26

40

Blake Snell

Padres

15

51

41

Alek Manoah

Blue Jays

NR

43

42

Noah Syndergaard

96

135

43

Max Fried

Braves

39

32

44

Luis Severino

Yankees

115

107

45

Zach Plesac

Indians

29

37

46

Stephen Strasburg

Nationals

27

68

47

Chris Paddack

Padres

16

35

48

Tony Gonsolin

Dodgers

51

40

49

Tyler Mahle

Reds

73

39

50

Sonny Gray

Reds

36

34

51

Sean Manaea

Athletics

54

25

52

Lance McCullers Jr.

Astros

44

45

53

Framber Valdez

Astros

76

53

54

Shane Baz

Rays

NR

108

55

Justin Verlander

NR

NR

56

Kenta Maeda

Twins

14

38

57

Charlie Morton

35

31

58

Logan Webb

Giants

55

69

59

Taijuan Walker

Mets

90

79

60

Luis Garcia

Astros

NR

78

61

Zach Eflin

Phillies

53

42

62

Eduardo Rodriguez

70

60

63

Tarik Skubal

Tigers

63

62

64

Marcus Stroman

62

47

65

John Means

Orioles

72

59

66

Yusei Kikuchi

Mariners*

52

52

67

Anthony DeSclafani

78

50

68

Logan Gilbert

Mariners

172

70

69

Cade Cavalli

Nationals

NR

NR

70

David Price

Dodgers

47

129

71

JT Brubaker

Pirates

89

82

72

Luis Patino

Rays

123

105

73

Michael Kopech

White Sox

112

77

74

Dylan Cease

White Sox

NR

66

75

Jesus Luzardo

Athletics

23

111

76

Frankie Montas

Athletics

49

57

77

Patrick Sandoval

Angels

155

61

78

Nathan Eovaldi

Red Sox

65

48

79

Aaron Civale

Indians

56

72

80

Nate Pearson

Blue Jays

74

125

81

Brady Singer

Royals

68

84

82

Sixto Sanchez

Marlins

45

63

83

German Marquez

Rockies

79

90

84

Elieser Hernandez

Marlins

48

102

85

Mike Soroka

Braves

42

NR

86

Hunter Greene

Reds

NR

NR

87

Casey Mize

Tigers

87

73

88

Huascar Ynoa

Braves

NR

122

89

Matthew Liberatore

Cardinals

NR

133

90

Jake Odorizzi

Astros

61

71

91

Triston McKenzie

Indians

66

157

92

Danny Duffy

174

64

93

Dane Dunning

Rangers

94

124

94

Jordan Montgomery

Yankees

75

67

95

James Kaprielian

Athletics

NR

99

96

Drew Smyly

41

54

97

Ryan Weathers

Padres

NR

93

98

Dylan Bundy

43

80

99

Shane McClanahan

Rays

NR

89

100

Grayson Rodriguez

Orioles

NR

NR

101

Spencer Turnbull

Tigers

127

121

102

Ryan Pepiot

Dodgers

NR

NR

103

Cristian Javier

Astros

113

109

104

Andrew Heaney

86

56

105

Kyle Gibson

Rangers

NR

58

106

Steven Matz

139

75

107

Adbert Alzolay

Cubs

NR

113

108

Brendan McKay

Rays

110

119

109

Ryan Yarbrough

Rays

59

92

110

Jameson Taillon

Yankees

100

112

111

Alex Wood

136

87

112

Matt Manning

Tigers

169

NR

113

Corey Kluber

71

132

114

Reid Detmers

Angels

NR

NR

115

Garrett Crochet

White Sox

128

80 RP

116

Dakota Hudson

Cardinals

NR

NR

117

Matthew Boyd

Tigers

84

104

118

Dustin May

Dodgers

57

NR

119

Yonny Chirinos

Rays

NR

NR

120

Josiah Gray

Dodgers

NR

154

121

Alex Cobb

157

81

122

Domingo German

Yankees

69

91

123

Kyle Muller

Braves

NR

76

124

Kwang-Hyun Kim

85

103

125

Patrick Corbin

Nationals

82

74

126

Joe Ross

Nationals

119

95

127

Max Meyer

Marlins

NR

NR

128

Jon Gray

151

148

129

Wade Miley

Reds*

167

97

130

Griffin Canning

Angels

99

83

131

Daniel Lynch

Royals

NR

NR

132

Michael Pineda

83

96

133

Justus Sheffield

Mariners

58

117

134

Marco Gonzales

Mariners

67

110

135

Justin Dunn

Mariners

164

NR

136

Adam Wainwright

138

65

137

Roansy Contreras

Pirates

NR

NR

138

Ross Stripling

Blue Jays

121

88

139

Sammy Long

Giants

NR

100

140

Brad Keller

Royals

88

126

141

George Kirby

Mariners

NR

NR

142

Spencer Howard

Phillies

101

140

143

Edward Cabrera

Marlins

NR

NR

144

Tanner Houck

Red Sox

NR

150

145

Johnny Cueto

154

98

146

Deivi Garcia

Yankees

114

147

147

David Peterson

Mets

92

116

148

Zach Davies

93

123

149

Garrett Whitlock

Red Sox

NR

155

150

Rich Hill

95

85

151

Nick Lodolo

Reds

NR

NR

152

James Paxton

50

NR

153

J.A. Happ

81

115

154

Bailey Ober

Twins

NR

101

155

Dallas Keuchel

White Sox

165

114

156

Jackson Kowar

Royals

NR

153

157

Mike Minor

Royals

91

118

158

Brent Suter

Brewers

98

131

159

Joe Ryan

Rays

NR

137

160

Carlos Hernandez

Royals

NR

NR

161

MacKenzie Gore

Padres

108

152

162

Austin Gomber

Rockies

NR

136

163

Tucker Davidson

Braves

NR

NR

164

Vince Velasquez

141

106

165

Brent Honeywell

Rays

147

NR

166

Aaron Ashby

Brewers

NR

NR

167

Zach Thompson

Marlins

NR

94

168

Caleb Smith

Diamondbacks

104

127

169

Brailyn Marquez

Cubs

NR

NR

170

Chris Flexen

Mariners

170

139

171

Jordan Balazovic

Twins

NR

NR

172

Cole Winn

Rangers

NR

NR

173

Luke Weaver

Diamondbacks

122

159

174

Simeon Woods Richardson

Blue Jays

NR

NR

175

Anthony Kay

Blue Jays

NR

128

176

Josh Fleming

Rays

173

145

177

Merrill Kelly

Diamondbacks

NR

144

178

Jack Leiter

Rangers

NR

NR

179

Adrian Morejon

Padres

97

NR

180

Alec Mills

Cubs

117

151

181

Clarke Schmidt

Yankees

NR

NR

182

Cole Irvin

Athletics

NR

120

183

Carlos Martinez

77

NR

184

Luis Medina

Yankees

NR

NR

185

Nick Pivetta

Red Sox

175

146

186

Madison Bumgarner

Diamondbacks

105

130

187

Emerson Hancock

Mariners

NR

NR

188

Tony Santillan

Reds

NR

142

189

Corbin Martin

Diamondbacks

NR

NR

190

Randy Dobnak

Twins

124

NR

191

Adrian Houser

Brewers

143

156

192

Kumar Rocker

Mets

NR

NR

193

Tyler Beede

Giants

NR

NR

194

Michael Wacha

120

141

195

Daulton Jefferies

Athletics

116

NR

196

Mitch Keller

Pirates

152

NR

197

Brayan Bello

Red Sox

NR

NR

198

Touki Toussaint

Braves

NR

NR

199

A.J. Puk

Athletics

106

NR

200

John Gant

Cardinals

111

143

  • In part because some very good pitchers took one-year deals last winter, 13 of the top 70 starters here are free agents after the season (plus Trevor Bauer and whatever ends up happening with him). It’ll be interesting to see who gets the biggest deal of the bunch. The 37-year-old Max Scherzer could get the highest 2022 salary, but 31-year-old Kevin Gausman, 29-year-old Carlos Rodon and 34-year-old Lance Lynn should be in line for longer pacts. The 30-year-old Robbie Ray will also be in extremely high demand if his increased velocity and 5:1 K:BB ratio hold up; the Jays sure wish they could have gotten an option year tacked on to his deal when they re-signed him last winter.

  • No. 1 here was easy enough, and assuming Jacob deGrom finishes the year healthy, it’s hard to imagine a change in that spot prior to the offseason rankings. No. 2 is far less clear cut. I had Gausman there and Zack Wheeler third in the July rest-of-season rankings, but I think I still favor Gerrit Cole and Shane Bieber for 2022. The other strong candidate was Brandon Woodruff. I’ve been worried about durability there since he doesn’t have many high-inning counts in his past. I’ll feel a lot better about him next year if he can make 30 starts and remain strong into September this season.

  • Justin Verlander should be ready to pitch at the beginning of next year after Sept. 2020 Tommy John surgery, though at age 39, it seems like a long shot that he’ll be the Verlander of old. Yonny Chirinos, one of my favorites, should also be ready to pitch, though there’s a chance he won’t have a spot in Tampa Bay’s rotation initially. I’m guessing Mike Clevinger, who had his Tommy John in November, will miss at least the first month or he’d be considerably higher than No. 38. James Paxton and Dustin May didn’t have their Tommy Johns until April and May of this year, so they figure to be limited in what they contribute next season.

  • Tops on the list of those yet to debut in the majors in Tampa Bay’s Shane Baz at No. 54. Baz, the third piece in the trade that sent Chris Archer from Tampa Bay to Pittsburgh, has a 2.09 ERA and a 77/8 K/BB ratio between Double- and Triple-A this year. The Nationals’ Cade Cavalli, the Reds’ Hunter Greene, the Cardinals’ Matthew Liberatore and the Orioles’ Grayson Rodriguez also crack the top 100.