July Starter Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
Rotoworld
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Here are the July Rankings. Players are ranked for the remainder of the season based on how I believe they’ll perform in 5x5 leagues. Players are also listed at the positions where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.

Click to see other July rankings:

Top 300 | C | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B

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Starting pitcher Rankings

July

SP

Team

2014

May

June

1

Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers

1

1

1

2

Adam Wainwright

Cardinals

7

3

2

3

Felix Hernandez

Mariners

5

4

3

4

Madison Bumgarner

Giants

6

5

4

5

Yu Darvish

Rangers

10

10

6

6

Stephen Strasburg

Nationals

3

9

5

7

Masahiro Tanaka

Yankees

20

12

9

8

Max Scherzer

Tigers

8

8

7

9

Zack Greinke

Dodgers

17

11

8

10

Johnny Cueto

Reds

30

18

16

11

Cole Hamels

Phillies

21

23

18

12

David Price

Rays

9

13

15

13

Doug Fister

Nationals

22

20

14

14

Jordan Zimmermann

Nationals

18

16

23

15

Chris Sale

White Sox

13

28

20

16

Cliff Lee

Phillies

2

2

11

17

Homer Bailey

Reds

19

22

24

18

Julio Teheran

Braves

26

27

21

19

Alex Cobb

Rays

12

21

13

20

Justin Verlander

Tigers

4

6

10

21

Jon Lester

Red Sox

34

25

25

22

Mike Minor

Braves

27

29

22

23

Gio Gonzalez

Nationals

23

19

33

24

Corey Kluber

Indians

60

51

26

25

Sonny Gray

Athletics

32

17

17

26

Garrett Richards

Angels

113

45

49

27

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Dodgers

28

41

27

28

Matt Cain

Giants

14

26

30

29

Anibal Sanchez

Tigers

42

36

31

30

James Shields

Royals

16

15

19

31

Jeff Samardzija

Cubs

37

32

32

32

Hisashi Iwakuma

Mariners

52

38

28

33

Mat Latos

Reds

25

49

38

34

John Lackey

Red Sox

45

34

35

35

Alex Wood

Braves

48

43

60

36

C.J. Wilson

Angels

39

35

34

37

Tim Hudson

Giants

61

33

37

38

Ervin Santana

Braves

47

30

40

39

Chris Archer

Rays

36

42

41

40

Michael Wacha

Cardinals

15

14

12

41

Gerrit Cole

Pirates

24

31

29

42

R.A. Dickey

Blue Jays

29

44

42

43

Tyson Ross

Padres

57

48

43

44

Scott Kazmir

Athletics

81

64

50

45

Ian Kennedy

Padres

40

37

39

46

Lance Lynn

Cardinals

46

47

47

47

Andrew Cashner

Padres

31

24

36

48

Rick Porcello

Tigers

55

59

45

49

Jered Weaver

Angels

44

65

54

50

Yordano Ventura

Royals

71

40

53

51

Kyle Lohse

Brewers

85

52

46

52

Jason Hammel

Cubs

141

105

58

53

Wily Peralta

Brewers

117

61

51

54

Dallas Keuchel

Astros

126

94

55

55

Josh Beckett

Dodgers

123

98

68

56

Jesse Chavez

Athletics

137

50

56

57

Jose Quintana

White Sox

58

63

61

58

Drew Smyly

Tigers

62

68

65

59

Trevor Bauer

Indians

205

71

48

60

Francisco Liriano

Pirates

41

53

52

61

Andrew Heaney

Marlins

165

146

102

62

Mike Leake

Reds

66

72

62

63

Yovani Gallardo

Brewers

79

73

74

64

Dan Haren

Dodgers

53

39

44

65

Marcus Stroman

Blue Jays

158

100

70

66

Nathan Eovaldi

Marlins

83

46

59

67

Jake Arrieta

Cubs

151

132

108

68

Matt Garza

Brewers

72

67

66

69

Jon Niese

Mets

109

83

84

70

Charlie Morton

Pirates

76

80

80

71

Hiroki Kuroda

Yankees

50

69

73

72

Derek Holland

Rangers

86

79

63

73

Danny Duffy

Royals

127

101

98

74

Jesse Hahn

Padres

NR

NR

NR

75

Phil Hughes

Twins

94

119

85

76

Alfredo Simon

Reds

135 RP

118

117

77

Tanner Roark

Nationals

135

90

92

78

Zack Wheeler

Mets

65

76

76

79

Henderson Alvarez

Marlins

88

89

83

80

Tim Lincecum

Giants

70

86

78

81

Bartolo Colon

Mets

74

88

96

82

Justin Masterson

Indians

56

60

79

83

Carlos Martinez

Cardinals

95

104

111

84

Kevin Gausman

Orioles

115

109

127

85

Mark Buehrle

Blue Jays

104

103

87

86

CC Sabathia

Yankees

54

62

99

87

Wade Miley

Diamondbacks

67

92

82

88

Taijuan Walker

Mariners

96

128

114

89

Odrisamer Despaigne

Padres

NR

NR

NR

90

Brandon McCarthy

Diamondbacks

90

78

71

91

Roenis Elias

Mariners

280

112

90

92

Jake Odorizzi

Rays

140

NR

118

93

A.J. Burnett

Phillies

69

66

77

94

Shelby Miller

Cardinals

51

70

75

95

Travis Wood

Cubs

93

77

91

96

Tommy Milone

Athletics

80

125

81

97

Marco Estrada

Brewers

64

57

57

98

Dillon Gee

Mets

82

82

103

99

Jarred Cosart

Astros

167

NR

146

100

Aaron Harang

Braves

171

87

86

101

Jason Vargas

Royals

112

95

94

102

Jeremy Hellickson

Rays

84

97

93

103

Clay Buchholz

Red Sox

35

56

88

104

Collin McHugh

Astros

298

NR

138

105

Chris Tillman

Orioles

100

91

97

106

Wei-Yin Chen

Orioles

99

102

109

107

Josh Tomlin

Indians

216

NR

134

108

Jake Peavy

Red Sox

63

58

72

109

Archie Bradley

Diamondbacks

89

93

115

110

Ryan Vogelsong

Giants

198

NR

104

111

Tyler Skaggs

Angels

125

111

110

112

Drew Pomeranz

Athletics

157

107

69

113

Drew Hutchison

Blue Jays

108

81

101

114

Kyle Gibson

Twins

134

124

143

115

Tom Koehler

Marlins

156

134

112

116

Rubby De La Rosa

Red Sox

279

NR

119

117

Edwin Jackson

Cubs

91

110

95

118

Joe Kelly

Cardinals

132

122

124

119

John Danks

White Sox

87

96

113

120

J.A. Happ

Blue Jays

186

NR

NR

121

Ubaldo Jimenez

Orioles

106

115

105

122

Jimmy Nelson

Brewers

185

NR

131

123

Chris Young

Mariners

225

NR

NR

124

Jeremy Guthrie

Royals

147

144

NR

125

Tony Cingrani

Reds

33

54

64

126

Jaime Garcia

Cardinals

97

99

67

127

Brandon Workman

Red Sox

77 RP

NR

122

128

Brandon Cumpton

Pirates

231

148

149

129

Ricky Nolasco

Twins

110

129

130

130

Bronson Arroyo

Diamondbacks

116

143

116

131

Edinson Volquez

Pirates

193

136

141

132

Matt Shoemaker

Angels

248

NR

NR

133

Scott Feldman

Astros

149

145

145

134

Bud Norris

Orioles

163

149

135

135

Danny Salazar

Indians

38

55

107

136

Jhoulys Chacin

Rockies

130

117

120

137

Trevor May

Twins

259

NR

NR

138

Dylan Bundy

Orioles

282

NR

NR

139

Dan Straily

Athletics

43

75

123

140

Robbie Ray

Tigers

266

NR

137

141

Miguel Gonzalez

Orioles

73

106

100

142

Roberto Hernandez

Phillies

146

130

125

143

Erasmo Ramirez

Mariners

68

114

129

144

James Paxton

Mariners

118

127

147

145

Brad Peacock

Astros

173

NR

NR

146

Daisuke Matsuzaka

Mets

183

32 RP

126

147

Alex Meyer

Twins

240

NR

NR

148

Robbie Erlin

Padres

101

84

106

149

Jorge De La Rosa

Rockies

142

138

121

150

Brad Mills

Athletics

NR

NR

NR

Dropping off: Gavin Floyd (89th), Felix Doubront (128th), Trevor Cahill (132nd), Chad Billingsley (133rd), Jonathan Gray (136th), David Hale (139th), Yusmeiro Petit (140th), Nick Tepesch (142nd), Michael Pineda (144th), Eric Stults (148th), David Phelps (150th)

  • I don’t suspect he’ll have a whole lot of staying power, but the Padres’ Odrisamer Despaigne is certainly one of the more fun to watch pitchers to enter the league recently. Like Livan and especially Orlando Hernandez before him, he throws everything but the kitchen sink. Unfortunately, the fastball comes with mid-career Livan-type velocity, but he could continue to make some noise his first time around the league anyway. He checks in at No. 89 for the rest of the season, but I’d have him higher than that for July alone.

  • Some other pitchers who would place higher in the rankings just for the month of July: Sale, Anibal Sanchez, Alex Wood, Kazmir, Beckett and Arrieta.

  • Kennedy is an odd one, with a trade pretty likely on the way before the deadline. He’d certainly get better run support playing for a contender, but he’d probably wind up in a significantly worse situation for his ERA and WHIP. So, when he does get moved, he might actually drop a few more spots.

  • Rubby De La Rosa would have been ranked third highest of Red Sox starters here, except the Red Sox went and sent him down in order to stick with Peavy a little longer. I imagine we’ll see De La Rosa back after the break, if not in place of Peavy then perhaps over Workman. The Red Sox will stick with Buchholz as long as he’s healthy, but I’m not sure whether that will end up paying dividends. Buchholz checks in at No. 102 for now, but that’s probably either 40 spots too low or 40 spots too high.

  • While Meyer remains the more exciting prospect, we should see May first in Minnesota, assuming he overcomes his current calf injury as quickly as anticipated. May is 8-4 with a 2.94 ERA and an 81/31 K/BB ratio in 79 2/3 innings in Triple-A. Meyer is 4-4 with a 3.61 ERA and an 86/35 K/BB in 77 1/3 innings.

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