May Starter Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
Rotoworld
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Welcome to the May starter rankings. As always, players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 scoring over the rest of the season. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300 list.

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Starting pitcher rankings

May

SP

Team

2014

1

Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers

1

2

Cliff Lee

Phillies

2

3

Adam Wainwright

Cardinals

7

4

Felix Hernandez

Mariners

5

5

Madison Bumgarner

Giants

6

6

Justin Verlander

Tigers

4

7

Jose Fernandez

Marlins

11

8

Max Scherzer

Tigers

8

9

Stephen Strasburg

Nationals

3

10

Yu Darvish

Rangers

10

11

Zack Greinke

Dodgers

17

12

Masahiro Tanaka

Yankees

20

13

David Price

Rays

9

14

Michael Wacha

Cardinals

15

15

James Shields

Royals

16

16

Jordan Zimmermann

Nationals

18

17

Sonny Gray

Athletics

32

18

Johnny Cueto

Reds

30

19

Gio Gonzalez

Nationals

23

20

Doug Fister

Nationals

22

21

Alex Cobb

Rays

12

22

Homer Bailey

Reds

19

23

Cole Hamels

Phillies

21

24

Andrew Cashner

Padres

31

25

Jon Lester

Red Sox

34

26

Matt Cain

Giants

14

27

Julio Teheran

Braves

26

28

Chris Sale

White Sox

13

29

Mike Minor

Braves

27

30

Ervin Santana

Braves

47

31

Gerrit Cole

Pirates

24

32

Jeff Samardzija

Cubs

37

33

Tim Hudson

Giants

61

34

John Lackey

Red Sox

45

35

C.J. Wilson

Angels

39

36

Anibal Sanchez

Tigers

42

37

Ian Kennedy

Padres

40

38

Hisashi Iwakuma

Mariners

52

39

Dan Haren

Dodgers

53

40

Yordano Ventura

Royals

71

41

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Dodgers

28

42

Chris Archer

Rays

36

43

Alex Wood

Braves

48

44

R.A. Dickey

Blue Jays

29

45

Garrett Richards

Angels

113

46

Nathan Eovaldi

Marlins

83

47

Lance Lynn

Cardinals

46

48

Tyson Ross

Padres

57

49

Mat Latos

Reds

25

50

Jesse Chavez

Athletics

137

51

Corey Kluber

Indians

60

52

Kyle Lohse

Brewers

85

53

Francisco Liriano

Pirates

41

54

Tony Cingrani

Reds

33

55

Danny Salazar

Indians

38

56

Clay Buchholz

Red Sox

35

57

Marco Estrada

Brewers

64

58

Jake Peavy

Red Sox

63

59

Rick Porcello

Tigers

55

60

Justin Masterson

Indians

56

61

Wily Peralta

Brewers

117

62

CC Sabathia

Yankees

54

63

Jose Quintana

White Sox

58

64

Scott Kazmir

Athletics

81

65

Jered Weaver

Angels

44

66

A.J. Burnett

Phillies

69

67

Matt Garza

Brewers

72

68

Drew Smyly

Tigers

62

69

Hiroki Kuroda

Yankees

50

70

Shelby Miller

Cardinals

51

71

Trevor Bauer

Indians

205

72

Mike Leake

Reds

66

73

Yovani Gallardo

Brewers

79

74

Martin Perez

Rangers

122

75

Dan Straily

Athletics

43

76

Zack Wheeler

Mets

65

77

Travis Wood

Cubs

93

78

Brandon McCarthy

Diamondbacks

90

79

Derek Holland

Rangers

86

80

Charlie Morton

Pirates

76

81

Drew Hutchison

Blue Jays

108

82

Dillon Gee

Mets

82

83

Jon Niese

Mets

109

84

Robbie Erlin

Padres

101

85

Robbie Ross

Rangers

77

86

Tim Lincecum

Giants

70

87

Aaron Harang

Braves

171

88

Bartolo Colon

Mets

74

89

Henderson Alvarez

Marlins

88

90

Tanner Roark

Nationals

135

91

Chris Tillman

Orioles

100

92

Wade Miley

Diamondbacks

67

93

Archie Bradley

Diamondbacks

89

94

Dallas Keuchel

Astros

126

95

Jason Vargas

Royals

112

96

John Danks

White Sox

87

97

Jeremy Hellickson

Rays

84

98

Josh Beckett

Dodgers

123

99

Jaime Garcia

Cardinals

97

100

Marcus Stroman

Blue Jays

158

101

Danny Duffy

Royals

127

102

Wei-Yin Chen

Orioles

99

103

Mark Buehrle

Blue Jays

104

104

Carlos Martinez

Cardinals

95

105

Jason Hammel

Cubs

141

106

Miguel Gonzalez

Orioles

73

107

Drew Pomeranz

Athletics

157

108

Jenrry Mejia

Mets

105

109

Kevin Gausman

Orioles

115

110

Edwin Jackson

Cubs

91

111

Tyler Skaggs

Angels

125

112

Roenis Elias

Mariners

280

113

Felix Doubront

Red Sox

92

114

Erasmo Ramirez

Mariners

68

115

Ubaldo Jimenez

Orioles

106

116

Michael Pineda

Yankees

119

117

Jhoulys Chacin

Rockies

130

118

Alfredo Simon

Reds

135 RP

119

Phil Hughes

Twins

94

120

Yusmeiro Petit

Giants

155

121

Gavin Floyd

Braves

128

122

Joe Kelly

Cardinals

132

123

Hector Santiago

Angels

107

124

Kyle Gibson

Twins

134

125

Tommy Milone

Athletics

80

126

Trevor Cahill

Diamondbacks

103

127

James Paxton

Mariners

118

128

Taijuan Walker

Mariners

96

129

Ricky Nolasco

Twins

110

130

Roberto Hernandez

Phillies

146

131

Matt Harrison

Rangers

143

132

Jake Arrieta

Cubs

151

133

Zach McAllister

Indians

148

134

Tom Koehler

Marlins

156

135

Eric Stults

Padres

98

136

Edinson Volquez

Pirates

193

137

Vidal Nuno

Yankees

122 RP

138

Jorge De La Rosa

Rockies

142

139

Chad Billingsley

Dodgers

139

140

Chris Capuano

Red Sox

145

141

Brett Anderson

Rockies

111

142

David Hale

Braves

144

143

Bronson Arroyo

Diamondbacks

116

144

Jeremy Guthrie

Royals

147

145

Scott Feldman

Astros

149

146

Andrew Heaney

Marlins

165

147

Jacob Turner

Marlins

131

148

Brandon Cumpton

Pirates

231

149

Bud Norris

Orioles

163

150

Kyle Kendrick

Phillies

150

Dropping off: Matt Moore (49th), A.J. Griffin (59th), Ivan Nova (75th), Josh Johnson (78th), Carlos Carrasco (102nd), Tanner Scheppers (114th), Taylor Jordan (120th), Jeff Locke (121st), Erik Johnson (124th), Randall Delgado (129th), Brandon Morrow (133rd), Wandy Rodriguez (136th), Alexi Ogando (138th), Jake Odorizzi (140th)

  • Starters in the middle of the rankings who would be higher if not for the injury risk include Kazmir, McCarthy and Niese. I’d also have Burnett a bit higher if not the hernia.

  • Martin Perez has ridden his changeup to two early shutouts, but not to the top of the rankings here. For one thing, his velocity is way down this year, and while part of that appears to be a conscious effort to induce sinking action, he’s getting fewer swings and misses and strikeouts. It’s obviously working for him so far, but it’s not going to be easy for him to remain successful for the long haul while striking out 5.5 batters per nine innings.

  • Straily and Milone were both on my buy list this spring, but neither has shown the kind of stuff each possessed in past years. Straily’s average fastball has come in at 88.3 mph, down from 91.3 in 2012 and 90.3 last year, according to Fangraphs data. Milone has always been a soft-tosser, but he’s at 86.2 right now, down from 87.7 in 2012 and 87.2 last year. Velocity can pick up as the year goes on, so I haven’t completely written off either. However, they are among the biggest tumblers in this month’s rankings. Pomeranz is the new big-time sleeper; he might get a chance to replace Milone before long.

  • Padres prospect Matt Wisler and Tigers prospect Robbie Ray were the most difficult cuts from the top 150. Wisler, who was just promoted from Double- to Triple-A, looks like he could be a threat to replace Stults in the San Diego rotation next month. Ray will make his major league debut this week in Anibal Sanchez’s place, but it figures to be a short-term stay this time around.

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