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2014 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: Starting Pitcher Rankings

January 17, 2014 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
Zack Greinke took off in the second half for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Despite injuries, Zack Greinke had an awesome first season with the Dodgers. (AP)

By RotoRob, Josh Johnson and Tim McLeod

Welcome to the 2014 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be releasing cheat sheets for every positions, plus sleeper, bust and rookie lists, not to mention our annual top prospect ranking. We kick things off today with our first cheat sheet.

So while you ponder whether adding a mascot is the key to turning around the Cubs’ fortunes, let’s review the top 150 starting pitchers in Fantasy baseball for 2014.

These rankings are loosely based on last season’s performances and some warm feelings for the future we have for certain pitchers. Youngsters like Alex Wood and Wily Peralta are exciting, but please keep your stick on the ice in the early rounds. It appears Justin Verlander is no longer first round worthy, but his track record is too good to consign him to a low tier based on one “off season” that most hurlers would consider a career year. Assuming we’ll get a crack at him, Japanese import Masahiro Tanaka is another intriguing option considering he is certainly no rookie. This list may be controversial but that is not its purpose. Rather, our goal here is to get you to soak it in on your way to victory.

1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: As we discussed in a mid-October Podcast, Kershaw is a slam dunk as the best pitcher in the game. The Dodgers finally worked out a long-term extension with the arbitration-eligible ace, and it wasn’t cheap (seven years, $215 million) after he led the NL in strikeouts, ERA and WHIP. As good as Kershaw has been for the past few years, he took it to a whole new level in 2013, besting his previous best in ERA by almost half a run. He was rewarded with his second Cy Young in three years (and really, he should have won all three) and while he wasn’t quite as dominant in the postseason, he still failed to give up a dinger in his four playoff starts. Kershaw’s strikeout rate has dipped in each of the last two seasons, but his ability to get through hitters and innings quicker has been a far greater component of his development. In fact, he topped 1,000 career innings early last year, as you can see in the video below. To top things off, Kershaw also bagged the GIBBY as the top Starting Pitcher in 2013. Ya, we guess he’s pretty good.

2. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers: Back in a mid-June Podcast, we marvelled at Darvish’s ability to throw the ball and the impact he’s had on the Rangers has been undeniable. In his second MLB season, he took a major step forward, proving nearly unhittable, significantly improving his control and leading the majors in strikeouts. Darvish had some issues with his back over the final few weeks, but those are in the past now and will not prohibit him from being ready to rock when Spring Training launches. The only worrisome fact from last year was that his groundball rate decreased, which naturally led to an increase in his homer rate. If Darvish returns to his 2012 groundball rate, his ERA will drop even further.

3. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers: Part of a stellar Detroit rotation that new manager Brad Ausmus inherits, Scherzer took home his first Cy Young Award, beating out some fine Japanese talent in the AL thanks to a career best in Ks and ERA (oh, and those 21 wins might have helped). We loved seeing his control sharpen this year — a definite sign that he came of age. Detroit now needs to see if it can sign Scherzer to a long-term deal or else he might be dealt.

4. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals: Wainwright had some mixed results in the World Series, but during the regular season, he was simply brilliant — especially control-wise, as he walked just 35 batters over 34 starts. He matched his career high with five complete games and improved his home run rate nicely. Wainright’s BABIP dipped a bit, yet for the second straight season, his ERA was actually higher than either his FIP or xFIP, so we could see an even better year in 2014.

5. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners: Last winter, Seattle opened up the vault and rewarded King Felix with a seven-year deal worth $175 million. He started paying them back immediately, although his hit rates rose slightly and his homer rate was also up thanks to his highest HR/FB rate since 2007. Hernandez’s record went south, but it was not indicative of how well he pitched. The fact that he has five double-digit loss seasons speaks more to the ineptitude of the Mariners, but at the age of 27, there may still be upside in his game and he certainly hasn’t shown any signs of decline yet.

6. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers: We already made an allusion to Verlander’s “off year” in mid-November, but take a look at what he did in the playoffs (23 IP, 10 hits, one run, three walks, 31 K) and tell me you’re worried about this dude. He turned in three outings that have to rank among the most impressive pitching performances we’ve seen in the playoffs in quite some time — especially his Game Five showing in the ALDS to knock the A’s out. Verlander’s strikeout rate dipped slightly last season, but he was still well over 200 Ks for the fifth straight year. Uncharacteristically, he didn’t finish what he started last season, going without a complete game for the first time ever.

7. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants: This southpaw enjoyed a breakthrough season, finishing in the top five in the NL in both ERA and WHIP while just missing out on his first 200-strikeout season. Bumgarner also massively improved his home run rate and it was great to see him shake off his poor September from 2012 to enjoy a career year that included nearly a strikeout per inning. The Giants signing him to that five-year, $35-million extension is going to prove to be a very astute move on their part.

8. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies: As we discussed in late-July, Lee’s been on the trade block for some time, and apparently remains so. He turned in another stellar season in 2013, earning a fourth trip to the All-Star Game. Once again, Lee likely deserved a better record, but at least he did his part, enjoying another decent year with the bat (he’s scored 14 runs in the last three years combined) while limiting his opponents to a meagre .230 mark. He may still wind up with a new team before the 2014 season kicks off, but for now, we’re ranking him as if he’ll be with the Phillies.

9. David Price, Tampa Bay Rays: A triceps strain cost Price several weeks early on, opening the door for Chris Archer to establish himself. Price had his issues last season, but he got better as the campaign progressed and wound up reaching double digit wins for the fifth straight season while matching his WHIP from his 2012 Cy Young season. He’s rumoured to be on the trade block and Washington was interested, but have since landed Doug Fister instead. Price will be headed somewhere, but his home-road splits suggest it’s nothing to be worried about. His control was never better than it was in 2013, so in a thin free agent market for starters, this dude can be a real difference maker for the team that lands him.

10. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins: Fernandez’s performance last season earned himself the anchor spot in the rotation for our Wire Troll All-Star Team. He was simply dominant as a rookie, finishing second in the NL in ERA, third in WHIP and fifth in win percentage. Fernandez was touched up for more dingers in the majors, but we’d hardly call it an issue. The NL ROY was really the only reason tuning in to a Marlins game wasn’t a complete waste of time. What he accomplished at such a young age, including racking up a whopping 9.75 K/9 rate, was something you simply don’t see very often. This Cuban hurler looks like a future Cy Young winner.

11. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers: In late-July, Greinke started really rolling and he was even better over the final two months of the season, winding up with a 1.85 ERA after the break. Clearly, his first season with the Dodgers was wildly successful as despite missing over a month, he matched his 2012 win total with his fourth 15-win campaign. Then, Greinke proceeded to pitch even better in the playoffs, erasing any memories of his first taste of the postseason in 2011 with Milwaukee, (which did not go well at all). It’s amazing that he finished the season as a top 15 starter despite his DL stint. The one worry we have is that Greinke had his lowest strikeout rate since 2010.

12. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox: Sale was occasionally the victim of a beatdown, as we discussed in an August Podcast, and it’s interesting to see how many trade rumours he’s involved in this winter. In his second season since being moved to the rotation, he managed to reach 30 starts for the first time as he continues to improve on an annual basis. Okay, so Sale wasn’t as sharp in August and September, but it’s clear he’s a superb starter — which is fantastic to see considering many believed he’d top out as a reliever. His strand rate dipped again last year, suggesting that he was capable of putting up a sub-3.00 ERA. Combine that with the fact that his pedestrian record will cause some to overlook him, and Sale represents a potential sleeper of sorts for 2014. He’s definitely capable of breaking through with a Cy Young performance at a relatively cheaper cost than most “aces.”

13. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals: As we discussed in a Podcast last month, we still think the Nats may have made the right move when they refused to budge on their innings limit for Strasburg. Sure, it may have cost them a chance to advance in the playoffs, but we like the fact they put their ace’s future ahead of any short-term gains. After 2013, Strasburg had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, but it was a minor procedure and he’s expected to be ready for the start of 2014. Although the righty missed some time with an oblique injury, he was able to stay healthy enough to reach 30 starts for the first time last season, improving both his WHIP and ERA in the process. In auction formats, it will likely take at least $30 to land Strasburg in 2014 and while his walk rate rose slightly, it’s not something we’re worried about.

14. Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals: As we discussed in late-November, the Nats are considering tying Zimmermann up long term after his sweet campaign in 2013. The fact that he was pretty much the Nats’ ace last season is fantastic news for Washington given that we all know that both Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez are capable of besting Zimmermann. Zimmermann faced more batters than ever last season, but he did his best job of getting through innings quickly. Since 2011, he hasn’t had an ERA lower than 2.95 or higher than 3.25 — offering the kind of consistency you rarely find among the starter ranks. If Zimmermann can trim his home run rate again in 2014, he could get his ERA back under 3.00. Keep an eye on extension talks this winter, because the word on the street is that if the Nats can’t lock him up long-term, he could be on the trading block a year from now.

15. Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers: In a mid-October Podcast, we wondered whether Sanchez was actually the best of Detroit’s collection of aces. After all, he led the AL with a 2.57 ERA (fourth best mark in baseball) en route to a career-best 14 wins. He also enjoyed a career-best 1.15 WHIP, ninth best in the AL. Let’s not forget what he did in Game One of the ALDS, when he completely overwhelmed the Red Sox to give Detroit a major advantage that it couldn’t parlay into a return trip to the World Series. Sanchez has always been stingy with the long ball, but last year he was off the charts good in that regard. Anyone that was worried the Tigers made a mistake when they re-signed Sanchez to a five-year deal last winter can just let go of that idea now based on what we saw in 2013.

16. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies: As we mentioned in November, we were surprised that the Phillies gave Hamels a big-cash extension last offseason. Well, now he’s apparently back on the trade market despite setting a career high in IP last season. Hamels’ hit rates have risen the last couple of years, but it’s hardly a worry. He’s a tick under the truly elite hurlers in the game, but owners are generally willing to pay for him because he’s been so consistent — and that’s so hard to find in the SP ranks. Hamels’ improved control in 2013 is a portent that better bottom line results are coming. His home-road splits have been negligible in recent years, so if he gets dealt we’re not worried about his value changing one way or the other.

17. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants: The author of a perfect game in 2012, Cain was penned to a huge six-year deal at beginning of the 2012 season and so far, the results have been mixed. In 2012, he put together a stellar record with sweet ERA and WHIP, while last season he endured his first career DL stint and struggled through his worst ERA since 2006. Cain has traditionally outperformed his peripherals and if his control doesn’t bounce back, it’s going to be hard for him to improve his record. Still, we can see him rebounding under the tutelage of new rotation mate Tim Hudson.

18. Kris Medlen, Atlanta Braves: As we discussed last offseason, Medlen was one of the few sure things the Braves had in their rotation heading into 2013. Predictably, he was unable to duplicate his insane 2012, but he enjoyed another solid season, just in time for arbitration. Medlen reached 15 wins for the first time and looked absolutely magnificent at times. His command wasn’t as dominant as it had been in 2012, but as long as he can hold his walk rate where it was last year, he’ll be fine. Believe it or not, Medlen is now the longest serving Brave at age 28 with five seasons in Atlanta under his belt.

19. Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners: An honourable mention as a 2012 Wire Troll All-Star, Iwakuma was definitely not being plucked off any wires in 2013. He’s quickly become a core piece of the Mariners, and he took a huge step forward in his second season in the bigs. Iwakuma shaved a half a run off his ERA, improved his home run rate and upped his K rate. Hell, only Clayton Kershaw and Cliff Lee had a higher WAR than the 7.0 Iwakuma put up in a simply brilliant 2013 in which his command (4.4 K/BB) was off the charts. Man, how bad do you think the A’s feel that they couldn’t successful negotiate a deal with Iwakuma when they had the chance?

20. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers: One of Korea’s top pitching products (seven strong seasons in the Korean league), Ryu had a splendid MLB debut last season, staying more or less healthy, doing a fine job of limiting home runs and putting up a very sweet WHIP and ERA. He did pretty well in his two playoff starts as well. Ryu has nice control and the lefty can even sing. He tended to pitch backwards against hitters last season and it will be interesting to see what adjustments the league makes in 2014.

21. Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves: Even though it was a tale of two halves, we came away very impressed with Minor’s 2012 effort. Well, the arbitration eligible lefty wound up building on that last season, arguably emerging as the Braves’ ace after facing more batters than ever before. Minor cut his loss total and upped his K rate — pleasing Fantasy owners greatly in the process. His groundball rate has dipped in each of the last two seasons, yet he massively improved his home run rate in 2013, which tells us that the command of his stuff was simply better than ever. The hitch in Minor’s delivery is still not completely gone, but it’s a lot better than it was when he was at Vanderbilt.

22. Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates: An honourable mention for our coveted Wire Troll All-Star team, Cole came up about a third of the way through the season and proceeded to compile a fine rookie effort, upping his strikeout rate significantly from Triple-A. He looked phenomenal in the playoffs and this hard thrower has a ridiculous amount of upside. Performance-wise in 2013, he was a top 60 SP, but given his potential, we have him inside our top 25. A double-digit winner as a rook, Cole has the ability to be a big-time winner very soon. Simply put, this dude is a blue-chip Fantasy asset.

23. Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds: In an early-July Podcast, we talked about how Bailey had spun two no-hitters in less than a year. He improved his ERA for the fifth straight year and continues to do a better job of keeping the ball in the yard as well. Bailey’s losing record will restrict his appeal somewhat, which will allow sharp owners to get a potential ace at a bargain price. The fact that his line drive rate keeps dipping is a testament to his improvement. There’s been talk the Reds may have to deal Bailey for financial reasons (although the exodus of Shin-Soo Choo removes some of the urgency), and if that happens, his Fantasy value will probably rise.

24. James Shields, Kansas City Royals: Sent to KC last winter in the deal that sent prospect Jake Odorizzi (and uber talent Wil Myers) to Tampa Bay, Shields is entering his walk year on a high note, having enjoyed a fine first season with the Royals. Shields’ hit rate has risen in each of the last two seasons, but his ERA bounced back last season thanks to an improved home run rate. KC picked up his 2014 option, but as mentioned, he’ll be a free agent after the season. It’s worth noting that Shields’ strand rate was higher than usual, so it would be prudent to expect his ERA to rise back to the 3.50 range.

25. Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals: A real workhorse, Gonzalez’s strong finish was nearly enough to propel Washington back into the playoffs, and allowed him to wrap up a very inconsistent season on a high note. Still, his WAR dropped by one-third. Gonzalez’s walk rate regressed slightly last year, helping drive back his WHIP, although it didn’t exactly suck at 1.25. The lefty was part of Team USA’s WBC entry prior to the season, which gives you a pretty good idea of how highly thought of he was entering 2013. Shockingly, the 28-year-old has already been dealt four times.

26. Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds: Latos, whose wife was allegedly punched during the NL Wild Card game in Pittsburgh, stayed healthy enough to set a career high in innings pitched as he’s turned into a real workhorse since landing in Cincy. However, in mid-October, he had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow after spending most of the season pitching with abdominal pain. We can only imagine what kind of numbers Latos would have produced had he been pain free. He massively improved his home run rate last year, leading to him establishing himself as a top 20 NL hurler.

27. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves: An honourable mention as the 2013 RotoRob Fantasy Rookie of the Year, Teheran’s emergence as a bona fide quality starter made it a lot easier for the Braves to let Tim Hudson walk this winter. Teheran stayed healthy and showed signs of developing into a workhorse. Most impressive, though, were the strides he made in his control while also improving his strikeout rates. With that kind of command, small wonder Teheran flirted with a sub-3.00 ERA. We’ve kind of been waiting for this top prospect to break out for a while now, and in 2013, he sure did not disappoint. Better yet, Teheran won’t turn 23 until later this month, so his upside is still significant. If he ups his K rate a tad, we’ll be looking at a 200-strikeout pitcher. Any questions about whether Teheran can be an effective starter over the course of a whole season are now history. Now just imagine how good he’ll be if his changeup — supposedly his go-to pitch coming up — returns to form with the rest of his arsenal.

28. Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals: Another honourable mention as the 2013 RotoRob Fantasy Rookie of the Year, Miller enjoyed a tremendous first full season, but one that was certainly aided by having great players surrounding him. His ERA was dramatically improved over what we saw at Triple-A in 2012 and he also did a better of job of limiting the long balls. Miller proved he can win in the majors, and while he didn’t get a chance to start in the playoffs, we have no doubt he’ll get his turn soon on the perennially contending Cards. We didn’t even know he would win the fifth starter job a year ago, and look at him now — he massively exceeded all preseason prognostications. Miller’s somewhat low BABIP suggests his ERA will rise this year, so bear that in mind when you draft him. Talk of him tiring in a rough second half is unfair, we believe, given his 2.76 performance in September.

29. Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels: Way back in Spring Training, we expressed concern about Weaver in a Podcast after he was shelled, and it turns out our worries had merit as his performance slipped for the second straight season. The righty could be in line for an even tougher season in 2014 based on the peripherals. There’s a reason he didn’t make the All-Star Game last year after back-to-back appearances. It’s become clear that he peaked in 2012, although you could easily argue that actually happened in 2011. Weaver’s strand rate has dropped in each of the last two seasons, which suggests he was also a bit unluckier, but his overall numbers are trending south — and luck has nothing to do with that. At some point, his ERA will match his xFIP, which is 86 points higher in his career. The fact that injuries became a factor last year is another worry and while his K rate stabilized somewhat last year, it’s been in free fall since 2010 and that’s not a good sign at all.

30. Masahiro Tanaka, Free Agent: By late-August, we were already advising you to pick up Tanaka in dynasty formats. He’s currently waiting to find out where he lands, but most expect the Yankees to win the right to negotiate with him. Of the eight or nine teams that met with him when he came over to North America, the Dodgers and Angels are considered the two next biggest possibilities to get a crack at Tanaka, who will cost $20 million alone in the posting fee.

Others to Consider

31. Justin Masterson, Cleveland Indians
32. Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays
33. Ervin Santana, Free Agent
34. Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates
35. Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox: Buchholz had plenty of shoulder issues in 2013 and you could see that it was affecting him in the postseason, but the good news is he doesn’t need surgery. When he was healthy, he was lights out, proving nearly unhittable en route to his best bottom line results ever. He rested for a few weeks after the season, but is now into his usual offseason regime and is fully expected to be just fine by Spring Training. Buchholz had his issues in the playoffs, barely averaging over five innings per start. Expect his ERA to rise as there’s no way he can sustain such a low HF/FB rate, but regardless, he re-emerged as an untouchable component of the BoSox rotation with his brilliant 2013. Considering how bad he was in 2012, Buchholz’s turnaround last season was all the more remarkable.
36. Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals
37. Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees
38. Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox
39. Jeff Samardzija, Chicago Cubs
40. Andrew Cashner, San Diego Padres
41. Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Rays
42. C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels
43. Ubaldo Jimenez, Free Agent
44. Sonny Gray, Oakland A’s
45. Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians
46. A.J. Griffin, Oakland A’s
47. Bartolo Colon, New York Mets
48. Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
49. Chris Tillman, Baltimore Orioles
50. Jhoulys Chacin, Colorado Rockies
51. Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox
52. Tony Cingrani, Cincinnati Reds
53. R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays
54. Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds
55. John Lackey, Boston Red Sox
56. Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals
57. Doug Fister, Washington Nationals
58. Marco Estrada, Milwaukee Brewers
59. Patrick Corbin. Arizona Diamondbacks
60. Kyle Lohse, Milwaukee Brewers
61. CC Sabathia, New York Yankees
62. Jarrod Parker, Oakland A’s
63. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
64. Ivan Nova, New York Yankees
65. Travis Wood, Chicago Cubs
66. Tim Hudson, San Francisco Giants
67. Scott Feldman, Houston Astros
68. Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres
69. Alexi Ogando, Texas Rangers
70. Taijuan Walker, Seattle Mariners
71. Matt Garza, Free Agent
72. Scott Kazmir, Oakland A’s
73. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
74. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds
75. Dan Haren, Los Angeles Dodgers
76. Joe Kelly, St. Louis Cardinals
77. Brandon Beachy, Atlanta Braves
78. Jorge De La Rosa, Colorado Rockies
79. Jonathon Niese, New York Mets
80. Drew Smyly, Detroit Tigers (Smyly doesn’t yet qualify, but will be moving to SP this season.)
81. Martin Perez, Texas Rangers
82. Dillon Gee, New York Mets
83. Derek Holland, Texas Rangers (We had Holland at 56, but have shifted him down based on his knee injury that we anticipate will cost him a quarter of the season; if his timetable becomes more clear between now and Spring Training, move him up or down accordingly.)
84. Josh Johnson, San Diego Padres
85. Miguel Gonzalez, Baltimore Orioles
86. Tyler Thornburg, Milwaukee Brewers
87. Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers
88. Charlie Morton, Pittsburgh Pirates
89. Zack Wheeler, New York Mets
90. Rick Porcello, Detroit Tigers
91. Alex Wood, Atlanta Braves
92. Ricky Nolasco, Minnesota Twins
93. Brett Oberholtzer, Houston Astros
94. Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks
95. Dan Straily, Oakland A’s
96. Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals
97. Hector Santiago, Los Angeles Angels
98. Henderson Alvarez, Miami Marlins
99. Phil Hughes, Minnesota Twins
100. Jeff Locke, Pittsburgh Pirates
101. Zach McAllister, Cleveland Indians
102. Jarred Cosart, Houston Astros
103. Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals (Roark doesn’t qualify, but is expected to be given a shot to win a rotation spot.)
104. Eric Stults, San Diego Padres
105. Tyler Chatwood, Colorado Rockies
106. Nathan Eovaldi, Miami Marlins
107. Randall Delgado, Atlanta Braves
108. Wei-Yin Chen, Baltimore Orioles
109. Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays
110. Jason Vargas, Kansas City Royals
111. Jake Peavy, Boston Red Sox
112. Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays
113. Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels
114. Archie Bradley, Arizona Diamondbacks
115. Tommy Milone, Oakland A’s
116. Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays
117. Felix Doubront, Boston Red Sox
118. Wily Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers
119. Erik Johnson, Chicago White Sox
120. Matt Harrison, Texas Rangers
121. Samuel Deduno, Minnesota Twins
122. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Philadelphia Phillies
123. Jeremy Guthrie, Kansas City Royals
124. Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles
125. Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals (Martinez doesn’t qualify, but could get a shot to start, so keep an eye on this situation as Spring Training nears.)
126. Bronson Arroyo, Free agent
127. A.J. Burnett, Free Agent (We ranked Burnett here based on the assumption he will resume his career in 2014; should he retire, obviously, scratch him off this list.)
128. Trevor Cahill, Arizona Diamondbacks
129. Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals
130. Tyler Skaggs, Los Angeles Angels
131. David Phelps, New York Yankees
132. Bud Norris, Baltimore Orioles
133. Jacob Turner, Miami Marlins
134. Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals
135. Robbie Erlin, San Diego Padres
136. John Danks, Chicago White Sox
137. Josh Beckett, Los Angeles Dodgers
138. Colby Lewis, Texas Rangers
139. Wandy Rodriguez, Pittsburgh Pirates
140. Brandon McCarthy, Arizona Diamondbacks
141. James Paxton, Seattle Mariners
142. Brett Anderson, Colorado Rockies
143. Brandon Morrow, Toronto Blue Jays
144. Brian Matusz, Baltimore Orioles (Matusz was used only as a reliever in 2013, but will be given a chance to start this year.)
145. Ian Kennedy, San Diego Padres
146. Edwin Jackson, Chicago Cubs
147. Ryan Dempster, Boston Red Sox
148. Erasmo Ramirez, Seattle Mariners
149. J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays
150. Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs

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Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments section below which pitchers are ranked bang on and which are off and why.

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2 Responses to “2014 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: Starting Pitcher Rankings”

  1. MB says:

    Man, why do you guys hate Kennedy so much?

  2. Tim McLeod says:

    At this point in time he’s done nothing to reward our confidence. Even after the trade to the Padres, the walks in August were horrible. He allowed five or more earned runs in three of his 10 starts. If anything can help it will be pitching in Petco, but we simply aren’t optimistic that we will be witnessing a rebound in 2014.

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