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Top-100 2022 Starting Pitcher Rankings: Too Many Ball Fours for Gore

Rankings are always important in Fantasy Baseball, regardless of whether it’s pre-season or during the regular season. The purpose of these rankings throughout the season will be to help determine the top-100 pitchers on ROS value. Basically, if you did a draft today, here’s how I would rank the top 100 arms. Hopefully, these ongoing 2022 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings can help with in-season management and with trading as well.

Pitcher Notes

Brandon Woodruff

Talk about returning in style. After missing around a month with a sprained right ankle and issues with his Raynaud’s syndrome (numbness in fingertips), Brandon Woodruff returned to the mound Tuesday night and dominated the Tampa Bay Rays. In five innings of work, Woodruff allowed just two hits and one earned run with 10 strikeouts and zero walks. He finished the start with a stellar 45% whiff rate and 39% CSW. On top of that, Woodruff averaged 97.7 mph on his four-seamer and 97.2 mph on his sinker, both up more than 1.5 mph from before hitting the IL and up a little more than 1 mph each from 2021.

I’m sure the Brewers will take it easy with Woodruff for the next few starts, but I’m not expecting any major restrictions moving forward. This is an arm that we were drafting as a top-5 pitcher just a few short months ago that has the potential to return to that level ROS. The window to buy low on him is shutting quickly.

Charlie Morton

One of my favorite buy-low pitcher targets right now, especially in redraft, is Charlie Morton. On the surface, Morton’s 4.73 ERA and 1.33 WHIP aren’t overly impressive, but it’s when you dig deeper that the encouragement begins to shine brightly. Entering last night’s start, Morton was leading the Majors over the last 30 days with a stellar 32.5% K-BB rate (yes, even ahead of McClanahan) and had a 2.11 xFIP and SIERA over that timeframe with a 0.90 WHIP and .191 BAA as well.

Morton is still trying to shake those early-season woes that are weighing his season ratios down, and that right there creates a great buying opportunity. Plain and simple, Morton is better than his surface ratios right now. His dominant curveball has finally returned this month as well with a .059 BAA, .118 SLG, .142 wOBA, and 58.7% whiff rate. When Morton is pitching like this, he needs to be considered a top-40 arm at the very least moving forward.

MacKenzie Gore

The career of MacKenzie Gore has been a roller coaster ride, to say the least. He’s gone from the alpha dog of pitching prospects to a massive question mark to one of the most exciting young Major League arms over the last few years. But is this roller coaster about to descend once again? I’m pretty sure it won’t descend back to 2020/2021 levels, but I’m definitely a bit concerned with Gore moving forward. After a dominant April and May, the wheels have come off in June in regards to Gore’s command and control.

MonthERAWHIPBB%K%
April1.761.179.7%32.3%
May1.691.017.7%26%
June7.271.9616.3%20.9%

On top of that, Gore’s strikeout rate has plummeted month to month and he currently sports one of the worst K-BB marks in the entire league for the month of June. The last time Gore had less than three walks in a start was over a month ago on 5/22 against the Giants. And over his last three outings, Gore has 11 walks to just eight strikeouts over 11.1 innings. That equates to a 17.7% walk rate and 12.9% strikeout rate. Yikes.

Again, I’m not saying that Gore is going to lose all of his value entirely, but with command and control issues popping back up now after spearheading his issues in 2020/2021, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned right now.

Other Pitcher Notes

Jon Gray, TEX: Gray is absolutely rolling right now. Last night marked his 3rd quality start in his last four outings, 4th in his last six, and 5th in his last eight. He’s sporting a 2.39 ERA over his last six starts and ranks inside the top-25 in K-BB rate for the 127 pitchers with 20+ IP over the last 30 days.

Chris Sale, BOS: Sale is making another rehab outing on Thursday, this time in Double-A Portland. It should be long before he’s back up with Boston but I’m almost certain that his workload will be limited immensely over the 2nd half of the season. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to use the hype surrounding his impending return to try and sell.

Tyler Wells, BAL: I’m not exactly sure what has gotten into Tyler Wells and the Baltimore Orioles lately. Over the last 30 days, Wells has won five of his six starts while posting a 1.97 ERA and 0.88 WHIP across 32 innings. The last time he allowed more than three earned runs in a start was in his 2022 debut on April 10th. However, Wells doesn’t miss many bats and has an xFIP and SIERA over 5.00 for the last month. I’m expecting Wells to come crashing back to Earth very soon.

Nestor Cortes, NYY: Apparently Nestor Cortes is mortal after all. Over the last 30 days, Cortes has cooled off to the tune of a 4.15 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 26 innings. His early-season pace was certainly unsustainable, but the window to sell high is pretty much gone. With that said, Cortes should still be valued as a top-50 SP for now.

Jack Flaherty, STL: After only eight innings across three starts, Jack Flaherty is back on the IL with a shoulder strain. The talented right-hander just can’t seem to stay healthy and this might be another extended absence. I’d hold for now, especially if you have IL spots open, but he”ll be hard to hold if this is another long IL stint.

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Top-100 2022 Starting Pitcher Rankings

NOTE: Prospects will not be added until they have been called up to the Majors.

RankPlayerTeamPrev
1Corbin BurnesMIL1
2Shane McClanahanTBR2
3Gerrit ColeNYY3
4Sandy AlcantaraMIA4
5Joe MusgroveSDP5
6Dylan CeaseCHW14
7Zack WheelerPHI6
8Justin VerlanderHOU7
9Max ScherzerNYM8
10Aaron NolaPHI10
11Carlos RodonSFG19
12Shane BieberCLE9
13Julio UriasLAD13
14Brandon WoodruffMIL22
15Alek ManoahTOR11
16Luis SeverinoNYY15
17Shohei OhtaniLAA16
18Max FriedATL18
19Logan GilbertSEA17
20Logan WebbSFG20
21Frankie MontasOAK21
22Kevin GausmanTOR12
23Zac GallenARI24
24Pablo LopezMIA25
25Clayton KershawLAD26
26Robbie RaySEA27
27Lance LynnCHW28
28Luis CastilloCIN29
29Jacob deGromNYM33
30Shane BazTBR38
31Tony GonsolinLAD34
32Tarik SkubalDET23
33Chris BassittNYM35
34Sonny GrayMIN36
35Yu DarvishSDP37
36Charlie MortonATL59
37Tyler MahleCIN44
38Cristian JavierHOU45
39Luis GarciaHOU40
40Kyle WrightATL41
41George KirbySEA42
42Framber ValdezHOU55
43Spencer StriderATL57
44Nestor CortesNYY32
45Michael KopechCHW39
46Adam WainwrightSTL60
47Jordan MontgomeryNYY43
48Jon GrayTEX56
49MacKenzie GoreSDP30
50Chris SaleBOS70
51Tyler AndersonLAD49
52Sean ManaeaSDP50
53Lucas GiolitoCHW46
54Nick PivettaBOS65
55Triston McKenzieCLE51
56Nathan EovaldiBOS52
57Hunter GreeneCIN53
58Jeffrey SpringsTBR54
59Joe RyanMIN47
60Alex CobbSFG67
61Roansy ContrerasPIT61
62Eric LauerMIL48
63Jameson TaillonNYY64
64Corey KluberTBR66
65Miles MikolasSTL68
66Jose BerriosTOR58
67Alex WoodSFG69
68Ian AndersonATL71
69Mike ClevingerSDP72
70Josiah GrayWAS83
71Patrick SandovalLAA63
72Carlos CarrascoNYM74
73Blake SnellSDP62
74Drew RasmussenTBR75
75Paul BlackburnOAK76
76Dane DunningTEX78
77Trevor RogersMIA79
78Taijuan WalkerNYMNR
79Jesus LuzardoMIA81
80Michael WachaBOS89
81Jack FlahertySTL31
82Ross StriplingTOR90
83Jose UrquidyHOU86
84Martin PerezTEX82
85Garrett WhitlockBOS87
86Noah SyndergaardLAA77
87Reid DetmersLAA88
88Aaron AshbyMIL91
89Cal QuantrillCLE85
90Merrill KellyARI94
91Josh WinderMINNR
92Tyler WellsBALNR
93Zach PlesacCLENR
94Kyle GibsonPHI73
95JT BrubakerPIT97
96Keegan ThompsonCHCNR
97Zach EflinPHI84
98Brady SingerKCR80
99Mitch KellerPITNR
100Cole IrvinOAK98

Media Credit:  Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire


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9 Comments
  1. Bruce Carlson says

    Great stuff. Minor correction- Tyler Anderson LAD, not SEA

  2. Wally😃 says

    Adam Wainwright at 70? Come on

  3. Ben Polin says

    arent you doing verlander a little dirty?he has the best era in baseball as of now and one of the best wars?

    1. Eric Cross says

      WAR doesn’t factor into fantasy rankings. He’s easily top-10 for me, not sure how that’s doing him dirty.

  4. Johnny Swish says

    Kevin Gausman? I don’t get it

    1. Eric Cross says

      What don’t you get?

  5. Edwin says

    Curious about the absence of Taijuan Walker… sub-3.00 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, K’s picking up, hasn’t had a klunker since May 5 @PHI, last two starts have been dominant. Still concerns about inconsistency, or just didn’t make the cut?
    Thanks!

    1. Eric Cross says

      I almost put him in and probably should have. Big cluster of names at the back end. Likely in next week if this continues.

  6. Edwin says

    Fair enough… thanks for the hard work!

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