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Top 100 Dynasty Starting Pitcher Rankings: August

This Wednesday, I posted my top 100 starting pitcher rankings for redraft leagues and now you get something even better—my top 100 dynasty  starting pitcher rankings! Unlike the redraft ranks, which will come out every week, these dynasty rankings are a bit more special, releasing every month.

Before I get into the rankings it’s important for me to point out that these ranks are best used in conjunction with my redraft rankings when making decisions on dropping or trading players in your dynasty league. For example, if you are a win-now team, you should be far less concerned with maximizing your future value than you are your present value. If that means that you trade a pitcher who is higher ranked on my dynasty list for one that is higher ranked on my redraft list, you do that every time. Flags fly forever and there are no prizes for best farm system.


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Top-100 Dynasty Starting Pitcher Rankings

There is a well-known adage created by Gary Huckabay, founder of Baseball Prospectus, which says, “There’s no such thing as a pitching prospect.” This phrase is often abbreviated to TINSTAAPP. Essentially, what Mr. Huckabay was getting at is that pitchers have high failure rates and it can be a fool’s errand to try and roster them as they toil through the minors. For every pitcher who fails due to lack of talent there are just as many that fail due to injury so avoiding them is the smart play. Over the long run, investing in position players and trading for pitchers when they are developed leads to a lot of success.

Despite the potential wisdom to be found by adhering to TINSTAAPP I have ranked over 30 prospects within my top 100 dynasty rankings. Although I agree that pitcher attrition rates are high, I also recognize that scouts, cross checkers, scouting directors, and all of the people involved in player development do a phenomenal job at identifying the players with the best chance of having an impact at the big-league level. For every Jacob deGrom, who was taken in the ninth round, there are many more like Gerrit Cole who have first-round credentials. If you want to develop aces on your fantasy team you need to roster ace level pitching talent.

My rankings are made in a vacuum, meaning I don’t take into account whatsoever the context of your dynasty team. These are made with standard 5×5 pitching categories in mind which include ERA, WHIP, W, SO, and saves, the last of which doesn’t apply here. When I rank one player higher than another in a sense what I’m saying is I would not trade player X for player Y that is ranked below him. As I said at the top of this article that should change for you when evaluating trades based on your own contention cycle.

You may notice that some players might be ranked higher on my redraft list than another player that is roughly the same age while the opposite may be true on my dynasty list. While that might look inconsistent what that says is that the current version of that pitcher is better than the current version of the other pitcher. I’ll use Dylan Cease and Logan Webb as an example. Webb is ranked 69th on my redraft list and Cease is ranked 79th. I like what Webb is now better than what Cease is now. Cease is ranked 88th on my dynasty list while Webb isn’t in my top 100. Webb is 23 years old and Cease is 24 years old, but I like the top end potential of Cease much more than Webb if he can iron out some of his issues.

In a typical month, I will include risers and fallers as well as new additions to my dynasty starting pitcher rankings, but since this is the first version of this list I will let the list speak for itself. If you have any questions about the list don’t hesitate to hit me up on Twitter @devjake. Thanks for reading!

RNKNameAge
1Shane Bieber25
2Gerrit Cole29
3Jacob deGrom32
4Walker Buehler26
5Jack Flaherty24
6Blake Snell27
7Luis Castillo27
8Mike Clevinger29
9Stephen Strasburg32
10Max Scherzer36
11Brandon Woodruff27
12Aaron Nola27
13Lucas Giolito26
14MacKenzie Gore21
15Patrick Corbin31
16Clayton Kershaw32
17Jesus Luzardo22
18Chris Paddack24
19Sonny Gray30
20Dustin May22
21Max Fried26
22Mike Soroka23
23Zac Gallen25
24Tyler Glasnow26
25Trevor Bauer29
26Frankie Montas27
27Luis Patiño20
28Nate Pearson23
29Dinelson Lamet28
30Jose Berrios26
31Lance Lynn33
32Yu Darvish33
33Chris Sale31
34Matt Manning22
35Spencer Howard24
36Tarik Skubal23
37Casey Mize23
38Julio Urias23
39Zach Plesac25
40Aaron Civale25
41German Marquez25
42Noah Syndergaard27
43Andrew Heaney29
44Luis Severino26
45Eduardo Rodriguez27
46Brendan McKay24
47Lance McCullers Jr.26
48Michael Kopech24
49Sixto Sanchez22
50Carlos Carrasco33
51Kenta Maeda32
52Kyle Hendricks30
53Forrest Whitley22
54Grayson Rodriguez20
55Shohei Ohtani26
56Zack Wheeler30
57Hyun-Jin Ryu33
58Logan Gilbert23
59Asa Lacy21
60Justin Verlander37
61Dylan Bundy27
62Zack Greinke36
63Griffin Canning24
64Max Meyer21
65Mitch Keller24
66A.J. Puk25
67Ian Anderson22
68James Paxton31
69Matthew Boyd29
70Joe Musgrove27
71George Kirby22
72David Price34
73Nick Lodolo22
74Daniel Espino19
75Emerson Hancock21
76Jhoan Duran22
77Brailyn Marquez21
78Jose Urquidy25
79Charlie Morton36
80Josiah Gray22
81Mike Minor32
82DL Hall21
83Edward Cabrera22
84Robbie Ray28
85Adrian Houser27
86Pablo Lopez24
87Luke Weaver26
88Dylan Cease24
89Matthew Liberatore20
90Shane Baz21
91Caleb Smith29
92Jordan Montgomery27
93Yonny Chirinos26
94Spencer Turnbull27
95Daniel Lynch23
96Jordan Balozovic21
97Madison Bumgarner31
98Ryan Yarborough28
99Alek Manoah22
100Jon Gray28

Other Prospects I really Like: Bryce Jarvis, Ethan Small, Blake Walston, Zack Thompson, Shane McClanahan, Kyle Muller, Matthew Allan, Mick Abel, Quinn Priester


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5 Comments
  1. Tom says

    Great list

    Your thoughts on Clark Schmidlt and Nick Bitsko ?

    Twisted dynasty

    1. Jake Devereaux says

      I like both players a lot. Bitsko has a long way to go in his development. Schmidt almost made my list.

  2. E says

    No Jake Odorizzi at all? Seems like he should be in top 100

    1. Jake Devereaux says

      He is a back end candidate that could easily make it when he comes back if he shows that he’s effective again. He’s a really good player.

  3. Mike says

    Triston MacKenzie?

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