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Top 100 Dynasty Starting Pitcher Rankings: September

This is a special post for me because unlike my top 100 starting pitcher rankings for redraft leagues, which releases weekly, this releases just once a month. These are my top 100 starting pitcher rankings for dynasty leagues. For a detailed explanation of how to use both my redraft ranks and my dynasty ranks check out my August edition of the post. Without further ado, here is the list.


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Top-100 Dynasty Starting Pitcher Rankings

This month’s starting pitcher rankings are all about ceiling. Pitching is always a game of attrition, but for whatever reason, real or not, this season feels worse than usual in that regard.

We all knew it would be filled with small sample size noise making it harder than ever to parse out the real pitchers from those just merely stringing together a few good starts. With that in mind, these rankings are for the long game and include a ton of prospects. What they do not contain are mediocre MLB pitchers.

In order to make this top 100 for dynasty the pitchers I chose had to have both strong ratios and great strikeout stuff. Compilers were not welcome to this party. In the past, given a full season to show which players can separate themselves over the grind of a season, I would give more weight to the guys that get close to 200 innings with just ok rate stats. Not this time.

You can always find average to slightly above average pitchers, it’s finding the aces and the real game-changers that represents a challenge worthy of my time. For the second month in a row Shane Bieber, who is having a season for the ages, has claimed the number one spot on this list. I’m on the hunt for the next Bieber.

As a prospect Bieber had really strong command, however, he lacked some of the game-changing secondaries and overpowering velocity we see with ace level starters. He developed those later and now became what he is today. Most guys don’t do that. If a young starter develops a new plus secondary that’s a huge win. If he adds a few MPH to his fastball that’s a huge boon for the player and the organization. To do both is rare, that’s when you become Bieber or Jack Flaherty.

Of the prospects I chose to include in my top 100 starting pitcher rankings, the best ones have a very enticing combination of both command and stuff. The Seattle boys, George Kirby and Logan Gilbert, are higher on my list than a lot of other industry folk because of my philosophy of finding prospects with great command who understand how to pitch. Controlling quality of contact and hitter outcomes has always been the goal. It is now being understood and appreciated at a higher level.

If you want a list of who the best starters are right now, then check out my top 100 starting pitchers for redraft. If you want a list of the guys I think are most likely to help you win your leagues in the future, then look below. I have also compiled my top pitching prospects that made my list, they are listed below as well.

1. MacKenzie Gore
2. Jesus Lúzardo
3. Dustin May
4. Sixto Sánchez
5. Luis Patiño
6. Tarik Skubal
7. Matt Manning
8. Nate Pearson
9. Casey Mize
10. Logan Gilbert
11. Asa Lacy
12. George Kirby
13. Forrest Whitley
14. Ian Anderson
15. Spencer Howard
16. Michael Kopech
17. Tony Gonsolin
18. Max Meyer
19. Brendan McKay
20. Nick Lodolo
21. Daniel Espino
22. Brailyn Marquez
23. Jhoan Duran
24. Emerson Hancock
25. Josiah Gray
26. Edward Cabrera
27. Triston McKenzie
28. Dane Dunning
29. Deivi Garcia
30. Daniel Lynch
31. Jordan Balozovic
32. Alek Manoah
33. Ethan Hankins
34. Matthew Liberatore
35. Shane Baz
36. Simeon Woods Richardson
37. Bryce Jarvis

If you have any questions about the list don’t hesitate to hit me up on Twitter @devjake. Thanks for reading!

RNKNameAgePREV. RNK
1Shane Bieber251
2Jacob deGrom323
3Walker Buehler264
4Jack Flaherty255
5Lucas Giolito2613
6Gerrit Cole302
7Aaron Nola2712
8Blake Snell276
9Zac Gallen2623
10Luis Castillo277
11Max Fried2721
12Brandon Woodruff2711
13MacKenzie Gore2114
14Clayton Kershaw3216
15Max Scherzer3610
16Yu Darvish3432
17Trevor Bauer2925
18Sonny Gray3019
19Lance Lynn3331
20Mike Clevinger298
21Jesus Lúzardo2317
22Dustin May2320
23Dinelson Lamet2829
24Zach Plesac2539
25Mike Soroka2322
26Stephen Strasburg329
27Tyler Glasnow2724
28Kenta Maeda3251
29Chris Paddack2418
30Sixto Sánchez2249
31Dylan Bundy2761
32Chris Sale3133
33Patrick Corbin3115
34Luis Patiño2127
35Tarik Skubal2336
36Matt Manning2234
37Nate Pearson2428
38Pablo López2486
39Aaron Civale2540
40Casey Mize2337
41Carlos Carrasco3350
42Kyle Hendricks3052
43Hyun Jin Ryu3357
44Noah Syndergaard2842
45José Berríos2630
46Julio Urias2438
47Luis Severino2644
48Andrew Heaney2943
49Zach Wheeler3056
50Eduardo Rodriguez2745
51Grayson Rodriguez2054
52Logan Gilbert2358
53Asa Lacy2159
54George Kirby2271
55Forrest Whitley2353
56Ian Anderson2267
57Spencer Howard2435
58Michael Kopech2448
59Zack Greinke3762
60Frankie Montas2726
61Corbin Burnes25NR
62Tony Gonsolin26NR
63Max Meyer2164
64Germán Márquez2541
65Elieser Hernandez25NR
66Marco Gonzales28NR
67Shohei Ohtani2655
68Justin Verlander3760
69Brendan McKay2446
70Mitch Keller2465
71Nick Lodolo2273
72Daniel Espino1974
73Brailyn Marquez2177
74Jhoan Duran2276
75Emerson Hancock2175
76A.J. Puk2566
77Josiah Gray2280
78David Price3572
79DL Hall2282
80Lance McCullers Jr.2747
81Edward Cabrera2283
82Triston McKenzie23NR
83Framber Valdez26NR
84Kevin Gausman29NR
85Zach Davies27NR
86Dane Dunning25NR
87Deivi Garcia21NR
88Griffin Canning2463
89Jose Urquidy2578
90Daniel Lynch2395
91James Paxton3168
92Ryan Yarborough2898
93Jordan Balozovic2296
94Alek Manoah2299
95Ethan Hankins20NR
96Matthew Liberatore2089
97Shane Baz2190
98Simeon Woods Richardson19NR
99Bryce Jarvis22NR
100Matthew Boyd2969

Other Prospects I really Like: Clarke Schmidt, Ethan Small, Blake Walston, Zack Thompson, Shane McClanahan, Kyle Muller, Matthew Allan, Mick Abel, Quinn Priester, Jairo Solis


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2 Comments
  1. Brennan says

    Burnes 61? What’s the reasoning behind that? Corona year?

  2. Brock Boeser says

    Brady Singer?
    Love Julian Merryweather too but maybe he’s a year away from making a more serious impression. Just making a call on him now so I can show off this post to the guys in my league one day haha. He had TJ and is being eased back, but reminds me a little hof Jack Flaherty, easy gas, sick change and plus command.

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