Ranking

Starting Pitchers

1 Clayton Kershaw - LAD
2 Felix Hernandez - Sea
3 Max Scherzer - Was
4 Madison Bumgarner - SF
5 Chris Sale - CWS
6 David Price - Det
7 Stephen Strasburg - Was
8 Corey Kluber - Cle
9 Johnny Cueto - Cin
10 Zack Greinke - LAD
11 Cole Hamels - Phi
12 Jeff Samardzija - CWS
13 Jordan Zimmermann - Was
14 Jon Lester - ChC
15 Alexander Cobb - TB
16 Hisashi Iwakuma - Sea
17 Alex Wood - Atl
18 Gio Gonzalez - Was
19 Adam Wainwright - StL
20 Julio Teheran - Atl
21 James Shields - SD
22 Sonny Gray - Oak
23 Gerrit Cole - Pit
24 Matt Harvey - NYM
25 Jake Arrieta - ChC
26 Tyson Ross - SD
27 Carlos Carrasco - Cle
28 Hyun-Jin Ryu - LAD
29 Jacob DeGrom - NYM
30 Ian Kennedy - SD
31 Phil Hughes - Min
32 Lance Lynn - StL
33 Chris Archer - TB
34 Michael Fiers - Mil
35 Drew Smyly - TB
36 Jose Quintana - CWS
37 Andrew Cashner - SD
38 Anibal Sanchez - Det
39 Michael Wacha - StL
40 Garrett Richards - LAA
41 Justin Verlander - Det
42 Doug Fister - Was
43 Mat Latos - Mia
44 Collin McHugh - Hou
45 Yordano Ventura - KC
46 Masahiro Tanaka - NYY
47 Michael Pineda - NYY
48 Homer Bailey - Cin
49 Scott Kazmir - Oak
50 Danny Salazar - Cle
51 Francisco Liriano - Pit
52 Chris Tillman - Bal
53 Kevin Gausman - Bal
54 Bud Norris - Bal
55 Jake Odorizzi - TB
56 Jose Fernandez - Mia
57 Drew Hutchison - Tor
58 Matt Shoemaker - LAA
59 Derek Holland - Tex
60 Jered Weaver - LAA
61 Shelby Miller - Atl
62 A.J. Burnett - Pit
63 Dallas Keuchel - Hou
64 Brandon McCarthy - LAD
65 John Lackey - StL
66 Trevor Bauer - Cle
67 Kyle Lohse - Mil
68 Yusmeiro Petit - SF
69 Rick Porcello - Bos
70 Ervin Santana - Min
71 Danny Duffy - KC
72 R.A. Dickey - Tor
73 Taijuan Walker - Sea
74 Matt Cain - SF
75 Shane Greene - Det
76 James Paxton - Sea
77 Tanner Roark - Was
78 Jesse Hahn - Oak
79 Henderson Alvarez - Mia
80 Jenrry Mejia - NYM
81 Wade Miley - Bos
82 Jonathon Niese - NYM
83 Clay Buchholz - Bos
84 CC Sabathia - NYY
85 Mike Minor - Atl
86 Wily Peralta - Mil
87 Matt Garza - Mil
88 Anthony Cingrani - Cin
89 Jake Peavy - SF
90 Yovani Gallardo - Tex
91 Wei-Yin Chen - Bal
92 Mike Leake - Cin
93 Carlos Martinez - StL
94 Kyle Hendricks - ChC
95 Aaron Sanchez - Tor
96 Andrew Heaney - LAA
97 Dan Haren - Mia
98 Jason Hammel - ChC
99 Nathan Eovaldi - NYY
100 Drew Pomeranz - Oak
101 C.J. Wilson - LAA
102 Alfredo Simon - Det
103 Tim Lincecum - SF
104 Anthony DeSclafani - Cin
105 Jeremy Hellickson - Ari
106 Jimmy Nelson - Mil
107 Bartolo Colon - NYM
108 Josh Collmenter - Ari
109 Scott Feldman - Hou
110 Tom Koehler - Mia
111 Miguel Gonzalez - Bal
112 T.J. House - Cle
113 David Phelps - Mia
114 Jorge De La Rosa - Col
115 Kyle Gibson - Min
116 Mark Buehrle - Tor
117 Patrick Corbin - Ari
118 Marco Estrada - Tor
119 Tim Hudson - SF
120 Brandon Morrow - SD


Starting Pitcher Notables

Jeff Samardzija (Chicago White Sox). Once aces come flying off the board, a team that misses out may feel way behind the 8-ball in terms of finding a quality starting pitcher. Samardzija has the ability to deliver ace numbers for the price of a No. 2 SP. He suddenly starting throwing first-pitch strikes at an elite level, leading to excellent walk numbers to go with his already quality strikeout production. His upside is a healthy Cliff Lee in his prime; his floor makes him a top-15 starter.

Hisashi Iwakuma (Seattle Mariners). While Iwakuma doesn't have the strikeout production of a clear-cut ace, he has everything else you could want: pinpoint control, good health and a general penchant for avoiding complete duds. Pair him with a high-strikeout ace and you have an excellent 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation, allowing you to fill out most of the offense before dipping back into the SP pool.

Mike Fiers (Milwaukee Brewers). Fiers was excellent in his first look in 2012 but so horrendous in 2013 that many owners swore they would never own him again. Others snapped him up last season and were rewarded with ace-level production. He's the rare commodity who can get strikeouts without overwhelming stuff, and with the team handing him a rotation spot and a consistent role, he should be over the valleys of past years.

Jose Fernandez (Miami Marlins). Where you should target Fernandez rests solely on the structure of your league. If you have ample DL or bench slots, he's well worth burning a mid-round pick to own for the second half, as his talent is nearly unmatched in baseball. I have no issue targeting him outside the top 40-50 starting pitchers – if you end up having a team stocked with healthy, quality pitchers, you can revel in the fact that Fernandez's trade value is only going to shoot skyward the closer he gets from a return.