2014 SP Rankings

Based on 10-team standard 5×5 rotisserie format.
Also check out 2014 rookie/sophomore pitcher rankings, updated 12/30/13.

Note #1: All rankings incorporate injury risk (looking at you, Mr. Buchholz) and are based on projected starting rotations per MLB.com. Note #2: Keep in mind that each win added (or subtracted) is worth about +4 spots (-4) for everyone outside the top 10, and about +/- 1 spot for everyone in the top 10. Note #3: Rankings consist only of starters tabbed for the rotation. Players expected to get the call are not listed, although you can read about which ones I like in the link above.

Name – Wins / ERA / WHIP / K’s

  1. Clayton Kershaw – 15 / 2.84 / 1.00 / 222
  2. Adam Wainwright – 15 / 2.67 / 1.05 / 212
  3. Max Scherzer – 14 / 3.02 / 1.10 /238
  4. Yu Darvish – 14 / 3.40 / 1.14 / 259
  5. Felix Hernandez– 13 / 2.93 / 1.14 / 225
  6. Cliff Lee – 13 / 2.97 / 1.06 / 215
  7. Chris Sale – 12 / 3.22 / 1.11 / 222
  8. Stephen Strasburg – 13 / 3.12 / 1.10 / 192
  9. Jose Fernandez – 12 / 3.10 / 1.07 / 196
  10. David Price – 13 / 3.33 / 1.13 / 191
  11. Mat Latos – 13 / 3.34 / 1.16 /
  12. Anibal Sanchez – 12 / 3.18 / 1.17 / 191
  13. Justin Verlander – 12 / 3.42 / 1.22 / 208
  14. Madison Bumgarner – 11 / 3.22 / 1.09 / 194
  15. Gerrit Cole – 12 / 3.08 / 1.12 / 173
  16. Homer Bailey – 12 / 3.39 / 1.14 / 189
  17. James Shields – 13 / 3.84 / 1.18 / 203
  18. Zack Greinke – 13/ 3.57 / 1.15 / 182
  19. Masahiro Tanaka – 13 / 3.33 / 1.13 / 179
  20. Jordan Zimmermann – 13 / 3.34 / 1.15 / 159
  21. Alex Cobb – 12 / 3.49  / 1.17 / 185
  22. Michael Wacha – 11 / 3.34 / 1.14 / 179
  23. Gio Gonzalez – 11 / 3.48 / 1.23 / 191
  24. Cole Hamels – 11 / 3.24 / 1.10 / 162
  25. Matt Cain – 11 / 3.40 / 1.17 / 175
  26. A.J. Burnett – 11 / 3.36 / 1.24 / 181
  27. Jered Weaver – 12 / 3.73 / 1.15 / 169
  28. Sonny Gray – 12 /3.32 /1.22 / 167
  29. Francisco Liriano – 11 / 3.71 / 1.28 / 192
  30. Danny Salazar – 11 / 3.49 / 1.21 / 190
  31. Doug Fister – 11 / 3.39 / 1.18 / 162
  32. Corey Kluber – 10 / 3.33 / 1.21 / 177
  33. Julio Teheran – 12 / 3.87 / 1.23 / 167
  34. Lance Lynn – 10 / 3.55 / 1.29 / 187
  35. CC Sabathia – 11 / 3.60 / 1.30 / 173
  36. Jake Peavy – 10 / 3.48 / 1.18 / 169
  37. Ervin Santana – 12 / 4.04 / 1.22 / 168
  38. Hisashi Iwakuma – 11 / 3.59 / 1.14 / 152
  39. Mike Minor – 11 / 3.53 / 1.19 / 152
  40. Tony Cingrani – 11 / 3.93 / 1.22 / 172
  41. R.A. Dickey – 11 / 3.84 / 1.24 / 176
  42. Hiroki Kuroda – 11 / 3.60 / 1.18 / 149
  43. Clay Buchholz – 10 / 3.53 / 1.10 / 152
  44. C.J. Wilson – 11 / 3.81 / 1.34 / 178
  45. Shelby Miller – 11 / 3.81 / 1.22 / 159
  46. Hyun-jin Ryu – 11 / 3.68 / 1.21 / 153
  47. Tim Lincecum – 9 / 3.67 / 1.30 / 195
  48. Marco Estrada – 8 / 3.51 / 1.12 / 179
  49. Ricky Nolasco – 9 / 3.42 / 1.23 / 169
  50. John Lackey – 10 / 3.67 / 1.25 / 167
  51. Jon Lester – 11 / 3.83 / 1.33 / 166
  52. Ubaldo Jimenez – 9 / 3.64 / 1.32 / 180
  53. Matt Moore – 11 / 4.26 / 1.33 / 171
  54. Taijuan Walker – 8 / 2.98 / 1.23 / 154
  55. Johnny Cueto – 10 / 3.92 / 1.17 / 158
  56. Chris Archer – 10 / 3.81 / 1.19 / 152
  57. Jeff Samardzija – 8 / 3.74 / 1.30 / 198
  58. Matt Garza – 9 / 3.77 / 1.25 / 173
  59. Justin Masterson – 9 / 3.79 / 1.29 / 176
  60. Josh Beckett – 10 / 3.68 / 1.35 / 155
  61. Tim Hudson – 10 / 3.20 / 1.18 / 143
  62. Michael Pineda – 8 / 3.37 / 1.24 / 162
  63. Rick Porcello – 10/ 3.58 / 1.30 / 140
  64. Andrew Cashner – 9 / 3.59 / 1.25 / 151
  65. Kyle Lohse – 9 / 3.60 / 1.17 / 136
  66. Alex Wood – 7 / 3.25 / 1.19 / 151
  67. Zack Wheeler – 10 / 4.19 / 1.33 / 158
  68. Dan Haren – 9 / 3.72 / 1.24 / 138
  69. Scott Kazmir – 10 / 3.70 / 1.34 / 161
  70. Ian Kennedy – 8 / 3.96 / 1.29 / 171
  71. Drew Smyly – 7 / 3.13 / 1.12 / 130
  72. A.J. Griffin – 10 / 3.99 / 1.24 / 120
  73. Mark Buehrle – 10 / 3.99 / 1.28 / 133
  74. Bartolo Colon – 10 / 3.79 / 1.18 / 110
  75. Jason Vargas – 10 / 4.27 / 1.29 / 147
  76. Jose Quintana – 8 / 3.86 / 1.26 / 154
  77. Tyson Ross – 7 / 3.41 / 1.23 / 145
  78. James Paxton – 7 / 3.54 / 1.23 / 145
  79. Tyler Skaggs – 8 / 4.09 / 1.33 / 161
  80. Yovani Gallardo – 8 / 3.93 / 1.34 / 158
  81. Wade Miley – 8 / 3.90 / 1.28 / 147
  82. Ivan Nova – 8 / 4.09 / 1.26 / 147
  83. Eric Stults – 8 / 3.45 / 1.29 / 122
  84. Chris Tillman – 9 / 4.43 / 1.27 / 152
  85. Wandy Rodriguez – 9 / 4.11 / 1.28 / 132
  86. Dan Straily – 7 / 3.97 / 1.29 / 156
  87. Miguel Gonzalez – 8 / 4.05 / 1.23 / 135
  88. Dillon Gee – 7 / 4.04 / 1.29 / 158
  89. Garrett Richards – 7 / 3.66 / 1.34 / 142
  90. Josh Johnson – 7 / 3.68 / 1.51 / 146 *out 4 to 5 weeks with flexor strain

4 comments

  1. Tony

    I think Ivan Nova you have a bit low here. 11 / 3.80 / 1.26 / 160.
    I think the Yankees offense will provide him some wins, and I would expect his value and upside to be higher than Becketts in 5×5 roto. Also note that Tyson Ross will probably be capped at around 150 innings, so strikeouts higher than this amount are probably unlikely.

    • Need a Streamer?

      Nova has always found ways to win more than his peripherals let on. It will probably happen again, and 11 wins (arbitrarily) would bump him up to 61st, right above Beckett. There are five guys immediately below Beckett (Pineda, Cashner, Wood, Wheeler, Archer) whom I’d chance on before trusting him.

      Thanks for the note on Ross. Drops him about 30 spots, unfortunately, because I liked him as a sleeper. The list is a bit outdated — will come with injury updates next week.

  2. Tony

    Thanks, I enjoy your rankings and articles. It might sound crazy (took a year of planning and trading), but I just acquired Buxton, Russell, Kris Bryant and Bradley in my 14-team dynasty league draft over the last week. They were all available in yahoo and I accumulated several picks from trades. I think it was the most insane draft I have ever seen. I took over a last place team, but the rebuild is on (plus it will be a lot of fun seeing these guys come up and play over the next 2 years.)

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