October 2018 Starting Pitcher Rankings

Well, this is the earliest I’ve ever done SP rankings so let’s see how this goes! With the regular season wrapped, I figured it was worth putting my initial list together if only to see how it changes over the fall and winter leading into next March’s draft season. Heck, I’ve already done a mock draft hosted by the InThisLeague guys, which you can check out here and I’ll be on the clock for my annual NFBC draft at the BaseballHQ First Pitch Forum in a few short weeks so having an idea of the pitching pool will be very useful.

As usual, I went with tiers, but since we’re not in-season I simply numbered them instead of naming them. I think it really gets tough to differentiate sharply on guys in the middle of the pitcher pool. Trevor Bauer finished 36th on the Player Rater this year while Dinelson Lamet was 83rd, but are they really that far apart in talent? Maybe the point to make is that once you get to about 40 in the rankings, the separation with each ranking is a lot smaller than if you were comparing say #5 to #55.

Anyway, let’s get to the list. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Was there anyone not in the top 111 that you really think has to be in there?

October 2018 SP Rankings
NAME TEAM TIER
1 Clayton Kershaw LAD 1
2 Chris Sale BOS 1
3 Max Scherzer WAS 1
4 Corey Kluber CLE 1
5 Stephen Strasburg WAS 1
6 Noah Syndergaard NYM 2
7 Justin Verlander HOU 2
8 Madison Bumgarner SFG 2
9 Jacob deGrom NYM 2
10 Carlos Carrasco CLE 2
11 Yu Darvish LAD 2
12 Zack Greinke ARI 2
13 Carlos Martinez STL 2
14 Luis Severino NYY 2
15 Chris Archer TBR 3
16 Aaron Nola PHI 3
17 Robbie Ray ARI 3
18 James Paxton SEA 3
19 Gerrit Cole PIT 3
20 Marcus Stroman TOR 3
21 Jake Arrieta CHC 3
22 Jose Quintana CHC 3
23 Dallas Keuchel HOU 3
24 Johnny Cueto SFG 3
25 Masahiro Tanaka NYY 3
26 David Price BOS 3
27 Sonny Gray NYY 3
28 Rich Hill LAD 3
29 Alex Wood LAD 3
30 Jon Lester CHC 3
31 Kyle Hendricks CHC 3
32 Danny Duffy KCR 4
33 Garrett Richards LAA 4
34 Lance McCullers HOU 4
35 Jose Berrios MIN 4
36 Chase Anderson MIL 4
37 Dylan Bundy BAL 4
38 Gio Gonzalez WAS 4
39 Michael Fulmer DET 4
40 Luis Castillo CIN 4
41 Jon Gray COL 4
42 Drew Pomeranz BOS 4
43 Jeff Samardzija SFG 4
44 Taijuan Walker ARI 4
45 Zack Godley ARI 4
46 Trevor Bauer CLE 4
47 Danny Salazar CLE 4
48 Sean Manaea OAK 4
49 Lance Lynn STL 4
50 Kevin Gausman BAL 4
51 Rick Porcello BOS 4
52 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS 4
53 Michael Wacha STL 5
54 Tanner Roark WAS 5
55 Jameson Taillon PIT 5
56 Jordan Montgomery NYY 5
57 Luke Weaver STL 5
58 Dinelson Lamet SDP 5
59 Charlie Morton HOU 5
60 Cole Hamels TEX 5
61 Alex Cobb TBR 5
62 Ervin Santana MIN 5
63 Alex Reyes STL 5
64 J.A. Happ TOR 5
65 Aaron Sanchez TOR 5
66 Carlos Rodon CWS 5
67 Kenta Maeda LAD 5
68 Brad Peacock HOU 5
69 Blake Snell TBR 5
70 Jimmy Nelson MIL 5
71 German Marquez COL 5
72 Julio Teheran ATL 5
73 Jake Odorizzi TBR 5
74 Jacob Faria TBR 5
75 Patrick Corbin ARI 5
76 Matt Shoemaker LAA 5
77 Marco Estrada TOR 5
78 Mike Clevinger CLE 5
79 Lucas Giolito CWS 6
80 Jeff Hoffman COL 6
81 Tyler Skaggs LAA 6
82 Vince Velasquez PHI 6
83 Dan Straily MIA 6
84 Mike Leake SEA 6
85 Zach Davies MIL 6
86 Jason Vargas KCR 6
87 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD 6
88 Chad Kuhl PIT 6
89 Jerad Eickhoff PHI 6
90 Steven Matz NYM 6
91 Sean Newcomb ATL 7
92 Shelby Miller ARI 7
93 Felix Hernandez SEA 7
94 Jharel Cotton OAK 7
95 Tyler Glasnow PIT 7
96 Jakob Junis KCR 7
97 Mike Foltynewicz ATL 7
98 Ivan Nova PIT 7
99 John Lackey CHC 7
100 Daniel Norris DET 7
101 Jose Urena MIA 7
102 Tyler Anderson COL 7
103 Luis Perdomo SDP 7
104 Andrew Heaney LAA 8
105 Reynaldo Lopez CWS 8
106 Luiz Gohara ATL 8
107 Jack Flaherty STL 8
108 A.J. Cole WAS 8
109 Joe Musgrove HOU 8
110 Alex Meyer LAA 8
111 CC Sabathia NYY 8



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Paul is the Editor of Rotographs and contributes to ESPN's Daily Notes. He is the purveyor of the SP Guide (on hiatus for '17). Follow Paul on Twitter @sporer, on Snapchat at psporer, and on Twitch at psporer24.

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