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June Starter Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: May 29, 2019, 7:35 pm ET

Up this week are the June rest-of-season position rankings and overall top 300. Remember that players are listed where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see someone you’re looking for, check another position. Designated hitters are listed with the first basemen.

Click to see other June rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

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Starting pitcher rankings

1Max ScherzerNationals11
2Jacob deGromMets22
3Gerrit ColeAstros63
4Justin VerlanderAstros74
5Chris SaleRed Sox37
6Aaron NolaPhillies56
7Blake SnellRays95
8Patrick CorbinNationals1514
9Clayton KershawDodgers149
10Carlos CarrascoIndians1010
11Noah SyndergaardMets1111
12Walker BuehlerDodgers813
13Trevor BauerIndians1312
14Jack FlahertyCardinals1215
15Stephen StrasburgNationals1620
16Luis CastilloReds3419
17Zack GreinkeDiamondbacks2018
18Shane BieberIndians3327
19James PaxtonYankees1916
20David PriceRed Sox1717
21Jose BerriosTwins2922
22Cole HamelsCubs2221
23Masahiro TanakaYankees2423
24Madison BumgarnerGiants2328
25Kenta MaedaDodgers3131
26Kyle HendricksCubs3039
27Charlie MortonRays3532
28Corey KluberIndians48
29Zack WheelerMets3736
30Mike SorokaBraves14967
31German MarquezRockies3830
32Yu DarvishCubs2529
33Hyun-Jin RyuDodgers6156
34Chris ArcherPirates1825
35Jose QuintanaCubs3934
36Robbie RayDiamondbacks3248
37Rich HillDodgers5140
38Mike ClevingerIndians2166
39Chris PaddackPadres5538
40Matthew BoydTigers7144
41Ross StriplingDodgers2835
42Yonny ChirinosRays6351
43Lucas GiolitoWhite Sox127126
44Joe MusgrovePirates4233
45Eduardo RodriguezRed Sox4045
46Brad PeacockAstros5357
47Max FriedBraves13047
48Kevin GausmanBraves9473
49Joey LucchesiPadres4449
50Miles MikolasCardinals3643
51Marcus StromanBlue Jays6541
52Luis SeverinoYankees2753
53Sonny GrayReds4842
54Yusei KikuchiMariners5463
55Caleb SmithMarlins6652
56Domingo GermanYankees8855
57Pablo LopezMarlins4946
58Jake ArrietaPhillies6960
59Jordan LylesPirates10576
60Tyler GlasnowRays4624
61Rick PorcelloRed Sox5962
62Andrew HeaneyAngels6283
63Anthony DeSclafaniReds5658
64J.A. HappYankees4759
65Dallas Keuchel 4361
66Brandon WoodruffBrewers8581
67Mike FoltynewiczBraves4537
68Steven MatzMets5254
69Matt StrahmPadres8071
70Jon LesterCubs7774
71Jameson TaillonPirates2626
72Tyler SkaggsAngels7664
73Jalen BeeksRays10690
74Julio UriasDodgers7069
75Frankie MontasAthletics119100
76Corbin MartinAstros217NR
77Nick PivettaPhillies5785
78Wade MileyAstros9987
79Alex WoodReds5877
80Mike MinorRangers11380
81Kyle GibsonTwins9198
82Jon GrayRockies7572
83Tyler MahleReds110110
84Julio TeheranBraves8684
85Luke WeaverDiamondbacks8765
86Nathan EovaldiRed Sox6492
87Tanner RoarkReds116107
88Marco GonzalesMariners9078
89Touki ToussaintBraves8275
90Zach EflinPhillies118102
91Chris BassittAthletics17399
92Griffin CanningAngels228125
93Jesus LuzardoAthletics9897
94Jimmy NelsonBrewers9679
95Ryan YarbroughRays72101
96Trevor RichardsMarlins10095
97Jake OdorizziTwins131124
98Josh JamesAstros6091
99Danny SalazarIndians8386
100Gio GonzalezBrewers139114
101Michael WachaCardinals6770
102Anibal SanchezNationals89105
103Alex ReyesCardinals79108
104Bryse WilsonBraves73106
105Felix PenaAngels115119
106Aaron SanchezBlue Jays12894
107Jose UrenaMarlins114113
108Martin PerezTwins437NR
109Merrill KellyDiamondbacks9288
110Freddy PeraltaBrewers78104
111Jakob JunisRoyals9396
112Devin SmeltzerTwinsNRNR
113Jhoulys ChacinBrewers104109
114Jeff SamardzijaGiants111111
115Corbin BurnesBrewers4168
116Eric LauerPadres120117
117Jerad EickhoffPhillies172131
118Zac GallenMarlins226NR
119Trevor WilliamsPirates142116
120Michael PinedaTwins8193
121Tyler ChatwoodCubs175148
122Danny DuffyRoyals165NR
123Shaun AndersonGiants211NR
124Collin McHughAstros5050
125Daniel Ponce de LeonCardinals203134
126Mitch KellerPirates220NR
127Dylan BundyOrioles108149
128Spencer TurnbullTigers187143
129Forrest WhitleyAstros122115
130Dakota HudsonCardinals148156
131Joe RossNationals9589
132Mike MontgomeryCubs103130
133Matt AndrieseDiamondbacks126128
134Zach DaviesBrewers166NR
135Austin GomberCardinals152141
136Tyler BeedeGiants233122
137Trevor CahillAngels134133
138Sandy AlcantaraMarlins158146
139CC SabathiaYankees156137
140Drew PomeranzGiants112103
141Daniel MengdenAthletics145157
142Zack GodleyDiamondbacks74127
143Brent HoneywellRays124129
144Dylan CeaseWhite Sox202NR
145Seth LugoMets84120
146Nick KinghamPirates101123
147Adam WainwrightCardinals159139
148Caleb FergusonDodgers146142
149Reynaldo LopezWhite Sox147144
150Kyle WrightBraves140151
151Sean ManaeaAthletics210NR
152Jon DuplantierDiamondbacks190155
153Lance LynnRangers213NR
154John MeansOrioles431NR
155Derek HollandGiants109121
156Mike FiersAthletics144160
157Chase AndersonBrewers153152
158Jharel CottonAthletics223NR
159Cal QuantrillPadres298NR
160Jordan ZimmermannTigers125147
161Justus SheffieldMariners164159
162Ryan HelsleyCardinals197NR
163Wade LeBlancMariners129NR
164Robbie ErlinPadres163NR
165Mike LeakeMariners132NR
166Dereck RodriguezGiants138132
167Nick TropeanoAngels167NR
168Kyle FreelandRockies137135
169Drew SmylyRangers121138
170Brad KellerRoyals151145


Dropping off: Dropping off: Carlos Rodon (82nd), Jonathan Loaisiga (112th), Vince Velasquez (118th), Erik Swanson (140th), Matt Harvey (150th), Nick Margevicius (153rd), Jeremy Hellickson (158th)


  • Please consider that while this column is called the “June Rankings,” I’m ranking the players for the remaining four months, instead of just one. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chris Paddack and others would be ranked considerably higher on a list for just the month of June, but because of the likelihood of injury or fatigue or the possibility of innings limits, they simply aren’t as good of a bet for August and September.
  • I’d love to take back my preseason Mike Soroka ranking; I had him projected for the same kind of ERA as pitchers I had in the 20s and 30s here (3.58 to be exact), but since he hurt his shoulder again this spring, after missing the second half of last year with shoulder troubles, and he was sent down without ever appearing in a game, I wrote him off as an early season contributor. Instead, he’s made eight starts already with a crazy 1.07 ERA. I like his chances of remaining very good, and I’m placing him 30th here even though I am still worried about the shoulder acting up again. He did throw 143 and 154 innings in his two full minor league seasons in 2016 and 2017, so he would seem to have a better chance of getting to 170 or so this year than some of the other young guns. It helps that he’s quite efficient, too. If I were more confident about the shoulder, he’d be another 5-10 spots higher than he is now.
  • I don’t reference previous innings totals because I think a pitcher’s arm is likely to explode if he’s asked to throw 30 innings on top of what he did the previous year. Of course there’s always some risk of injury, but I mostly worry about the kind of fatigue that results in bad numbers, not necessarily IL stints. It’s a lot to expect any rookie to make 30 big-league starts in a season, but it’s an especially iffy proposition when the kid has never turned in a full season at any level. Here are career-high innings totals for some of this year’s breakout pitchers:

    Frankie Montas: 137
    Caleb Smith: 135
    Domingo German: 124
    Matt Strahm: 124
    Max Fried: 119
    Chris Paddack: 90

    Maybe one or two of these guys will last all year in the rotation and remain strong right through the end of September. I’m not saying anyone needs to sell high on any of these pitchers right now, but come the second half, I’d fade the group as a whole.

  • Astros rookie Corbin Martin is one of the toughest calls here. If he can just get over these early control problems and get through these next few weeks, then I suspect he has a good chance of being a top-50 SP. However, his margin for error has to be really slim at this point. If Martin does pitch his way out of the spot, I hope the Astros will consider returning Josh James to the rotation. I still believe James could be a real force for five or six innings at a time.

Matthew Pouliot

Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of NBC Sports Edge and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.