Jacob deGrom
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May Starter Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: May 1, 2019, 4:49 am ET

Up this week are the May 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.

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

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Starting pitcher rankings

1Max ScherzerNationals1
2Jacob deGromMets2
3Gerrit ColeAstros6
4Justin VerlanderAstros7
5Blake SnellRays9
6Aaron NolaPhillies5
7Chris SaleRed Sox3
8Corey KluberIndians4
9Clayton KershawDodgers14
10Carlos CarrascoIndians10
11Noah SyndergaardMets11
12Trevor BauerIndians13
13Walker BuehlerDodgers8
14Patrick CorbinNationals15
15Jack FlahertyCardinals12
16James PaxtonYankees19
17David PriceRed Sox17
18Zack GreinkeDiamondbacks20
19Luis CastilloReds34
20Stephen StrasburgNationals16
21Cole HamelsCubs22
22Jose BerriosTwins29
23Masahiro TanakaYankees24
24Tyler GlasnowRays46
25Chris ArcherPirates18
26Jameson TaillonPirates26
27Shane BieberIndians33
28Madison BumgarnerGiants23
29Yu DarvishCubs25
30German MarquezRockies38
31Kenta MaedaDodgers31
32Charlie MortonRays35
33Joe MusgrovePirates42
34Jose QuintanaCubs39
35Ross StriplingDodgers28
36Zack WheelerMets37
37Mike FoltynewiczBraves45
38Chris PaddackPadres55
39Kyle HendricksCubs30
40Rich HillDodgers51
41Marcus StromanBlue Jays65
42Sonny GrayReds48
43Miles MikolasCardinals36
44Matthew BoydTigers71
45Eduardo RodriguezRed Sox40
46Pablo LopezMarlins49
47Max FriedBraves130
48Robbie RayDiamondbacks32
49Joey LucchesiPadres44
50Collin McHughAstros50
51Yonny ChirinosRays63
52Caleb SmithMarlins66
53Luis SeverinoYankees27
54Steven MatzMets52
55Domingo GermanYankees88
56Hyun-Jin RyuDodgers61
57Brad PeacockAstros53
58Anthony DeSclafaniReds56
59J.A. HappYankees47
60Jake ArrietaPhillies69
61Dallas Keuchel 43
62Rick PorcelloRed Sox59
63Yusei KikuchiMariners54
64Tyler SkaggsAngels76
65Luke WeaverDiamondbacks87
66Mike ClevingerIndians21
67Mike SorokaBraves149
68Corbin BurnesBrewers41
69Julio UriasDodgers70
70Michael WachaCardinals67
71Matt StrahmPadres80
72Jon GrayRockies75
73Kevin GausmanBraves94
74Jon LesterCubs77
75Touki ToussaintBraves82
76Jordan LylesPirates105
77Alex WoodReds58
78Marco GonzalesMariners90
79Jimmy NelsonBrewers96
80Mike MinorRangers113
81Brandon WoodruffBrewers85
82Carlos RodonWhite Sox97
83Andrew HeaneyAngels62
84Julio TeheranBraves86
85Nick PivettaPhillies57
86Danny SalazarIndians83
87Wade MileyAstros99
88Merrill KellyDiamondbacks92
89Joe RossNationals95
90Jalen BeeksRays106
91Josh JamesAstros60
92Nathan EovaldiRed Sox64
93Michael PinedaTwins81
94Aaron SanchezBlue Jays128
95Trevor RichardsMarlins100
96Jakob JunisRoyals93
97Jesus LuzardoAthletics98
98Kyle GibsonTwins91
99Chris BassittAthletics173
100Frankie MontasAthletics119
101Ryan YarbroughRays72
102Zach EflinPhillies118
103Drew PomeranzGiants112
104Freddy PeraltaBrewers78
105Anibal SanchezNationals89
106Bryse WilsonBraves73
107Tanner RoarkReds116
108Alex ReyesCardinals79
109Jhoulys ChacinBrewers104
110Tyler MahleReds110
111Jeff SamardzijaGiants111
112Jonathan LoaisigaYankees117
113Jose UrenaMarlins114
114Gio GonzalezBrewers139
115Forrest WhitleyAstros122
116Trevor WilliamsPirates142
117Eric LauerPadres120
118Vince VelasquezPhillies123
119Felix PenaAngels115
120Seth LugoMets84
121Derek HollandGiants109
122Tyler BeedeGiants233
123Nick KinghamPirates101
124Jake OdorizziTwins131
125Griffin CanningAngels228
126Lucas GiolitoWhite Sox127
127Zack GodleyDiamondbacks74
128Matt AndrieseDiamondbacks126
129Brent HoneywellRays124
130Mike MontgomeryCubs103
131Jerad EickhoffPhillies172
132Dereck RodriguezGiants138
133Trevor CahillAngels134
134Daniel Ponce de LeonCardinals203
135Kyle FreelandRockies137
136Sean NewcombBraves107
137CC SabathiaYankees156
138Drew SmylyRangers121
139Adam WainwrightCardinals159
140Erik SwansonMariners191
141Austin GomberCardinals152
142Caleb FergusonDodgers146
143Spencer TurnbullTigers187
144Reynaldo LopezWhite Sox147
145Brad KellerRoyals151
146Sandy AlcantaraMarlins158
147Jordan ZimmermannTigers125
148Tyler ChatwoodCubs175
149Dylan BundyOrioles108
150Matt HarveyAngels136
151Kyle WrightBraves140
152Chase AndersonBrewers153
153Nick MargeviciusPadres236
154John GantCardinals168
155Jon DuplantierDiamondbacks190
156Dakota HudsonCardinals148
157Daniel MengdenAthletics145
158Jeremy HellicksonNationals150
159Justus SheffieldMariners164
160Mike FiersAthletics144


Dropping off: Matt Shoemaker (102nd), Wade LeBlanc (129th), Mike Leake (132nd), Tyler Anderson (133rd), Andrew Suarez (135th), Alex Cobb (141st), Jason Vargas (143rd)


  • Leaving Jacob deGrom second among starters was a tough call, less because of his subpar 4.85 ERA than because of the elbow scare. He’s striking out 38% of the batters he’s faced and throwing as hard as ever, so I don’t see any reason to be concerned about his performance. Still, I do worry about the elbow some. It might have been a different story in that No. 2 spot if Chris Sale, Aaron Nola and Corey Kluber weren’t having their own issues. Despite ERA problems of his own, Gerrit Cole got the most consideration for overtaking deGrom.
  • Tyler Glasnow has gone from 0-5 with a 10.38 ERA this spring to 5-0 with a 1.75 ERA during the regular season. He has the stuff to remain outstanding, but I’m still nervous about going all in, given his history of control issues. Ranking him 24th feels right for now.
  • As always this time of year, there are a number of pitchers I’d have higher for the short term but that I worry about as far as fatigue or innings limits. Included in that group this time around are Chris Paddack, Max Fried, Caleb Smith, Mike Soroka and Matt Strahm.