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2019 Starter Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Time for some All-Star break fun: here are my very, very preliminary 2019 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams if those options are likely to be exercised.
 
Along with the position rankings is a top 300 list for 2019. Click to see other preliminary 2019 rankings.

 

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

 

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2019 Starting Pitcher Rankings

 

2019 SP Team 2018 July
1 Max Scherzer Nationals 2 1
2 Chris Sale Red Sox 4 3
3 Corey Kluber Indians 3 2
4 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers* 1 7
5 Jacob deGrom Mets 8 4
6 Luis Severino Yankees 12 6
7 Aaron Nola Phillies 11 10
8 Justin Verlander Astros 10 5
9 Noah Syndergaard Mets 5 8
10 Stephen Strasburg Nationals 6 14
11 Madison Bumgarner Giants 26 11
12 Gerrit Cole Astros 39 9
13 Blake Snell Rays 42 15
14 James Paxton Mariners 14 12
15 Trevor Bauer Indians 46 16
16 Carlos Carrasco Indians 7 13
17 Jose Quintana Cubs 13 18
18 Carlos Martinez Cardinals 20 20
19 Zack Greinke Diamondbacks 27 19
20 Yu Darvish Cubs 9 44
21 Chris Archer Rays 16 25
22 Lance McCullers Astros 28 28
23 Robbie Ray Diamondbacks 17 30
24 Kyle Hendricks Cubs 15 21
25 Miles Mikolas Cardinals 74 17
26 Walker Buehler Dodgers 113 49
27 Jon Lester Cubs 22 24
28 Jose Berrios Twins 47 32
29 David Price Red Sox* 24 23
30 Alex Wood Dodgers 21 31
31 Dallas Keuchel   18 26
32 Jack Flaherty Cardinals 85 35
33 Masahiro Tanaka Yankees 23 27
34 Jameson Taillon Pirates 43 45
35 Ross Stripling Dodgers 92 34
36 Charlie Morton   38 22
37 Kenta Maeda Dodgers 34 36
38 Mike Clevinger Indians 81 43
39 Marcus Stroman Blue Jays 30 42
40 Jake Arrieta Phillies 29 29
41 Johnny Cueto Giants 31 40
42 Alex Reyes Cardinals 95 NR
43 Patrick Corbin   61 33
44 Mike Foltynewicz Braves 99 47
45 Luke Weaver Cardinals 33 46
46 Shohei Ohtani Angels 35 96
47 Rick Porcello Red Sox 51 37
48 Luis Castillo Reds 25 55
49 Rich Hill Dodgers 32 39
50 Zack Godley Diamondbacks 19 50
51 Andrew Heaney Angels 52 53
52 Sean Newcomb Braves 124 56
53 Jon Gray Rockies 36 92
54 J.A. Happ   63 41
55 Shane Bieber Indians 219 48
56 Joe Musgrove Pirates 48 69
57 Nick Pivetta Phillies 146 54
58 Eduardo Rodriguez Red Sox 78 62
59 Michael Fulmer Tigers 60 59
60 Michael Wacha Cardinals 54 71
61 Dylan Bundy Orioles 65 57
62 Carlos Rodon White Sox 91 73
63 Sean Manaea Athletics 66 52
64 Mike Soroka Braves 236 122
65 Kevin Gausman Orioles 50 66
66 Tanner Roark Nationals 59 65
67 Michael Kopech White Sox 220 129
68 Brad Peacock Astros 67 82
69 Tyler Glasnow Pirates 107 108
70 Anthony DeSclafani Reds 87 81
71 Freddy Peralta Brewers 287 64
72 Kyle Gibson Twins 168 72
73 Gio Gonzalez   55 51
74 Tyler Skaggs Angels 126 58
75 Steven Matz Mets 88 68
76 Fernando Romero Twins 239 102
77 Aaron Sanchez Blue Jays 53 76
78 Cole Hamels Rangers* 57 60
79 Vince Velasquez Phillies 94 78
80 Jimmy Nelson Brewers 109 84
81 Sonny Gray Yankees 49 61
82 Luiz Gohara Braves 70 93
83 Forrest Whitley Astros 262 NR
84 Danny Duffy Royals 71 67
85 Mike Montgomery Cubs 80 63
86 Jake Odorizzi Twins 62 70
87 Chase Anderson Brewers 68 80
88 Jeff Samardzija Giants 44 95
89 Domingo German Yankees 196 87
90 Zack Wheeler Mets 154 99
91 Jake Faria Rays 56 114
92 Zach Eflin Phillies 388 77
93 Julio Teheran Braves 72 86
94 Tyler Mahle Reds 119 113
95 Mitch Keller Pirates 227 151
96 Tyler Chatwood Cubs 84 104
97 Collin McHugh Astros 118 124
98 Nick Kingham Pirates 184 79
99 Dereck Rodriguez Giants NR 112
100 Matt Harvey   75 109
101 Jesus Luzardo Athletics NR NR
102 Joey Lucchesi Padres 199 74
103 Tyler Anderson Rockies 89 111
104 Drew Smyly Cubs NR NR
105 Drew Pomeranz   69 85
106 Michael Pineda Twins 252 NR
107 Cal Quantrill Padres 197 NR
108 Chad Kuhl Pirates 76 119
109 Dan Straily Marlins 108 94
110 Joe Ross Nationals 251 NR
111 Alex Cobb Orioles 82 126
112 Brandon McCarthy   64 110
113 Ervin Santana Twins* 83 89
114 Julio Urias Dodgers 223 NR
115 Ivan Nova Pirates 90 91
116 Mike Leake Mariners 97 98
117 Sandy Alcantara Marlins 275 145
118 Marco Estrada   77 101
119 Danny Salazar Indians 40 NR
120 Frankie Montas Athletics 182 RP 130
121 Seth Lugo Mets 96 83
122 Mike Minor Rangers 86 116
123 Junior Guerra Brewers 140 88
124 Tyson Ross   186 75
125 Lance Lynn   98 115
126 Nathan Eovaldi   144 97
127 Matt Strahm Padres 111 149
128 Kolby Allard Braves 190 NR
129 Nick Tropeano Angels 102 121
130 Felix Hernandez Mariners 79 100
131 Trevor Richards Marlins 158 153
132 Amir Garrett Reds 132 155
133 Matt Shoemaker Angels 45 NR
134 Marco Gonzales Mariners 204 123
135 Jordan Lyles Padres* 291 117
136 Reynaldo Lopez White Sox 133 136
137 Kendall Graveman Athletics 104 165
138 Max Fried Braves 271 137
139 CC Sabathia   130 120
140 Steven Wright Red Sox 125 106
141 Brad Keller Royals 394 125
142 Hunter Harvey Orioles 265 NR
143 Andrew Triggs Athletics 106 131
144 Dakota Hudson Cardinals 378 138
145 Trevor Williams Pirates 148 147
146 Jeremy Hellickson   117 103
147 Andrew Suarez Giants NR 132
148 Francis Martes Astros 139 NR
149 Sean Reid-Foley Blue Jays 383 169
150 Hyun-Jin Ryu   123 107
151 Erick Fedde Nationals 210 NR
152 Brent Honeywell Rays NR NR
153 Shelby Miller Diamondbacks 224 146
154 Justus Sheffield Yankees 358 NR
155 Brock Stewart Dodgers 100 143
156 Corbin Burnes Brewers 189 NR
157 Jon Duplantier Diamondbacks 256 NR
158 Enyel De Los Santos Phillies 280 NR
159 Caleb Smith Marlins 279 NR
160 Taijuan Walker Diamondbacks 41 NR
161 Jose Urena Marlins 240 154
162 Trevor Cahill   120 105
163 Luis Perdomo Padres 128 166
164 Jaime Barria Angels 247 127
165 German Marquez Rockies 127 156
166 Kyle Wright Braves NR NR
167 Jharel Cotton Athletics NR NR
168 Wade LeBlanc Mariners 213 142
169 David Paulino Astros 156 NR
170 Dennis Santana Dodgers NR NR
171 Daniel Mengden Athletics 143 134
172 Triston McKenzie Indians 238 NR
173 Ryan Borucki Blue Jays 245 141
174 Chris Paddock Padres NR NR
175 Jonathan Loaisiga Yankees NR 148
176 Dillon Peters Marlins 134 NR
177 Sixto Sanchez Phillies 273 NR
178 Pablo Lopez Marlins 317 159
179 Anibal Sanchez   173 90
180 Daniel Norris Tigers 122 NR
181 Griffin Canning Angels NR NR
182 Chris Bassitt Athletics 233 140
183 Jhoulys Chacin Brewers 149 133
184 Adbert Alzolay Cubs 327 NR
185 Kyle Freeland Rockies 178 NR
186 Jerad Eickhoff Phillies 129 144
187 Dylan Cease White Sox NR NR
188 Jake Junis Royals 142 152
189 John Gant Cardinals 167 118
190 Matt Boyd Tigers 176 135
191 Nate Karns Royals 105 NR
192 A.J. Puk Athletics NR NR
193 Austin Gomber Cardinals 191 168
194 Taylor Hearn Pirates NR NR
195 Felix Pena Angels 156 RP 128
196 Kyle Funkhouser Tigers 315 NR
197 Erasmo Ramirez Mariners 103 163
198 Zac Gallen Marlins 261 NR
199 Jordan Zimmermann Tigers 336 162
200 Yonny Chirinos Rays 153 NR

 

  • I found the top 15 pretty easy; the toughest call was where exactly to slot in Clayton Kershaw and his troublesome back. If he opts out of his contract and leaves Los Angeles in the offseason, he’d find himself a few spots lower. Still, it’s hard to imagine him with another team. Things get trickier in the next tier down. Durability is a factor, and I don’t have as much faith that Lance McCullers and Robbie Ray will throw 180 innings as I do some others.

 

  • Alex Reyes almost certainly would have been in the top 30 here had he come back strong from Tommy John surgery and finished this season healthy. I’d still like to have him up there, but considering he’ll enter 2019 having thrown 27 innings in two years and with a career high of 116 innings, it would be asking an awful lot to have him make 30+ starts.

 

 

  • Especially after the top 140 or so, don’t pay much attention to exactly where guys were ranked; it was more about just getting them on the list. A number of the veterans will likely be a fair amount higher when the 2019 list comes out for real, but I wanted to get the youngsters on there; some will continue to ascend in the second half and pitch themselves into the mix for next April and May, others will get hurt or stall and turn into 2020 prospects.
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.