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The Fantasy Baseball season is almost one month old and with increased data we can hopefully decipher trends in the starting pitcher market. As someone who invests heavily pitching, I have continually preached the importance of innings pitched and the significance of knowing what benchmarks one needs to achieve in the pitching categories.

We recently learned Adam Wainwright and Brandon McCarthy are done for the season.

In other news from last week, Hisashi Iwakuma landed on the disable list but both Alex Cobb and Hyun-Jin Ryu threw off a mound as there rehab progresses.

As April becomes a statistical memory and the month of May makes its arrival, that so-called deep pitching pool is thinning out. Now is time to reassess the landscape because its ever-changing and determine who’s in your circle of trust. One can easily fall victim to the confidence game in the starting pitching market, especially with small sample size as your barometer so proceed with caution.

Are you a believer of Chris Archer ascension in the rankings? His BABIP and Strand Rate are unsustainable, but Ctm’s recommendation is that of a buy high.

Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings

Here’s this week’s top 50 Starting pitchers. On May 5, I will launch the “In-Season Starting Pitcher Index” with in-depth analysis over at and with excerpts on this site.

April 27, 2015

  1. Clayton Kershaw
  2. Felix Hernandez
  3. Max Scherzer
  4. Matt Harvey
  5. Chris Sale
  6. Stephen Strasburg
  7. Johnny Cueto
  8. David Price
  9. Madison Bumgarner
  10. Zack Greinke
  11. Corey Kluber
  12. Cole Hamels
  13. Gerrit Cole
  14. Jake Arrieta
  15. Michael Wacha
  16. Jordan Zimmermann
  17. Julio Teheran
  18. Jon Lester
  19. Jacob deGrom
  20. Sonny Gray
  21. Chris Archer
  22. James Shields
  23. Jeff Samardzija
  24. Garrett Richards
  25. Carlos Carrasco
  26. Andrew Cashner
  27. Collin McHugh
  28. Tyson Ross
  29. Michael Pineda
  30. Masahiro Tanaka
  31. Alex Wood
  32. Gio Gonzalez
  33. Francisco Liriano
  34. Anibal Sanchez
  35. Jake Odorizzi
  36. Drew Smyly
  37. Lance Lynn
  38. Trevor Bauer
  39. Danny Salazar
  40. Drew Hutchison
  41. Scott Kazmir
  42. Dallas Keuchel
  43. Doug Fister
  44. Yordano Ventura
  45. Shane Greene
  46. Drew Pomeranz
  47. Shelby Miller
  48. AJ Burnett
  49. Ian Kennedy
  50. Jimmy Nelson
  51. Anthony DeSclafani

*Once again, these starting pitcher rankings are for active pitchers only, but the comprehensive list is coming next week in the confidence game that is starting pitching.

Chris Archer Photo Credit: Robert Rescot

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