Top 150 SP Ranking: Week of 3/18

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Brian Creagh posts his updated Top 150 SP Rankings for the new week.

This week's updated rankings are still in Spring Training mode and are intended to rank all SP's for how they will perform for the entire 2013 season. These posts will continue every Sunday through the season, typically around Noon CDT, so that managers have the chance to set any lineups or enter in any last-minute waiver claims. Next week's version will begin the ranking of pitchers based solely on the week ahead. I realize rotation spots will not be set in stone at that point, but I do want to get a version out so that I can get feedback from the readers and add information as needed. I will update the rankings on March 30th once the rotation schedules are a little more clear and rankings will be released every following Sunday. Similar to last week's rankings, I have included a risers and fallers section at the end to highlight any big changes to the rankings.

Player

Rank

Clayton Kershaw

1

Stephen Strasburg

2

Justin Verlander

3

David Price

4

Felix Hernandez

5

Cliff Lee

6

Cole Hamels

7

Adam Wainwright

8

Zack Greinke

9

Madison Bumgarner

10

Yu Darvish

11

Matt Cain

12

CC Sabathia

13

Matt Moore

14

Max Scherzer

15

Gio Gonzalez

16

Jered Weaver

17

RA Dickey

18

Roy Halladay

19

Mat Latos

20

Kris Medlen

21

Chris Sale

22

Yovani Gallardo

23

James Shields

24

Jordan Zimmermann

25

Johnny Cueto

26

Ian Kennedy

27

Jeff Samardzija

28

Jake Peavy

29

Tim Lincecum

30

Doug Fister

31

Josh Johnson

32

Brett Anderson

33

Brandon Morrow

34

Jon Lester

35

Anibal Sanchez

36

Dan Haren

37

C.J. Wilson

38

Matt Harvey

39

Jarrod Parker

40

Mike Minor

41

Aroldis Chapman

42

Hiroki Kuroda

43

Marco Estrada

44

Jonathon Niese

45

Trevor Cahill

46

Derek Holland

47

Lance Lynn

48

A.J. Burnett

49

Jeremy Hellickson

50

Ryan Vogelsong

51

Matt Garza

52

Homer Bailey

53

Edwin Jackson

54

Josh Beckett

55

Wade Miley

56

Wei-Yin Chen

57

Jaime Garcia

58

Tim Hudson

59

Brandon McCarthy

60

Ryan Dempster

61

Kyle Lohse

62

Shaun Marcum

63

Matt Harrison

64

Hisashi Iwakuma

65

Mike Fiers

66

AJ Griffin

67

Tommy Hanson

68

Phil Hughes

69

Tommy Milone

70

Alexi Ogando

71

Ricky Romero

72

Clay Buchholz

73

Andy Pettitte

74

Alex Cobb

75

Jason Hammel

76

Dillon Gee

77

Erasmo Ramirez

78

Jeff Niemann

79

Andrew Cashner

80

James McDonald

81

Jason Vargas

82

Wandy Rodriguez

83

Chad Billingsley

84

John Danks

85

Paul Maholm

86

Chris Capuano

87

Mark Buehrle

88

Felix Doubront

89

Daniel Straily

90

Rick Porcello

91

Scott Baker

92

Trevor Bauer

93

Hyun-Jin Ryu

94

Ivan Nova

95

Gavin Floyd

96

Jeff Karstens

97

Vance Worley

98

Chris Tillman

99

Wily Peralta

100

Ervin Santana

101

Bronson Arroyo

102

Joe Blanton

103

Miguel Gonzalez

104

Ross Detwiler

105

Francisco Liriano

106

Edinson Volquez

107

John Lackey

108

Wade Davis

109

Clayton Richard

110

Tyler Skaggs

111

Justin Masterson

112

Zach McAllister

113

Jacob Turner

114

Lucas Harrell

115

Liam Hendriks

116

Jeremy Guthrie

117

Kyle Kendrick

118

Kyle McPherson

119

Eric Stults

120

Bud Norris

121

Jose Quintana

122

Travis Wood

123

Barry Zito

124

Brett Myers

125

Kevin Correia

126

Nate Eovaldi

127

Ubaldo Jimenez

128

Julio Teheran

129

Chris Narveson

130

Juan Nicasio

131

Jorge De La Rosa

132

Jake Westbrook

133

Ricky Nolasco

134

Drew Pomeranz

135

Jhoulys Chacin

136

Johan Santana

137

Scott Feldman

138

Carlos Villanueva

139

Bruce Chen

140

Patrick Corbin

141

Brandon Beachy

142

Chris Archer

143

Shelby Miller

144

Scott Diamond

145

Michael Pineda

146

Scott Kazmir

147

Erid Bedard

148

Phil Humber

149

Henderson Alvarez

150

Risers

Scott Kazmir - Kazmir looks to be locked in to the 5th spot in the Cleveland rotation. I can't say I'm overly optimistic about his ability to pitch a full season, but when you're this far down the rankings his upside is tough to match.

Shelby Miller - Everything I see still gives the slight edge to Joe Kelly in the competition for the 5th spot in the rotation, but Miller is looking the part of a big-league pitcher while in Spring Training. Miller's ST ERA is subject to SSS, but the swing-and-miss stuff has been very much on display.

Fallers

Zack Greinke - I loved Greinke heading into Spring Training, and I feel he is in a great situation in Los Angeles. The recent elbow scare has me a little troubled and I've decided to move him down two spots as a result. I don't want to miss with the first SP I draft, and elbow problems don't bode well. If the positive reports of him only missing his April 2nd start continue, he very well might move right back up to the 7th spot.

Lance Lynn - Lynn hasn't looked great in Spring Training this year, and I'm starting to wonder if the second half ERA jump last year was less fluky than I thought. I only bumped him down 10 as I don't want to read too much into Spring Training stats, but I'm on alert for how Lynn starts the season.

Johan Santana - It appears Johan won't be healthy to start the season, but to be fair it hasn't been officially ruled out. I want no piece of Johan this year.

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