Top 100 Starting Pitcher Rankings for 2014

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Ray updates his Top 100 Starting Pitcher rankings to get you ready for your fantasy drafts in the coming weeks.

Now that we have completed our consensus position rankings for 2014, it is time to address rankings for those of you in AL only and NL only leagues. I will publish league specific position rankings each day, addressing one position at a time, starting with the NL only position rankings.

In case you missed them, below you will find links to all of our consensus position rankings and projections that we have published to date:

Catcher: Part 1| Part 2

First Base: Part 1| Part 2

Second Base: Part 1| Part 2

Shortstop: Part 1| Part 2

Third Base: Part 1| Part 2

Outfielders: Part 1| Part 2| Part 3

Starting Pitcher: Part 1| Part 2| Part 3

Top 30 Closers for 2014

2014 Closers in Waiting

Top 100 Hitter Rankings for 2014

Couple Thoughts

Don't let his rough spring training fool you on draft day, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is still the best pitcher in the game. If your league owners get antsy over spring training stats, by ail means mention his bad spring before and during your auction or snake drafts and reap the rewards.

I mentioned in this piece a few weeks ago that Marlins starter Jose Fernandez could be the #1 starter in the game this season, but a lot will have to go right for that to happen. Then again, he is the best young starter in the game behind Kershaw. Yes, Kershaw is only 25 years old.

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is two years removed from his Tommy John surgery, and he was back to being the dominant Wainwright last season. Expect more of the same this season. You can say the same about Phillies ace Cliff Lee, as he is one of the more reliable pitchers in the game.

I moved Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka up a bit in my rankings, as he has pitched very well in spring training thus far and I can see him striking out a lot of batters this season. Actually, I think he will outperform Yu Darvish's 2012 season, his first in MLB.

I like a couple young starters, Homer Bailey and Alex Cobb, and liked them so much I traded for them this offseason. I traded Manny Machado for Cobb in an AL only keeper league, and traded Anthony Rendon for Bailey in an NL only keeper league. I think both can make the next step into ace conversation this season.

If you are looking for a late round starter who could break out this season, I would target Angels starter Tyler Skaggs and Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi. I read on Monday that Eovaldi has hit 101 mph on his fastball this spring, and is working to mix in his off speed and slider more often this season, so we could see a bump in strikeouts this season.

Top 100 Starting Pitcher Rankings for 2014

Rank

Player

Team

1

Clayton Kershaw

LAD

2

Yu Darvish

TEX

3

Adam Wainwright

STL

4

Jose Fernandez

MIA

5

Cliff Lee

PHI

6

Felix Hernandez

SEA

7

Max Scherzer

DET

8

Chris Sale

CHW

9

David Price

TBR

10

Stephen Strasburg

WSN

11

Madison Bumgarner

SFG

12

Zack Greinke

LAD

13

Anibal Sanchez

DET

14

Justin Verlander

DET

15

Homer Bailey

CIN

16

Alex Cobb

TBR

17

Jordan Zimmermann

WSN

18

James Shields

KCR

19

Mike Minor

ATL

20

Mat Latos

CIN

21

Gerrit Cole

PIT

22

Matt Cain

SFG

23

Masahiro Tanaka

NYY

24

Julio Teheran

ATL

25

Francisco Liriano

PIT

26

Andrew Cashner

SDP

27

Gio Gonzalez

WSN

28

Cole Hamels

PHI

29

Hyun-Jin Ryu

LAD

30

Hisashi Iwakuma

SEA

31

Justin Masterson

CLE

32

Jered Weaver

LAA

33

Matt Moore

TBR

34

Jon Lester

BOS

35

C.J. Wilson

LAA

36

Shelby Miller

STL

37

CC Sabathia

NYY

38

Sonny Gray

OAK

39

Johnny Cueto

CIN

40

A.J. Burnett

PHI

41

Hiroki Kuroda

NYY

42

Doug Fister

WAS

43

Jeff Samardzija

CHC

44

Michael Wacha

STL

45

Clay Buchholz

BOS

46

Danny Salazar

CLE

47

Tyson Ross

SDP

48

Chris Archer

TBR

49

R.A. Dickey

TOR

50

Corey Kluber

CLE

51

Tony Cingrani

CIN

52

Zack Wheeler

NYM

53

Ervin Santana

FA

54

Lance Lynn

STL

55

Ubaldo Jimenez

FA

56

Tim Lincecum

SFG

57

Yovani Gallardo

MIL

58

Rick Porcello

DET

59

John Lackey

BOS

60

Matt Garza

MIL

61

Dan Straily

OAK

62

Marco Estrada

MIL

63

Bartolo Colon

NYM

64

Josh Johnson

SDP

65

Ivan Nova

NYY

66

Dan Haren

LAD

67

Chris Tillman

BAL

68

Ian Kennedy

SDP

69

Chris Tillman

BAL

70

Jake Peavy

BOS

71

Drew Smyly

DET

72

Martin Perez

TEX

73

Kevin Gausman

BAL

74

Alex Wood

ATL

75

Scott Kazmir

OAK

76

Ricky Nolasco

MIN

77

Kyle Lohse

MIL

78

Wade Miley

ARI

79

Travis Wood

CHC

80

Tyler Skaggs

LAA

81

Jose Quintana

CHW

82

Taijuan Walker

SEA

83

A.J. Griffin

OAK

84

Nathan Eovaldi

MIA

85

Mike Leake

CIN

86

Tim Hudson

SFG

87

Trevor Cahill

ARI

88

Jhoulys Chacin

COL

89

Yordano Ventura

KC

90

Wandy Rodriguez

PIT

91

Phil Hughes

MIN

92

Jorge De La Rosa

COL

93

Brandon Morrow

TOR

94

James Paxton

SEA

95

Archie Bradley

ARI

96

Edwin Jackson

CHC

97

Dillon Gee

NYM

98

Michael Pineda

NYY

99

Noah Syndegaard

NYM

100

Jonathan Niese

NYM

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