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Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings for 2016

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Ray updates his Top 50 starting pitcher rankings for 2016, adding Drew Smyly and Jose Quintana to his rankings.

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

A few readers indicated in my Starting Pitcher rankings published a few weeks ago that I overlooked a few starters that should be ranked in my Top 50 starters for 2016, so I wanted to update them before the Winter Meetings craziness begins and I forget.

So, I added Rays starter Drew Smyly (#47) and White Sox starter Jose Quintana (#38) to my rankings below. In addition, I moved Mets starter Noah Syndergaard up a few spots, to #22,  ahead of Carlos Martinez, Carlos Carrasco and Michael Wacha.

My rankings of Rangers starter Yu Darvish and Rays starter Alex Cobb might be too low, but they are both coming back from surgery and there is no telling how quick they will return to their near-ace status in 2016.

Let's discuss the rankings in the comments section. Did I miss anyone that you think should be in the top 50? Who is ranked too high or too low?

Top 50 Starting Pitchers for 2016

Rank

$ Value

Name

W

IP

K/9

BB/9

GB%

ERA

FIP

xFIP

WAR

1

$38

Clayton Kershaw

16

232.2

11.64

1.62

50.00%

2.13

1.99

2.09

8.6

2

$32

Max Scherzer

14

228.2

10.86

1.34

36.00%

2.79

2.77

2.88

6.4

3

$30

Chris Sale

13

208.2

11.82

1.81

42.60%

3.41

2.73

2.60

6.2

4

$27

Zack Greinke

19

222.2

8.08

1.62

48.00%

1.66

2.76

3.22

5.9

5

$30

Jake Arrieta

22

229.0

9.28

1.89

56.20%

1.77

2.35

2.61

7.3

6

$23

Dallas Keuchel

20

232.0

8.38

1.98

61.70%

2.48

2.91

2.75

6.1

7

$24

Jose Fernandez

6

64.2

10.99

1.95

40.10%

2.92

2.24

2.62

2.1

8

$24

David Price

18

220.1

9.19

1.92

40.40%

2.45

2.78

3.24

6.4

9

$25

Jacob deGrom

14

191.0

9.66

1.79

44.40%

2.54

2.70

2.92

5.2

10

$24

Madison Bumgarner

18

218.1

9.65

1.61

41.70%

2.93

2.87

3.02

5.1

11

$22

Gerrit Cole

19

208.0

8.74

1.90

48.00%

2.60

2.66

3.16

5.4

12

$20

Adam Wainwright

13

$22

Matt Harvey

13

189.1

8.94

1.76

46.00%

2.71

3.05

3.24

4.4

14

$19

Chris Archer

12

212.0

10.70

2.80

46.10%

3.23

2.90

3.01

5.3

15

$18

Sonny Gray

14

208.0

7.31

2.55

52.70%

2.73

3.45

3.69

3.8

16

$17

Felix Hernandez

18

201.2

8.52

2.59

56.20%

3.53

3.72

3.33

2.8

17

$15

Johnny Cueto

11

212.0

7.47

1.95

42.50%

3.44

3.53

3.78

4.1

18

$15

Cole Hamels

13

212.1

9.11

2.63

47.70%

3.65

3.47

3.40

4.2

19

$16

Corey Kluber

9

222.0

9.93

1.82

42.40%

3.49

2.97

3.05

5.5

20

$14

Danny Salazar

14

185.0

9.49

2.58

43.90%

3.45

3.62

3.48

3.0

21

$15

Jon Lester

11

205.0

9.09

2.06

48.90%

3.34

2.92

3.06

5.0

22

$17

Noah Syndergaard

9

150.0

9.96

1.86

46.50%

3.24

3.25

2.91

3.1

23

$13

Carlos Carrasco

14

183.2

10.58

2.11

51.20%

3.63

2.84

2.66

4.8

24

$13

Carlos Martinez

14

179.2

9.22

3.16

54.50%

3.01

3.21

3.28

3.4

25

$12

Michael Wacha

17

181.1

7.59

2.88

45.80%

3.38

3.87

3.88

2.3

26

$15

Marcus Stroman

4

27.0

6.00

2.00

64.10%

1.67

3.54

3.34

0.5

27

$12

Scott Kazmir

7

183.0

7.62

2.90

42.90%

3.10

3.98

4.14

2.4

28

$11

Francisco Liriano

12

186.2

9.88

3.38

51.20%

3.38

3.19

3.16

3.6

29

$9

Masahiro Tanaka

12

154.0

8.12

1.58

47.00%

3.51

3.98

3.29

2.2

30

$9

John Lackey

13

218.0

7.22

2.19

46.00%

2.77

3.57

3.77

3.6

31

$16

Stephen Strasburg

11

127.1

10.96

1.84

42.20%

3.46

2.81

2.69

3.4

32

$11

Garrett Richards

15

207.1

7.64

3.30

54.90%

3.65

3.86

3.80

2.5

33

$10

Jordan Zimmermann

13

201.2

7.32

1.74

42.00%

3.66

3.75

3.82

3.0

34

$13

Yu Darvish

35

$9

Alex Cobb

36

$7

Lance McCullers

6

125.2

9.24

3.08

46.50%

3.22

3.26

3.50

2.8

37

$7

Tyson Ross

10

196.0

9.73

3.86

61.50%

3.26

2.98

3.15

4.4

38

$7

Jose Quintana

9

206.1

7.72

1.92

47.10%

3.36

3.18

3.51

4.8

39

$7

Michael Pineda

12

160.2

8.74

1.18

48.20%

4.37

3.34

2.95

3.5

40

$7

Shelby Miller

6

205.1

7.50

3.20

47.70%

3.02

3.45

4.07

3.4

41

$7

Gio Gonzalez

11

175.2

8.66

3.54

53.80%

3.79

3.05

3.59

3.7

42

$7

Jake Odorizzi

9

169.1

7.97

2.44

37.30%

3.35

3.61

3.96

2.9

43

$3

Raisel Iglesias

3

95.1

9.82

2.64

47.20%

4.15

3.55

3.28

1.6

44

$3

Jason Hammel

10

170.2

9.07

2.11

38.30%

3.74

3.68

3.47

2.4

45

$2

Carlos Rodon

9

139.1

8.98

4.59

46.80%

3.75

3.87

4.03

2.1

46

$2

Yordano Ventura

13

163.1

8.60

3.20

52.20%

4.08

3.57

3.60

2.7

47

$2

Drew Smyly

5

66.2

10.40

2.70

36.80%

3.11

3.91

3.47

0.9

48

$2

Clay Buchholz

7

113.1

8.50

1.83

48.30%

3.26

2.68

3.30

3.2

49

$2

Jaime Garcia

10

129.2

6.73

2.08

61.20%

2.43

3.00

3.36

2.8

50

$2

Erasmo Ramirez

11

163.1

6.94

2.20

47.80%

3.75

3.76

3.88

2.4


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