"Don't call me Edison. I may have invented the Wild Pitch, but my name still has two N's in it." Photo Credit: Wknight94
It's that time of year. Fantasy Baseball is open for registration. Normally I'd have eight leagues set up by now, but fantasy baseball and I will be taking a breather; we're getting a temporary separation. Don't blame yourself, it's not your fault. I bought a huge chunk of land in the iron ore range of northern Minnesota and will spend the summer building a cabin and farming. I don't have the time to do hitter rankings while studying the various effects of mycorrhizal fungi, but lucky for you I did serious work on my Starting Pitcher projections. And with that...
Note: the following rankings are for standard, roto, Y! leagues (cap on Innings Pitched). The rankings were based on my projection, concern for injury or innings cap and potential ceiling/floor.
Rankings 61 through 80 Personally I'd want my rotation comprised of pitchers who are ranked above this group. I hope to have at least five SP before the draft hits "the point of No-lasco". We have a pungent potpourri of underachievers like Paulino/Niese and overrated bums like Dumpster/Wandy. If I'm drafting someone someone from this group as a plug and play, I'd look at Bartolo Colon (and throw up in my mouth). You should get solid numbers and the forth coming injury won't hurt too bad. If I'm drafting someone from this group a flier, I'd look at Edinson Volquez. The change of scenery (from Cincy to San Diego) and a boost in control would make him an attractive pick up. Are you buying last season's numbers from Humber, Worley or Lohse? Are you feeling any love for Holland, Bailey or Capuano? What about that Hellickson projection, ouch huh?
The following pitchers missed the cut. They did so because of their low strikeout totals. If your league does not use a cap for Innings Pitched, you can bump up some of these players. Please do not confuse this list as rankings 81-100. I could have extended the rankings to 85, but A.J. Burnett was on deck. Plus there were another 30 or so Pitchers who were deemed unfit for projections. Most of them would squeeze in there somewhere.
If Kevin Slowey gets a little lucky in the HR Allowed department, he'd be a good addition to the back end of any rotation. This is the story with a lot of these players. The word "if" gets thrown around more than the baseballs they hurl. Don't tell Josh from the Hardball Times about this Luke Hochevar forecast. I had to double check my calculator work after seeing that Jair Jurrjens projection, yikes. Is there a Pitcher with a more unfortunate name than Chin Wang?
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The following Pitchers were disrespected. And they were disrespected in grand fashion. Nobody wants to look up and see Bronson Arroyo's name (the long track record made Arroyo's projection a breeze, that's why his was done). I heard it for most of last season from the Zach Britton fans, but I'm telling ya; I don't care about the ground balls. The strikeouts are too low, the walks are too high and he gives up too many base hits (not to mention the AL East factor). It's just math. And we're off....
Kevin Millwood, Alfred Aceves, Bruce Chen, J.A. Happ, Ross Detwiler, Jason Hammel, Mark Buehrle, Guillermo Moscoso, Randy Wells, Dustin McGowan, Brett Cecil, Dustin Moseley, Jerome Williams, Barry Zito, Joe Saunders, Paul Maholm, Blake Beaven, Derek Lowe, Chris Narveson, Aaron Harang, Dillon Gee, Mike Pelfrey, Jake Westbrook, John Lannan, Clayton Richard, Jason Marquis, Chris Volstad, Nick Blackburn, Charlie Morton, Andrew Miller.
And the rookies...
Jacob Turner, Charlie Furbush, Jarrod Parker, Brian Matusz, Tsuyoshi Wada, Hisashi Iwakuma, Wei-Yin Chen, Brad Peacock, Drew Pomeranz, Zach Britton, Chris Tillman, Jake Arrietta, Jordan Lyles, Alex White, Wade Miley.
Did I upset you? Did I confirm your suspicions? Do you want more? Along with these numbers I have projections for Total Batters Faced (yep), K/9, BB/9, IBB, HBP, Fly Balls, HR/FB% and BABIP. We can get hot and heavy, the comment section is all yours.