We have reached the starting pitching portion of our early rankings. The starting pitcher rankings will have two parts. Part one will consist of 1-50 and part two 51-100. Those that take things too seriously may want to check into some updated rankings closer to January, as a lot will change with the positional rankings this offseason. Many players are looking for new homes this offseason, and they may not sign with their new teams for quite some time. 

The starting pitching position is peculiar this season. It is a very talented position, but that talent pool seems to dry up pretty quickly. Those doing early drafts have noticed starting pitching fly off the boards. After the top 30-40, some may say less, the pitchers on the board are very risky or flawed depending on your approach. Deciphering between the latest rankings will be key this draft season. 

Once all the positional rankings are released, I will post a google sheet with all positions on one page (like last year). Make sure to keep a lookout for all updates as the rankings will be more fluid than usual this season; if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@bdentrek). 

Starting Pitcher Rankings PT 1

51- Kevin Gausman
52- Tyler Mahle
53- Dallas Keuchel
54- Andrew Heaney
55- Michael Pineda
56- Jameson Taillon
57- Ian Anderson
58- German Marquez
59- John Means
60- Zach Eflin
61- Sixto Sanchez
62- Tristan McKenzie
63- Marcus Stroman
64- Eduardo Rodriguez
65- Justus Sheffield
66- Griffin Canning
67- Dustin May
68- Mike Soroka
69- Brady Singer
70- Mike Minor
71- Zach Davies
72- Spencer Turnbull
73- Drew Smyly
74- Dane Dunning
75- Mitch Keller
76- Jordan Montgomery
77- Deivi Garcia
78- Yusei Kikuchi
79- Jake Odorizzi
80- Michael Lorenzen
81- Ryan Yarbrough
82- Michael Kopech
83- Masahiro Tanaka
84- Sean Manaea
85- Elieser Hernandez
86- Nate Eovaldi
87- Brad Keller
88- James Paxton
89- Kwang Hyun Kim
90- Robbie Ray
91- Tejay Antone
92- David Peterson
93- Cal Quantrill
94- Adbert Alzolay
95- Josh Lindblom
96- Matthew Boyd
97- Dylan Cease
98- Caleb Smith
99- Tarik Skubal
100- Seth Lugo

As mentioned in part 1 of the rankings, the starting pitching position gets quite murky the later you get in the draft. I have moved players around this set of rankings many times already and will likely make many more changes as the season approaches. There are some young arms, veteran arms, and some overall question marks scattered around these rankings. Players are returning from injury like James Paxton and Eduardo Rodriguez, which leaves questions. I did not even add Noah Syndergaard or Chris Sale until there is better information on their returns. Many young arms like Kopech, Singer, Sixto, McKenzie, and more have many intrigues yet a lot of questions marks. There is a reason pitchers are flying off draft boards. Unless you can navigate this minefield to perfection, you will likely join the masses in the early drafting situation. Until then, we will continue to dig in and tweak the rankings. Any questions, let me know.