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TDG’s 2024 TOP 200 STARTING PITCHERS: #131-#200

TAYLORHoly Strawberries, RFF!!! We are in a jam!!  We have to come up with highlights and analysis for seventy players to kick off the Starting Pitchers’ Rankings this year!!! We better hurry, RFF!!!

RFF – Not too fast, my naive Padres fan. We have the bottom half of these rankings. We can just phone this in.

TAYLOR – Jiminy Jillikers, RFF!! Are you saying we shouldn’t give it our all?

RFF – Um, yeah. That’s pretty much what “phone it in” means. 

TAYLOR – But what about the followers?!? Our legion of fans!! They will think we are no better than Anthony Rendon!! 

RFF – Shit. Give me $245 million and I’ll put some effort into this instead of using old Simpsons and Batman lines for content. C’mon, Taylor!!! Once they see my name on here they probably won’t read this part of the rankings anyway.

TAYLOR –  I looked up to you, RFF.

RFF – Like how the Padres have looked up at the Dodgers in the NL West standings for the last fifty plus seasons.

TAYLOR – Listen here, you miserable Harry Caray loving’ asshole. I’m not always filled with rainbows and sunshine! I’ve spent the last two months correcting your grammatical and spelling errors. By the way, it’s SZA! Not Sza! 

RFF –  Geez.. alright. Sorry. Leave Harry out of this! I don’t know, Taylor… seventy guys?

TAYLOR –  But we agreed to do it! It might take us seven hours, but we are going to do it.

RFF –  Seven hours? Wait, I got a better idea. How about I reach out to these guys and get a couple *makes air quotes with his hands* “quotes” about themselves? *winks at Taylor*

TAYLOR HOLY 131 to 200 STARTING PITCHER RANKINGS, RFF!!! So you are saying you know all these guys? Golly Gee Willikers! This is going to be the best 200 to 131 SP Rankings EVER!

RFF – What the hell was I doing back in December to have signed up for this? Oh yeah, drinking… a lot of drinking.

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Here are our 2024 #131-#200 Starting Pitchers!

RankPlayerAvg. Rank
131Michael Wacha140.5
132Connor Phillips142.2
133Aaron Ashby142.4
134Will Warren163
135Sawyer Gipson-Long147.5
136Josiah Gray150.7
137Charlie Morton113.3
138Logan Allen143.8
139Christian Scott144.7
140James Paxton144.7
141Louie Varland145.9
142Carson Whisenhunt147.2
143Mick Abel148.1
144Chase Petty148.2
145Lance Lynn148.3
146Jack Flaherty149
147Garrett Whitlock149.8
148Brock Porter150
149Graham Ashcraft154.6
150Casey Mize156.9
151Tyler Wells157.1
152Miles Mikolas158
153Anthony Solometo158.1
154Brady Singer158.7
155Wilmer Flores158.9
156Tony Gonsolin159.1
157Tanner Houck160.3
158Kyle Hurt179.7
159Clarke Schmidt161.3
160John Means162.1
161Jairo Iriarte164.1
162Michael Kopech164.9
163Chris Paddack165
164Jack Leiter165.8
165David Festa166.4
166Jordan Hicks167.2
167Nick Nastrini167.5
168Robert Gasser167.6
169Jackson Ferris168.9
170Joey Cantillo170.7
171Matt Manning171.4
172Kyle Wright172.5
173Dane Dunning172.7
174Taijuan Walker172.7
175Cade Povich173.9
176Steven Matz174.2
177Ty Madden175.1
178Alex Cobb175.7
179Yu-Min Lin176.6
180Patrick Sandoval176.9
181Nick Frasso177.3
182JP Sears178.1
183Cooper Hjerpe178.2
184Henry LaLane178.3
185Chase Dollander178.6
186Quinn Priester178.9
187Erick Fedde179.9
188Jordan Wicks180.2
189Joe Boyle181
190Mason Black181.6
191Owen White182.6
192Carlos F. Rodriguez182.8
193Bryce Elder184
194Jarlin Susana184.1
195Lance McCullers Jr184.3
196Marco Raya184.3
197Kyle Gibson184.7
198José Quintana185
199Emerson Hancock185.5
200Mason Montgomery185.5

131. CONNOR PHILLIPS, CINCINNATI REDS (AGE: 22)

Howdy! Yeah, I am that cowboy who had a 40% K rate in Double-A last season and even though I didn’t fair well in my cup of coffee in the majors by giving up 16 earned runs and 13 walks in 20.2 innings that resulted in a 6.97 ERA/1.50 WHIP, I did show I can strike out MLB hitters with 26 Ks during that same span and a four pitch mix that primarily relies on triple-digit heat and a promising sweeper.  I’ll see you real soon in the majors… maybe. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

132. AARON ASHBY, MILWAUKEE BREWERS (AGE: 25)

Am I surprised I’m this high? Yeah. I get it though. I showed promise coming up through the Brewers system and was inserted in the rotation right away. I didn’t exactly set MLB on fire with an ERA north of four and only three quality starts in 19 games started in ’22. I moved to the bullpen before needing shoulder surgery which ended my ’23 season before it started. I am competing for a spot in the rotation again and am 100% healthy. Maybe if I have more than three quality starts and two wins I’ll see you in the Top 100? (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

133. WILL WARREN, NEW YORK YANKEES (AGE: 24)

Big Willie Style here!! I got jiggy with it in 2023 between Double and Triple-A with a 10-4 record even though hitters hit .226 against me with a 1.30 WHIP. I am still a bit of a work in progress after a jump in my velocity since being drafted which has led to excellent spin rates with my sweeper and curve. I am ready to slap anyone who says I can’t be a starter in MLB and might get a chance later this season to showcase this if the wheels fall off in the Bronx. Don’t tell anyone but I secretly want that to happen not only because I’ll get my chance to pitch in the majors but I want to see Brian Cashman lose it again. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

134. SAWYER GIPSON-LONG, DETROIT TIGERS (AGE: 26)

I can’t wait to see my name on those new Fanatics jerseys this season. As for last season, I impressed in four MLB starts with 26 Ks/8 BBs in 20 innings with a 2.70 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. Granted it was against some subpar offenses in the A’s, Royals, White Sox, and Angels. Hey, I can only pitch against who they put up in front of me. In ’23 I added a sinker and cutter to my pitch mix to go with a good four-seamer, change, and sweeper to only help my chances to stick as a starter. I might be in the running for a spot in the Tiger’s rotation in ’24 but it will be an uphill climb going up against two veteran FA signings Jake Flaherty and Kenta Maeda. I will be a long-term answer at the backend of the rotation sooner rather than later though. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

135. JOSIAH GRAY, WASHINGTON NATIONALS (AGE: 26)

136. LOGAN TAYLOR ALLEN, CLEVELAND GUARDIANS (AGE: 25)

137. CHRISTIAN SCOTT, NEW YORK METS (AGE: 24)

138. DEAN KREMER, BALTIMORE ORIOLES (AGE: 28)

139. JAMES PAXTON, LOS ANGELES DODGERS (AGE: 35)

140. LOUIE VARLAND, MINNESOTA TWINS (AGE: 26)

141. CARSON WHISENHUNT, SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (AGE: 23)

142. MICK ABEL, PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (AGE: 22) 

Yeah, I know Andrew Painter this, Andrew Painter that. But, I’m a pretty good pitching prospect as well even though I’m 98 spots lower than he is and he missed the entire ’23 season. Maybe I should look in the mirror though since I was the one who had a lackluster season in Double-A with a 4.14 ERA/1.24 WHIP in 108.2 innings. I continued to have issues with my control which has been the root of my inconsistencies with giving up 65 free passes or a 13.5% walk rate. I still have the arm of a frontline starter but my regression since being the 15th pick in the 2020 draft is worrying.  Painter, Painter, Painter!!! (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

143. CHASE PETTY, CINCINNATI REDS (AGE: 20)

No, I get it… I’m not a race driver but my name would be perfect if I was one. I spent last season putting up impressive numbers in High-A with a sub-2.00 ERA in 60.1 innings with 61 Ks and 15 BBs. What might be my most impressive feat is that I didn’t give up a home run for the entire ’23 season. Out of all the intriguing Reds’ pitching prospects, I am the most “complete” pitcher with an advanced approach to hitters, above-average command of all my pitches, and makeup. I might be passed up by those other prospects to get an opportunity to pitch in the majors but I have the best shot to stay in the Reds rotation for a very long time. If you ain’t first, your last… Well, except in this case. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

144. LANCE LYNN, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (AGE: 36)

No, I didn’t retire. I actually did pretty well in L.A. with a 7-2 record and a respectable 4.36 ERA to wrap up my forgettable 2023 season. C’mon, it was a far cry from what I did on the Southside with a 6.47 ERA and 9 losses. I still racked up 191 Ks in 183.2 innings and should be good for similar numbers. Forget about the 46 home runs I gave up. Yeah, it was the most given up by a pitcher in twelve years! Make me retire! I dare you! (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

145. JACK FLAHERTY, DETROIT TIGERS (AGE: 28)

146, GARRETT WHITLOCK, BOSTON RED SOX (AGE: 27)

147. BROCK PORTER, TEXAS RANGERS (AGE: 20)

One of my favorite pitching prospects with four above-average pitches with his fastball and change being his two best pitches. 95 Ks in 69.1 innings with only one home run given up in Single-A last season!!! I don’t even care that his name is the whitest name ever… but is that. I can picture him at Starbucks walking up to the counter when he orders a triple-double mocha tea thing right now.. “Hey, the call me Brock… Brock Porter. Yeah, that Brock Porter.” Actually, that can work as a porn name too. Yeah, they let me write here. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

148. CADE CAVALLI, WASHINGTON NATIONALS (AGE: 25)

149. GRAHAM ASHCRAFT, CINCINNATI REDS (AGE: 26)

150. CASEY MIZE, DETROIT TIGERS (AGE: 26)

Yeah, when you drafted me in the 2019 FYPD, you didn’t think you’d see me here five years later. Yes, injuries played their part in missing last season because of Tommy John and back issues that have flared up throughout my professional career but when I pitched my stuff just wasn’t good enough. I finished below the 25th percentile in K%, WHIFF%, and CHASE% in my pro career but it was pointed out by the Tigers’ Analytics team that I might have been tipping my pitches so with some minor tweaks to my mechanics as well as a bigger glove I should have taken care of that issue. I have been working on adding more break to my fastball as well as using my curve a lot more in my pitch mix. At only 26 years old, I still have a chance to live up to the lofty expectations from five years ago. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

151. TYLER WELLS, BALTIMORE ORIOLES (AGE: 29)

152. MILES MIKOLAS, ST LOUIS CARDINALS (AGE: 35)

153. ANTHONY SOLOMETO, PITTSBURGH PIRATES (AGE: 21)

Mad Bum 2.0 with the leg kick and stature on the bump to boot. Easily possesses one of the funkiest deliveries in baseball today and that deceptiveness along with excellent command of three above- average pitches (fastball-sinker, cut-slider, and straight-change) will make him a problem for opposing hitters. A prime candidate for breakout pitching prospect of ’24 and don’t take my word on that. The great Jim Callis echoed that similar thought by saying he thought Solometo will be a top 5 to 10 pitching prospect by the end of the season. I’ll take it a step further. I think Solometo will be in our top-50 this time next season. Shit. Top Twenty! It isn’t like anyone is reading this. And if I’m right I can always reference back to this and rub this in all your faces! Genius! Also, Hurston Waldrep will have a better career than Yoshinobu Yamamoto! See you guys in a few years…. if this is right… if not… shhhh!! (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

154. BRADY SINGER, KANSAS CITY ROYALS (AGE: 27)

155. WILMER FLORES, DETROIT TIGERS (AGE: 23)

156. TONY GONSOLIN, LOS ANGELES DODGERS (AGE: 29) 

MEOW!!! Three years in a row with this cat cleating mofo!!! Since I started writing for TDG I have had to write about Tony Gonsolin in our rankings. I’m pretty sure each time I mentioned that health is a key factor to his success. Yeah, that is looking good right meow. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

157. TANNER HOUCK, BOSTON RED SOX (AGE: 27)

158. CLARKE SCHMIDT, NEW YORK YANKEES (AGE: 28)

159. JOHN MEANS, BALTIMORE ORIOLES (AGE: 30)

160. JAIRO IRIARTE, SAN DIEGO PADRES (AGE: 22)

161. MICHAEL KOPECH, CHICAGO WHITE SOX (AGE: 27)

Don’t ask me how I got here when I got lit up like a Christmas tree with a -14 Pitching Run Value and an xERA that landed me in the 6th percentile. I lost my starting spot in the rotation mainly due to my career-high 15.4% walk rate in September but will still have a shot at making the rotation this spring. Shit really went downhill after I cut off my ponytail. If I’m rocking it this Spring you know what’s up. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

162. CHRIS PADDACK, MINNESOTA TWINS (AGE: 28)

163. JACK LEITER, TEXAS RANGERS (AGE: 23)

164. DAVID FESTA, MINNESOTA TWINS (AGE: 23)

I just hope his warm-up or entrance song is “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie. FiESTA FOREVER! Yeah again, they let me write here! Well mainly because no one else signed up for this part of the rankings! (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

165. JORDAN HICKS, SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (AGE: 27)

Look who is a starting pitcher now!!!!! Will I be able to take my electric stuff and sustain it for multiple innings for a regular basis? Flip a coin… seriously do it… It is better than my advice. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

166. NICK NASTRINI, CHICAGO WHITE SOX (AGE: 24)

167. ROBERT GASSER, MILWAUKEE BREWERS (AGE: 24)

168. JACKSON FERRIS. LOS ANGELES DODGERS (AGE: 20)

I am billed as Clayton Kershaw 2.0 and look where I’m pitching now… Hold on, Jackson! Let me take this one please…

NO! NO! NOOOOO!! Why did Jed Hoyer and the Cubs have to trade my favorite pitching prospect (outside of Cade Horton) this offseason! What were you thinking!!! His stuff is filthy and now you trade him to the Dodgers! Of course, he is going to become the second coming of Clayton Kershaw now!! He outdueled Andrew Painter just two years ago in highschool! I don’t care about his 33 walks in 56 innings of A-ball. His hammer 12-6 curve is a thing of beauty when on point and when he fills out his frame he will only add velocity to his fastball that already tops out at 97 mph at the age of 19.  You are lucky you signed Cody Bellinger, Hoyer!!! And yeah, I don’t care if Hoyer isn’t the GM anymore. I still blame him for everything!!! You traded Rizzo and didn’t bring him back when you could! Heartless bastard!  (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

169. JOEY CANTILLO, CLEVELAND GUARDIANS (AGE: 24)

170. MATT MANNING, DETROIT TIGERS (AGE: 26)

171. KYLE WRIGHT, KANSAS CITY ROYALS (AGE: 28)

Yeah, I’m already out for the ‘24 season but remember 2022? 21 Wins with 19 Quality Starts and 174 Ks in 180.1 innings. Yeah, those were good times. Maybe in 2025? I’ll only be 29!! C’mon!! (Ryan Felix Fernades)

172. DANE DUNNING, TEXAS RANGERS (AGE: 29)

173. TAIJUAN WALKER, PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (AGE: 31)

174. CADE POVICH, BALTIMORE ORIOLES (AGE: 23)

And the test results show….. You are not the father!!! I always wanted to say that. Sorry, Cade I’m sure you are a great pitcher. Hopefully, that is never said to you. The “not the father” part. I’m not referring to the “you being a great pitcher” line. How great would it be if this kid becomes a stud pitcher and someone looks up one of the first times someone wrote about Cade on here and they find this. You’re welcome… and you are the father!  (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

175. STEVEN MATZ, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (AGE: 32)

176. TY MADDEN, DETROIT TIGERS (AGE: 24)

177. ALEX COBB, SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (AGE: 36)

178. YU-MIN LIN, ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (AGE: 20)

179. PATRICK SANDOVAL, LOS ANGELES ANGELS (AGE: 27)

180. NICK FRASSO, LOS ANGELES DODGERS (AGE: 25)

181. JP SEARS, OAKLAND ATHLETICS (AGE: 28)

182. COOPER HJERPE, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (AGE: 22)

Yeah, I know my name is difficult to pronounce but you know what else is difficult? It is difficult for hitters to pick up on my funky crossfire delivery. That sounded better in my head. After a turbulent first month as a pro in High-A ball in which I struck out 23 batters in my first 16 innings and walked 14, gave up six home runs, and posted a 6.75 ERA. I followed it up with a 1.54 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings in May and the whispers of me getting fast-tracked to the majors were getting louder but after another promising start I felt mild discomfort in my pitching elbow which led to surgery. I was able to come back to pitch in one more game in High-A before the season ended which gave me the opportunity to pitch in the AFL as a reliever. It was a new role for me and I had a few spotty performances which resulted in a 4.32 ERA with 15 Ks in 8 1/3 innings. I am still projected to be a starter but with my inconsistencies and the injuries I’ve had in the last two years jeopardize that. I am still the same dude who won the ’22 National Pitcher of the Year with 161 strikeouts in 103 1/3 innings and can still be a K machine in any role. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

183. HENRY LaLANE, NEW YORK YANKEES (AGE 19)

184. CHASE DOLLANDER, COLORADO ROCKIES (AGE: 22)

185. QUINN PRIESTER, PITTSBURGH PIRATES (AGE: 23)

186. KYLE HURT, LOS ANGELES DODGERS (AGE: 25)

187. ERICK FEDDE, CHICAGO WHITE SOX (AGE: 31)

188. JORDAN WICKS, CHICAGO CUBS (AGE: 24)

189. JOE BOYLE, OAKLAND ATHLETICS (AGE: 24)

Were the three games in which I had 15 Ks/5 walks and only gave up three runs in 16 innings an apparition or was it the 17.8% walk rate in the minors prior to those three games the apparition? With a new sweeper and me touching triple-digits this spring. How can you not take a flyer out on me? Like they say in Vegas sometimes you got to roll the dice. Wait? We aren’t going there? Sacramento? I need that dark horse Cy Young candidate talk that some random Twitter/X accounts started to spew after my 14 pitch outing in Spring Training come to fruition so John Fisher will trade me since I’ll be worth more than a vending machine. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

190. MASON BLACK, SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (AGE: 24)

I just want to point out the guy below me is White. Where is the manager? (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

191. OWEN WHITE, TEXAS RANGERS (AGE: 24)

I just want to point out the guy above me is Black. Where is the manager? (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

192. CARLOS F. RODRIGUEZ, MILWAUKEE BREWERS (AGE: 22)

193. BRYCE ELDER, ATLANTA BRAVES (AGE: 24)

194. JARLIN SUSANA, WASHINGTON NATIONALS (AGE: 19)

Patience is a virtue. At least that is what I keep hearing Mike Rizzo tell the owners of the Nationals. But in this case really be patient and if you have the chance buy low. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

195. LANCE McCULLERS JR.. HOUSTON ASTROS (AGE 30)

196. MARCO RAYA, MINNESOTA TWINS (AGE: 21)

197. KYLE GIBSON, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (AGE: 36)

Lance Lynn, Mike Mikolas, Steven Matz, and myself. What are we doing? We are all on the bottom half of these rankings. And are we doing a Last Vegas spinoff in St. Louis? We would have been a great rotation two years ago… Okay… four years ago. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

198. JOSE QUINTANA, NEW YORK METS (AGE: 35)

I don’t know what’s more painful… this guy still putting together decent numbers or having to watch Dylan Cease and Eloy Jimenez enter their prime years on the Southside this season. Worst trade ever! I’m talking to you, Hoyer!! (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

199. EMERSON HANCOCK, SEATTLE MARINERS (AGE: 24)

200. MASON MONTGOMERY, TAMPA BAY RAYS (AGE: 23)

I wanted to write something noteworthy about Mason because he is at the bottom of our SP rankings. He has been able to put up double digit K rates the last three season with 10.4 Ks per 9 in ’23. This is even with a bump up in competition from Double and Triple-A. It is a bit of a drop from his 16.9 in ’21 and 15.2 in ’22 but of course that was against lesser talent. He has been pretty damn good since being drafted by the Rays in ’21 with a sub 3.00 ERA and 1.17 WHIP along with an astonishing 335 Ks in 259 innings. He just exudes the typical Rays prospect that comes out of nowhere and makes a significant impact later on in his career. See I can be serious and write something informative. Also, I’m pretty sure Taylor only skims down to the bottom to make sure I don’t go off the rails and take it seriously. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

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TAYLORHoly Analysis and Highlights, RFF!!! We did it!!

RFF – I guess? Well, that was fun. Can’t wait to do this next season, buddy. Good luck with the rest of the rankings!! And I hope you can find someone on EBay to buy that Soto Padres jersey you got just last season. At least it wasn’t made by Fanatics! Am I right?

TAYLOR –  Ahem… Did you forget you agreed to do the 130-121 SP Rankings as well?

RFFJimminy Fuckin’ Jillikers

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Taylor Case

Taylor Case can't get enough baseball. A lifetime Padres fan, he's a big believer in beating the shift and letting the kids play. But if the strike zone turns into a robot, well, he might not play anymore.

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