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2021 MLB Rankings: Starting Pitchers 20-11

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30 days of 2021 MLB rankings! In this series, we will be ranking every projected starting player for the 2021 season at each in position, each in three parts. On day 27 of this series, we will be ranking the middle 10 starting pitchers in MLB. 

Check out the previous rankings from this 2021 MLB Rankings series:

Catchers 30-21 | Catchers 20-11 | Catchers 10-1| First Base 30-21| First Base 20-11 | First Base 10-1| Second Base 30-21| Second Base 20-11| Second Base 10-1| Shortstop 30-21| Shortstop 20-11| Shortstop 10-1| Third Base 30-21| Third Base 20-11| Third Base 10-1| Left Field 30-21| Left Field 20-11| Left Field 10-1| Center Field 30-21| Center Field 20-11| Center Field 10-1| Right Field 30-21| Right Field 20-11| Right Field 10-1Designated Hitter 15-1Relief Pitcher 30-16Relief Pitcher 15-1| Starting Pitcher 30-21

2021 MLB Rankings: 20-16

20. Chris Bassitt, Oakland Athletics 2020: NR

2020: 11 games, 63.0 IP, 2.29 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 55 Strikeouts, 5-2 Record

In a shortened season, Chris Bassitt broke onto the scene as he finished eighth in the AL Cy Young voting. Bassitt doesn’t have swing-and-miss stuff, but he will rise up the rankings if he can continue to keep runners off base.  

19. Brad Keller, Kansas City Royals 2020: 28

2020: 9 games, 54.2 IP, 2.47 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 35 Strikeouts, 5-3 Record

A ground ball pitcher, Brad Keller has been extremely underrated as Kansas City’s best pitcher over the past two seasons. Keller only hits low 90s, but he also only allowed two home runs last season, a great mark in 54.2 innings. 

18. Sixto Sanchez, Miami Marlins 2020: NR

2020: 7 games, 39.0 IP, 3.46 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 33 Strikeouts, 3-2 Record

Maybe this is an overreaction, but Sixto Sanchez looks like an absolute stud only seven games into his MLB career. Sanchez hits the high 90s with a filthy sinker and could win a Cy Young at some point in his career.  

17. Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs 2020: 19

2020: 12 games, 81.1 IP, 2.88 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 64 Strikeouts, 6-5 Record

Kyle Hendricks is not the most exciting pitcher to watch, but he is remarkably consistent. Only hitting the high 80s with his fastball, Hendricks has always relied on his movement as he forces a ton of easy ground balls.  

16. Zac Gallen, Arizona Diamondbacks 2020: NR

2020: 12 games, 72.0 IP, 2.75 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 82 Strikeouts, 3-2 Record

With only 27 career starts under his belt, Zac Gallen looks really solid as he established himself as the Diamondbacks’ best starting pitcher. Madison Bumgarner is a bigger name, but Gallen is easily Arizona’s best starter for 2021. 

2021 MLB Rankings: 15-11

15. Brandon Woodruff, Milwaukee Brewers 2020: 18

2020: 13 games, 73.2 IP, 3.05 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 91 Strikeouts, 3-5 Record

After an all-star season in 2019, Brandon Woodruff continued to improve in 2020, recording a nasty K/9 of 11.1. Woodruff is elite and keeps runners off base and deserves to get a ton of attention among an otherwise lackluster rotation.  

14. Zack Greinke, Houston Astros 2020: NR

2020: 12 games, 67.0 IP, 4.03 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 67 Strikeouts, 3-3 Record

With Justin Verlander out for the year due to Tommy John surgery, Zack Greinke is the Astros’ best starting pitcher in 2021. Despite somewhat of a down year in 2020, Greinke still has a great fastball-curveball combination that stifles opposing hitters. 

13. Dallas Keuchel, Chicago White Sox 2020: NR

2020: 11 games, 63.1 IP, 1.99 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 42 Strikeouts, 6-2 Record

People will be upset that Lucas Giolito is not on this ranking, but while Giolito is more fun to watch, Dallas Keuchel is Chicago’s best starting pitcher. Keuchel, who posted a sub-two ERA in 2020, finished fifth in the AL Cy Young race.  

12. Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds 2020: 13

2020: 12 games, 70.0 IP, 3.21 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 89 Strikeouts, 4-6 Record

After a breakout season in 2019, Luis Castillo continued to improve in 2020, as he posted an ERA of 3.21, the lowest mark since his rookie season. Castillo has a nasty slider, resulting in his outstanding K/9 of 11.4 last season. 

11. Kenta Maeda, Minnesota Twins 2020: NR

2020: 11 games, 66.2 IP, 2.70 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 80 Strikeouts, 6-1 Record

In his first season with the Minnesota Twins, Kenta Maeda had an elite season, finishing second in the AL Cy Young voting. Maeda led the AL with a ridiculous 0.75 WHIP, having only walked ten batters in 66.2 innings of work.`


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