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2021 MLB Rankings: Starting Pitchers 30-21

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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 bottom 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 30-16| Relief Pitcher 15-1

2021 MLB Rankings: 30-26

30. Spencer Turnbull, Detroit Tigers 2020: NR

2020: 11 games, 56.2 IP, 3.97 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 51 Strikeouts, 4-4 Record

While Matthew Boys gets the start on opening day, Spencer Turnbull is the Tigers’ best pitcher heading into 2021. After an abysmal season in 2019, Turnbull showed some promise in 2020, posting a sub-four ERA, and limiting home runs. 

29. Kyle Gibson, Texas Rangers 2020: NR

2020: 12 games, 67.1 IP, 5.35 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 58 Strikeouts, 2-6 Record

As part of an atrocious Rangers’ rotation, Kyle Gibson is the best of the bunch, despite struggling mightily in 2020. Gibson’s best year came in 2018 when he posted an ERA of 3.62, but he gets himself into trouble by allowing too many walks.  

28. Mitch Keller, Pittsburgh Pirates 2020: NR

2020: 5 games, 21.2 IP, 2.91 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 16 Strikeouts, 1-1 Record

While Joe Musgrove is the bigger name, Mitch Keller showed more potential in a small sample size in 2020. While he pitched well last season, Keller only has 16 career starts under his belt and needs to show more before climbing up this ranking.  

27. Andrew Heaney, Los Angeles 2020: NR

2020: 12 games, 66.2 IP, 4.46 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 70 Strikeouts, 4-3 Record

Since Jered Weaver retired, the Angels have not had a dominant starting pitcher; 2020 will be no different with Andrew Heaney as their best option. Heaney is solid, but allows too many home runs to become a true ace. 

26. Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Red Sox 2020: NR

2020: 9 games, 48.1 IP, 3.72 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 52 Strikeouts, 4-2 Record

A hero from the 2018 playoffs, Nathan Eovaldi had a nice bounce-back season for Boston in 2020 after struggling in 2019. Eovaldi hits the high 90s and has a nasty curveball, but his health has been the most important question throughout his career.

2021 MLB Rankings: 25-21

25. John Means, Baltimore Orioles 2020: 21

2020: 10 games, 43.2 IP, 4.53 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 42 Strikeouts, 2-4 Record

After a fantastic rookie season in 2019, John Means was relatively underwhelming in his sophomore campaign in 2020. Regardless, Means is the Orioles’ best pitcher as a lefty, and he does a great job at limiting baserunners.  

24. Kevin Gausman, San Francisco Giants 2020: NR

2020: 12 games, 59.1 IP, 3.62 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 79 Strikeouts, 3-3 Record

2020 was a make-or-break year for Kevin Gausman‘s career, and he proved he belongs as he established himself as the Giants’ best starting pitcher. His slider is filthy, resulting in his stellar K/9 of 11.9 in 2020.  

23. German Marquez, Colorado Rockies 2020: NR

2020: 13 games, 81.2 IP, 3.75 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 73 Strikeouts, 4-6 Record

Colorado is an extremely difficult place to pitch, but German Marquez, who led MLB in innings pitched, has been Mr.Dependable for the Rockies’ rotation. While Marquez won’t do anything special, he keeps the ball in the yard, something that is tough to do at Coors Field. 

22. Marco Gonzales, Seattle Mariners 2020: 27

2020: 11 games, 69.2 IP, 3.10 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 64 Strikeouts, 7-2 Record

One of the most underrated pitchers in baseball, Marco Gonzales had a great year in 2020, establishing himself as the Mariners’ best pitcher. Gonzales won’t blow hitters away, but he will fly up the rankings next year if he can continue to put up good numbers.  

21. Tyler Glasnow, Tampa Bay Rays 2020: NR

2020: 11 games, 57.1 IP, 4.08 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 91 Strikeouts, 5-1 Record

After a breakout season in 2019, Tyler Glasnow had a decent season in 2020 while posting a ridiculous K/9 of 14.3. He needs to become more controlled with his off-speed pitches, but at age 27, Glasnow can become a Cy Young candidate. 


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