September Starter Rankings – NBC Sports

Here are some final-month rankings. I’m a little short on comments, since I’ll be hopping on a plane awfully early Monday morning. Please try not to get too bent out of shape if your star player isn’t listed where you like … anything can happen in a month.

As always, players are ranked by position and then combined into an overall top 300 list.

Click to see other September rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C

Starting pitcher rankings

Dropping off: Shohei Ohtani
(fifth), Shane McClanahan
(45th), Tony Gonsolin
(52nd), Nestor Cortes
(55th), Steven Matz
(68th), Luis Medina
(121st), AJ Smith-Shawver
(123rd), Garrett Whitlock
(125th), Randy Vasquez
(126th), Yonny Chirinos
(142nd), Quinn Priester
(143rd), Rich Hill
(146th), Joey Lucchesi

  • Nathan Eovaldi had a setback in his return from a forearm strain, buying Andrew Heaney more time in the Texas rotation. However, while Heaney is sporting a nice ERA of late, it’s largely due to quick hooks that have left him ineligible for wins his last three times out. Maybe if the Rangers used an opener in front of him.
  • Kenta Maeda
    would have ranked around 50th again, but I’m concerned that the Twins will shift him to the pen in the coming weeks.
  • John Means’ velocity isn’t quite all of the way back as he finishes up his rehab from Tommy John surgery, but I still like the idea of taking a chance on him in September. Camden Yards is perfect for the left-hander’s flyball tendencies these days, and he’ll be pitching in front of a far better team than he ever has previously.