King Felix Finally the Ace He Was Destined to Be


Jul 24, 2009

King Felix Finally the Ace He Was Destined to Be All rankings assume 5×5 format (wins, saves, strikeouts, ERA, ratio).

* = check status

Starting Pitchers
1. Tim Lincecum, Giants
2. Dan Haren, Diamondbacks
3. Roy Halladay, Blue Jays: Jays might be expecting too much.
4. Johan Santana, Mets
5. Justin Verlander, Tigers
6. Zack Greinke, Royals
7. Chad Billingsley, Dodgers
8. Josh Beckett, Red Sox
9. CC Sabathia, Yankees
10. John Lester, Red Sox
11. Chris Carpenter, Cardinals
12. Cliff Lee, Indians: Contenders would do better shopping here.
13. Matt Cain, Giants
14. Felix Hernandez, Mariners: Finally at the dominant stage.
15. Javier Vazquez, Braves
16. Cole Hamels, Phillies
17. Josh Johnson, Marlins
18. Yovani Gallardo, Brewers: Will he handle the workload through the dog days?
19. James Shields, Rays
20. Edwin Jackson, Tigers
21. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals: Don't discount the worth of heavy innings.
22. Matt Garza, Rays
23. Jered Weaver, Angels
24. Ricky Nolasco, Marlins
25. Wandy Rodriguez, Astros: Nasty stuff now travels on the road, too.
26. Aaron Harang, Reds
27. A.J. Burnett, Yankees
28. Carlos Zambrano, Cubs
29. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
30. Ted Lilly, Cubs
31. Mark Buehrle, White Sox: Make it two no-hitters for crafty left-hander.
32. Johnny Cueto, Reds
33. *John Danks, White Sox
34. Roy Oswalt, Astros
35. Erik Bedard, Mariners
36. John Lackey, Angels
37. Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies: Three nasty pitches but can't always command them.
38. Joba Chamberlain, Yankees
39. Tommy Hanson, Braves: Heavy mechanics but monster strikeout potential.
40. *Gil Meche, Royals
41. Rich Harden, Cubs
42. Jair Jurrjens, Braves
43. Scott Baker, Twins
44. Jarrod Washburn, Mariners
45. Derek Lowe, Braves: Sinker is coming back, forget about strikeouts though.
46. Kevin Millwood, Rangers
47. Max Scherzer, Diamondbacks
48. Joe Saunders, Angels
49. Scott Kazmir, Rays: Worst fantasy return in the AL.
50. Randy Wolf, Dodgers
51. Gavin Floyd, White Sox
52. *Kevin Slowey, Twins
53. David Price, Rays: Kazmir 2.0, for good and for bad.
54. Ricky Romero, Blue Jays: Late bloomer finally justifies pedigree.
55. Chris Volstad, Marlins
56. Jason Marquis, Rockies
57. Rick Porcello, Tigers
58. Aaron Cook, Rockies
59. Brandon Morrow, Mariners: Still a good buy-low target.
60. Zach Duke, Pirates
61. Hiroki Kuroda, Dodgers
62. Joe Blanton, Phillies
63. John Lannan, Nationals
64. John Smoltz, Red Sox
65. Joel Pineiro, Cardinals: Another miracle from Duncan and company.
66. Kenshin Kawakami, Braves
67. *Edinson Volquez, Reds
68. *Tim Wakefield, Red Sox
69. *Ryan Dempster, Cubs
70. *Clay Buchholz, Red Sox: Will he have a spot in August?
71. Ervin Santana, Angels
72. Andy Pettitte, Yankees
73. Brian Bannister, Royals
74. Dallas Braden, Athletics
75. Jorge De La Rosa, Rockies: Quietly, you can make a profit on this staff.
76. Doug Davis, Diamondbacks
77. Brett Anderson, Athletics
78. *Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals: Breakout was looming before sore elbow.
79. Nick Blackburn, Twins
80. Kyle Lohse, Cardinals
81. Chad Gaudin, Padres
82. Jose Contreras, White Sox
83. Manny Parra, Brewers
84. Brad Bergesen, Orioles
85. Randy Wells, Cubs
86. Paul Maholm, Pirates
87. *Randy Johnson, Giants
88. *Chris Tillman, Orioles
NOTE: Stay by the phone, kid.
89. Francisco Liriano, Twins
90. Oliver Perez, Mets
91. *Chris Young, Padres
92. Kevin Correia, Padres
93. *Jake Peavy, Padres: No guarantee he pitches again this year.
94. Luke Hochevar, Royals
95. Brad Penny, Red Sox
96. Jeff Niemann, Rays
97. *Ian Snell, Pirates: Dominating in minors, should be back soon.
98. *Koji Uehara, Orioles
99. *John Maine, Mets
100. Carl Pavano, Indians: When location isn't perfect, he gets pounded.
101. Trevor Cahill, Athletics
102. Scott Richmond, Blue Jays
103. Mike Hampton, Astros
104. Livan Hernandez, Mets
105. Ross Ohlendorf, Pirates
106. Todd Wellemeyer, Cardinals
107. Scott Feldman, Rangers
108. Micah Owings, Reds: Maybe it's time for a Ankiel switch.
109. Jason Vargas, Mariners
110. Mike Pelfrey, Mets
111. Jeremy Guthrie, Orioles
112. Jamie Moyer, Phillies: Good grab for wins, but he'll get hit, too.
113. Gio Gonzalez, Athletics
114. Barry Zito, Giants
115. Sean West, Marlins
116. Armando Galarraga, Tigers
117. Clayton Richard, White Sox
118. *Chien-Ming Wang, Yankees
119. Bronson Arroyo, Reds
120. *Andrew Miller, Marlins: Back to the minors to fix his mechanics.
121. Russ Ortiz, Astros
122. Marc Rzepczynski, Blue Jays
123. Braden Looper, Cardinals
124. Jason Hammell, Rockies
125. *Dave Bush, Brewers
126. *Justin Duchscherer, Athletics
127. *Daisuke Matsuzaka, Red Sox
128. Rich Hill, Orioles
129. *Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks

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