Old guys can throw balls, man. 

You probably haven’t been to the gym in a minute, but just imagine/remember the locker room. 

Young guys’ tend to have a little less movement. More velocity, fewer wrinkles, less wiggle.

Ah, the pleasures of youth. 

Command is where the locker room analogy falters. Old guy pitchers’ balls have movement and command. They are stars of their own Viagra commercials, popping their car’s hood on the side of the road because they’ve learned a thing or two about engines by now and just plain know how to get stuff done. 

Youth reigns in dynasty baseball, but it’s nice to have some oldsters in the locker room when readying a crew for extensive ball-work. 

This old-balls bit is gaining momentum in my mind, and I’m not loving that, so let’s bounce to the first fifty.

 

Rank Player Age Team
1 Gerrit Cole 29 NYY
2 Walker Buehler 25 LAD
3 Jack Flaherty 24 STL
4 Shane Bieber 24 CLE
5 Jacob deGrom 31 NYM
6 Shohei Ohtani 25 LAA
7 Mike Clevinger 29 CLE
8 Lucas Giolito 25 CHW
9 Luis Castillo 27 CIN
10 Blake Snell 27 TB
11 Tyler Glasnow 26 TB
12 Jesus Luzardo 22 OAK
13 Stephen Strasburg 31 WAS
14 Chris Paddack 24 SD
15 Mike Soroka 22 ATL
16 Julio Urias 23 LAD
17 MacKenzie Gore 21 SD
18 Clayton Kershaw 32 LAD
19 Chris Sale 31 BOS
20 Frankie Montas 27 OAK
21 Trevor Bauer 29 CIN
22 Max Scherzer 35 WAS
23 Justin Verlander 37 HOU
24 Nate Pearson 23 TOR
25 Aaron Nola 26 PHI
26 Jose Berrios 25 MIN
27 Patrick Corbin 30 WAS
28 Brandon Woodruff 27 MIL
29 Zac Gallen 24 ARI
30 Yu Darvish 33 CHC
31 Noah Syndergaard 27 NYM
32 Charlie Morton 36 TB
33 Eduardo Rodriguez 27 BOS
34 Tarik Skubal 23 DET
35 Sonny Gray 30 CIN
36 Jameson Taillon 28 PIT
37 Zack Greinke 36 HOU
38 Spencer Howard 23 PHI
39 Forrest Whitley 22 HOU
40 A.J. Puk 25 OAK
41 Michael Kopech 24 CHW
42 Max Fried 26 ATL
43 Matt Manning 22 DET
44 James Paxton 31 NYY
45 Casey Mize 23 DET
46 Asa Lacy 20 ??
47 Dinelson Lamet 27 SD
48 Zack Wheeler 29 PHI
49 Hyun-Jin Ryu 33 TOR
50 Kyle Hendricks 30 CHC


Thanks for reading! I’m @theprospectitch on Twitter, Reddit and Words with Friends.

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ryan
ryan
2 years ago

He actually offered another trade. I would trade away woodruff albies for luzardo pearson and bieber. Not sure how i feel about this. I love the major improvements with my sp, but maybe I can trade someone like patrick corbin for a 2b. What do you think?

ryan
ryan
2 years ago

Love these rankings! Anyway I am looking to possibly upgrade my sp in my 14 team h2h dynasty league. on paper I feel my pitching is good for the next year or so, but will take a huge nosedive due to age. Someone in my league is interested in alibies from my team. This guy has tons of young sp depth. Anyway he offered me a huge deal. Not sure if this is something i should consider. Do i trade away meadows corbin albies for ketel marte, max kepler, james paxton and shane bieber. i could also get both nate pearson and luzardo instead of bieber. Do you recommend I take this deal to help improve my sp?

c sean murphy

1b max muncy

2b ozzie albies

3b rafael devers

ss bo bichette

lf juan soto

cf ronald acuna

rf austin meadows

util yuli gurriel

bn luke voit

bn cj cron
bn luke voit

bn omar narvaez

na andrew vaughn

na robert puason

na luis matos

na jeter downs

na julio rodriguez

na erick pena

sp brandon woodruff

sp julio urias

sp max scherzer

rp scott oberg

rp ryan pressly

rp brandon kintzler

p patrick corbin

p alex wood

bn kevin gausman

bn carlos rodon

bn deivi garcia

bn sixto sanchez

bn edward cabrera

bn nathan eovaldi

bn matt shoemaker

na luis patino

BBHHI
BBHHI
2 years ago

Not taking pot-shots….just wondering, how far off the list do McCullers, Heaney and McKay fall?

BBHHI
BBHHI
Reply to  The Itch
2 years ago

TB overwhelmed with talent, making innings a real question mark, is guess.

Poogy
Poogy
2 years ago

Traded Verlander for Bauer in my keeper league the other day. With no idea how this year is gonna play out I’m essentially playing for 2021. I think Bauer will bounce back to some degree as well. The list made me feel better about it!

Coolwhip
2 years ago

This is much ado about nothing, but curious on reasoning. The Gap between Gore and Pearson, talk to me about it. Gore more of a finished product? command?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

Gimme all that Nate Pearson!

Chucky
Chucky
2 years ago

Mr Justin Verlander-Upton @ #25? And a Yankee no less? “The Boss” once thought he had assembled a former Oakland A’s Championship starting rotation ( Catfish, Kenny Holtzman and Vida Blue) until Bowie Kuhn stepped in. I guess Cashman could lay claim to Houston hurlers Cole and Verlander. Why not?

Jacob Hartman
Jacob Hartman
2 years ago

Whaddup The Itch!

Really excited to see what MacKenzie Gore can do in The Bigs this and next year.

Curious about the Ohtani and Gio rankings, as I would guess Giolito would be ranked higher. Do you think that Ohtani will be on a normal rotation in 2021?

Also, I think that I like Lamet way more than you, but I dig your post nonetheless! For realz—Appreciate you putting value to those exciting Detroit arms.

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
2 years ago

Ohtani #6?! I have to admit, I didn’t see that one coming.

Skubal #34, loving that.

Whitley #39, you’re high on him. Mind you, he might be a post-hype guy to target, hoping that he recovers from the dregs of his suspension.

Have to research this #47 Asa Lacy guy.

Thanks Itch.

Hobbs
Reply to  Jolt In Flow
2 years ago

First of all, love the post, Itch! I can never get enough of these.

Second, Jolt — expect Lacy to be the first arm off the board this June, probably will go around picks No. 3-5 overall. Southpaw out of Texas A&M with a massive ceiling. He’ll be a popular first-year player draft target.

Grey
Admin
Reply to  Hobbs
2 years ago

How ya not gonna give us a third of all? Rule of threes, man!

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks Itch, and Hobbs, and Grey.

I figured I’d throw you in Grey, in keeping with your pointer to Hobbs.

Hobbs
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Just here to break down traditional writing principles one comment at a time!

Grey
Admin
Reply to  Hobbs
2 years ago

Haha

NUX
NUX
2 years ago

#51 Joe Musgrove

Grey
Admin
Reply to  NUX
2 years ago

#52 Pete Alonso — oh, wait

Grey
Admin
Reply to  The Itch
2 years ago

Howm’ever I can help

Biff Malibu
Biff Malibu
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

#53 Joey Bats. Flipping bats n breaking sliders