Farm Futures: Pitcher Tiers
Farm Futures: Pitcher Tiers

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There are 137 pitchers ranked in the top 400, which breaks down to 34.3 percent. There are 30 pitchers in the top 100. I know there are many dynasty-league players who largely ignore pitching prospects, but I believe this is a mistake. They are obviously much riskier than hitting prospects of the same caliber. For instance, I could argue that Forrest Whitley is the pitching equivalent to Vladimir Guerrero Jr., yet Whitley is ranked No. 7 overall, while Vlad has the top spot. This is the pitching prospect tax. It would be silly to rank Whitley ahead of a player like Eloy Jimenez, because all Whitley needs to do is require Tommy John surgery at some point in the next couple years and Jimenez will easily outearn him over a five-year period. But I believe it would be similarly foolish to rank Whitley outside of the top 10 just because he is a pitcher. At some point, the reward is worth the risk, and that same logic applies to every pitching prospect ranked in the top 400.

I am always going to chase upside in pitching prospects, because there really is no such thing as a pitching prospect with a high floor. Obviously this doesn't mean that the pitchers are all ranked from most upside to least upside, but you can get a general sense for how high I think a pitcher's ceiling is based on where they are ranked and how far away they are from the

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James Anderson
James Anderson is RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst, Assistant Baseball Editor, and co-host of Farm Fridays on Sirius/XM radio and the RotoWire Prospect Podcast. FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year finalist in 2012.
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