Power Rankings: Starting Pitcher

Now that we’ve finished ranking the top prospects for the 2016 draft, the 2017 draft, and the freshman class, it’s time to focus on the upcoming season, rather than projecting prospects for the pro level. For our Position Power Rankings, we are using the same guiding principle we followed when assembling our preseason All-America teams: If we were building a team to win the 2016 national title, which players would we choose?

We considered past performance and offensive statistics, but we tried to keep the numbers in context, because some leagues or ballparks are more offensive than others, and some leagues simply have more talent than others — so all stat lines are not created equal. So in addition to the numbers, we also considered raw talent, defensive ability, makeup and reports of development over the summer and fall.

We’ll revisit the Position Power Rankings over the course of the season. Here’s a look at the top starting pitchers in college baseball.

Top 100 Starting Pitchers: Preseason 2016

RANKPLAYER, SCHOOLW-L, ERA, IP, K-BBS
1Alex Lange, LSU12-0,1.97,114,131-46
2A.J. Puk, Florida9-4, 3.81, 78, 104-35
3Connor Jones, Virginia7-3, 3.19, 115.2, 113-52
4Mike Shawaryn, Maryland13-2, 1.71, 116, 138-29
5Brendan McKay, Louisville9-3, 1.77, 96.2, 117-34
6Dakota Hudson, Mississippi State1-1, 4.32, 16.1, 26-11
7Logan Shore, Florida11-6, 2.72, 112.1, 84-24
8Kyle Funkhouser, Louisville8-5, 3.20, 112.1, 104-45
9Daulton Jefferies, California6-5, 2.92, 80, 74-17
10Tanner Houck, Missouri8-5, 3.49, 100.2, 91-12
11Alec Hansen, Oklahoma5-6, 3.95, 82, 94-44
12Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt6-1, 1.23, 58.2, 62-23
13Anthony Kay, UConn8-6, 2.07, 100, 95-26
14Drew Rasmussen, Oregon State7-4, 2.80, 106, 82-30
15Eric Lauer, Kent State5-4, 1.98, 86.1, 103-26

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