Farm Futures: Top 15 Pitchers Under 26
Farm Futures: Top 15 Pitchers Under 26

This article is part of our Farm Futures series.

Last week I ranked the top 15 hitters under 23, and now it's time to release the pitching version of blended rankings of the top young MLB players and top prospects. I bumped up the age requirement to 25 and under for the pitching version because I think this exercise is most useful when it is roughly 60-70 percent big leaguers with the elite prospects sprinkled in, and pitchers take longer to develop into high-end big leaguers than hitters do.

Here are my top 15 pitchers under the age of 26 for standard 5x5 roto dynasty leagues (age in brackets):

EDITOR'S NOTE: The original version of this article incorrectly omitted Shohei Ohtani, so it has been expanded to a top 16.

1. Walker Buehler (25.1)

2020 projection: 3.12 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 190 IP, 233 K

There are statistical arguments for a couple of the guys ranked below Buehler, but if we're projecting forward, I think he can be even better than he's been this year when it comes to ratios, and we know the strikeouts will be there. This feels like a baseline season for him, whereas some guys below seem more likely to be peaking in 2019. Team context also plays a role with Buehler being in the top spot.

2. Shohei Ohtani (25.1)

2020 projection: 3.54 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 130 IP, 166 K

Thanks to subscriber ddsjohnny for quickly pointing out that I forgot about Ohtani in the original version of this article. Ohtani vs. Buehler

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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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