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The Top 100 Pitchers of 2021

The day in between games 162 and the first Wild Card Game is one of my favorites of the year. It’s on that day that season stats are finalized, and I can really start measuring everything. To that end, welcome to my official 2021 pitcher power rankings.

Before diving into the list, I’ll clarify a few things. Pitchers are ranked by Score, which has a maximum value of 100. Score is the result of a formula that centers on Innings Pitched and Runs Allowed, both actual and estimates, but does have some more under-the-hood components. I report Score to one decimal place, but all ties on the list are ranked correctly by going out to more decimals. Starters and relievers are ranked alongside each other on this list, and the positions are considered one in the same. Every pitcher to take the mound in 2021 has been ranked.

Please keep in mind, these rankings are not predictive; they are simply a measurement of who was the best in 2021, not who will be the best in 2022. They also differ from the formula I use to guide my Cy Young rankings, as that one is more focused on results than process. Power rankings use both in tandem.

Below, as the title states, I will rank the top 100 pitchers by Score for 2021, including their name, 2021 team, Score, and power rank from the 2020 season. This is going to be a huge table. Get comfortable.

100Diego Castillo18.3115
99Huascar Ynoa18.3473
98Nestor Cortes18.5709
97Blake Snell18.853
96Ian Anderson19.146
95Austin Gomber19.1133
94Aaron Bummer19.3196
93Edwin Díaz19.443
92Nick Pivetta19.4562
91Drew Rasmussen19.4262
90Héctor Neris19.6151
89John Means19.9173
88Zach Eflin20.134
87Andrew Chafin20.2358
86Ryan Tepera20.2155
85Patrick Sandoval20.3340
84Tyler Rogers20.3114
83Rich Hill21.0190
82Devin Williams21.220
81Tanner Houck21.2205
80Cal Quantrill21.2123
79Craig Stammen21.3210
78Anthony Bender21.3NR
77Jordan Romano21.4130
76Aaron Loup21.8203
75Clay Holmes21.9377
74David Bednar21.9555
73Kenley Jansen22.3129
72Chad Green22.495
71Paul Sewald22.5679
70Wade Miley23.2404
69Giovanny Gallegos23.6170
68Alex Cobb23.7224
67Michael Kopech23.7NR
66Alek Manoah23.9NR
65Pablo López24.342
64Jon Gray24.6527
63Blake Treinen24.8160
62Hyun-Jin Ryu25.322
61Jonathan Loáisiga25.7217
60Scott Barlow25.781
59Andrew Kittredge25.8352
58Garrett Whitlock26.0NR
57Steven Matz26.5723
56Craig Kimbrel26.5258
55Trevor Bauer27.74
54Ryan Pressly27.884
53Collin McHugh28.2NR
52Jordan Montgomery28.696
51Liam Hendriks28.947
50Kyle Gibson29.1342
49Framber Valdez29.217
48Shane McClanahan29.3NR
47Josh Hader30.2187
46Sonny Gray30.324
45Emmanuel Clase30.6NR
44Raisel Iglesias30.760
43Anthony DeSclafani31.1708
42Shane Bieber31.21
41Eduardo Rodriguez31.4NR
40Germán Márquez32.718
39Sean Manaea33.079
38Shohei Ohtani33.0651
37Alex Wood33.5448
36Tyler Glasnow33.627
35Luis Garcia33.6324
34Yu Darvish34.02
33Chris Bassitt35.035
32Luis Castillo36.610
31Marcus Stroman36.7NR
30Ranger Suárez37.4676
29Lance Lynn38.332
28Clayton Kershaw38.616
27Tyler Mahle38.749
26Dylan Cease39.0686
25Max Fried40.529
24Trevor Rogers40.8236
23Frankie Montas41.8132
22José Berríos42.159
21Lucas Giolito42.812
20Aaron Nola43.37
19Joe Musgrove43.939
18Lance McCullers Jr.43.941
17Adam Wainwright45.837
16Freddy Peralta45.867
15Sandy Alcantara46.3125
14Carlos Rodón47.3505
13Logan Webb47.7264
12Nathan Eovaldi49.963
11Julio Urías51.162
10Robbie Ray51.4698
9Jacob deGrom53.13
8Charlie Morton53.2164
7Kevin Gausman56.823
6Brandon Woodruff56.99
5Gerrit Cole60.013
4Walker Buehler61.282
3Max Scherzer61.628
2Zack Wheeler68.740
1Corbin Burnes78.311

Sean Huff

Sean is an applied psychology graduate student in his third semester at Fordham College of Arts and Sciences. He is a lifelong baseball fan with a nominal affinity for the Phillies. You can follow him on Twitter at @srhkthew2 for occasional comments on baseball and assorted esoterica.

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