2011 Bloomberg Sports Draft List: Pitchers                                                     Print

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B-RANK 2011 PROJECTIONS
RANK NAME POS TEAM 2011 2010 AB R HR RBI SB AVG IP W SV K ERA WHIP
1. Tim Lincecum P SF 10 141 196.0 13 0 218 3.12 1.16
The two-time Cy Young winner and ace of the World Series Champs projects as a top pitcher in 2011. While Timmy missed out on the Cy Young Award, he made up for it in the postseason by going 4-1 in his five starts with a 2.43 ERA. Lincecum has taken advantage of a weak division and big ballpark to post league-leading strikeout totals and unseemly ERAs. His fastball velocity has fallen from 94 MPH in his first two years to 91 MPH now, but Lincecum has an impressive array of off-speed stuff and does such a good job of mixing his pitches that he has been able to compensate for the loss in velocity. Including the playoffs, Lincecum pitched his third straight year with at least 225 innings, yet his unique pitching style and delivery makes it impossible to know if and when he might break down. There's no reason to expect him not to compete for another Cy Young.
2. Felix Hernandez P SEA 14 14 210.1 12 0 193 3.21 1.17
King Felix had the fewest number of wins for any Cy Young winner in history with 13. His season was too dominating for the voters to ignore as he did everything you want to see your fantasy ace to: strike people out, don't issue walks and collect ground balls. No matter how well Hernandez pitches, he'll still struggle to win games again in 2011 because of the Mariners' offense. If Hernandez can't break the 15 win plateau, there's still enormous value in getting over 200 innings of an ERA in the two's, a whip in the low ones and over 200 K's. Even with some regression expected in his overall performance, Hernandez should be the first AL pitcher selected on draft day.
3. Roy Halladay P PHI 16 9 214.0 14 0 181 3.42 1.13
Making the jump from the American League to the National Leauge could not have looked easier for NL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay. The 6'6'' righty dominated opponents in 2010, finishing 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA, 219 strikeouts, and a perfect game in 250.2 innings of work. Now accompanied by yet another ace in the Philadelphia rotation, Halladay will seek a repeat performance in 2011, and possibly log his 6th straight season of at least 200 innings pitched.
4. Adam Wainwright P STL 20 10 206.0 14 0 182 3.36 1.17
5. Josh Johnson P FLA 24 70 185.1 12 0 176 3.26 1.17
6. Cliff Lee P PHI 27 50 206.0 13 0 165 3.49 1.14
7. Zack Greinke P MIL 29 491 199.2 13 0 188 3.46 1.17
8. Dan Haren P LAA 32 343 195.0 11 0 180 3.51 1.15
9. Clayton Kershaw P LAD 37 90 188.0 12 0 192 3.28 1.24
10. Mat Latos P SD 42 87 176.1 11 0 166 3.33 1.16