Tiers are a form of rankings that better demonstrates the distribution of talent at each position. Alike players are grouped together, thereby denoting the biggest drop-offs within each position. This way, you can control for position scarcity in the heat of the draft. The position nearing a drop-off is generally the one you'll want to target.
Below are the starting pitcher tiers for 2023, which depict a fairly even distribution of talent. The sharp divide between the haves and have-nots that defined the juiced ball era is no more.
For a deeper look at the position, check out Scott's SP strategies.
The Elite: Corbin Burnes, Gerrit Cole, Sandy Alcantara, Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Shane McClanahan
The Near-Elite: Brandon Woodruff, Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola, Spencer Strider*, Jacob deGrom, Shane Bieber, Alek Manoah, Dylan Cease, Shohei Ohtani, Julio Urias, Max Fried, Cristian Javier
The Next-Best Things: Luis Castillo, Zac Gallen, Kevin Gausman, Yu Darvish, Framber Valdez, Carlos Rodon, Robbie Ray, Triston McKenzie, Logan Webb, Nestor Cortes, Chris Sale, Joe Musgrove, George Kirby
The Fallback Options: Logan Gilbert, Kyle Wright, Lance Lynn, Clayton Kershaw, Blake Snell, Luis Severino, Dustin May, Jesus Luzardo, Nick Lodolo, Hunter Greene, Charlie Morton, Kodai Senga, Tyler Glasnow, Freddy Peralta, Jeffrey Springs, Joe Ryan, Chris Bassitt, Pablo Lopez
The Last Resorts: Grayson Rodriguez, Lucas Giolito, Reid Detmers, Jose Berrios, Tony Gonsolin, Jack Flaherty, Merrill Kelly, Miles Mikolas, Luis Garcia, Drew Rasmussen, Hunter Brown*, Jon Gray, Patrick Sandoval, Tyler Anderson, Martin Perez, Andrew Heaney, Jordan Montgomery, Trevor Rogers
The Deep-Leaguers: Brady Singer, Jose Urquidy, Lance McCullers, Tyler Mahle, Nathan Eovaldi, Matthew Boyd*, Cal Quantrill, Alex Cobb, Carlos Carrasco, Edward Cabrera, Jameson Taillon, Sonny Gray, Marcus Stroman, Taijuan Walker, Sean Manaea, Kyle Bradish, Hayden Wesneski, Ranger Suarez, Michael Kopech, James Paxton, MacKenzie Gore, Bailey Ober, Roansy Contreras, Justin Steele, Kenta Maeda, Zach Eflin, Clarke Schmidt*, Garrett Whitlock*, Ross Stripling, Eduardo Rodriguez, Brandon Pfaadt, Noah Syndergaard, Adam Wainwright, Cole Irvin, Eric Lauer, Bailey Falter
The Leftovers: Drey Jameson, Jose Suarez, Cody Morris, Brayan Bello, Braxton Garrett, Michael Wacha, Tarik Skubal, John Means, Ryne Nelson, Josiah Gray, Anthony DeSclafani, Aaron Civale, Mike Clevinger, Steven Matz, Alex Wood, Ryan Pepiot, Graham Ashcraft, Shintaro Fujinami, German Marquez, Mitch Keller, Domingo German, Anthony DeSclafani, Tylor Megill, Jared Shuster, Marco Gonzales, Aaron Ashby, Jose Quintana
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