ALL-TIME PLAYER RANKINGS

Starting Pitchers

Rankings
1
Lefty Grove
A+ fastball and curveball. Tough competitor who hated to lose. Won nine ERA titles, seven K titles.
2
Bob Gibson
At his peak as good as any pitcher ever. Best post-season performer in history of the game.
3
Walter Johnson
Won over 400 games for mediocre teams mostly. Fastest thrower of his era by wide margin.
4
Bob Feller
Missed four years to WWII, yet still posted eye-popping numbers, three no-hitters.
5
C. Mathewson
Best pitcher prior to Johnson, had famous fadeaway (screwball), great control.
6
Steve Carlton
Career value nudges him ahead of Koufax.
7
Sandy Koufax
For 5-6 years was as good as any hurler in history. Tossed four no-hitters.
8
Pedro Martinez
Best pitcher of the steroid era; dominated with fastball and control.
9
Tom Seaver
Not far behind the three directly above him. Heavy fastball.
10
Pete Alexander
Hard-living, hard-throwing, excellent control and durability.
11
Randy Johnson
Greatest left-hander since Carlton; a delivery much like Grove.
12
Juan Marichal
Underrated, he had excellent SO/BB ratio, ERA.
13
Greg Maddux
Smart pitcher, softest tosser on list next to Knucksie.
14
Warren Spahn
Amazing career that didn't really get rolling until he was in early 30s.
15
Cy Young
Hard to rate him against the rest because he pitched much of his career when the game was quite different. Still, he was the hardest thrower of his era and a fine pitcher.
16
Gaylord Perry
Ranks very well among the greats; was hard thrower; had spitter, control.
17
Roger Clemens
Ranks where he would fit in had he not suddenly turned his career around in his mid-to-late 30s in Toronto and New York using "something" other than natural ability. A great pitcher before that, though.
18
Robin Roberts
Kept runners off base, threw hard, won games year after year.
19
Ed Walsh
Best pitcher in AL before Johnson; threw hard and kept runs off the board.
20
Phil Niekro
Brilliant on the mound using all his weapons: knuckler, fastball, change.