Starting Pitcher Preseason Power Rankings

1. Jake Arrieta

Source: Justin K. Aller/ Getty Images North America

Source: Justin K. Aller/ Getty Images North America

This seems like the most fitting place to go for the number-one pick for the first starting pitcher power rankings of 2016. Jake Arrieta won the National League Cy Young in 2015 after finishing the year with a 22-6 record and a 1.77 ERA, but those numbers do not even begin to give the 30-year-old righty out of TCU justice for the way he ended 2015.

After the All-Star Break, Arrieta posted a 12-1 record with a 0.75 ERA over the course of 107.1 innings pitched. In his 15 second-half starts, Arrieta averaged a little over seven innings pitched per start. He also averaged about 7.5 strikeouts per outing. To put all of this in perspective, Arrieta allowed only 13 earned runs after the start of July. It will be interesting to see if someone can figure out the Missouri Native in 2016.

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