Every year at this time, fans start making lists of players and pitchers to follow or to draft in their fantasy leagues.
I have established a list of my Top 30 starters for the coming season. The list is based upon each pitcher's chances for wins, quality starts, ERA, WHIP and strikeouts.
As in all rankings, a case can be made to include different pitchers or change the ranking order. In my estimation, many factors contribute to these rankings. For example, I factor in their team's offensive lineup, their home park, their league and division, their career history, proclivity to injury and much more.
There will likely be more than 215 starting pitchers during the season. In my opinion, these are the cream of the crop -- a list of 30 starting pitchers, with their 2014 stats, and another eight who easily could have been included.
* Returning from patellar tendon surgery (hopes to be ready for start of season)
** Returning from Tommy John surgery (midseason return anticipated)
*** Returning from Tommy John surgery (hopes to be ready for start of season)
Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.