[NOTE: Whoever doesn't get Zito will undoubtably jump on someone like Royals part-time starter Chad Durbin, whose 1(W)(L) rating should allow him to perform at the same level as Omar Daal of the 2000 Woollum Mammoths.]
A quick look at the starting pitcher rating posted during the APBA chat suggests the following groupings of talent:
P.Martinez 22XYZ(G) K. Brown 16XZ R. Johnson 16XY J. D'Amico 15Z T.Glavine 14YZ G. Maddux 13YZZ M. Hampton 13Y A. Leiter 13X C.Ho Park 14XW M.Mussina 11XZ D. Kile 11YZ B. Colon 13XYW(+2) R. Dempster 12X R. Clemens 12X M. Sirotka 12Y(+1) D. Wells 10YZZ(+1) L. Hernandez 10YZ R. Ankiel 11XY T. Hudson 11X R. Person 12XW Schilling 9YZ Williams 9YZ Heredia 9Z Garcia 10Y Chen 10 Pettite 10(G) Washburn 10(L) Mercedes 9(+2) Benson 9Y Sele 8YZ Finley 8X Burba 8X Vazques 7YZ Rusch 7YZ Reed 7YZ Stephenson 7Z Reuter 7Z Moehler 7Z Estes 9YW Elarton 8 Parque 8 Lopez 8 Helling 7Y Suzuki 7Y Neagle 7Y(+1) Driefort 7YIt may be that some of the National League pitchers mentioned here will go up in rating with the addition of an H or an excellent pitching move or whatever. For example, the five best pitchers in MLB 2000 with respect to fewest HR per 9/IP were in the National League: Hampton (0.41), Estes (0.52), J. Wright (0.66), R. Person (0.68) and Maddux (0.69). In addition, B. Anderson of Arizona and A. Leiter led the NL in pickoffs at 10 each. Kile, Reuter, Schilling, Park and D'Amico were the league leaders at keeping stolen bases down.
Ultimately, I will be the first to admit that I don't know how to weigh the subtleties of APBA ratings, such as whether an 8Z is better than a 10 or whether a 7 is better than a 9W, etc. However, my talent groupings above do seem to follow the pattern of last year's draft, which may or may not be helpful.
In addition to Zito, I suppose other potential super 6th starters are Brian Tollberg of the Padres at 9Z or Steve Sparks 7Z(G) of Detroit. I could be missing someone obvious or I may have put someone on the list above who won't qualify as a full time starter. I didn't check everyone's starts or innings.