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Positional Rankings: Outfield

Throughout the next couple of days I will be adding player capsules to some of the players ranked to help justify a particular rank.

  1. Mike Trout
  2. Carlos Gonzalez
  3. Ryan Braun
  4. Andrew McCutchen
  5. Adam Jones
  6. Jacoby Ellsbury
  7. Bryce Harper
  8. Carlos Gomez
  9. Shin-Soo Choo
  10. Yasiel Puig
  11. Giancarlo Stanton
  12. Starling Marte
  13. Alex Rios
  14. Justin Upton
  15. Hunter Pence
  16. Jose Bautista
  17. Matt Holliday
  18. Jay Bruce
  19. Matt Kemp
  20. Mark Trumbo
  21. Carlos Beltran
  22. Jason Heyward
  23. Michael Cuddyer – Yes, Cuddyer’s .382 BABIP was the driving force behind his .331 average in 2013, but Coors field inflates BABIP by 5.5%, the most in all of baseball, so he should still be able to maintain a BABIP above his .312 career mark — Steamer, ZiPS and Oliver (baseball projection systems) all have Cuddyer’s BABIP over.320. My projection: 84/22/71/8/.287 in 610 PAs.
  24. Allen Craig
  25. Billy Hamilton – Very hard player to rank. He could be a disaster at the plate, but his defense should be very good which should give him a longer leash. He has had decent contact skills and decent patience at the plate, though, and should put the ball on the ground enough to have a passable OBP for a plus defender. If he does manage to stay in the lineup for a full season, it is hard to imagine under 60 SB for Hamilton, with the sky as the limit on the base paths.
  26. Jayson Werth
  27. Shane Victorino
  28. Wil Myers
  29. Domonic Brown
  30. Yoenis Cespedes – Popup issues, a high fly ball rate and a park that deflates BABIP by 2% all point to a low BABIP. Combine that with a K% spike and Cespedes could weigh down a team’s batting average this year. He still has power, a bit of speed and has a chance to set a career high in PAs, but he probably won’t return draft day value as the 62nd player off the board. My projection: 76/28/88/10/.245 in 620 PAs.
  31. Brandon Moss
  32. Josh Hamilton
  33. Norichika Aoki
  34. Ben Revere – A foot injury cost Revere much of his season in 2013, but he appears healthy this spring and will lead off for the Phillies in 2014. Revere has very good contact skills and a high ground ball rate that gives him a high xBABIP, so his batting average floor should be pretty high. He is averaging 44.5 SB per 650 plate appearances in his career, so a 40 steal season could be on the table with close to a full season of at bats. My projection: 81/0/41/39/.297.
  35. Alfonso Soriano
  36. Nelson Cruz
  37. Desmond Jennings
  38. Alex Gordon
  39. Torii Hunter
  40. Coco Crisp
  41. Adam Eaton
  42. Leonys Martin
  43. Austin Jackson
  44. Curtis Granderson 
  45. Brett Gardner
  46. Kole Calhoun
  47. Khris Davis
  48. Carl Crawford
  49. Eric Young Jr.
  50. Oswaldo Arcia
  51. Will Venable
  52. Michael Bourn
  53. Christian Yelich
  54. Nick Swisher
  55. Corey Hart
  56. Avisail Garcia
  57. Chris Carter
  58. Nick Markakis
  59. Michael Brantley
  60. Melky Cabrera
  61. Colby Rasmus
  62. Alejandro De Aza
  63. Dexter Fowler
  64. Rajai Davis
  65. B.J. Upton
  66. Denard Span
  67. Gerardo Parra
  68. Josh Willingham
  69. Andre Ethier
  70. Junior Lake
  71. Justin Ruggiano
  72. Josh Reddick
  73. Michael Saunders
  74. Peter Bourjos
  75. Michael Morse
  76. Cody Ross
  77. Nick Castellanos
  78. A.J. Pollock
  79. Matt Joyce
  80. Marcell Ozuna