2020 Rankings: Updated Top 40 Outfielders: Whose Status Is Shaky, Beneficiaries From The Late Start & More

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With the 2020 season seemingly set to get underway we need to revisit our rankings, as things have dramatically changed since March.  The addition of the DH in the National League, players opting out and others getting diagnosed with COVID-19 (and the unknown about their status) are just some of the obstacles fantasy owners are facing.  Let’s take a look at how things currently look, but keep in mind that things can change quickly:

  1. Chrisitan Yelich – Milwaukee Brewers
  2. Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
  3. Ronald Acuna – Atlanta Braves
  4. Juan Soto – Washington Nationals
  5. J.D. Martinez – Boston Red Sox
  6. Cody Bellinger – Los Angeles Dodgers
  7. Mookie Betts – Los Angeles Dodgers
  8. Bryce Harper – Philadelphia Phillies
  9. Aaron Judge – New York Yankees
  10. George Springer – Houston Astros
  11. Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies
  12. Austin Meadows – Tampa Bay Rays
  13. Marcell Ozuna – Atlanta Braves
  14. Eloy Jimenez – Chicago White Sox
  15. Nick Castellanos – Cincinnati Reds
  16. Ketel Marte – Arizona Diamondbacks
  17. Starling Marte – Arizona Diamondbacks
  18. Victor Robles – Washington Nationals
  19. Tommy Pham – San Diego Padres
  20. Michael Conforto – New York Mets
  21. Eddie Rosario – Minnesota Twins
  22. Whit Merrifield – Kansas City Royals
  23. Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs
  24. Joey Gallo – Texas Rangers
  25. Max Kepler – Minnesota Twins
  26. Giancarlo Stanton – New York Yankees
  27. Jorge Soler – Kansas City Royals
  28. Franmil Reyes – Cleveland Indians
  29. Ramon Laureano – Oakland Athletics
  30. Andrew Benintendi – Boston Red Sox
  31. Brian Anderson – Miami Marlins
  32. Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
  33. Oscar Mercado – Cleveland Indians
  34. Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers
  35. Hunter Dozier – Kansas City Royals
  36. Michael Brantley – Houston Astros
  37. Luis Robert – Chicago White Sox
  38. Danny Santana – Texas Rangers
  39. Jeff McNeil – New York Mets
  40. Nomar Mazara – Chicago White Sox

Notes:

  • Aaron Judge would’ve missed significant time early this season, but with the delayed start he should be ready for Opening Day.  That obviously leads to a big jump in his ranking, especially with the type of numbers he’s capable of in a 60 game sprint (for example, in August & September ’17 he played in 54 games and slugged 18 HR with 39 RBI and 45 R).
  • Another player who benefited from the late start to the season is Michael Conforto, as he was set to miss Opening Day with an oblique injury.  Now fully healthy, he’s primed to take the next step forward in his development and could emerge as a true superstar.
  • While Charlie Blackmon was diagnosed with COVID-19, reports have him as asymptomatic.  If he gets cleared to return to “Summer Camp” it’s conceivable that he’s ready for Opening Day, or not too long after, so don’t downgrade him too far.  However time is running out and he needs to report soon for that to be an option.
  • What’s going on with Austin Meadows?  Reports are that he’s been absent from “Summer Camp”, though he was in attendance initially.  We haven’t gotten much in terms of a follow-up to this point, and it’s possible that we won’t.  All fantasy owners can do is wait and see.
  • After testing positive for COVID-19, both Tommy Pham and Joey Gallo have been cleared to return.  There’s still time for them to be ready for Opening Day, so don’t downgrade them.
  • How long have we heard that Kyle Schwarber was the perfect AL player, where he would thrive as a DH.  Now we finally get to see how accurate it was, as he’s likely going to be a primary beneficiary of the addition of the DH to the National League.

Sources – Fangraphs, MLB.com

Make sure to check out all of our Updated 2020 preseason rankings:

PositionLast Updated
Catchers07/06/20
First Basemen07/20/20
Second Basemen07/07/20
Third Basemen07/08/20
Shortstops07/10/20
Outfielders07/13/20
Starting Pitchers07/14/20
Relief Pitchers07/12/20

2 COMMENTS

  1. RP: I just want to throw something by you and see if you agree –

    Although I believe a fair ranking presently, Franmil Reyes may have one of the highest ceilings from where you now rank him. Two reasons for the high ceiling:
    – With recent Lindor driven batting order changes, I think he may find himself batting 4th, versus the current projected 5th. I just don’t see Santana batting 2; ramirez should.
    – I think he has a high probability of outperforming in terms of BA/HRs, amongst the big power AL hitters. It feels as if he’s more likely to bat above .260 BA and 40 HRs (annualized), than Soler, Nunez, Gallo, et al; maybe not a healthy Judge, but….. If you told me he hit at a pace of .275 BA / 50 HRs, I wouldn’t be entirely shocked.

    Thoughts on this topic?

    • I’m not sure I’d put him among those with the highest ceilings, but it wouldn’t shock me if he outperformed this ranking and had a big ’20

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