2012 Rankings: Updated Top 40 Outfielders (#21-40)

Recently we updated our Top 20 outfielders (click here for the article) thanks to Carl Crawford potentially missing the first few weeks of the year and Ryan Braun getting his 50-game suspension overturned.  Now, let’s take a look at how things unfold in #21-40:

21. Shane Victorino – Philadelphia Phillies
22. Mike Morse – Washington Nationals
23. Carl Crawford – Boston Red Sox
24. Nelson Cruz – Texas Rangers
25. Brett Gardner – New York Yankees
26. B.J. Upton – Tampa Bay Rays
27. Andre Ethier – Los Angeles Dodgers
28. Ichiro Suzuki – Seattle Mariners
29. Nick Markakis – Baltimore Orioles
30. Michael Cuddyer – Colorado Rockies
31. Lance Berkman – St. Louis Cardinals
32. Matt Joyce – Tampa Bay Rays
33. Chris Young – Arizona Diamondbacks
34. Carlos Beltran – St. Louis Cardinals
35. Nick Swisher – New York Yankees
36. Logan Morrison – Miami Marlins
37. Cameron Maybin – San Diego Padres
38. Jayson Werth – Washington Nationals
39. Colby Rasmus – Toronto Blue Jays
40. Alex Rios – Chicago White Sox

Thoughts:

  • With Carl Crawford likely to miss the first few weeks of the year he feels like a very similar pick to Nelson Cruz, doesn’t he?  While he’s a little bit riskier (since Cruz is not coming off a poor year), we also pretty much know that Cruz will get hurt at some point during the season.  He’s never had more than 475 AB in a season, so it’s still very realistic that Crawford has more AB and, with an expected rebound, is still a potentially better pick.
  • Can Lance Berkman replicate his 2011 success and help Cardinals’ fans forget about Albert Pujols?  Do we really need to try and answer that question?  There’s a lot of potential downside, so don’t consider him more than an OF3.
  • The news that Ichiro Suzuki is going to bat third suddenly pushes his potential significantly higher for those in single season formats.  It’s not that he’s going to become a huge source of HR or anything, but he’s a .300 hitter who should still be able to run given the state of the Mariners offense and now will have the potential to drive in 70+ RBI.  Considering that he hasn’t been scoring runs to begin with, is there really a negative?  For more on why I am now a lot higher on him, click here.
  • The final three spots on this list all are players who could be tremendous bounce back sleepers for this season.  Can the opinions on Jayson Werth, Colby Rasmus or Alex Rios be any lower than they currently are?  I would be more than happy to roll the dice on any of them late in my draft.
  • I know a lot of people are high on Cameron Maybin, but I am not quite as high as others.  To find out why, click here.  In a nutshell, he strikes out too much and isn’t a power source, so if he doesn’t hit at the top of the order there is a lot of downside.

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2 comments

  1. Darin says:

    Is it just me or is outfield extremely weak this year. I play in AL-only leagues and don’t like the outlook if Rios and Rasmus are in the top 20 in AL.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Hard to argue that it is shallower than in years past, though in the AL there are a lot of young OFers with plenty of upside. Don’t ignore someone like Josh Reddick, who could emerge as a Top 15 AL option by year’s end.

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