Earlier today I posted the updated Top 20 outfield rankings thanks to the injury to Corey Hart (click here to view). Now, let’s see how everything else falls into place:
21. Mike Morse – Washington Nationals
22. Corey Hart – Milwaukee Brewers
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
- It’s not a major fall for Corey Hart, as it doesn’t appear likely that he misses a significant amount of time (if he misses any at all). However, there is added risk that has to drop him at least a few spots. Don’t let the injury completely scare you off, though.
- At this point it appears that Carl Crawford will miss the start of the regular season. According to Nick Cafardo (via Twitter), “Crawford will need to rest left wrist five to seven games because of inflammation. Opening day in jeopardy.” Keep that in mind, as the news over the next few days could ultimately cause his fall down the rankings to continue. To an extent the injury could be good news for fantasy owners, as it will likely further deflate his draft day value. We all know he has to be better than he was in 2011, so there could ultimately be tremendous value.
- Speaking of value, the word is that Alex Rios could open the year as the third place hitter for the White Sox (according to Chris Silva of ESPN Chicago). I know how much he struggled last season, but that spot in the lineup should offer him plenty of opportunities to rebound. Like Crawford, the value could easily be there.
- Just because Cameron Maybin signed a contract extension doesn’t mean my opinion of him has changed. While he should steal some bases, Petco Park will likely help suppress his power and he hasn’t shown the ability to post an impressive average.
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