Yesterday we checked out our Top 20 outfielders for 2013 (click here to view). Now, let’s continue rolling with #21-40 on our outfield rankings:
21. Norichika Aoki – Milwaukee Brewers
22. Alex Gordon – Kansas City Royals
23. Alex Rios – Chicago White Sox
24. Desmond Jennings – Tampa Bay Rays
25. Michael Bourn – Free Agent
26. B.J. Upton – Atlanta Braves
27. Hunter Pence – San Francisco Giants
28. Michael Cuddyer – Colorado Rockies
29. Mark Trumbo – Los Angeles Angels
30. Andre Ethier – Los Angeles Dodgers
31. Austin Jackson – Detroit Tigers
32. Michael Morse – Seattle Mariners
33. Nick Markakis – Baltimore Orioles
34. Josh Willingham – Minnesota Twins
35. Carlos Beltran – St. Louis Cardinals
36. Colby Rasmus – Toronto Blue Jays
37. Shane Victorino – Boston Red Sox
38. Nelson Cruz – Texas Rangers
39. Ichiro Suzuki – New York Yankees
40. Jayson Werth – Washington Nationals
- Where Michael Bourn lands will ultimately determine his fantasy appeal. That said, he is more of a one trick pony since he doesn’t hit for a great average (.272) and doesn’t have much power (career high 9 HR in ’12). While you would think he would score a lot of runs, he has never exceeded 97 in his career. He’ll buoy you in SB, but that’s about it.
- Desmond Jennings is coming off a poor season (.246, 13 HR, 31 SB), but he offers power and speed and also posted a subpar .298 BABIP last season. He should bounce back and post strong numbers across the board in 2013.
- Norichika Aoki may be a surprise at #21, but how many players provide speed and nothing more? He proved he can hit for a strong average (.288) and there’s potential for improvement (9.4% strikeout rate). You add that to good SB potential (30 SB) and some power (10 HR), along with the potential to score more runs (only had 416 AB in the leadoff spot) and there is an awful lot to like.
- Remember when Hunter Pence was a lock as a Top 20 option? Times have definitely changed, coming off a year where he hit .253 and saw his power fall a bit after his trade to San Francisco (7 HR over 219 AB). He no longer calls a hitter’s park home and also hasn’t been a stolen base threat in two years (13 total SB). While the average should bounce back, if he isn’t going to be 20/15 he just isn’t going to be as good of an option. That said, he also shouldn’t be completely ignored either.
- Josh Willingham and Carlos Beltran fall into the same category. They are coming off great seasons, but there is little chance that they can replicate them. Don’t over pay.
- On the flipside, Ichiro Suzuki proved after his trade to the Yankees that there is still something left in the tank. While he is no longer a superstar, there is definite value hitting near the top of the Yankees lineup and with the potential for a little more power then he has previously displayed.
What are your thoughts of these rankings? Who is ranked too high? Who is too low?
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Make sure to check out our 2013 rankings (all of which will be updated in the next few weeks):