2014 Rankings: Top 45 Outfielders: #1-15

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Outfield certainly isn’t a shallow position, but that doesn’t mean that it also isn’t littered with question marks as well.  Who are the best options as we head into 2014?  Who comes in a little lower than expected?  Let’s take a look as we kick off our outfield rankings:

  1. Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
  2. Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates
  3. Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers
  4. Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies
  5. Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds
  6. Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
  7. Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles
  8. Matt Holliday – St. Louis Cardinals
  9. Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins
  10. Carlos Gomez – Milwaukee Brewers
  11. Justin Upton – Atlanta Braves
  12. Jacoby Ellsbury – New York Yankees
  13. Yasiel Puig – Los Angeles Dodgers
  14. Hunter Pence – San Francisco Giants
  15. Alex Rios – Texas Rangers

Thoughts:

  • The most controversial name on this list may be Ryan Braun, who certainly brings with him significant unknown.  We’ll talk about him in great detail in the near future, but even with the doubt I still believe that he’s a viable first round option.  As long as he can still hit around 27 HR, there’s going to be more than enough production to justify the pick given his potential across the board.
  • Jay Bruce as a Top 5 option?  Power is becoming hard to find, and Bruce has proven that he can produce in that regard (30+ HR for three straight seasons).  He also should improve on last season’s strikeout rate (26.5% vs. 24.0% for his career) and has line drive rates above 20% in three of the past four seasons.  In other words, while he has struggled with his average in the past (.252 in ’12), a lot of that is courtesy of a poor BABIP (.283).  The makeup is there to hit at least .270, which with his power would place him among the elite in the game.
  • On Monday I discussed why I didn’t expect to own Yasiel Puig in any of my leagues this season.  To find out why, click here.
  • Do you believe that Carlos Gomez can maintain his production from 2013 (.284, 24 HR, 40 SB)?  I certainly do and view him as one of the best options in the league in the outfield.  To find out why I’m buying into him, click here.
  • Matt Holliday may not be a sexy name on draft day, but there is something to be said about consistency.   He always hits at least 22 HR (and generally is in the 25-28 range).  He almost always picks up 90+ RBI (with 100 realistic).  He’s scored at least 94 runs in seven of the past eight seasons.  He’s a career .311 hitter.  Don’t overlook him.

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5 comments

  1. G says:

    I don’t understand how Bruce gets two slots higher than Adam Jones. Jones actually hit one more home run than Bruce over the last two years and while Bruce *could* hit .270, Jones has hit .270 or better for six straight years. Add in the steals and runs scored and it seems like a no-brainer to me.

    Also, are you counting on Bautista missing half the season again? I know he’s an injury risk, but so are CarGo, Stanton, and Ellsbury and they didn’t drop off very far in the rankings. If those guys are worth the risk, why not Bautista, who could quite possibly be the most valuable of all of them?

  2. Pat G says:

    Power is at a premium, which is why bruce and Braun float towards the top.

    But why no love for Jose Bautista?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      There are a few concerns with Bautista, most notably his wrist injury a few years ago and his declining HR/FB (under 20% for the first time since 2009). With no real average potential, if he’s not going to hit 35+ HR he’s not going to be a great option.

  3. Matthew says:

    Where would you put Adam Jones in a 7×7 league that also counts BB, OPS? I know those are very weak spots for him…

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Tough to say, but in OBP formats he falls to #12 on my rankings, so there definitely is a drop but it’s not like he becomes unusable. Think of him more as an OF2 instead of an OF1.

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