by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Last week we started taking a look at the Top 45 outfielders in baseball (click here to view #1-15). Who just missed out on that list? Who can we target as an OF2 or OF3 with the upside of more? Let’s take a look at the next 15 outfielders on our rankings:
16. Jason Heyward – Atlanta Braves
17. Wil Myers – Tampa Bay Rays
18. Michael Cuddyer – Colorado Rockies
19. Alex Gordon – Kansas City Royals
20. Josh Hamilton – Los Angeles Angels
21. Allen Craig – St. Louis Cardinals
22. Curtis Granderson – New York Mets
23. Yoenis Cespedes – Oakland A’s
24. Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees
25. Jayson Werth – Washington Nationals
26. Shin-Soo Choo – Texas Rangers
27. Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays
28. Mark Trumbo – Arizona Diamondbacks
29. Shane Victorino – Boston Red Sox
30. Domonic Brown – Philadelphia Phillies
- The “negative” with Jason Heyward is that it looks like he is going to be hitting atop the Braves lineup, as opposed to hitting in the middle of it. While that does provide more upside in the runs scored department (100+ is possible), it is going to make RBI tough to come by. Obviously the potential is there to be one of the better options, but his position in the order does keep him out of the Top 15.
- Domonic Brown had a breakout 2013 campaign, hitting .272 with 27 HR. That said, does anyone really believe a 19.3% HR/FB? The power is going to fall, so paying for his breakout doesn’t make sense.
- There are some major questions facing Jose Bautista as we head into 2014, mainly about his health and power. He’s had his season end prematurely in back-to-back seasons due to injury and his HR/FB fell under 20%. Could his wrist injury from 2012 permanently taken some of his power? It’s definitely not impossible.
- We recently took a quick look at Yoenis Cespedes (and Desmond Jennings, who fell just short of this part of the list) to see if he would bounce back in 2014 or not. Take a look at that by clicking here.
- Michael Cuddyer benefited from a .382 BABIP in 2013. Obviously that’s not about to be repeated, but he should continue to hit for a strong average to go along with power in the middle of the Rockies’ lineup. As long as he stays healthy he should provide Top 20 production.
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Make sure to check out all of our 2014 rankings: