by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We’ve already looked at the Top 30 outfielders, so let’s round things out by looking at #31-45. (Shameless plug, but if you want deeper rankings make sure to purchase the Rotoprofessor 2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide, complete with expanded rankings, like Top 90 outfielders, Top 50 prospects to make an impact in ’13, 600+ projections and more. Click here for details).
31. Desmond Jennings – Tampa Bay Rays
32. Matt Kemp – Los Angeles Dodgers
33. Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays
34. Kole Calhoun – Los Angeles Angels
35. Austin Jackson – Detroit Tigers
36. Starling Marte – Pittsburgh Pirates
37. Billy Hamilton – Cincinnati Reds
38. Norichika Aoki – Kansas City Royals
39. Nick Swisher – Cleveland Indians
40. Nelson Cruz – Free Agent
41. Brett Gardner – New York Yankees
42. Leonys Martin – Texas Rangers
43. Alejandro De Aza – Chicago White Sox
44. Will Venable – San Diego Padres
45. Christian Yelich – Miami Marlins
- Matt Kemp’s spot on the rankings has plenty of room for movement, it all just depends on the news as we head towards draft day. The biggest question is his health, not only how well he’s going to be able to rebound but also if he’ll be ready for Opening Day. Throw in the fact that the Dodgers are still trying to fit four outfielders into three spots and things become that much riskier. Obviously the upside is there and, if the news is positive, he’ll like move up in the coming weeks. That said, it makes sense to take a cautious approach at this point as we are projecting just 425 AB at this time (though, as we said, that’s likely going to change).
- Where will Nelson Cruz land? Ultimately that will have an impact on his fantasy appeal, but his home road split (.292 at home/.242 on the road) is going to be concerning regardless.
- How many stolen bases will Billy Hamilton have? Will he be the first Major Leaguer to reach 80 SB since 1988? It’s not impossible, but it also is hard to count on given his Triple-A struggles a year ago.
- Kole Calhoun is likely going to be an overlooked option heading into draft day, but he absolutely shouldn’t be. We’ll be taking a much closer look at him in the coming days, helping to explain why he’s a worthwhile option in all formats.
- It was a tremendous season for Will Venable, with 22 HR and 22 SB. However the average was still less than stellar (.268) and his 19.8% HR/FB (12.6% for his career) is hard to believe. Don’t pay for what was likely a career year.
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