by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Let’s kick off the New Year by continuing our early 2015 rankings! Starting with a Top 30 Outfielder list, it’s obvious that there are going to be some notable names who fall short (for instance Jay Bruce was among the final cuts). Keep in mind that these rankings are still in progress, so they likely will be shaken up before beingfinalized. With that said, let’s look at the first take of our outfield rankings:
1. Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
2. Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates
3. Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins
4. Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays
5. Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles
6. Carlos Gomez – Milwaukee Brewers
7. Jacoby Ellsbury – New York Yankees
8. Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers
9. George Springer – Houston Astros
10. Justin Upton – San Diego Padres
11. Yasiel Puig – Los Angeles Dodgers
12. Michael Brantley – Cleveland Indians
13. Billy Hamilton – Cincinnati Reds
14. Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
15. Matt Holliday – St. Louis Cardinals
16. Hunter Pence – San Francisco Giants
17. Corey Dickerson – Colorado Rockies
18. Nelson Cruz – Seattle Mariners
19. Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies
20. Kole Calhoun – Los Angeles Angels
21. Starling Marte – Pittsburgh Pirates
22. Alex Gordon – Kansas City Royals
23. Jayson Werth – Washington Nationals
24. Matt Kemp – San Diego Padres
25. Yoenis Cespedes – Detroit Tigers
26. Shin-Soo Choo – Texas Rangers
27. Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox
28. Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies
29. Leonys Martin – Texas Rangers
30. Brett Gardner – New York Yankees
- We have Mookie Betts ranked, assuming he’s going to play regularly and hit atop the Red Sox order. We saw what he was capable of last season and it’s exciting to think how good he can be. Time will tell, though, and depending what we hear he could easily be dropped down the rankings.
- We all know Carlos Gonzalez has the talent to be one of the elite outfielders in the league, but can he stay healthy? Can he produce outside of Coors Field? There are some significant questions that need to be answered in order to trust him.
- Speaking of health, we all know Bryce Harper plays the game hard and aggressively, and thus far it’s led to numerous injuries that limit his production. He has the potential to be a Top 5 option, but he needs to stay on the field to produce and prove it.
- Billy Hamilton certainly didn’t produce as expected in 2014, but it’s hard to ignore the speed and the ability to single-handedly carry you in the SB department. He may move down a few slots on our final rankings, but he’s definitely not a player to overlook.
- Nelson Cruz loses a little bit of value by heading to Seattle, but he did produce extremely well on the road last season. Don’t use his move as an excuse to completely devalue him.
- Do we really buy into the strong finish of Matt Kemp? Maybe… A little bit? OK, not entirely considering his 26.2% HR/FB in the second half and the move to Petco Park. Don’t think that he’s simply back to being the player that he once was.
Make sure to check out all of our early 2015 rankings:
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