Early 2015 Rankings: Top 30 Outfielders

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

Thoughts:

  • 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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12 comments

  1. CJ says:

    Surprising to see Jorge Soler not on this list. I think he should be a little above Leonys Martin, Choo, Gardner, etc.

  2. carlito says:

    Calhoun….. Im so TORN on keeping this guy! You like him that high huh? Any particular reason? Room for growth?

  3. Evan says:

    Thamks for the early list. Despite hopes that Holliday is back to form, I would really hesitate on drafting him above Pence, CarGo, and even Marte. He really looked like he was in decline for most of the year and, despite a good rally in the second half, I cannot trust him at that high of a rank. The others have their warts, but They seem like better gambles at this point.

  4. Rotoprofessor says:

    CJ – Soler is one of those guys who is right on the border. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him jump in.

    carlito – Hitting atop that lineup, I’m always going to be a big fan. He has more speed than he showed and hit 17 HR with 90 R in just 493 AB last season. Now, imagine what he can do in a full season

    Evan – That’s definitely fair, though Holliday is one of those players who just always seems to get the job done. CarGo’s the biggest issue for me, considering the injuries and stark split

  5. CJ says:

    I’m really torn between my keeper outfielders. I have to pick 2 from Yelich, Soler, Kemp, and Cespedes.
    H2H points. I know Kemp and Cespedes are in good lineups, but their ceilings are already set.
    Any advice would be awesome.

  6. CJ says:

    For as long as I’d like. No penalties

  7. DrewP says:

    No Jay Bruce? He had a down year in 2014 but is pretty much a lock for 85/25/85 with OPS north of .800…isn’t that better than a Leonys Martin or Brett Gardner at a minimum? Power is hard to find thse days….

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Bruce just missed the list honestly. Yes he has power (though he also had an inflated groundball rate), but the AVG is a serious concern at this point. He needs to get the strikeouts under control and there’s a big risk that he doesn’t

  8. LanceCt says:

    In an 11 team league, I’m leaning towards keeping Marte as an 8th round keeper and Calhoun as a 12th round keeper. Do you agree?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      It all depends on alternatives, but both are definite values at those spots and I’d be all for it (unless you have some tremendous value elsewhere to exploit0

  9. LanceCt says:

    thank you and I just picked up the guide, it is excellent!

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