Updated 2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 40 Outfielders (#1-20): Injury Concerns Loom…

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With the Milwaukee Brewers failing to alleviate their glut of outfielders, at least as of yet, we have to downgrade the outlook for Domingo Santana and Ryan Braun.  While utilizing Braun at first base will help, it’s obvious that both players will likely receive more days off then we’d like to see.  How far down the rankings do they fall?  What else has changed of late?  While the Milwaukee situation didn’t impact the Top 20 there were changes so let’s kick things off:

1. Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
2. Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
3. Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox
4. Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies
5. Giancarlo Stanton – New York Yankees
6. Aaron Judge – New York Yankees
7. J.D. Martinez – Boston Red Sox
8. George Springer – Houston Astros
9. Rhys Hoskins – Philadelphia Phillies
10. Christian Yelich – Milwaukee Brewers
11. Andrew Benintendi – Boston Red Sox
12. Yoenis Cespedes – New York Mets
13. Khris Davis – Oakland A’s
14. Cody Bellinger – Los Angeles Dodgers
15. Marcell Ozuna – St. Louis Cardinals
16. Nick Castellanos – Detroit Tigers
17. A.J. Pollock – Arizona Diamondbacks
18. Justin Upton – Los Angeles Angels
19. Starling Marte – Pittsburgh Pirates
20. Tommy Pham – St. Louis Cardinals

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Thoughts:

  • The Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes was a bit of a disappointment last season, as he battled injuries and missed time. No one is going to argue the upside, assuming he’s healthy, but already battling a wrist injury we’ll have to monitor him closely.  If the issue persists he’s going to have to be downgraded (though for now it appears like it won’t be a long-term issue).
  • With the move to Boston J.D. Martinez jumps up a few spots in the rankings. Obviously he was always going to be one of the better options and he could “regress” towards his numbers while playing for Detroit (16 HR over 232 PA), but that’s splitting hairs.  He’s going to be a fixture in a good lineup while playing half his games at Fenway Park, and that’s a formula for success.
  • Speaking of Boston outfielders, as we’ve mentioned before Andrew Benintendi’s spot on these rankings may surprise many. To find out why we believe so strongly in him, click here.
  • While suspension helped to sink Starling Marte’s season in ’17, don’t let that cause you to downgrade him heading into 2018. When he was on the field he showed signs of improved plate discipline, so with a little bit of power and plenty of speed he could mature into a .290/15/40 type player.

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Make sure to check out all of our 2018 Preseason Rankings:

Position
Standard League
OBP League
Catchers03/14/1802/02/18
First Basemen01/08/1802/09/18
Second Basemen01/15/1802/13/18
Shortstops03/21/1802/27/18
Third Basemen03/09/1803/06/18
Outfielders1-20: 03/18/18

21-40: 03/19/18
1-20: 03/12/18

21-40:
Starting Pitchers1-20: 03/24/18

21-40: 03/24/18
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Relief Pitchers02/12/18--

2 comments

  1. CJ says:

    I’m surprised with Yelich at #10. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been a fan of his, but we can’t ignore his extremely high groundball rate. And I think his lineup protection this year will be worse than last year. I hope he succeeds, but I’ve shied away from him because of where he’s being selected.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      I think the best way to respond is to give you my writeup of Yelich from the Draft Guide as the reasoning for his spot:

      “Yelich backed up his strong ’16 with an equally impressive ’17 (.282, 18 HR, 81 RBI, 100 R, 16 SB), showing that he’s developing into one of the better all around players. Moving to Milwaukee will only add to the appeal, after posting a SLG nearly 100 points higher on the road in ’17 (.484 vs. .391). He “increased” his fly ball rate to 25.2% last season, but coupled with a 55.4% groundball rate (51.9% vs. 29.3% fly ball rate in the second half) is going to continue to limit his power (though an increase is far more likely). Regardless of where he hits in the lineup his upside for RBI/R looks that much better today as well. Suddenly a 25/25 season is in reach, and while he may become overhyped he’s going to be among the Top 10 outfielders in the game.”

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