Preliminary 2020 Rankings: Top 15 Outfielders (Where To Rank The 2019 Breakouts, Any Surprises? & More)

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As you view these rankings keep in mind that they are extremely preliminary and will change as we continue our evaluations and projections for 2020. They will also be expanded here on the site, with even deeper rankings and more in-depth analysis available via our draft guide (click here for information on pre-ordering the guide for just $8.25).

With that said, let’s get to the rankings:

RankPlayerTeamQuick Thoughts
1)Christian YelichMilwaukee BrewersYou could argue the Top 3 players on this list in any order and no one should complain. Yelich has maintained his power performance to go along with speed and a .300+ AVG., so what's not to like?
2) Mike TroutLos Angeles AngelsTrout continues to be among the elite, but he hasn't run as much as Yelich in recent years and that's the difference. It's razor thin, however, and putting Trout at the top couldn't be argued.
3) Ronald AcunaAtlanta BravesAcuna has risen to elite status quicker than anyone could've imagined as he hit .280 with 41 HR, 101 RBI, 127 R and 37 SB last season. We did see his strikeout rate spike early in the season and he appeared to be swinging for the fences in September, so we'll have to watch things closely. At the same time that's splitting hairs.
4) Juan SotoWashington NationalsLike Acuna he has developed into one of the elite in short order, hitting .282 with 34 HR, 110 RBI, 110 R and 12 SB. The biggest difference between him and some of the names above him is the ability to steal bases.
5) J.D. MartinezBoston Red SoxOver the past three years he's hit 46, 43 and 36 HR. You can argue that he's trending in the wrong direction, but 18 HR over 259 AB in the second half (29.5% HR/FB) tells you not to be overly concerned.
6) Mookie BettsBoston Red SoxHis speed dropped last season (16-for-19 in SB), though how much of that was due to his missed time in September? He's a good bet to put up a .300/30/20 season.
7)Cody BellingerLos Angeles DodgersThere was a distinct split in his production as he hit .336 with 30 HR in the first half and .261 with 17 HR in the second. There's reason to believe that he's closer to the second half player, including the pitch selection from starters, and that keeps him outside the Top 5.
8)Aaron JudgeNew York YankeesStrikeouts are going to remain a question, but the bigger issue has been the missed time the past two seasons. That could cause others to undervalue him, a mistake you don't want to make.
9)Bryce HarperPhiladelphia PhilliesWas his early season struggles due to adjusting to his new home? It's possible, as he did improve his strikeout rate as the season progressed and finished the year with 35 HR and 15 SB. It's easy to envision big things in 2020.
10)George SpringerHouston AstrosObviously the Astros' scandal is going to cause some concern, but we have to work with what we know. That's that Springer brings a strong approach with the ability to hit for power and a 30+ HR with 100+ R and 90+ RBI should be a near lock if he remains healthy.
11)Charlie BlackmonColorado RockiesHis value takes a hit, as he doesn't steal as many bases as he once did. He still scores a ton of runs (110+ R in four straight seasons) while pushing 30 HR however.
12)Giancarlo StantonNew York YankeesTalk about a disaster, Stanton missed virtually all of 2019 due to various injuries. If healthy he's a near lock to hit 40 HR in the middle of the Yankees lineup, however.
13)Austin MeadowsTampa Bay RaysMeadows hit .291 with 33 HR and 12 SB last season and with his approach there's reason to believe he'll improve his strikeout rate (22.2%) as he showed over the final two months. In other words a repeat performance could be in his future.
14)Eloy JimenezChicago White SoxIncluding him in the Top 15 may be the biggest surprise on this list, but he showed improvements as the season progressed (he hit .281 in August, .340 in September) and there was never a question about his power. Strikeouts are going to be an issue, but would .270/35/100 be a surprise?
15)Ketel MarteArizona DiamondbacksHe erupted to hit .329 with 32 HR, 92 RBI, 97 R and 10 SB last season. The only questionable number is his RBI total, as he'll hit near the top of the lineup, but the power surge appears to be for real.

Sources – Fangraphs, Brooks Baseball

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