|61||Melky Cabrera||While Sox||55||49||65||N/R||70||53||71|
|69||Shin Soo Choo||Rangers||57||71||N/R||55||N/R||67||58|
|Page 1: Players 1 to 50|
Favorite underrated outfielder based on current ADP?
Using NFBC ADP data from hosted.stats.com
Jim: Last year David Dahl had 39 doubles, 8 triples, 25 home runs and 21 steals between AA, AAA and the majors. He’ll have a starting job to start and strong protection in a stacked Colorado lineup which could add up to a breakout rookie season. Current ADP=88
Kevin: Curtis Granderson is a very known commodity, and I have him ranked 53rd, whereas ADP has him at 67th. Also, Jorge Soler has a chance to break out with a chance to DH and stay healthy.
Ron: Justin Upton is getting the Rodney Dangerfield treatment – No Respect. The first half of 2016 was a tough pill to swallow, but I’m willing to let that slide given the change in team/league. The second half saw Upton go 41/22/49/4/.260, so it wouldn’t shock me to see Upton go 85/35/100/10/.260 in 2017 – at a nice discount too with an NFBC ADP outside the top-80.
Andy: Marcell Ozuna finished just outside the Top 30 mark at his position in 2016. He tanked the second half of the season, but my oh my was that first half a beaut! It’s a lot of optimism, but I’m betting he can match last year as his floor, with the upside of finally putting a full season together, and finishing near the Top 20 OF mark.
Josh: Injuries have really limited Matt Holliday the last two seasons. Perhaps the full-time DH role can get him back into the neighborhood of 500 AB. If his BB% can return you’re looking at a .285 AVG with 20 HR pop and the potential for 175 Run+RBI.
Mike: I like the idea of gambling on Keon Broxton. In early ADP, he’s going along side some boring names. Why not take the chance at something special?
Neil: Shin-Soo Choo is an absolute steal as the 80th outfielder off the board at pick 335. It has been reported that Choo has made a full recovery from his 2016 injuries and has participated in a complete offseason regimen program. The Rangers also plan on using Choo as a DH once a series which should help the veteran stay healthy.
|79||Brandon Moss||Kansas City
|Honorable Mentions – appearing on 2 of 7 lists|
|Kevin Pillar, Leonys Martin, Jayson Werth, Eric Thames, Alex Gordon, Cameron Maybin, Denard Span|
|One Hit Wonders – appearing on just 1 list|
|Ryan Rua, Mallex Smith, Josh Bell, Scott Schebler, Andrew Toles, Alex Dickerson|
|Page 1: Players 1 to 50|
Late round pick(s) that could make an impact?
Jim: Ryan Rua has contact and strikeout issues, but there is a solid batter with hidden power in there once things click. He should get a good number of at bats with first base being open. Also Matt Holliday which Josh covered above.
Kevin: Alex Dickerson is one to watch, with his potential for 20+ HR at the end of the draft. Also, Jayson Werth is undervalued due to age and injury risk, but when healthy he is an OBP league gem, so he’s worth the risk.
Ron: Manuel Margot or Jarrod Dyson may finish the 2017 season as better fantasy assets than Billy Hamilton, at a fraction of the cost. Both Randal Grichuk and Joc Pederson are coming off the board more than 50 picks later than Adam Duvall creating a huge value. Digging really deep, I believe Lewis Brinson is the young outfielder to take a shot on over name brands like Clint Frazier, Austin Meadows, and Bradley Zimmer.
Andy: We also broke Jason Heyward down on The Baseball Show, and since then, he’s become a little more touchable. It still doesn’t feel like the warmth is enough, and I know how disappointing his debut in ChiTown was. We often ask for players to prove it to us once before we trust them, but he proved it six times before falling off the 2016 cliff . I’m giving him a mulligan and hoping he’s found his footing.
Josh: At 26 the prospect shine has worn off Scott Schebler, but a LH power bat in CIN has me interested. He cut down on his K% last season and showed 20+ HR pop in the minors. Ability to hit LH pitching will be deciding factor in full potential being reached.
Mike: I sort of like Michael Saunders in Philly. He flourished for most of last year before Toronto crowded up the outfield with some trades. Not guaranteeing anything, but he should play and I think the power is legit.
Neil: Manuel Margot is a prospect I find extremely intriguing. He has an above average bat with plus plus speed and should impact the top of the Padres’ lineup almost immediately. His glove should help him win the CF job during Spring Training which also gives him an opportunity to stay in the lineup if his numbers don’t translate right away.
PAGE 1: Players 1 to 50
That Wraps up our outfield rankings. Check back in two weeks when we bring you our top-100 starting pitchers for the 2017 season.