We wrap up each week of positional coverage with our 2019 rankings. In addition to the rankings we will pose a number of questions to our panel covering topics such as reaches and targets, players to avoid and late round impact players.
Taking part in our rankings will be Jim Finch, Hunter Denson, Seth Bias and Jake Blodgett. Our four “experts” each ranked their top 75 outfielders for the 2019 season.
Players marked N/R were not ranked inside the top 75 by that particular person. We used a 10 games started minimum requirement for eligibility. If you feel we overlooked someone or would like to debate a player’s ranking, feel free to do so in the comment section below.
|2||Mookie Betts||Red Sox||2||2||2||2|
|3||J.D. Martinez||Red Sox||3||5||3||3|
|7||Bryce Harper||FREE AGENT||6||8||7||8|
|8||Ronald Acuna Jr||Braves||13||6||5||7|
|9||Andrew Benintendi||Red Sox||8||16||11||9|
|T 15||Starling Marte||Pirates||15||14||16||13|
|T 15||Juan Soto||Nationals||24||12||10||12|
Who is your top outfield target not named Trout or Betts?
Hunter: All Rise! Apart from Trout and Betts, there is no other outfielder I want more than Aaron Judge.
Jim: Where would you draft a player that can produce a .255 batting average with 85 runs, 27 HR, 67 RBI and 14 SB? Those are the average numbers of Lorenzo Cain and Joey Gallo. Like everyone I want a big outfielder. However, if I find myself locked out of the top tiers I am targeting Cain as he can offset the poor average of later power hitters while complimenting the counting stats. Michael Brantley would be my consolation prize.
Seth: I’m not super high on the super-sophs, so Yelich or Judge. Can’t go wrong with an MVP or former 50 home run bat.
Jake: In his last 3 full-seasons (not including an injury shortened 2016) J.D. Martinez has hit 38, 45 and 43 HR. He’s a career .292 hitter and he has a premium spot in a juggernaut of an offensive line-up. Missing out on Trout and Betts isn’t fun, but J.D. is a really nice consolation prize
|T 26||Wil Myers||Padres||25||31||28||21|
|T 26||Yasiel Puig||Reds||35||21||32||17|
|T 30||Andrew McCutchen||Phillies||27||29||45||28|
|T 30||Michael Brantley||Astros||29||33||36||31|
|T 30||A.J. Pollock||Dodgers||30||34||35||30|
|37||Eloy Jimenez||White Sox||37||36||31||37|
|T 43||Hunter Renfroe||Padres||45||50||49||38|
|T 43||Nomar Mazara||Rangers||50||42||46||44|
Which outfielders do you plan on avoiding in the draft?
Hunter: George Springer. He is still overrated based on the speed/power expectations placed on him when he came into the league. His statistics last year were not terrible, but you can get those numbers much later than 61.04.
Jim: Ronald Acuna and Juan Soto fall outside the price I’d be willing to pay. Given their ADP I think I can find safer options with similar production. I am also not a big Yasiel Puig fan and it would be hypocritical of me to start hyping him now – maybe I’ll admit I’m wrong next year if he succeeds. Finally, I’m not touching Ryan Braun. I’ve been a big supporter for years, but if he loses a few more steals at age 35, the power waning, the average dropping – no thanks.
Seth: I wrote about Benintendi’s lack of hard contact. However, my biggest avoid is a notable N/A – Mr. Byron Buxton. I’m not touching him in a league of any depth until he shows me he can play a full season of decent major league baseball.
Jake: The Bryce Harper rollercoaster is a fun ride, but it’s not worth the headache it gives me anymore. As I’ve noted before, you can never really tell what you’re going to get out of Harper, and with so many fun outfield options I would rather gamble on the continued ascent of Juan Soto or Rhys Hoskins returning to 2017 form.
|T 60||Randal Grichuk||Blue Jays||53||54||N/R||51|
|T 60||Steven Souza||Diamondbacks||55||68||74||61|
|67||Jackie Bradley Jr.||Red Sox||69||66||65||N/R|
|71||Adam Jones||FREE AGENT||60||N/R||N/R||60|
Who is your favorite underrated outfielder based on current ADP?
Hunter: Give me as many shares of Aaron Hicks (120.51) and Wil Myers (111.30) as possible. Both should end up outperforming their ADP’s by a good bit
Jim: Eddie Rosario (86.65) deserves a little more love given the consistency he has shown the past two years – he has very little downside. The bigger crime is Justin Upton (95.8) who has at least 26 home runs, 80 runs and RBI and 8 steals over the past four years. He’s only 31 so it’s not like the batting average can’t bounce back.
Seth: Braun still hits the ball hard, but who knows if he’ll ever be healthy. I think Philly is a great park for McCutchen, and while he has health questions, Souza has too much talent to be going so late.
Jake: By the current NFBC ADP George Springer is checking in 16 spots lower than Cody Bellinger (61.04 and 45.11 respectively) and I would say those should be flipped. Some are concerned because of his dip in power last season, but a 15.0% HR/FB compared to his career mark of 20.2 suggests bounce back potential for Springer. Regardless, he will provide a steady supply of runs for fantasy managers from the leadoff spot in the Astros lineup.
|Outside Looking In|
|Kevin Pillar||Blue Jays||70||70||N/R||N/R|
|Honorable Mentions: Billy Hamilton, Avisail Garcia, Joey Wendle, Josh Reddick, Daniel Palka, Teoscar Hernandez, Jorge Soler, Jay Bruce, Keon Broxton, Yoenis Cespedes, Mark Trumbo, Lewis Brinson|
Late round pick who could make an impact?
Hunter: Hunter Renfroe and Domingo Santana are interesting late round selections who could reward owners in 2019. I think Renfroe’s second-half power surge is not a mirage and see Santana providing solid value with every day playing time.
Jim: Shin-Soo Choo outside the top 250 is a terrific end-game pick. Most look for young players with upside, but don’t turn your nose up at solid, albeit boring, steady production. .260/85/20/65 from your 4th/5th outfielder – virtually guaranteed – yes please.
Seth: Keon Broxton basically went 20/20 with the Brewers a couple of years back. That kind of potential is hard not to take a late flier on.
Jake: Nobody is going to brag about a mid to late round pick up of Ender Inciarte, but rounding out your outfield with a player with 30 SB and 100 R potential will give you some peace of mind going into the season. Going a little bit deeper, maybe this will finally be the breakout year for Max Kepler… stranger things have happened.