2019 Outfield Rankings: Top 75

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.

Rank Player Team Jim Seth Jake Hunter
1 Mike Trout Angels 1 1 1 1
2 Mookie Betts Red Sox 2 2 2 2
3 J.D. Martinez Red Sox 3 5 3 3
4 Aaron Judge Yankees 4 4 6 4
5 Christian Yelich Brewers 7 3 4 6
6 Giancarlo Stanton Yankees 5 7 8 5
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
10 Khris Davis Athletics 10 9 17 10
11 Charlie Blackmon Rockies 11 13 9 14
12 Kris Bryant Cubs 9 10 14 15
13 Rhys Hoskins Phillies 12 11 15 16
14 Whit Merrifield Royals 14 17 13 11
T 15 Starling Marte Pirates 15 14 16 13
T 15 Juan Soto Nationals 24 12 10 12
17 Cody Bellinger Dodgers 18 15 21 20
18 Nelson Cruz Twins 19 24 12 24
19 George Springer Astros 20 18 18 25
20 Tommy Pham Rays 16 26 19 23
21 Justin Upton Angels 17 28 22 18
22 Mitch Haniger Mariners 22 19 27 22
23 Eddie Rosario Twins 21 20 26 26
24 Lorenzo Cain Brewers 23 27 20 27
25 Nick Castellanos Tigers 26 22 25 29

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

Rank Player Team Jim Seth Jake Hunter
T 26 Wil Myers Padres 25 31 28 21
T 26 Yasiel Puig Reds 35 21 32 17
28 Marcell Ozuna Cardinals 32 25 24 34
29 Aaron Hicks Yankees 36 30 37 19
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
33 Michael Conforto Mets 31 32 34 33
34 David Dahl Rockies 41 37 23 36
35 Joey Gallo Rangers 28 35 43 32
36 David Peralta Diamondbacks 42 23 39 35
37 Eloy Jimenez White Sox 37 36 31 37
38 Mallex Smith Mariners 38 39 29 42
39 Victor Robles Nationals 33 44 30 43
40 Dee Gordon Mariners 34 45 33 55
41 Stephen Piscotty Athletics 44 43 41 39
42 Brandon Nimmo Mets 52 38 47 40
T 43 Hunter Renfroe Padres 45 50 49 38
T 43 Nomar Mazara Rangers 50 42 46 44
45 Ian Desmond Rockies 46 47 44 46
46 Harrison Bader Cardinals 51 46 48 41
47 Jesse Winker Reds 43 65 38 50
48 Ryan Braun Brewers 48 51 57 47
49 Ender Inciarte Braves 39 52 40 74
50 Austin Meadows Rays 40 61 52 54

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.

Rank Player Team Jim Seth Jake Hunter
51 Gregory Polanco Pirates 47 40 63 64
52 Max Kepler Twins 64 41 70 45
53 Ramon Laureano Athletics 58 58 53 53
54 Trey Mancini Orioles 54 60 59 59
55 Adam Eaton Nationals 66 55 56 63
56 Jose Martinez Cardinals 49 N/R 42 52
57 Corey Dickerson Pirates 61 56 54 75
58 Chris Taylor Dodgers N/R 48 58 48
59 Nick Markakis Braves 59 67 73 56
T 60 Randal Grichuk Blue Jays 53 54 N/R 51
T 60 Steven Souza Diamondbacks 55 68 74 61
62 Brian Anderson Marlins 71 53 61 73
63 Kyle Schwarber Cubs 56 49 55 N/R
64 Shin-Soo Choo Rangers 57 62 N/R 49
65 Byron Buxton Twins 65 N/R 50 58
66 Kyle Tucker Astros 68 73 67 72
67 Jackie Bradley Jr. Red Sox 69 66 65 N/R
68 Kole Calhoun Angels 62 N/R 75 65
69 Domingo Santana Mariners N/R 71 72 62
70 Jake Bauers Indians N/R 72 68 71
71 Adam Jones FREE AGENT 60 N/R N/R 60
72 Marwin Gonzalez Twins N/R 57 69 N/R
73 Cedric Mullins Orioles N/R 69 N/R 57
74 Odubel Herrera Phillies N/R N/R 60 67
75 Manuel Margot Padres 63 N/R 66 N/R

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
Player Team Jim Seth Jake Hunter
Franmil Reyes Padres N/R N/R 62 68
Joc Pederson Dodgers 72 59 N/R N/R
Ian Happ Cubs N/R 63 71 N/R
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.

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