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Outfield

OF rankings artworkBelow are our rankings of outfielders entering the 2019 season. The list was last updated on February 17, 2019.

1. Mike Trout (LAA) Trout has amassed 240 HR, 648 RBI, 189 stolen bases and owns a career .307 BA after his first seven seasons in the show. The march to the HOF continues.

2. Mookie Betts (BOS) If anyone can supplant Mike Trout as the best player in the game in the next several years, it’s Mookie Betts. If your League counts strikes and spares, move him to the top-of-the-list right now.

3. Christian Yelich (MIL) Another 30 homer, 20 stolen base season is in the works. The move to Miller Park proved to be a welcome haven for the reigning NL MVP.

4. J.D. Martinez (BOS) Martinez is one of only a handful of players in the game that has 40 homer and .400 OBP potential. In that stacked Red Sox lineup you can also safely pencil in 110 RBI’s.

5. Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL) 26 HR, 16 SB in 433 at-bats as a 20-year-old?

6. Aaron Judge (NYY) The playoff power display indicates that the wrist is fully healed. Pencil in 40 homers and enjoy the ride.

7. Giancarlo Stanton (NYY) Now that he’s got the acclimatization period under his belt, better days are ahead for Stanton in the Bronx.

8. Juan Soto (WAS) A scant 31 at-bats at Double-A, promoted to the Gnats, and the rest is history. An amazing story from a player that will be a dominating force in the game for the next 10 years.

9. Bryce Harper (FA) Each and every day that we wait for news on his status, it becomes a concern. Please, find a home before the start of the season.

10. Whit Merrifield (KC) Yes, he padded the stolen base numbers in September, but low-teens power, 30+ thefts and a very solid BA are worthy of the top-tier ranking at both 2B and the OF.

11. Starling Marte (PIT) He’s unlikely to repeat the career-high 20 homers he hit in 2018, but with 30+ thefts in five-of-his six seasons, very likely to repeat those numbers.

12. Andrew Benintendi (BOS) The four stolen bases in the second half is a bit concerning, but the combination of power, speed and youth makes “Benni and his jets” a highly coveted player in all formats.

13. Kris Bryant (CHC) Is the shoulder 100%? If in fact it is, he could prove to be a huge bargain at his current ADP.

14. Rhys Hoskins (PHI) Enjoy the last year of outfield eligibility, and the beginning of a long run at or near the top of the 1B rankings.

15. Charlie Blackmon (COL) The days of 20+ thefts are clearly in the rearview mirror, but don’t discount the balance of those skills.

16. Cody Bellinger (LAD) 25 homers, 76 RBI, 14 stolen bases, and a solid .260 BA in a sophomore slump year isn’t all that bad.

17. George Springer (HOU) In a down-year, by Springer’s standards, he still managed to hit 22 homers and score 102 runs. That’s a pretty good bad year.

18. Michael Conforto (NYM) Pre All-Star break, 11-30-.216. Post All-Star break, 17-52-.273. Need I say more?

19. Lorenzo Cain (MIL) The Brewers have to be ecstatic with the production they received from Cain at the top-of-the-order. Expect more of the same stellar on-base skills and 25-to-30 stolen bases in 2019.

20. Mitch Haniger (SEA) Escaping Arizona proved to be a godsend for the Mariners and Haniger. Let’s hope he can now repeat that scenario and escape Seattle.

21. Nicholas Castellanos (DET) A trade to a contending team has been requested, and most likely will be granted. If and when that occurs, the boost in RBI opportunities will be most welcome.

22. Justin Upton (LAA) He’s getting a bit older but should have another 30 homer, 85 RBI, and high single-digit stolen base season in the tank.

23. A.J. Pollock (LAD) How many times has Pollock bested 500 at-bats in a season? The correct answer is once. There is no doubting the skill set. It’s all about avoiding the DL.

24. Victor Robles (WAS) If it wasn’t for the hyperextended elbow that cost Robles most of the 2018 campaign, Juan Soto might still be in the high Minors. The September call-up for Robles gave us a brief glimpse of the future and it will be a good one.

25. Wil Myers (SD) The 2016 and 2017 seasons have been quickly forgotten after the injury-wracked and disappointing 2018 campaign. A return to health could net his owners a huge return.

26. Aaron Hicks (NYY) The toolsy outfielder finally flashed them.

27. Yasiel Puig (CIN) The Reds fans are either going to love him or hate him, pending his on-field production. I’m thinking it will be love.

28. Joey Gallo (Tex) He’ll hit 40 bombs. The question is can he keep the BA over the Mendoza line?

29. Tommy Pham (TB) Getting out of St. Louis was the best thing that could have happened to Pham and those second half stats as a Ray support that fact.

30. Nomar Mazara (TEX) The thumb injury zapped his power and seriously curtailed his production. A healthy Mazara is on the cusp of a breakout campaign.

31. Eddie Rosario (MIN) The past two seasons have been remarkably consistent. There is no reason to expect that to change in 2019.

32. Michael Brantley (HOU) Kyle Tucker does not approve of this off-season signing.

33. Mallex Smith (SEA) Pencil him in for 40-to-50 thefts and a solid BA/OBP.

34. Marcell Ozuna (STL) 2017 appears to be the outlier, but mid-twenties home run power, 80 RBI, and a solid .270 BA is nothing to scoff at.

35. Ian Desmond (COL) Heading into his age-34 season, there’s still time for Desmond to add a sixth 20-20 season to his resume.

36. Andrew McCutchen (PHI) “Cutch” has now compiled nine consecutive seasons of 500-plus at-bats. He has also recorded 20-plus homers in his past eight seasons. The move to the friendly confines of Citizens Bank will ensure that home run streak moves to nine.

37. David Dahl (COL) The 16 homers and 48 RBI in less than half a season, guarantee that he won’t be looking over his shoulder heading into 2019.

38. Eloy Jimenez (CWS) Yes, we’ve all read your Article and we know you’re ready Eloy, but unfortunately the rules of the game say we won’t see you until most likely the third week of April.

39. David Peralta (ARZ) 8, 17, 4, 14, and 30. These are the home run totals for Peralta over the past five seasons. I’m going to guess that the career high of 30 he attained last year in his age-31 season will be tough to duplicate.

40. Kyle Schwarber (CHC) 25-to-30 homers, a solid OBP, and pray that our game never includes defensive stats.

41. Ryan Braun (MIL)

42. Ender Inciarte (ATL)

43. Stephen Piscotty (OAK)

44. Odubel Herrera (PHI)

45. Chris Taylor (LAD)

46. Dee Gordon (SEA)

47. Brandon Nimmo (NYM)

48. Billy Hamilton (KC)

49. Shin-Soo Choo (TEX)

50. Jesse Winker (CIN)

51. Adam Eaton (WAS)

52. Byron Buxton (MIN)

53. Harrison Bader (STL)

54. Hunter Renfroe (SD)

55. Matt Kemp (CIN)

56. Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS)

57. Max Kepler (MIN)

58. Steven Souza Jr. (ARZ)

59. Cedric Mullins (BAL)

60. Nick Markakis (ATL)

61. Ramon Laureano (OAK)

62. Jay Bruce (SEA)

63. Brian Anderson (MIA)

64. Domingo Santana (SEA)

65. Trey Mancini (BAL)

66. Adam Jones (FA)

67. Kevin Kiermaier (TB)

68. Corey Dickerson (PIT)

69. Ian Happ (CHC)

70. Randall Grichuk (TOR)

71. Delino DeShields Jr. (TEX)

72. Nick Williams (PHI)

73. Daniel Palka (CWS)

74. Kevin Pillar (TOR)

75. Josh Reddick (HOU)

76. Christin Stewart (DET)

77. Marwin Gonzalez (FA)

78. Brett Gardner (NYY)

79. Scott Schebler (CIN)

80. Joc Pederson (LAD)

81. Kole Calhoun (LAA)

82. Gregory Polanco (PIT)

83. Jose Martinez (STL)

84. Greg Allen (CLE)

85. Ben Zobrist (CHC)

86. Billy McKinney (TOR)

87. Albert Almora Jr. (CHC)

88. Avisail Garcia (TB)

89. Steven Duggar (SF)

90. Austin Meadows (TB)

91. Teoscar Hernandez (TOR)

92. Tyler O’Neill (STL)

93. Eric Thames (MIL)

94. Enrique Hernandez (LAD)

95. Leonys Martin (CLE)

96. Mac Williamson (SF)

97. Adam Engel (CWS)

98. Mark Canha (OAK)

99. Carlos Gonzalez (FA)

100. Lewis Brinson (MIA)

101. Alex Gordon (KC)

102. Nick Martini (OAK)

103. Willie Calhoun (TEX)

104. Adam Frazier (PIT)

105. Dexter Fowler (STL)

106. JaCoby Jones (DET)

107. Manny Margot (SD)

108. Hernan Perez (MIL)

109. DJ Stewart (BAL)

110. Brian Goodwin (KC)

111. Jon Jay (CWS)

112. Franchy Cordero (SD)

113. Travis Jankowski (SD)

114. Jordan Luplow (CLE)

115. Tyler Naquin (CLE)

116. Adam Duvall (ATL)

117. Jorge Soler (KC)

118. Jake Cave (MIN)

119. Michael Taylor (WAS)

120. Bradley Zimmer (CLE)

121. Franmil Reyes (SD)

122. Yairo Munoz (STL)

123. Alen Hanson (SF)

124. Keon Broxton (NYM)

125. Yoenis Cespedes (NYM)

126. Roman Quinn (PHI)

127. Jason Heyward (CHC)

128. Curtis Granderson (MIA)

129. Gerardo Parra (SF)

130. Lonnie Chisenhall (PIT)

131. Jarrod Dyson (ARZ)

132. Jake Marisnick (HOU)

133. Juan Lagares (NYM)

134. Luis Alexander Basabe (CWS)

135. Carlos Gomez (FA)

136. Austin Dean (MIA)

137. Chad Pinder (OAK)

138. Kyle Tucker (HOU)

139. Jorge Bonifacio (KC)

140. Mikie Mahtook (DET)

141. Oscar Mercado (CLE)

142. Alex Verdugo (LAD)

143. Melky Cabrera (PIT)

144. Jose Pirela (SD)

145. Austin Slater (SF)

146. Raimel Tapia (COL)

147. Brett Phillips (KC)

148. Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY)

149. Matt Joyce (CLE)

150. Denard Span (FA)

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