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2011 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: Outfield Rankings

March 18, 2011 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
Carl Crawford brings his talents to the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox no longer need to deal with Carl Crawford stealing bases against them.

By Phillip Heilman, Tim McLeod and RotoRob

The 2011 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit is nearing its completion as we release another Fantasy baseball cheat sheet today. So while you wonder if the Astros will score any runs for should be a pretty solid rotation, let’s count down the top 110 outfielders in the game..

For those that are under the misconception that the outfield is a deep and safe haven for drafting this year, we advice taking a careful look. In 12-team leagues you are going to need 60 outfielders, and 75 will be in play in 15-team formats. The power in the outfield is going very early but the opportunities to buy in for speed in the middle-to-latter rounds are plentiful. Two players to pay particular attention to in your search for power in the outfield are Jay Bruce of the Reds and Mike Stanton of the Marlins. These two young studs aren’t going to be dropping to you and if you want to own of either one this season, be prepared to move a bit early because 30-home run potential among outfielders in 2011 is a rare commodity. Leaving the outfield as an after-thought is an exercise that has the potential to spell disaster for your 2011 Fantasy squad.

Last year’s rankings are in parentheses.

1. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers (1): There’s really nothing Braun can’t do on a baseball field. He can hit for average (.307 lifetime BA) and power (he’s smacked at least 25 dingers in all four seasons he’s been in the bigs), he has speed (at least 14 swipes every year), has turned himself into a solid outfielder and has a strong arm. Last year, plenty of his home runs turned into doubles, but he cut his strikeout rate, and given that he’s right in his power prime, it wouldn’t shock me if he made a run at 40 long bombs this year. With relatively little fanfare, Braun is in the early stages of compiling a simply tremendous career, perhaps Hall of Fame worthy in time. – RR

2. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies (26): Gonzalez’s first season as a full-timer was nothing short of unfreaking believable. Despite the fact that his walk rate plummeted and he struck out almost once a game, CarGo won the batting title and experienced a massive power spike. At the tender age of 25, that power has not peaked yet; in fact, Gonzalez has added muscle and weight this year, so don’t be shocked if he hits 40 or more homers this year. As scary as it sounds, there is still upside here. – RR

3. Carl Crawford, Boston Red Sox (3): With Desmond Jennings supposedly ready to take over, the Rays let the best player they’ve ever had walk this winter. Unfortunately, Crawford walked right over to one of their fiercest rivals, a move that could seriously alter the balance in the AL East. Last year, Crawford again remained relatively healthy and wound up reaching 110 runs for the first time while exhibiting his most robust extra-base pop yet in what had to be considered his most productive season as a big leaguer. He didn’t steal quite as many bases last year, but was very successful when he did run. – RR

4. Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers (21): Hamilton’s incredible 2010 campaign earned him the AL MVP and consideration as the 2010 RotoRob Fantasy Baseball Stud of the Year. He racked up a ton of runs and ribbies, showed more power than ever before and significantly reduced his strikeout rate en route to the batting title. And he did this all despite missing almost the entire month of September. His propensity of getting hurt is the only thing that holds Hamilton back from being a truly elite Fantasy player, but if he can avoid major injuries this year, you can expect another stat-stuffing campaign. – RR

5. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals (4): Holliday’s first full season in St. Louis was a big success as he scored plenty of runs, delivered a boatload worth of extra-base hits and exhibited superb on-base skills. About the only complaint his Fantasy owners had was that he failed to reach double-digit steals for the first time since his rookie campaign. But we’re talking about one of the most productive hitters in the game here, so don’t be shy when his name comes up on draft day, kids. – RR

6. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers (2): Kemp had a frustratingly subpar season last year, marred by criticism from his own GM and benching for lack of hustle. His BA and stolen base total plummeted. Yet despite the nightmare, Kemp went yard in each of the Dodgers’ final five games to tie the franchise record for consecutive games with a homer and to reach a new personal best in dingers. This dude is seriously talented, is just entering his power prime and is driven to bounce back. He’ll go far cheaper than his talent dictates and as a result could prove to be a major bargain this year. – RR

7. Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland Indians (16): The fact that Choo led the Indians with just 22 homers last year speaks to the inadequacy of the Cleveland offense, but this Korean has settled into a very consistent groove in the past few years. His ability to offer across the board production (back-to-back seasons of at least 20 homers and 20 steals and three straight campaigns hitting at least .300) makes him a very valuable, yet underrated Fantasy asset. He’s already a productive hitter, and as the Cleveland attack improves this season thanks to a potentially healthy Grady Sizemore and Carlos Santana, it’s reasonable to expect Choo to reach the century mark in RBI for the first time. – RR

8. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates (24): One of the centrepieces of the Pirates’ promising young core, McCutchen is on cusp of becoming one of the game’s best players. Last year – first full season in the majors – his extra-base pop slipped a bit, as did his walk rate and stolen base success rate, but he also significantly trimmed his strikeout rate. It’s not unreasonable to go ahead and grab McCutchen as early as the second round of your Fantasy draft this spring, because he has that kind of upside. – RR

9. Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals (17): Werth has left the Phils, opening a spot for Domonic Brown, as he was lured by a ridiculously large contract from the Nationals, who were obviously desperate to make a splash (or at least do their best drunken sailor imitation). Werth is coming off a season that produced mixed results. Lots of his homers turned into doubles, his stolen base total slipped, his RBI dropped substantially and his walk rate dipped slightly. But he set a new career high with 106 runs, had more hits and doubles than ever before, raised his BA substantially and put up a career-best 920 OPS. No, he won’t be hitting in star-studded lineup anymore, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that among right-handed hitting outfielders only Braun has smacked more homers over the past three seasons combined. Whether Werth will come close to being worth the $126 million Washington will give him over the next seven years is a valid question, but don’t worry about his Fantasy value for the short-term future. – RR

10. Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers (31): This dude sure can smoke a baseball, but his hammies have caused him seemingly incessant grief. Still, when he was healthy, Cruz raked, although he didn’t receive nearly as much attention for his exploits because one of his outfield mates in Texas was putting up an MVP season. A 950 OPS? Woah. Now just imagine the numbers Cruz would accumulate if he could just stay healthy enough to play 130 games, a threshold he has yet to reach in his big league career. I love the fact that he significantly cut his strikeout rate last year, something that helped his BA spike back after slipping in 2009. If that’s a trend that continues, and Cruz can avoid major injury, he might even give Hamilton a run for his money as the best outfielder in Texas. – RR

11. Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds (32): There’s a chance that Bruce will take over the clean-up spot in Cincy, taking his place in the batting order behind defending NL MVP Joey Votto. The Reds obviously believe in Bruce’s ability to take it to the next level, penning him to a whopping six-year extension this winter. Last year, the youngster set career highs across the board, and he really came alive in the second half, spanking 15 homers in just 186 at-bats while batting .306. In time, Votto might not be the only current Red to own an MVP trophy. Yes, Bruce has a chance to be that good. – RR

12. Hunter Pence, Houston Astros (27): Pence’s nice second half helped the Astros go from pathetic to slightly less than terrible. This consistent source of power banged out exactly 25 dingers for the third straight season, while cutting down on his strikeout rate last year. Unfortunately, Pence’s walk rate also dipped as he took a more aggressive approach after showing the best patience of his career in 2009. He’s enjoying a nice spring, and seems to be using the whole field, which is a trend that can help him make a run at .300 for the first time since his rookie season. – RR

13. Alex Rios, Chicago White Sox (58): After struggling in 2009, Rios enjoyed a fine bounce back campaign last year, setting new personal bests in RBI and steals. Strangely, the right-handed hitting Rios did more damage against right-handed pitching last year, so if he can get back to his normal levels of production against southpaws and maintain his big numbers vs. righties, he could be in line for a monster season. Rios brings a great bevy of all-around skills to the table, making him a very fine No. 2 outfield option for your Fantasy team. – RR

14. Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks (6): Upton endured some struggles early on last season, but turned things around in June and July before he headed back into a tailspin in August and then enduring a shoulder injury that cost him almost all of September. We’ll give this talented youngster a mulligan, because if healthy this year, he’s capable of returning to and surpassing his 2009 form. I do like the fact that Upton took a more patient approach last year and given his immense upside, this is another player that you need to start considering as early as Round Three, as he has the potential to return second round value if he can bounce back. – RR

15. Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves (33): A year ago at this time, Heyward was atop our Top 45 Prospects list before graduating to the majors last year. The 2010 NL ROY runner up, Heyward was near the top of the class of a fine rookie crop in the NL East as he showed promising extra-base power and punished right-handed pitching to the tune of an 895 OPS. You can expect this budding star to show massive improvements this year – especially in the RBI department, as he’ll likely be moving down from the two-hole into the middle of the batting order where he’ll have far more opportunities to drive in runs. – RR

16. Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers (9): Health was a factor for Ethier last year, as he tried to play through a broken finger as was never really able to duplicate his torrid early-season pace after the injury. His OPS of 774 with just nine homers after the break really hurt his owners, but he should be fully healthy this season. Ethier has accepted his role as a leader on the team this year, and that should translate into an increased level of production. – RR

17. Delmon Young, Minnesota Twins (95): Okay, so maybe Young hasn’t had the string of 40-homer, 20-steal, .300 BA seasons we all anticipated when he burst onto the scene as the top prospect in the game. But last year he took a big step forward. After an injury-ravaged 2009 season, Young bounced back, reaching 170 hits for the second time in his career, setting personal bests in doubles, homers and RBI, pitching in with a few steals and even showing an improvement in his admittedly still very weak batting eye. The best part? Even though he seems like a bust, Young is still only 25, so there’s plenty of upside. He’s been slowed this spring by turf toe, and that could manifest itself in a sluggish start to the season, but do not overlook Young’s ability to take his game to a whole new level this year. – RR

18. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays (108): For Bautista’s profile, see our 3B rankings.

19. Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox (15): Ellsbury’s injury-ravaged 2010 burned many an owner, thereby earning him consideration as our Fantasy Dud of the Year. Finally healthy again, Ellsbury will obviously be a superb source of steals, that much we all know. But at the age of 27, does he have some untapped power potential? It’s not unreasonable to think that Ellsbury could reach double digit home runs while also adding 60+ steals this year – a combination that will make him extremely valuable. Part of a very strong Boston outfield, Ellsbury has been hitting the cover off the ball this spring, buoying hopes for a big-time rebound campaign. – RR

20. Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners (10): After dealing with a bit of injury problems in 2009, Ichiro was back to his usual durable self last year. His extra-base power slipped, but his walk rate bounced back and he hit at least .315 for the seventh time in his MLB career. Suzuki remains a star, but he’s getting long in the tooth and the decline has definitely begun. – RR

21. B.J. Upton, Tampa Bay Rays (18): Upton struggled from May to July, but finished strong, really turning things on in September to salvage a decent season. Unfortunately, Upton’s BA has been in free fall since he hit .300 in his first full season in 2007, and despite his walk rate bouncing back somewhat last year, the average just keeps dipping. Remember how prospect hounds frothed at the mouth when discussing Upton when he was a minor leaguer? Well, we’ve certainly seen flashes of his talent, but he has yet to put all the tools together in any one season. Yet he remains just 26 years old, so who knows? Maybe a 25-homer, 45-steal, .300 season is still coming from Upton. You can bet on the fact that someone in your league will reach for him with that dream in mind. – RR

22. Mike Stanton, Florida Marlins (NR): Our No. 5 prospect heading into the 2010 season graduated to the bigs last year, and while he’s not going to carry your team in batting average in this century, he’s not as bad as most people assume as he showed patience and managed a decent .259 mark as a rookie. But let’s face it: the reason you want Stanton is his prodigious power, and hey, he might even swipe a few bags for you, too. Part of an extremely young, but extremely talented outfield in Florida, Stanton is poised to begin a run of seasons of 40 or more homers as early as this year. Don’t miss that gravy train, people. – RR

23. Drew Stubbs, Cincinnati Reds (66): Stubbs made nice progress in his first full season last year, showing an enticing blend of power and speed with developing patience. His average was quite middling, but there’s room for growth there when looking at what he accomplished in the minors, not to mention the fact that he hit .281 in the second half last year. I don’t ever see Stubbs hitting much higher than, say, .270, but if he’s going for 30-30, who cares? Consider him with that alluring speed/power potential around Rounds Six through Eight as he’ll be gone by the teen rounds. – RR

24. Shane Victorino, Philadelphia Phillies (30): One of the best centrefielders in the game, Victorino showed the finest extra-base pop of his career last season, and he enjoyed another fantastic year on the basepaths, swiping bags successfully on 34-of-40 attempts. Unfortunately, as his power and production go up, his BA has fallen, and that took his percentages down across the board. – RR

25. Chris Young, Arizona Diamondbacks (70): After his horrible 2009 campaign, Young bounced back in a big way last year. He significantly cut his ridiculously high strikeout rate, and that helped him hit over .250 for the first time in his career. Small victories, people. But Young’s real value in his power-speed combo, and he flirted with a 30-30 season, falling just three dingers and two steals shy. He rapped out 60 extra-base hits last year and he’s now entering his power prime, so that number could very well rise this season. – RR

26. Corey Hart, Milwaukee Brewers (61): Hart’s an extremely talented player, but he’s also quite injury prone, and it’s started again already with an oblique strain that has lingered this spring. Last year, he stayed relatively healthy, avoiding the DL and missing just seven games due to injury, and he responded with career highs in several categories including runs, homers, RBI and walks. Unfortunately, Hart also set a new personal high with 140 strikeouts, a significant increase on his 2009 strikeout rate. He’ll experience some regression this year, but if he can again avoid a DL stint, Hart will remain a very solid No. 3 outfielder for your Fantasy squad. – RR

27. Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees (20): Although marred by a groin injury, Granderson’s first season in Pinstripes was fairly successful as he exhibited his best extra-base pop since 2007 (something that seems to be continuing this spring). However, if not for a torrid September, his final numbers would have been pretty ugly. Like many Yankees, Granderson certainly enjoyed his home park, putting up an OPS 109 points higher at new Yankee Stadium compared to his road mark. — RR

28. Torii Hunter, Los Angeles Angels (19): We’re not extremely bullish on Hunter’s prospects for 2011; in fact, we think he’s going to be a flop. Although his percentages dropped across the board last year, he was still productive, reaching 90 RBI for the seventh time in his career. He’s become a more selective hitter since joining the Halos, setting new career highs in P/PA in each of the last two seasons, and while that seems to really help him in 2009, it didn’t improve his totals last year. Hunter will shift to right field this year because of Peter Bourjos, and while that could be taken an indictment of Hunter’s waning skills, it will likely help him extend his career. – RR

29. Colby Rasmus, St. Louis Cardinals (57): Rasmus is a prime candidate to have a breakout season in 2011. Last year, his production increased across the board despite again failing to get 500 at-bats. However, assuming he avoids the minor injuries he dealt with last year, along with his vowed approach to cut down on strikeouts, he should continue to improve on the numbers he has posted through his first two years. Being in the same lineup as Albert Pujols, Holliday and Lance Berkman should only continue to fuel Rasmus’ production. – PH

30. Vernon Wells, Los Angeles Angels (55): I don’t know how they did it, but the Jays managed to rid themselves of Wells’ bloated contract this offseason. The move may also pay off for Wells, as he’ll shift to left field and now play on grass – two things that should definitely help his legs, and hopefully allow him to continue the resurgence that started last year. Wells has stayed healthy the past couple of years, and his walk rate has bounced back after crashing in 2008. Last year, Wells put up his best slugging percentage since 2006, and while I doubt he’ll duplicate that in the Angels’ pitcher-friendly park, if nothing else he brings his Gold Glove to the Los Angeles outfield, which already consists of Hunter and new CF Bourjos. Precious few balls will fall into the Angel outfield with that trio patrolling the grass this year. – RR

31. Bobby Abreu, Los Angeles Angels (13): Abreu, much like every other Angel hitter, had a down year in 2010, but he helped turn things around somewhat after shifting into the leadoff role late in the season. There’s little doubt, however, that since he landed in Anaheim, Abreu has begun to decline, and there’s talk that the Halos may look to limit his plate appearances to avoid triggering his $9-million option for 2012. He still draws walks with the best of them, and that’s something the rest of the Angel lineup should try to emulate. – RR

32. Aubrey Huff, San Francisco Giants (NR): For Huff’s profile, see our First Base rankings.

33. Nick Swisher, New York Yankees (44): Take a second before thinking about Swisher, and check out his wife Joanna Garcia. Trust me, it is worth it every year. However, the bedroom isn’t the only place Nick is apparently lucky in, as his spot in the Yankees’ lineup boosts his value tremendously. Always known as a patient hitter, Swisher drew just 58 walks last season, however, he still had over 90 runs scored and was a tick away from 30 bombs. If he can regain his patience and stick in the two-hole, Swisher is a candidate for 100+ runs scored and is a solid third option in the outfield. – PH

34. Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians (5): Sizemore continues to be nagged by a similar knee injury which has plagued the career of Carlos Beltran. The fact he even ranks this high is a testament to his excellence prior to the injury. Reports from Manny Acta out of Cleveland leave doubts as to whether Sizemore will even be healthy on Opening Day this season. Microfracture surgery is tough to return from, and at this point, Sizemore is still worth taking a gamble on as your third outfielder, but you’d be wise to cover your ass with some solid insurance options. – PH

35. Rajai Davis, Toronto Blue Jays (42): After trading for David DeJesus in the offseason, Oakland shipped Davis to Toronto for two promising relievers. The Blue Jays made the move in the hopes of gaining some speed at the top of their order, but so far this spring, they have gained power as well. Davis has hit three homers in 35 at-bats this spring. Don’t expect this hot streak to continue, as his career-high is a meager five dingers, but a strong spring is important for Davis in terms of establishing a spot at the top of the order. His speed and ability to hit for a good average should help him score more runs in a better offense this season, and he is a decent pickup in the mid-to-late rounds. – PH

36. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles (25): Jones was a sleeper heading into 2010, but essentially replicated his 2009 numbers (yet it took him 30 more games to do so). Fantasy owners certainly were looking for more out of a player many expect to be an All-Star for years to come. The additions of Derrek Lee, Vladimir Guerrero and Mark Reynolds should move Jones down a few slots in the lineup, but should also increase his opportunities to drive in runs. Jones is not a guy that is going to boast a strong OBP, because he refuses to work the count (he regressed in that department last year). However, if he can learn to be a bit more patient and take the next step in his development, he has more upside than most other guys at this spot in the draft. – PH

37. Denard Span, Minnesota Twins (34): Other than a blistering May last season, Span struggled mightily through various leg and upper body injuries throughout the year. His batting average dropped 50 points from 2009, as he really wore down at the end of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire has said he will use Jason Repko periodically to keep Span fresh throughout the season. Added rest should help Span avoid injuries and regain his strong average from his first two seasons and the fact that Tsuyashi Nishioka gives the Twins a much better No. 2 man hitting behind him should also help tremendously. Swiping 30 bases and scoring 100 runs are definitely in play if Span can find his stroke, and he is worth a look as a low-end third or solid fourth outfielder. – PH

38. Carlos Quentin, Chicago White Sox (39): Once lightning in a bottle, Quentin has certainly lost his Fantasy lustre. The last two seasons have been major disappointments for Quentin in Chicago, and he is under the Mendoza line so far this spring. Quentin is a Rip Van Winkle of sorts, that is, a deep sleeper. There is the potential for him to rebound to his 2008 numbers, which would make him the steal of the draft at the rate he is being drafted so far this year. The wild card here is that despite his injury-prone ways, Quentin has still averaged almost 28 dingers a year over the past three seasons. If he can somehow stay healthy enough to play in even 140 games, the potential to land a 30-homer bat this late is alluring. – PH

39. Juan Pierre, Chicago White Sox (60): With a middle name like D’Vaughn, it is hard not to like Juan Pierre, a player that works as hard as anyone in the majors. You just have to have realistic expectations. He managed to steal 68 bases while hitting only .275 last season. His days of hitting .300 or more are unlikely to resurface, but you aren’t drafting him for that anyways. He should manage to steal his share of bases and might even eclipse 100 runs if he can get on base more often this year. If you need someone to provide steals and runs, Pierre is a good choice this late. – PH

40. Jason Bay, New York Mets (8): Remarkably, Bay had the same number of triples (six) as home runs last season, and that’s not because he suddenly turned into a no-power, all-speed dude. The only number that didn’t drop from his career average was his strikeout rate. But to be fair, Bay was limited to just 95 games after suffering a concussion in the middle of the season. It’s hard to imagine his power not rebounding in some way this season. The 36-homer, 119-RBI year he had in Boston in 2009 is probably unreachable, but 25 and 100 are reasonable expectations if Bay and the rest of the Mets’ lineup falls into place. Draft him late and pray that he stays healthy and can rebound. It’s a risk-reward pick, but for the Mets’ sake, this aging veteran better turn things around in a big way. – PH

41. Michael Bourn, Houston Astros (40): Bourn switched to sport agent deity Scott Boras in the offseason, but don’t be fooled by the move. He is still a poor man’s Juan Pierre. Speed is his one above-average tool, and that’s what gains him Fantasy relevancy. The Astros are talking about improving their situational hitting (and who can blame them considering how crap their lineup is), but about all you can expect out of Bourn is 50-to-60 stolen bases and not much else. If you place high value on steals or fielding bibles (which Bourn won in 2010), then he is worthy of a mid-round selection in standard-sized leagues as he’ll carry you in that category; otherwise take someone with more offensive tools. – PH

42. Brett Gardner, New York Yankees (94): Word coming from the Yankees’ camp out of Spring Training is Gardner will be the leadoff man to open the year. His ability to draw walks and steal bases makes him an interesting choice in an always-dangerous Bronx Bomber lineup. If Gardner can rebound from a very poor second half of 2010, he could be a decent sleeper. Like Bourn, Gardner won’t produce much power, but his patience leads to a strong OBP and should translate into 100+ runs. – PH

43. Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers (79): After a strong rookie campaign (other than the 170 strikeouts, that is) that culminated in him being the AL ROY runner-up, Jackson comes into 2011 with high expectations. However, you should lower them. Sure he scored 100+ runs and hit just below .300, but when taking a closer look at the numbers, you’ll find that his average on balls put in play sat at just under .400, and that raises a red flag. It’s an absurdly high rate, and is unlikely to be repeated in his sophomore season. With the addition of Victor Martinez, and the presence of Miguel “Boozy” Cabrera, Jackson should score a lot of runs as the Tigers’ lead-off man, but don’t look for a big jump in power numbers from him in 2011. – PH

44. Carlos Lee, Houston Astros (12): For Lee’s profile, see our First Base rankings.

45. Jason Kubel, Minnesota Twins (28): Kubel apparently found his inner A-Rod stroke in 2010. Unfortunately, it was the playoff A-Rod version. Kubel struggled in last year’s postseason to the tune of a .069 average with 13 strikeouts, but he has bounced back so far in this spring with a strong start. He still can produce better than most at this point in the draft, so he is worth a late stash. – PH

46. Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles (14): After a strong start to his career, Markakis burned owners last year with his disgraceful total of just 12 home runs. However, let’s just be honest, the Orioles’ offense as a whole sucked last year. However, they seemingly upgraded with the additions of Guerrero, Reynolds and Lee. Markakis should rebound from a career-worst year and his buy-low status is intriguing. He should be there a couple of rounds later than in prior years and is definitely worth a pickup as a fourth outfielder, especially since this talented hitter may still be capable of producing a breakout campaign. – PH

47. Angel Pagan, New York Mets (NR): The Mets were a disaster last season and look to be headed in that direction again this season. However, Pagan turned in a wonderful season and was a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy year in Queens. This season, Carlos Beltran will be moved to right field to accommodate for Pagan’s increased skill set (and to save wear and tear on Beltran’s wonky knees). Pagan should reach 40 stolen bases this season, and if he is able to keep his average around .300 as he has the last two years and a healthier Mets’ lineup around him rebounds, it could boost Pagan’s runs total from last year. He makes an ideal fourth or fifth outfielder. – PH

48. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays (45): For Zobrist’s profile, see our Second Base rankings.

49. Andres Torres, San Francisco Giants (NR): Unlike many other speedy guys left this late in the draft, Torres will give you decent power numbers during the season. His stolen base value isn’t as high as guys like Bourn, but his extra base hit numbers are decent at this point in the draft. Torres re-signed with the Giants for another year, and looks to be slotted in the one hole to start the season, and given that he’s a pretty good defender (he tied for the team lead with seven outfield assists last year), he should see plenty of action. Based on your needs at this point in the draft (around round 19 or 20), Torres is worthy of some consideration. – PH

50. Coco Crisp, Oakland Athletics (105): Too bad Coco can’t seem to reach base as easily as he can land in jail. Fortunately, his DUI to start Spring Training shouldn’t be a concern for Fantasy owners. Crisp had a bit of a bounce back last year with the A’s, posting a decent mark of .279 with 32 steals in just 75 games played. However, like his vision while driving intoxicated, it is unclear how long Oakland will put up with distractions like this from a guy on the downside of his career. Unless your league has a category for player arrests, avoid Coco for a while in the draft. Somewhere around round 21 or 22 would be a good time to pull the trigger… or even drink a jigger. – PH

Others to Consider

51. Carlos Beltran, New York Mets (23)
52. Ryan Raburn, Detroit Tigers (98)
53. Chris Coghlan, Florida Marlins (51)
54. Logan Morrison, Florida Marlins (NR) Morrison played 1B in the minors last year, but he only qualifies as an outfielder.
55. Jose Tabata, Pittsburgh Pirates (NR)
56. Dexter Fowler, Colorado Rockies (54)
57. Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs (35)
58. Will Venable, San Diego Padres (96)
59. Magglio Ordonez, Detroit Tigers (47)
60. Franklin Gutierrez, Seattle Mariners (41)
61. Ryan Ludwick, San Diego Padres (29)
62. J.D. Drew, Boston Red Sox (78)
63. Michael Cuddyer, Minnesota Twins (36) Cuddyer is also listed in our 1B rankings.
64. Garrett Jones, Pittsburgh Pirates (53) Jones is also listed in our 1B rankings.
65. Johnny Damon, Tampa Bay Rays (46)
66. Manny Ramirez, Tampa Bay Rays (22)
67. Raul Ibanez, Philadelphia Phillies (37)
68. Jonny Gomes, Cincinnati Reds (NR)
69. Matt Joyce, Tampa Bay Rays (121)
70. Tyler Colvin, Chicago Cubs (101)
71. Cody Ross, San Francisco Giants (50)
72. Travis Snider, Toronto Blue Jays (74)
73. Ben Francisco, Philadelphia Phillies (115)
74. Seth Smith, Colorado Rockies (99)
75. Marlon Byrd, Chicago Cubs (68)
76. Brennan Boesch, Detroit Tigers (NR)
77. Nate McLouth, Atlanta Braves (43)
78. Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals (NR)
79. Domonic Brown, Philadelphia Phillies (NR)
80. Jarrod Dyson, Kansas City Royals (NR)
81. Josh Willingham, Oakland Athletics (63)
82. Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay Rays (NR)
83. Kosuke Fukudome, Chicago Cubs (91)
84. Peter Bourjos, Los Angeles Angels (NR)
85. Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers (67)
86. Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians (72)
87. Cameron Maybin, San Diego Padres (83)
88. David DeJesus, Oakland Athletics (86)
89. Nyjer Morgan, Washington Nationals (52)
90. Juan Rivera, Toronto Blue Jays (49)
91. Omar Infante, Florida Marlins (NR) Infante is also listed in our 2B and 3B rankings.
92. Julio Borbon, Texas Rangers (48)
93. Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals (NR)
94. Michael Saunders, Seattle Mariners (NR)
95. Pat Burrell, San Francisco Giants (NR)
96. Michael Morse, Washington Nationals (NR)
97. David Murphy, Texas Rangers (106)
98. Gerardo Parra, Arizona Diamondbacks (92)
99. Brad Hawpe, San Diego Padres (38) Hawpe will flip to 1B very early in 2011, but for now only qualifies as an outfielder.
100. Marcus Thames, Los Angeles Dodgers (NR)
101. Ryan Sweeney, Oakland Athletics (77)
102. Roger Bernadina, Washington Nationals (NR)
103. Jon Jay, St. Louis Cardinals (NR)
104. Xavier Nady, Arizona Diamondbacks (107) Nady is also listed in our 1B rankings.
105. Bill Hall, Houston Astros (120) Hall is also listed in our 2B rankings.
106. Sean Rodriguez, Tampa Bay Rays (NR) Rodriguez is also listed in our 2B rankings.
107. Jeff Francoeur, Kansas City Royals (84)
108. Eric Hinske, Atlanta Braves (NR) Hinske is also listed in our 1B rankings.
109. Aaron Rowand, San Francisco Giants (85)
110. Milton Bradley, Seattle Mariners (69)

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13 Responses to “2011 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: Outfield Rankings”

  1. [...] Bautista, who missed a few games earlier this season because of the birth of his child (don’t you just love that as a Fantasy owner? It’s called a calendar; look into it), has become a real leader on this Toronto squad, although he hasn’t quite lived up to our pre-season billing as a top 20 outfielder. [...]

  2. [...] trap as most Fantasy owners in overrating Upton. Heading into the season, we projected him as the 21st-best outfielder to own, but he’s barely playing at a top 60 clip right now. Fantasy owners are probably well [...]

  3. [...] ranked Wells as the 30th-best outfielder heading into the season, but based on his ugly start, he’s not even a top 125 outfielder. In [...]

  4. [...] into the season, we ranked Ethier just outside of the top 15 outfielders and we’ve been bang on with that prediction so [...]

  5. [...] Heading into the season, we really thought Lorenzo Cain would not only win a spot on the Royals, but that he could be a serious sleeper and emerge with their lead-off job. Given what he had showed us last year, we ranked him a top 80 outfielder. [...]

  6. [...] ranked Hunter among the top 30 outfielders in the game heading into the season, but did warn you he could be a flop. It turns out we were bang [...]

  7. [...] batting almost .300. Brantley is certainly exceeding our expectations (we had him ranked in the top 90, but he’s probably playing at a top 40 level). He’s never been much of a long-ball threat, but [...]

  8. [...] time for us to give some props to Johnny Damon for another solid season. We expected him to be a top 65 outfielder, but he’s been nearly a top 35 player at the position and he’s over the hand injury that [...]

  9. [...] think that much of Cameron Maybin’s chances to be a stud this year, only ranking him outside the top 85 among outfielders in the preseason. However, Maybin has been a very pleasant surprise and has [...]

  10. [...] to enjoy his breakout season. After the disappointment that was 2010, we dropped Jones out of the top 35 when we ranked the outfield position heading into this [...]

  11. [...] his monster 2010 season, we expected Chris Young to be a top 25 outfielder this season. Well, he’s definitely had his moments (seven homers, 20 runs and 21 RBI in April; [...]

  12. [...] First Base Second Base Shortstop Third Base Outfield Designated Hitters Starting Pitcher Relief [...]

  13. [...] Shane Victorino, Philadelphia Phillies (24): A year ago, we put Victorino just inside the top 25, saying his slash line kept dropping as his power rose. Well, last year the All-Star flyhawk [...]

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