2013 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: Outfield Rankings
Why would anyone pitch to Giancarlo Stanton if they didn’t have to?
By Tim McLeod and RotoRob
Yes, we’ve been a bit tardy with the 2013 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit as life gets in the way. Stupid life! At any rate, as you wonder how wise Texas was to lock up Elvis Andrus for eight (!) years, let’s review the top 159 outfielders in Fantasy baseball.
Outfield isn’t as deep as you may think. Once the elite players move off the board in the first couple of rounds, there is a big drop into the second tier filled with a slew of question marks.
Can Alex Rios post two solid years in a row? Is Carl Crawford going to be ready to roll and can he regain the top-tier form with the move to LA? Will Melky Cabrera put the scandal-filled 2012 in his rear-view mirror now that he’s hitting in the two-hole for the Jays? Can KC’s Lorenzo Cain finally find a way to avoid the DL and fulfill his five-category potential?
The rookie class is led by Aaron Hicks and Leonys Martin, both of whom should be on the radar as end game options. Don’t ignore the outfield in 2013 as it will come back to haunt you.
Last year’s rankings in parentheses.
1. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers (2): The PED cloud over Braun’s head just won’t go away as we discussed in a February Podcast. But the former MVP just keeps rolling along, churning out another phenomenal season last year. He recorded his second straight 30-30 season (actually topping 40 homers for the first time) and nearly matched his slugging percentage from his MVP 2011 campaign. Braun has returned from his stint with Team USA at the WBC, but the BioGenesis controversy isn’t going away. A knee woe certainly didn’t slow him down in the WBC and shouldn’t be a factor as the season begins. Still, the positive test that was overturned last year really sticks in our craw. We’re expecting Braun’s baserunning skills to continue to slide this season, but not so much that he doesn’t ascend to the top spot on this list.
2. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (89): A graduate from our 2011 Top Prospects list, Trout was robbed of the AL MVP last season, but a lack of hardware cannot take away from a truly historic season. He flashed much more power than we expected and did a phenomenal job on the basepaths. And now he’ll combine with holdovers Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo plus new Angel Josh Hamilton to try to restore Los Angeles to AL West supremacy. This spring, Trout picked up right where he left off last year and remains as difficult a player to throw out on the basepaths as there is. His walk rate last season wasn’t quite as good as it was in Triple-A, but it was still pretty damn fine (leading to an OBP of almost .400).
3. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers (1): The Dodgers desperately missed Kemp last June when their offense went completely AWOL. Robbed of the MVP award in 2011, he missed about a third of the season last year because of ongoing hammy issues (not to mention a shoulder woe from slamming into a wall) and his walk rate dipped dramatically as he lost 80 points of OPS. Coming off shoulder surgery, Kemp started to flash power this spring — a great sign as he gears up for a bounce back season. He’ll be fully healthy on Opening Day, and we hope that translates into a better baserunning performance.
4. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates (10): An honourable mention for our 2012 Fantasy Stud of the Year, McCutchen and his dreads really broke out last year, although his walk rate dipped quite a bit. Okay, so his SB total has been dropping for a couple of years, but the massive increase in homers and average more than made up for that. The BA boost helped give Cutch his first .400 OBP season as he just continues to improve season by season. At the age of 26, there may still be upside, which is just scary. He didn’t see a lot of action until late in Spring Training, but a season after ranking eighth in HR + FB distance, does he really need tons of spring at-bats? Expect some BA regression after that whopping .375 BABIP last year, but the power is real. Pittsburgh’s 2012 Sportsman of the Year has arrived as a star, and he isn’t going anywhere soon.
5. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies (4): When we ranked Gonzalez fourth on this list a year ago, we talked about his inability to build on that massive 2010 campaign. Well, he was again a top 10 flyhawk last year, but again somewhat failed to live up to our billing, as — despite slightly better health — his extra-base pop dipped for the second straight season, a disconcerting trend for a player that turned 27 after the season. CarGo wasn’t as productive as you’d like, he struck out more often and failed to build on his stolen base total despite seeing more action. Part of a potent Venezuela lineup at the WBC, he dealt with some illness this spring, but nothing that should affect his ability to bounce back this season. Gonzalez remains a viable late first round pick, but it’s about time his slugging percentage started reversing its declining trend to ensure he’s worth the investment. He’s proved he’s a star. Now, let’s see him stay healthy and take the next step to becoming a superstar.
6. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins (7): As we discussed in a November Podcast, we’d be more bullish on Stanton if he weren’t the only viable stick in the Marlins’ lineup. He played for Team USA in the WBC, which should only whet his appetite for actually getting to play with real teammates. Despite an injury that limited some of his counting cats, Stanton continued his meteoric rise last year, matching his personal best in doubles and shattering his career high in BA. He’s likely to bat in the three-hole for Miami this year, but we’re worried about how many walks he’ll take without proper lineup protection. The rising strikeout rate is also a concern, and we have our doubts about Stanton’s ability to bat .290 again unless his contact improves. As long as Jeffrey Loria runs the Marlins, Stanton will be the subject of trade rumours, but in this case, we’d suggest that a move virtually anywhere would be beneficial to his Fantasy value.
7. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays (5): We’re expecting a big bounce back year from Bautista, who will not only be healthy after dealing with a torn tendon sheath last year, but also had to overcome with the lack of a true leadoff threat (alleviated now with the addition of Jose Reyes). Bautista had surgery on his wrist in September and he’s still working towards getting back his full range of motion. Last year, he slumped badly at the plate and was far less productive as a result. Bausista’s stolen base total dipped and his OPS plummeted from his career year in 2011. He was playing regularly this spring and we’re expecting his BA to bounce back in light of the tremendously unlucky .215 BABIP he put up last year.
8. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals (54): A graduate of last year’s Top 55 Prospect List, Harper will take over as the three-hole hitter for the Nats this season after spending most of his rookie campaign batting second. Obviously, this will translate into more ribbies for the talented youngster who struck out more than we’d like to see in his debut, but it didn’t stop him from hitting from a decent BA. A WAR of 5.0 as a teenager? That’s some rare footage, people. After supplying the Nats with way more than we expected last year, Harper is picked up right where he left off and enjoyed a monster spring. The BABIP was a tad on the high side last year, but not so much that we’re worried about a regression in BA — especially as he matures with age. How good is it to be Bryce Harper? The dude was given free burritos for life from Chipotle. That’s living big, my man.
9. Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels (8): In a February Podcast, we talked about how Hamilton had some pretty stupid things to say about Texas on his way out of town. Nice going, dude. The Angels made big headlines when they landed the biggest fish on the market in Hambone, coming off a career-high in homers. He enjoyed a fine year at the plate last season, and while he upped his walk rate, his BA sustained another hit. Hamilton had a hot start this spring, but has since cooled. He’ll be the starting RF in Anaheim and as long as he remains healthy, he’ll continue to scare the crap out of opposing pitchers. The rising strikeout rate is worrisome and if that continues, the Angels are going to be hard-pressed to get their money’s worth on this five-year, $123-million deal.
10. Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves (6): Dealt from Arizona to Atlanta for Martin Prado among others, Upton seems like he is determined to prove the D-Backs wrong for trading him as he crushed the ball this spring — especially towards the end of the Grapefruit League. It’s not a shock that Upton feels he needs vindication. After a career year in 2011, he missed some time last year and was unable to come close to duplicating his numbers. Upton simply did not hit as well and his slash line numbers all dropped. Expected to start in left field as part of an exciting outfield revamping in Atlanta, he is still just 25, so offers upside, especially on the power front. We do love the fact that Upton’s walk rate rose last year and that could definitely lead to further growth and perhaps more monster long balls like the one he smoked at Champion Stadium in Disney this spring — a dinger many believe was the longest ever hit at that facility.
11. Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds (11): Back in a December Podcast we wondered when exactly Bruce’s real bust-out would happen. Well, his home run total keeps rising and he was bashing plenty of them again this spring. Bruce has been fairly durable the past couple of years and he enjoyed his finest power year yet with career highs in doubles and homers and matching his personal best in triples. The increased strikeout rate was not a good sign, however. Bruce has a tremendous arm in right field, but his overall fielding work has slipped in the past couple of years. If he never takes it to the next level, there’s still nothing wrong with his baseline of 30 homers, 90 RBI, lots of Ks and a middling BA.
12. Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves (33): When we slotted Heyward 33rd a year ago in our Outfield Rankings, we talked about how shoulder woes had cut into his power numbers. Well, he overcame that in a big way last year with a very nice bounce back effort. Now the question is can this talented youngster (still just 23) take the next step and become a legitimate MVP candidate? It’s not a huge stretch after his power game reached new heights last year and his BA bounced back. Heyward still hasn’t duplicated his rookie effort, but time is on his side and a shoulder flare up this spring is reportedly not an issue at all. Last year, he smoked 27 homers and swiped 21 bases; could he make a run at 30 homers and 25 swipes this season? We’d like to see Heyward up his walk rate and become a better on-base dude in the process, but at his age, there’s a golden opportunity for him to step up and become a real leader in the wake of Chipper Jones’ retirement.
13. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles (24): How badly do you think the Mariners would like a hot tub time machine so they can go back in time and change their minds about dealing Jones? Since arriving in Charm City, his development has been fairly steady, but he really took off last year. Jones set career highs almost across the board and arrived as a legitimate slugger. His efforts earned him a spot on Team USA at the WBC. Jones’ breakout was a tremendous reward for his owners, but if you owned him last year, you can bet you’ll have to grab him a hell of a lot earlier this season. We’re expecting his BA to dip slightly, but he should remain a safe and durable pick with a modicum of upside.
14. Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics (76): Back in October, we wrote about how crowded the A’s outfield was getting — in stark contrast to a year ago. But no matter, Cespedes has proved he belongs in the lineup every day after not only making the team out of Spring Training last year, but going on to enjoy a tremendously fine debut. And now that he’s managed to get his family to the United States, it stands to reason that the Cuban exile should be far more relaxed in his second big league season — thereby leading to even better results. Cespedes didn’t exactly tear it up early this spring (although he did turn it on down the stretch), but as talented as he is, we’re not breaking a sweat. Oakland’s big investment in him looks fantastic now after he piled up lots of runs, flashed impressive extra-base power and proved he can absolutely crush the ball with some monster dingers. So much for Cespedes not being major league ready, huh? We’d like to see him walk a bit more this season, but hey, we’re quibbling now.
15. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals (12): When we put him 12th in our Outfield Rankings last year, we said Holliday had to be more productive. Check. He topped 100 RBI for the third time in four years and fifth time in his career as he pulled within shouting distance of 1,000 career ribbies. Holliday’s extra-base pop actually declined, but good health allowed for a nice rebound in his counting cats. His walk rate also declined and his BA has been sliding for some time, yet Holliday remains a nice low-end No. 1 outfielder. And the decline has been slow enough that he’s a consistent Fantasy asset. Who cares that his fielding has really gone into the tank? He’s a flyball hitter that will continue to hit his share of long balls.
16. Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox (3): The emergence of Jackie Bradley, Jr. may soon spell the end of Ellsbury’s time in Boston. Ellsbury did not have a big spring, but you know that he has the capability of providing his owners with a massive return — if he’s healthy. Last year (for the second time in the past three seasons), he missed significant time and the extra-base pop he flashed in 2011 went AWOL. So was that slugging spike two years ago a fluke? It’s a major risk that potential owners will face this season. He has to be better than last year, but is unlikely to ever be as good as 2011 again. This season is almost assuredly Ellsbury’s swan song in Beantown, so you know that the incentive to play for a big contract is there for him.
17. B.J. Upton, Atlanta Braves (20): B.J. is finally going to get to play with his brother Justin this year and that should be one of the more interesting stories to watch in 2013. After spending most of last season in the two-hole for the Rays, B.J. is expected to bat fifth in the Braves’ lineup — a slot which should allow him to reach 90 RBI for the first time in his career. Last year, Upton’s walk rate plummeted, but he managed a career high in dingers. Could a first 30-30 season be coming? Either way, Upton solves a long-term hole in centrefield for the Braves, and brings some superb baserunning skills to the table, to boot. Let’s face it, despite his weak batting average, how many players can swipe as many bases as Upton and still regularly go yard 20 times or more per season?
18. Shin-Soo Choo, Cincinnati Reds (17): Choo was dealt from Cleveland to state rival Cincy this winter, leaving the Indians to sign Nick Swisher to take his place. Choo not only has to adjust to being on the Reds, but also to playing centrefield — a position he’s only played 10 career games at, and none at all since 2009. He had some back issues this spring, but that’s not going to be a problem for Cincy’s new leadoff man. Choo enjoyed a nice recovery last year, staying healthy and hitting a career-best 43 doubles with a career high in runs. His strikeout rate keeps rising, and that’s worrisome, but given the amount of times he gets on base, he’s in line to once again break his personal best in runs (and perhaps shatter it) hitting atop a much more potent lineup. If Choo stays healthy, expect at least 95 runs with his usual assortment of dingers and steals. The 30-year-old Korean seems poised for his best season ever.
19. Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals (69): For Craig’s profile, see our First Base Rankings.
20. Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay Rays (22): Last May when Jennings got hurt, we wondered in a Podcast how the Rays would fare without him. Well, he dealt with another injury this spring (to his ankle), but thankfully has gotten past that. Jennings is the main reason Tampa Bay allowed B.J. Upton to walk, but his patience has been heading in the wrong direction since he arrived in the bigs. Last year, he saw more action than ever and scored tons of runs, but a rising strikeout rate is not a good sign for a leadoff man that has moderate power. Slowly, but surely, Jennings is coming into his own, but he really needs to improve his batting eye to take the next step. For his first full season in the bigs, it was a nice effort, but we think he’s capable of more. Jennings can really pick it in centrefield and we’re looking for him to score at least 90 runs and drive in at least 50 more this season.
21. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants (13): Pence does a little bit of everything, but most importantly, he stays healthy, so by the end of the season you look at this numbers and realize how much he’s quietly helped your Fantasy team. Last year, he was having a sub-par season with the Phillies, experiencing a major decline in his extra-base pop, before getting deal to the Giants, for whom he struggled even more (although he was more productive in San Francisco). Pence set a career high in games and at-bats last year, helping him deliver his first 100-RBI season. He avoided arbitration by signing for $13.8 million to remain the most important outfielder in the City by the Bay. Now, how much will pitcher-friendly AT&T affect his 2013 numbers? Based on what we saw last year, that could be a concern. What would help salvage Pence’s value is if he started running again, as his steals have really dropped off the table the past two seasons. We don’t ever expect to see the 2011 Phillies version of Pence again, but we know he’s better than the 2012 Giants version, right?
22. Michael Bourn, Cleveland Indians (23): In a January Podcast we tried to assess where Bourn would land as a free agent this winter, but few of us expected it to be Cleveland. Sure enough, after a very long wait, he finally landed a gig with the Indians right before Spring Training, penning a deal worth $48 million over four years. Bourn is coming off a career season in Atlanta in which he more or less stayed healthy and flashed developing extra-base pop. Better yet, he took a big step forward with his walk rate offsetting an increase in his strikeout rate. Bourn will take over centrefield in Cleveland and should remain a top-notch source of steals (at least 40 in each of the past five seasons). We’re expecting continued durability, but less production. Still, now that the Indians have a legitimate top-of-the-order threat, they should be somewhat improved offensively.
23. Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers (18): Crawford’s assumed return to health this season spelled the end of Bobby Abreu as a Dodger. Coming off Tommy John surgery, Crawford proved he was in fact healthy this spring, so is in the lineup as the Dodgers’ starting left fielder on Opening Day. Now let’s see if starting fresh in La-La Land is the tonic to get his career back on track after the endless nightmare of his Boston exodus. In his brief action last year, CC flashed better extra-base pop than ever and his usual fine speed. It was a bit too small a sample size to declare a comeback and now that he’s moved from one of the best hitter’s parks in the majors to one of the worst, the odds are stacked against a full recovery. Still, considering how far he’s slipped down the draft boards, Crawford has a chance to be a great bargain this season. If the plate appearances are there, the number will be as well.
24. Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals (21): In mid-July, we wrote about how Gordon had cooled off after his big June and the fact is he continued to wane as the season progressed. Having said that, it’s not that his monthly numbers were bad; they were actually good. It’s just that he was so massive in June, that there was just one way to go. All told, Gordon fell short of his breakout 2011 season last year as his extra-base power dipped and his stolen base prowess also slipped. On the plus side, his batting eye was better and he hit the cover off the ball this spring, perhaps poised to rebound. The Royals’ everyday left fielder needs to bounce back in the power department or else he risks slipping down to a No. 3 outfielder. Remember what a big bust everyone thought Gordon was in his first few seasons after he was such a top prospect? He’s definitely shaken that off the past two seasons and betting for him to continue his play from the hot second half of last year could pay serious dividends.
26. Alex Rios, Chicago White Sox (48): Our 2012 RotoRob Fantasy Comeback Player of the Year, Rios really got his career back on track last year. Unfortunately, back pain has become an issue this spring, causing him to miss a few Spring Training games. There’s no significant damage here, so that’s good news. But the bad news is his tendency to be good one year and then crappy the next and we all know which one is scheduled for 2013. Last year, he stayed healthy, had a career high in dingers and put together his finest season since 2007. Sure, Rios is likely to regress after a career best in wRC+, but even so, he should still go 20-20, and 20-20 dudes don’t grow on trees. He says the back won’t be an issue when the games count, so hopefully Dr. Rios is accurate in that assessment.
27. Josh Willingham, Minnesota Twins (55): As we discussed in late-January when we released our Minnesota Twins 2013 Preview, Willingham enjoyed a career year last season. Does that mean he’ll be a trade candidate this year if the Twins continue to struggle as expected? Let’s hope not considering how much Willingham seems to love Target Field, spanking 21 dingers and hitting .293 at home compared just 14 and .230 on the road last year. He stayed healthy enough to set a career high in games and wound up hitting much better than the previous season, reaching 30 doubles while crushing his previous career best in runs, homers and RBI. Willingham’s BA even bounced back somewhat before a shoulder woe cost him the final couple of games of the season. One of countless former Marlins to make his name elsewhere, he turned in a great wOBA of .380, another career best.
28. Carlos Beltran, St. Louis Cardinals (29): It’s always some kind of health woe or another with Beltran. Last May in a Podcast, we worried about his knee; this spring, it was his toe. On the plus side, he shook of the toe woe (suffered during the WBC) and returned to action before the season started. And let’s not forget his monster first half last year (20 homers, 65 RBI, 50 runs, .296 BA) that turned into an awful second half (12 homers, 32 RBI, 33 runs, .236 BA). Keep that — plus a dip in his walk rate — in mind when considering Beltran this season. He’ll be 36 later this month and is coming off his highest HR/FB rate since 2006. If Beltran can repeat, the Cardinals will be headed back to the playoffs. But if he can’t (more likely), this team may scramble to find enough offense.
29. Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees (9): Hey, at least Granderson had the decency to break his forearm in late-February, giving owners time to find solutions. One of several key Yankees that will begin the season on the DL, he will return to centre field once he’s ready to come back — probably in mid-May or certainly by late-May. Granderson stayed healthy last year, but he was unable to duplicate his huge 2011, as his batting eye deteriorated massively. His steals plummeted and his extra-base pop also dipped somewhat. Granderson has enjoyed back-to-back 40-homer seasons, but it’s hard to imagine his power bouncing back quickly with him coming off a serious arm injury. Lower your expectations accordingly.
30. Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers (14): The PED cloud hanging over Cruz’s head can have an impact on several Rangers, as we discussed in our Top 23 Texas Rangers Prospects column. With the Rangers have four outfielders all capable of being everyday players, they won’t be worried about giving Cruz a day off here and there. Then, of course, there are his chronic hammies, which usually force him onto the DL once or twice annually. Earlier this spring, Cruz dealt with a muscle strain in his chest as his laundry list of injuries just keeps growing. The ironic thing is he actually stayed healthy last year, yet endured his worst season since 2007. He had a career high in at-bats, runs, hits, doubles and ribbies and managed to trim his strikeout rate while upping his walk rate. Unfortunately, Cruz’s BA slipped and his slugging dropped off the table. Let’s hope the experience of helping the Dominicans win the WBC will help him bounce back this year, but with MLB still investigating the BioGenesis situation, Cruz could be facing a suspension at any time. Caveat emptor.
31. Michael Morse, Seattle Mariners (19): Back in a January Podcast we talked about how important it was for Seattle to have Morse to bounce back this year. Well, if Spring Training means anything, it looks like he will, as he absolutely molested the ball in the Cactus League, smoking a Seattle record nine dingers. Morse’s batting eye is awful, yet he consistently flirts with or actually hits .300. Last year, his slugging was down significantly, which really hurts because he has no speed to speak of. Morse needs to stay healthy enough to get around 600 plate appearances this year if Seattle’s offense is going to show life.
32. Ben Revere, Philadelphia Phillies (58): Minnesota’s dispatching of both Revere and Denard Span this winter has thrust Aaron Hicks in the spotlight. In December, Revere was dealt to Philly for pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May. Now Revere is expected to split the leadoff and two-hole slots with Jimmy Rollins and fill the gaping hole in centre field. Last year, Revere took a nice step forward, setting career highs in virtually everything. He scored plenty of runs, improved his overall work at the plate and became a 40-steal man. Revere is still seeking his first career homer after 254 games, and drawing walks isn’t exactly his thang, either. Imagine how many steals and runs he’d have if he could earn free passes. His BABIP was on the high side last year, so don’t be surprised if there’s some BA regression this season. Still, kudos to Phillies GM Ruben Amaro for making a move to make the lineup younger with a 24-year-old centrefielder.
33. Melky Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays (57): When we discussed the Cabrera signing by Toronto in a February Podcast, we didn’t necessarily agree on the wisdom of this move. Which is the real Melky? The middling player before 2011 or the studly one since? It makes him one of the most difficult players to project. For what it’s worth, Cabrera is scorching the ball this spring, so who knows? Maybe he suffer a major post-’roids stat letdown. Last year, Cabrera’s extra-base pop continued to rise before he missed the final third of the season with a PED suspension. He was enjoying his most productive season and also doing a better job on the basepaths. How about a .390 OBP? We think Cabrera will remain productive and while we are still surprised that the Jays signed him, kudos to Toronto for taking plenty of risks this offseason.
34. Norichika Aoki, Milwaukee Brewers (113): Aoki did a very nice job of setting the table in Milwaukee last year. Now the question is will he backslide in his second big league season? Aoki struggled early this spring, but really turned it on towards the end of camp. Keep in mind that he was brought in last year simply because Milwaukee thought Braun would miss 50 games with a PED suspension. Yet Aoki wound up getting way more at-bats than most people expected and he hit very well. He flashed decent power, was pretty productive, made superb contact and swiped plenty of bags. Could he raise that BA over .300 this season? It’s quite possible and, if he does, we’ll be looking at an elite on-base dude.
35. Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers (60): Jackson missed some time last year, as we discussed in a June Podcast, and he’s mostly struggled so far this spring. The 2010 AL ROY runner up, he took a nice step forward last year, flashing much better extra-base pop and reaching .300 for the first time. Jackson’s steals have dipped in back-to-back seasons, but we can see that trend reversing itself this year. At the age of 26, he could easily build on his career year, so if Jackson can avoid health woes this season, expect an even bigger return.
Others to Consider
36. Martin Prado, Atlanta Braves (71): For Prado’s profile, see our Third Base Rankings.
37. Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles (43)
38. Shane Victorino, Boston Red Sox (15)
39. Angel Pagan, San Francisco Giants (62)
40. Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers (30)
41. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles (43 at 3B): Davis is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
42. Nick Swisher, Cleveland Indians (45): Swisher is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
43. Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers (110)
44. Coco Crisp, Oakland Athletics (32)
45. Josh Reddick, Oakland Athletics (102)
46. Ichiro Suzuki, New York Yankees (26)
47. Denard Span, Washington Nationals (49)
48. Corey Hart, Milwaukee Brewers (31): Hart is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
49. Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals (25)
50. Jason Kubel, Arizona Diamondbacks (52)
51. Alejandro De Aza, Chicago White Sox (65)
52. Cameron Maybin, San Diego Padres (39)
53. Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels (22 at 1B): For Trumbo’s profile, see our First Base Rankings.
54. Dayan Viciedo, Chicago White Sox (66)
55. Drew Stubbs, Cleveland Indians (38)
56. Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies (28): Cuddyer is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
57. Torii Hunter, Detroit Tigers (47)
58. Brandon Moss, Oakland Athletics (NR): Moss is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
59. Emilio Bonifacio, Toronto Blue Jays (44)
60. Carlos Quentin, San Diego Padres (46)
61. Brett Gardner, New York Yankees (34)
62. Ryan Ludwick, Cincinnati Reds (108)
63. Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs (51)
64. Dexter Fowler, Colorado Rockies (41)
65. Michael Saunders, Seattle Mariners (NR)
66. Garrett Jones, Pittsburgh Pirates (103): Jones is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
67. Chris Young, Oakland Athletics (35)
68. Juan Pierre, Miami Marlins (104)
69. Domonic Brown, Philadelphia Phillies (NR)
70. Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians (87)
71. Jon Jay, St. Louis Cardinals (109)
72. David Murphy, Texas Rangers (95)
73. Ryan Doumit, Minnesota Twins (24 at C): For Doumit’s profile, see our Catcher Rankings.
74. Leonys Martin, Texas Rangers (NR)
75. Cody Ross, Arizona Diamondbacks (96)
76. Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals (78)
77. Aaron Hicks, Minnesota Twins (NR)
78. Tyler Colvin, Colorado Rockies (132): Colvin is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
79. Justin Maxwell, Houston Astros (NR)
80. Adam Eaton, Arizona Diamondbacks (NR)
81. Colby Rasmus, Toronto Blue Jays (72)
82. Peter Bourjos, Los Angeles Angels (37)
83. Gerardo Parra, Arizona Diamondbacks (117)
84. Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays (NR)
85. Jeff Francoeur, Kansas City Royals (67)
86. Justin Ruggiano, Miami Marlins (NR)
87. Will Venable, San Diego Padres (90)
88. Matt Joyce, Tampa Bay Rays (56)
89. Rajai Davis, Toronto Blue Jays (98)
90. Lucas Duda, New York Mets (63)
91. Raul Ibanez, Seattle Mariners (85)
92. Seth Smith, Oakland Athletics (73)
93. David DeJesus, Chicago Cubs (101)
94. Brennan Boesch, New York Yankees (77)
95. Gregor Blanco, San Francisco Giants (NR)
96. Delmon Young, Philadelphia Phillies (59)
97. Nolan Reimold, Baltimore Orioles (74)
98. Scott Hairston, Chicago Cubs (NR)
99. Nate McLouth, Baltimore Orioles (137)
100. Andres Torres, San Francisco Giants (107)
101. Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates (NR)
102. Logan Morrison, Miami Marlins (36): Morrison also qualifies at First Base.
103. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals (NR): Carpenter is also listed in our First Base and Third Base Rankings.
104. Jonny Gomes, Boston Red Sox (NR)
105. Vernon Wells, New York Yankees (50)
106. Chris Heisey, Cincinnati Reds (93)
107. Oscar Taveras, St. Louis Cardinals (NR)
108. Jackie Bradley, Boston Red Sox (NR)
109. Nate Schierholtz, Chicago Cubs (120)
110. John Mayberry, Jr., Philadelphia Phillies (68): Mayberry is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
111. Fernando Martinez, Houston Astros (NR)
112. Darin Mastroianni, Minnesota Twins (NR)
113. Chris Denorfia, San Diego Padres (136)
114. Craig Gentry, Texas Rangers (124)
115. Jarrod Dyson, Kansas City Royals (144)
116. Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds (NR)
117. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, New York Mets (NR)
118. Juan Rivera, New York Yankees (86): Rivera is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
119. Andy Dirks, Detroit Tigers (145)
120. Jose Tabata, Pittsburgh Pirates (64)
121. Stephen Lombardozzi, Washington Nationals (NR): Lombardozzi is also listed in our Second Base Rankings.
122. Jordany Valdespin, New York Mets (NR)
123. Brett Jackson, Chicago Cubs (NR)
124. Alex Presley, Pittsburgh Pirates (81)
125. J.D. Martinez, Houston Astros (53)
126. Travis Snider, Pittsburgh Pirates (125)
127. Quintin Berry, Detroit Tigers (NR)
128. Mike Carp, Boston Red Sox (100): Carp is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
129. Roger Bernadina, Washington Nationals (116)
130. Avisail Garcia, Detroit Tigers (NR)
131. Tyler Moore, Washington Nationals (NR)
132. Mike Baxter, New York Mets (NR)
133. Franklin Gutierrez, Seattle Mariners (91)
134. Sam Fuld, Tampa Bay Rays (128)
135. Robbie Grossman, Houston Astros (NR)
136. Greg Dobbs, Miami Marlins (59 at 3B): Dobbs is also listed in our Third Base Rankings.
137. Daniel Nava, Boston Red Sox (NR)
138. Christian Yelich, Miami Marlins (NR)
139. Kyle Blanks, San Diego Padres (138)
140. Darin Ruf, Philadelphia Phillies (NR)
141. Anthony Gose, Toronto Blue Jays (NR)
142. Ezequiel Carrera, Cleveland Indians (NR)
143. Steve Pearce, Baltimore Orioles (NR)
144. Tony Gwynn, Jr., Los Angeles Dodgers (127)
145. Jonathan Singleton, Houston Astros (NR)
146. Matt Diaz, New York Yankees (NR)
147. Collin Cowgill, New York Mets (129)
148. Reed Johnson, Atlanta Braves (NR)
149. Marlon Byrd, New York Mets (99)
150. Jason Bay, Seattle Mariners (61)
151. Rick Ankiel, Houston Astros (131)
152. Eric Young, Jr., Colorado Rockies (122)
153. Tony Campana, Arizona Diamondbacks (123)
154. Ben Francisco, New York Yankees (142)
155. Shelley Duncan, Tampa Bay Rays (NR)
156. Jordan Schafer, Atlanta Braves (92)
157. Dewayne Wise, Chicago White Sox (NR)
158. Ryan Sweeney, Boston Red Sox (112)
159. Bobby Abreu, Free agent (82)
Save $1 on The 2013 Fantasy Baseball Guide
Buy the 2013 Fantasy Baseball Guide online, use promo code ROTOROB and save yourself a buck. Do it. Do it now.
RotoRob’s Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast
Crave more in-depth Fantasy analysis? Then join us every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST for RotoRob’s Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast on Blogtalkradio. Tim McLeod and I will entertain and edify you for a half hour or more each week. We’re off this week for to attend the Philadelphia Flyers game, but will return on April 11. Tune in here.