By Michael Seff and RotoRob
Welcome back to our series of 2015 Fantasy baseball positional rankings. While you marvel at Clayton Kershaw’s strikeout exploits, let’s review the top 145 outfielders for the remainder of the 2015 Fantasy baseball season.
Outfield is a vital position given that you start anywhere from three to five players depending on your league, so obviously this is not an area you can ignore. Fortunately, there are tons of juicy options here to help you with whatever your needs are — power, speed or average, and in many cases, a combination of all three.
Some questions facing this position for the remainder of the season as August marches on: is Ryan Braun truly back as an All-Star? Can Nelson Cruz continue to buck the odds and defeat Safeco Field’s power restrictions? Can Jacoby Ellsbury pick up where he left off before getting hurt?
Last year’s rankings are in parentheses.
1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (1): The reigning AL MVP continues to put on nightly shows with his glove and bat. Earlier this season, he was walked to load up the bases with no outs so the opposing team could get to Albert Pujols. Just think about that for a moment.
2. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals (7): What Harper has done so far this season has him making his case as the best hitter in the game or at least the most popular star. Through the first two months, he pretty much led the majors in everything.
3. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates (3): McCutchen’s power was down early on, but we didn’t worry too much. This is a top five player, and soon enough the cream rose the to the top and his extra-base pop began to show up more often. Just look at his slugging by month after April. And defense? Wow. Take a look at the video below to watch Cutch catch ‘em.
4. J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers (NR): Martinez has put in the work to improve his mechanics and make himself a better hitter. The results are starting to show themselves as he enjoyed a superb June and then an even better July.
5. Carlos Gomez, Houston Astros (8): Gomez was beaned early on this year, but shook it off and it was nice to see him show some great sportsmanship about the incident.
6. A.J. Pollock, Arizona Diamondbacks (92): The D-Backs’ first rounder in 2009 is proving last season was no fluke. Pollock is just entering his prime and, man, can he ever hit.
7. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers (5): Braun has bounced back this year and is on pace for his most runs since 2012.
8. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles (4): Jones is enjoying a better season, but early on it looked like he was headed for a career year. An ugly May and an even uglier August (so far) has stalled his pace.
9. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays (14): Bautista’s power has been in decline for several years, yet he remains one of the safest hitters to own in the game. He’s capable of driving in so many runs in the Toronto lineup.
10. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies (2): Acquired by the Rockies in the Matt Holliday deal in 2008, 29-year-old Venezuelan Gonzalez experienced a major drop in his extra-base power last year, and he started even worse this season, slugging just .347 in April and .318 in May. However, he’s regained his pop since then, slugging by month .548 in June, .841 in July and .714 so far in August. CarGo is back, baby.
11. Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners (33): Cruz took his AL-leading 40 homers from last year to Seattle to breathe life into the Mariner offense. How’s that working out for him? Pretty freaking awesome; he’s even upped his walk rate.
12. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees (6): Ellsbury’s extra base pop was almost non-existent and his work on the basepaths had suffered before he hurt his knee. He’s back now, but Year Two of his ill-advised massive deal is not going as well as the first season — which wasn’t a great year, either.
13. Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals (85): Cain ended the first half hot, going 8-for-16 with two homers, six RBI and a steal over the last four games before the break to cap a tremendous first half. He’s really improved his batting eye and is finally consolidating all the skills he previously flashed.
14. Brett Gardner, New York Yankees (41): Notwithstanding his ongoing struggles against David Price, Gardner is enjoying a career year. He could flirt with 20 homers, 25 steals, and his highest full-season BA ever.
15. Justin Upton, San Diego Padres (18): The durable Upton is headed for a fifth straight season of at least 550 at-bats, he’s improved his contact rates and has reached double-digit steals for the first time since 2012 (going nearly perfect on the basepaths). Unfortunately, after a great start, his BA has plummeted, taking him off his career year trajectory.
16. Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates (28): Marte was as hot as anyone in the game in July as he enjoys his most productive season yet.
17. Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox (2 at SS): For Ramirez’s profile, see our Shortstop Rankings.
18. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers (11): Puig is a superb batsman, although his BA has slipped in each season since his rookie effort. Still, through almost 1,200 career at-bats, he’s a .294 hitter.
19. Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets (22): Cespedes made better contact last year, and while he’s stayed healthy so far this season, he wasn’t nearly as productive as a Tiger, and since getting dealt to the Mets, the early returns are not promising, either.
20. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies (105): Blackmon has turned into a serious offensive instigator for the Rox. He’s been very durable this year, putting him on pace for a career best in runs.
Others to Consider
21. Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox (NR): Betts is not a big man, but he’s capable of delivering better than average power with his level, compact swing. Throw in his superior basestealing skills and you’ve got a future All-Star here.
22. Jason Heyward, St. Louis Cardinals (15)
23. Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds (29): With 100 career steals through 219 games, Hamilton is the third fastest to reach the century mark in baseball history.
24. Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles Angels (44)
25. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants (16)
26. Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers (NR): Pederson’s power explosion earned him a spot in the Home Run Derby, and while plenty of flaws have shown in his game during his rookie campaign, you can’t argue with 20 dingers at the break. Unfortunately, he’s done next to nothing since.
27. Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians (75): After smacking a career-high 20 homers last year, it seems that some of Brantley’s dingers are turning into doubles, but he remains highly productive and on pace for another 90-RBI campaign.
28. Matt Kemp, San Diego Padres (19): The Dodgers finally dealt away Kemp this winter to clear room for prospect Joc Pederson, and so far, they can’t really regret the move as Kemp’s extra-base pop has really regressed.
29. Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks (21): For Trumbo’s profile, see our First Base Rankings.
30. Jorge Soler, Chicago Cubs (NR)
31. Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds (10)
32. Melky Cabrera, Chicago White Sox (95)
33. Cameron Maybin, Atlanta Braves (106)
34. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins (9): Stanton got off to a quick start before slowing in May, but he was still bashing those long balls up until a broken wrist in late-June.
35. Christian Yelich, Miami Marlins (61)
36. George Springer, Houston Astros (110): A graduate of our 2014 Top Prospects rankings, Springer has seen his extra-base pop wane this year, but we’re bullish for a big second half — assuming his wrist injury heals soon.
37. Billy Burns, Oakland Athletics (NR)
38. Brandon Moss, St. Louis Cardinals (49): Moss is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
39. Randal Grichuk, St. Louis Cardinals (NR)
40. Ben Zobrist, Kansas City Royals (68): For Zobrist’s profile, see our Second Base Rankings. He is also listed in our Shortstop Rankings.
41. Avisail Garcia, Chicago White Sox (65)
42. Marlon Byrd, Cincinnati Reds (83)
43. Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers (13)
44. Adam Eaton, Chicago White Sox (58)
45. Yasmany Tomas, Arizona Diamondbacks (NR)
46. Dexter Fowler, Chicago Cubs (46)
47. Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates (114)
48. Rusney Castillo, Boston Red Sox (NR)
49. Josh Reddick, Oakland Athletics (63)
50. Kevin Pillar, Toronto Blue Jays (NR)
51. Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves (45)
52. Gerardo Parra, Baltimore Orioles (84)
53. Delino DeShields, Texas Rangers (NR)
54. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals (NR) For Zimmerman’s profile, see our Third Base Rankings. He also qualifies at First Base.
55. Khris Davis, Milwaukee Brewers (40)
56. Angel Pagan, San Francisco Giants (81)
57. Aaron Hicks, Minnesota Twins (101)
58. Brock Holt, Boston Red Sox (NR): Holt is also listed in our Third Base Rankings. He also qualifies at second base.
59. Ben Revere, Toronto Blue Jays (52)
60. Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers (25)
61. Austin Jackson, Seattle Mariners (50)
62. Curtis Granderson, New York Mets (32)
63. Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay Rays (NR)
64. Eddie Rosario, Minnesota Twins (NR)
65. Michael Cuddyer, New York Mets (36)
66. Torii Hunter, Minnesota Twins (56)
67. Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals (26)
68. Alex Rios, Kansas City Royals (12)
69. Ender Inciarte, Arizona Diamondbacks (NR)
70. Michael Morse, Pittsburgh Pirates (57): Morse is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
71. David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks (NR)
72. Domonic Brown, Philadelphia Phillies (35)
73. Anthony Gose, Detroit Tigers (146)
74. Michael Taylor, Washington Nationals (NR)
75. Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers (73)
76. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals (20)
77. Brandon Guyer, Tampa Bay Rays (NR)
78. Preston Tucker, Houston Astros (NR)
79. Stephen Piscotty, St. Louis Cardinals (NR)
80. Steve Pearce, Baltimore Orioles (NR): Pearce is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
81. Rajai Davis, Detroit Tigers (53)
82. Kelly Johnson, New York Mets (72): Johnson is also listed in our Third Base Rankings and also qualifies at First Base.
83. Michael Bourn, Atlanta Braves (51)
84. Michael Conforto, New York Mets (NR)
85. Chris Colabello, Toronto Blue Jays (NR): Colabello also qualifies at First Base.
86. Dustin Ackley, New York Yankees (120)
87. Colby Rasmus, Houston Astros (60)
88. Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers (54)
89. Gregor Blanco, San Francisco Giants (133)
90. Jake Marisnick, Houston Astros (138)
91. Joey Butler, Tampa Bay Rays (NR): Butler is also listed in our Designated Hitter Rankings as he had yet to qualify at a position at the time.
92. Nori Aoki, San Francisco Giants (43)
93. Jarrod Dyson, Kansas City Royals (119)
94. Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates (NR): Harrison is also listed in our Third Base Rankings.
95. Ichiro Suzuki, Miami Marlins (112)
96. Wil Myers, San Diego Padres (17)
97. Carlos Beltran, New York Yankees (23)
98. Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals (24)
99. Odubel Herrera, Philadelphia Phillies (NR)
100. David DeJesus, Los Angeles Angels (131)
101. Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins (NR)
102. Shane Victorino, Los Angeles Angels (30)
103. Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red Sox (123)
104. Chris Young, New York Yankees (80)
105. Alejandro De Aza, Boston Red Sox (59)
106. Chris Coghlan, Chicago Cubs (NR)
107. Juan Lagares, New York Mets (NR)
108. Seth Smith, Seattle Mariners (99)
109. Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay Rays (38)
110. David Murphy, Los Angeles Angeles (102)
111. Grady Sizemore, Tampa Bay Rays (93)
112. Mark Canha, Oakland Athletics (NR): Canha is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
113. Danny Valencia, Oakland Athletics (6 at DH): Valencia is also listed in our Third Base Rankings. He also qualifies at First Base.
114. Leonys Martin, Texas Rangers (34)
115. Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins (111)
116. Cody Asche, Philadelphia Phillies (29 at 3B): Also listed in our Third Base Rankings.
117. Danny Santana, Minnesota Twins (NR): For Santana’s profile, see our Shortstop Rankings.
118. Alex Guerrero, Los Angeles Dodgers (26 at 2B)
119. Ryan Raburn, Cleveland Indians (134)
120. Will Venable, San Diego Padres (42)
121. Matt Joyce, Los Angeles Angels (91)
122. Jonny Gomes, Atlanta Braves (97)
123. Mike Aviles, Cleveland Indians (32 at 3B): Aviles is also listed in our Third Base and Second Base Rankings. He also qualifies at Shortstop.
124. Peter Bourjos, St. Louis Cardinals (77)
125. Alexi Amarista, San Diego Padres (49 at 2B): Amarista is also listed in our Third Base, Shortstop and Second Base Rankings.
126. Justin Maxwell, San Francisco Giants (NR)
127. Scott Van Slyke, Los Angeles Dodgers (NR): Van Slyke is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
128. Sam Fuld, Oakland Athletics (NR)
129. Ryan Rua, Texas Rangers (NR)
130. Emilio Bonifacio, Chicago White Sox (108): Bonifacio is also listed in our Second Base Rankings.
131. Oswaldo Arcia, Minnesota Twins (47)
132. Melvin Upton Jr., San Diego Padres (70)
133. Drew Stubbs, Colorado Rockies (89)
134. Jose Tabata, Los Angeles Dodgers (115)
135. L.J. Hoes, Houston Astros (122)
136. Chris Denorfia, Chicago Cubs (140)
137. Andrew Lambo, Pittsburgh Pirates (141)
138. Denard Span, Washington Nationals (74)
139. Steven Souza Jr., Tampa Bay Rays (NR)
140. Daniel Nava, Tampa Bay Rays (67)
141. Domingo Santana, Milwaukee Brewers (NR)
142. Arismendy Alcantara, Chicago Cubs (NR): Alcantara is also listed in our Second Base Rankings.
143. Brandon Barnes, Colorado Rockies (NR)
144. Craig Gentry, Oakland Athletics (127)
145. Dayan Viciedo, Chicago White Sox (82)
Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who is too high, too low or missing.
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