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2014 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: Outfield Rankings

March 28, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments (3)
Michael Bourn has a hamstring issue for the Cleveland Indians.
Michael Bourn will start the season on the DL.

By Josh Johnson, Jake Watroba, RotoRob and Tim McLeod

The 2014 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit is back today with another cheat sheet. So while you Nelson Cruz owners breathe a sigh of relief, let’s examine the top 149 outfielders in Fantasy baseball for 2014.

The outfield landscape has changed somewhat this year, and while it was perfectly okay to wait to fill this position in previous years, this season you better jump in fairly quickly or you could be in trouble.

In recent mock drafts, we have seen 12 outfielders go out of the top 30 picks and as many as 17 of the top 48. So they go fast and once you get through that wave of the top 15 or 20, things fall off very quickly, and you find yourself picking from the group of outfielders that have question marks attached to them.

Around rounds 13 to 15, the risky names like Michael Bourn, B.J. Upton, George Springer and Adam Eaton start jumping off the board. The mid rounds are filled with somewhat speculative picks.

The bottom line here is that outfield is an area of concern in 15-team leagues, so you better be on the ball and move quick or you’ll be left with some questionable or one-dimensional flyhawks.

Interested in Billy Hamilton? You better be ready to jump in around Round Six. Other young outfielders gaining recently include Kole Calhoun and Oswaldo Arcia. — RR

Last year’s rankings are in parentheses.

1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (2): An honourable mention as the 2013 RotoRob MLB Fantasy Stud of the Year, there’s not much to say about Trout that hasn’t already been said. Many believe he’s the best player in baseball, even above Miguel Cabrera, and it’s likely a debate that will remain fresh for several years to come. Trout is raking again this spring, and if you are lucky enough to land him, it’s a hell of a fun ride. So let’s see what he did last year. Oh, a career high 190 hits despite the fact that he dramatically upped his walk rate. Just 22, Trout deserves to be the face of the game for the next decade and change. Now just imagine how good the Angels will be if Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton remember who the hell they are. The Halos get it, and are working on a mega extension to lock Trout up. We love the fact that he reduced his strikeout rate last season and when you think about the idea that he’ll likely be near 100 homers and well over 100 steals for his career by the end of the season and start to project forward… well, it can be dizzying. Yup, he’s good. And just think — only five years ago, Trout was still terrorizing pitchers in high school (see video below). — RR

2. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies (5): If not for injuries, CarGo looked to be on pace for year similar to 2010 when he finished third in the NL MVP race. Injuries have always seemed to plague Gonzalez since being traded to the Rockies in 2008. During his tenure with Colorado, he has only managed to play in over 140 games once (2010) which isn’t very good when you consider you’ll likely have to use a first or second round pick on him. Gonzalez possesses all the talent in the world. He has the ability to hit for a high average, hit for power, steal a fair amount of bases, and drive in a ton of runs. Gonzalez is entering the prime of his career. He’s a 30-30 candidate… if he’s able to stay healthy. — JW

3. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates (4): McCutchen has turned the corner into the kingdom of elite players. Yet, when you Google search his name Andrew Bynum is the first Andrew that comes up and Andrew McCarthy is the first Andrew M that comes up. Still, we trust you all know Cutch and know that his value is sky high. He is a five-tool player for the ages, capturing his first MVP in 2013 (which is crazy considering his overall numbers in 2012 were better). Still, McCutchen is an annual 20-20 producer and 30-30 is never out of reach. His career BA of .296 is somewhat thwarted by his immature .259 average in 2011. McCutchen’s career OBP of .380 and his career SLG of .489 are reflective of his true value, although those numbers have been higher during the last two seasons as he matures. Power, speed and average is what you will get when draft you Cutch. You will have to pull the trigger early but that’s okay because he always plays over 150 games. — JJ

4. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles (13): Proving that 2012 was no fluke, Jones backed it up with arguably even better numbers last year. His slash lines in 2012 and 2013 were nearly identical, but he was able to hit more home runs and drive in more runs in 2013. What goes unnoticed about Jones is the fact that he’s always in the lineup. Since 2010, he’s played at least 145 games every season. Jones appears to have finally come into his own over the last two seasons. He may always be a low OBP guy as he’s a free-swinger, but he’s proving that he can be a decent average hitter, hit 30+ bombs, score 100 runs, and drive in 80-to-100 runs a year. — JW

5. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers (1): A 65-game PED-related suspension wiped out most of the second half for Braun last year, leaving the Brewer offense searching for answers. He’s back this spring, and looking to atone for a very forgettable 2013. Braun wasted no time getting into a groove this spring, starting out 6-for-7 with two homers, one double and two walks. He’s switching to RF this year and it will be interesting to see if that adjustment affects his work at the plate at all, but really this entire season will likely tell us a lot about Braun. He had enjoyed a storied career up until last year; can he wipe that aside and get back on track? The suspension and some injury issues limited Braun to his lowest at-bat count ever, causing his runs to plummet. It even seemed to affect his work on the basepaths, which was massively substandard. While Braun’s OPS wasn’t awful at 870, it was 116 points lower than it had been in 2012. Overall, he had his lowest WAR since his rookie season while his extra-base pop declined to its lowest level since 2010. Suddenly, Braun is a high risk/high reward Fantasy option. — RR

6. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees (16): Ellsbury, combined with Brian McCann and to a lesser extent some of their other new bats, is really being counted on to turn around what was a rather anaemic Yankee offense last year. New York’s new lead-off hitter and centre fielder, Ellsbury bagged a seven-year, $153-million deal, but can he stay healthy enough to provide a return on this rather substantial investment? We don’t foresee another 30-30 season in his future, but last year his OBP bounced back — and that’s really the key to his game. Combined with Carlos Beltran’s deal and Brett Gardner’s extension, the Yanks spent a crapload of money on their outfield this offseason. Now let’s see if that can drive them back to the postseason in 2014. How much will Boston miss Ellsbury, its offensive instigator? This move alone could swing the pendulum in the ever competitive AL East. Ellsbury’s strikeout rate rose last year, and that’s something that needs to be monitored to ensure it’s not a trend. This contract has a real chance to be a serious albatross for the Yankees, but that’s something we may not see come into play for another four or five years. — RR

7. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals (8): As of October, Bryce “Bam-Bam” Harper can legally consume adult beverages. He is so young and so ripped (we meant built, not drunk… as far as we know). Harper already has put up back-to-back 20-homer seasons and he is a two-time All-Star. Who knows what he’ll be able to accomplish throughout his career? Like most youngsters, Harper plays with passion and sometimes that has literally hurt him… just ask his face. What sets him apart is his already solid K rate (19.6 per cent, while the league average is 19.8 per cent during his career). That’s right, even as a power hitter, this kid is already making contact like the average Major Leaguer. Now can you imagine his future. As for 2014, we believe 25-to-30 homers with a batting line of .290/.370/.500 are more than reachable. That’s assuming his intense play doesn’t land him on the DL. #thenextMickeyMantle — JJ

8. Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers (43): There are quiet leaders that approach the plate like silent assassins and then there’s Gomez. He is cocky, brash, extremely mouthy and we could go on and on. Gomez has always had that attitude ever since he was a Mets farmhand. Even Jose Reyes gushed about his speed. We were always kind of amused by Gomez because he carried himself unlike an other part-time player. Then, he arrived in Milwaukee and he seized the opportunity with his glove first. Once he was knighted as the Brewers centre fielder he exploded. Last year Gomez was a statistical beast. His 24 homers and 40 steals would make any Fantasy owner drool, not to mention his .284/.338/.506 line. Gomez is in the prime of his career, so draft him with confidence as high as you’d like. — JJ

9. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins (6): There are few players in baseball lore that destroy baseballs like Stanton does. Shades of Harmon Killebrew and Dave Winfield come alive in Stanton’s whip of a swing. He is as legitimate of a power hitter as the game has seen in quite some time. Stanton’s career strikeout rate is 28.6 per cent, which could be alarming considering the league average during his career is 19.2 per cent. However, we are not put off by the Ks as we understand what a player must sacrifice to hit with such power. We believe Stanton’s biggest weakness is the team around him. He stands a realistic chance of joining Jeromy Burnitz, Jay Buhner and Reggie Sanders as the only players to hit 300 homers with less than 1,000 RBI. If Stanton gets out of Miami this very special player could turn into a dominate force. Draft him as a source of power, then you can focus on the other categories. — JJ

10. Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds (11): In early April, Bruce will turn that magical baseball age of 27. If that doesn’t excite you, consider his 162-game average over his six-year career: 32 homers, 95 RBI with a .257/.330/.482 slash line. While you’d like the BA to be higher, you would certainly be happy with 30 homers regardless. Can you expect career high numbers from Bruce this season? We say yes. Bruce has had three straight 30-homer, 90-RBI seasons. With Hamilton stealing third and Joey Votto working walks in front of Bruce, he could have the most RISP chances in the league. With such a vast quantity of RBI opportunities, Bruce could work his way into the MVP discussion. — JJ

11. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers (NR): Can we boldly suggest that Puig may fall flat on his face? It is clear that he can get in his own way. Somebody should tell him he has made it to the bigs and maybe he will settle down. Puig is a powerful man who plays the game at full throttle. We view his style as one that could lead to a variety of injuries. What we do like about Puig is his raw power. He is so powerful, in fact, that with some of the homers he hit, he didn’t even get a solid piece of the ball. Last season, Puig crushed 19 homers and swiped 11 bases while hitting .319/.391/.534. Like most rookies or power hitters, Puig did strike out a lot. His RISP numbers are very interesting considering his BA was .234 and OBP was .374, the BA is slightly concerning but the OBP is a surprising sign of maturity. We believe on paper Puig could have a very good year but we don’t think he will hit .300 again. He will fall into the typical right-fielder mold as a .280 hitter that blasts 20-to-30 homers. Draft him for his power and be thankful his youth will allow him to steal 15-to-20 bags. — JJ

12. Alex Rios, Texas Rangers (26): At one time we viewed Franklin Gutierrez as the next Rios. My, how their careers have gone in two completely different directions. What ultimately makes Rios stand alone is the fact he can stay healthy for 140 plus games every season. He still seems to be an underrated source of power and speed. But let’s face it — not too many players average 18 homers and 25 stolen bases per 162 games. Ellsbury may be an enticing and sexy pick but he is also a high injury risk. Rios will be part of a revamped Ranger lineup that added Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo. Those new weapons only make Rios stronger in our eyes. — JJ

13. Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers (18): Choo-Choo choosing to sign with the Rangers should make prospective owners salivate. His .389 career OBP mixed with the bats of Fielder, Adrian Beltre and Rios should translate into more than his fair share of runs scored this season. Choo does more than just get on base at a high rate. He also has displayed the ability to hit for a decent average with decent power. When you factor in that he’ll be playing half his games in one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the AL, Choo should see an increase in his power numbers. Oh yeah, did we mention this guy can swipe some bags? Four times in his career, Choo has stole 20 or more bases, which makes him an excellent power/speed guy. — JW

14. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays (7): Another year, another injury. This seems to be the recurring trend with Bautista as his season was cut short by a season-ending injury for the second consecutive year. Regardless, he is worth the pick as he still can provide your team some major power numbers. Bautista may not threaten for the batting title, but he hits for a high enough average that he won’t kill your team. What goes unnoticed when evaluating him is his on-base percentage. Joey Bats’ career mark of .361 is over 100 points higher than his career BA of .254. Rogers Centre, mixed with a few other hitter-friendly parks in the AL East, makes Bautista a risk worth taking. — JW

15. Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves (12): At the ripe age of 22, Heyward blasted 27 homers, drove in 82 runs and swiped 21 bases. So basically, Atlanta was his for the taking. Surely if he could already produce those numbers, a 40-40 season was coming next. Unfortunately, the injury bug got him good. An appendectomy and a fastball to the face cost him nearly 60 games last year and in doing so his rhythm was never established. This August, the J-Hey-Kid will turn a quarter century and while we have come to realize injuries do happen, his future is still of the peaking variety. He is a career .232/.312/.377 hitter against LHP. That is concerning but as he approaches that magical age of 27, we must remind you he now has over 2,170 career plate appearances. All signs still point up for Heyward. He is not a rookie anymore and some people may be down on him, so here’s your chance. — JJ

16. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants (21): His teammates call him Captain Underpants (we don’t want to know either). Anyhow, Captain UnderPence will turn 31 in early April. We are not ageists when it come to Pence, though. We love his body-contorting ugly swing and here’s why: He always plays in at least 150 games, he always sprays 20 long balls and he never wears two batting gloves. Until those things stop we will always trust and invest in Pence. He is not a Top Five player at his position but he is Fantasy commodity. Pence understands how to hit both LHP and RHP and he does so on a nearly equal plain. Last season he defied odds and through pure baseball grit he stole 22 bags. We are not saying he will do that again but we are setting the over/under at a dozen. — JJ

17. Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays (84): Myers is young and talented, but don’t expect the moon from him just yet. As a rookie, he hit 13 homers with 53 RBI (.298/.354/.478) in 373 plate appearances. Many think Myers could double those power numbers with a full season of plate appearances, and while we love this kid, we are not convinced of that. We feel because Myers didn’t skyrocket through the minors, he will probably need at least 1,000 at-bats before he can be a 20-homer/.300 BA guy. He did punk lefty starters to tune of .339/.426/.476 and he also hit LHP/RHP pitching the same overall. Myers is currently going between rounds seven and 11. If you’re in a keeper league, we know the dilemma you face, and understand the implications. You may have to reach for Myers earlier than you want to enjoy his prime years. — JJ

18. Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves (10): There is one key thing you need to remember about Upton this year, and that’s his age (26). He has accomplished so much already and it’s very possible the best is yet to come. Upton is a durable player that has played in at least 149 games in each of the last three seasons. He did definitely hit a wall last season, his first in Atlanta. After hitting 12 of his 27 homers in March/April, he hit just four in May, June and July combined. He also disappointed us dearly with a .243 mark with RISP. However, with youth on his side, Upton can still change all of that. Last season, he did better in the two-hole (.301/.384/.538) compared to .254/.346/.450 in the three-hole. We would suggest that the Braves move Freddie Freeman to the three-hole and have Upton bat clean-up. Unfortunately, that’s not our call, but what we can affect is Upton’s ADP and we would take him between rounds seven and 10. NL-only junkies will salivate and reach for him about round three. — JJ

19. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers (3): Over the course of the last two years it seems like Kemp has suffered more injuries than entire teams in some cases. We all know what he can do, or we should say did? In 2011, Kemp clubbed 39 homers with 126 RBI and he stole 40 bases. In the two years that followed he hit 29 homers, 102 RBI and 18 stolen bases — combined. What is encouraging is that he has a slew of talent around him that should drive his quest to full health. Kemp can and will contribute but you must realize his leash will short. “Donnie Baseball” will not hesitate to rest his star whenever possible. Please take note (seriously, mark our words by writing this down) that Kemp will not steal more than 15 bags. That is somewhat bad news. The good news is that we see him digging his back foot deep into the dirt (a la his hitting coach Mark McGwire) and finding his true powerful self. With good health 30 homers is a very achievable goal for Kemp. He is being nabbed after prayers are said and the first beer is finished, between rounds four and six. We feel round five is worthy of his high reward potential. — JJ

20. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals (15): Holliday may be 34 and “past his prime,” but his 20-plus homers and 90-plus RBI in each of the last two seasons make him a Fantasy stalwart. He is just a legitimate weapon time and time again. Holliday’s career 162 game averages are insanely satisfying (28 homers, 109 RBI, .311/.387/.531). Unless he is stricken with some catastrophic injury, he’ll produce up to standard. Holliday’s career AB/RBI average is 5.6 thanks to an under 6 AB average in his 30s. Holliday has slapped at least 30 doubles in every seasons he has been in majors, except a meagre 24 in 2005. He is a career .300 hitter with RISP. Rounds six to eight is where you should take the reliable Holliday. — JJ

21. Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks (53): For Trumbo’s profile, see our First Base Rankings.

22. Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics (14): In many respects, this Cuban defector (who is still in need of solid nickname — “El Talento” isn’t bad, but we need something catchier) is a very average ball player. We all love a good import and who doesn’t love and respect one that defects? However, sometimes we get enamoured by the novelty of an import before they themselves secure the nut on the end of the bolt. Cespedes has legitimate power and sure he has flashed some speed, too. But, if you think that speed will continue you don’t understand how the average ball player ages. Cespedes does have plenty of power left though and we feel 20-to-25 homers should suffice his round eight to 12 mixed league ADP. AL-only managers will need to nab him much earlier and to that we say “good luck.” — JJ

23. Carlos Beltran, New York Yankees (28): Thanks to the Ellsbury and Beltran signings, the Yankees have five veteran outfielders. Now, it’s easy to slot one in at DH but then what? Our point here is that Beltran, who should start in right field, certainly isn’t a lock to receive everyday at-bats. But, he could very likely still produce better than half of the corner fielders in the game. Beltran is an annual 20-homer guy and with those short porches in right fields in New York and Boston, he could hit 20 homers just batting left handed. Last season, he thumped 17 homers as a lefty and slugged .509 with a .337 BABIP. So even if Beltran receives under 500 plate appearances, he could out-produce guys like Michael Brantley, Nick Markakis, Josh Reddick and Josh Willingham (hence his ranking here above them all). Feel comfortable snatching Beltran up after round nine in mixed leagues and after six in AL-only formats. — JJ

24. Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals (24): Remember when Gordon was shredding minor league pitching and scouts were screaming about him being the next George Brett? Okay, we barely remember it, either. Be careful what you project. Gordon has managed 20 homers and 80 RBI twice in the last three years. Can he do that again in 2014 is the question. It does seem to us that Gordon has figured some things out. He lost 30 BA points from 2012 to 2013, and that seems like a red flag, but the fact is, he was pretty fortunate in 2012 and a tad unlucky last year. If Gordon handles things maturely he can lead this young team to a division title. He is not a top 10 (or even top 20) outfielder but he is a very serviceable Fantasy player. — JJ

25. Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels (9): Hamilton’s career has seen many peaks and valleys. He never seems to put two or three solid years together. Hamilton is currently in Year Two of a five-year, $133-million contract, but he sure didn’t perform to that dollar amount last season, posting just 21 homers and 79 RBI with a .250/.307/.432 slash line. Those numbers are far from MVP calibre, but it’s not likely Hamilton will regress any further. He already lost two weeks of Spring Training to a calf strain, but hopefully that was just precautionary. While we think Hambone could be a sneaky Fantasy play this season, we plead with you not to reach for him too soon. — JJ

26. Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals (49): Werth dazzled many by hitting a career high .318 last year. The 34-year also added 25 homers, 82 RBI and 10 swipes in a massive resurgent year. Finally, his critics could be silent for a short while. Many have been hypercritical of Werth since he signed a seven-year $126-million deal (although it’s not his fault Washington was moronic). Once again this year, Werth will be in the middle of talented and improving lineup and he’ll act as the old guy that will lead by example. Last season, he averaged an RBI every 5.6 at-bats. He also hit .292 with RISP, and over .300 against both lefties and righties. We don’t see him flirting with .320 again, but .300 is very possible and the power numbers should be strong for a corner outfielder. — JJ

27. Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals (19): For Craig’s profile, see our First Base Rankings.

28. Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates (101): This youngster has 20 homers/40+ steals written all over him. Marte is one the brightest young stars in the game but he is no Trout or Harper. Also because he plays in Pittsburgh with McCutchen, he would have to be ultra sensational to get top billing. After playing just 47 games in 2012, Marte was asked to hit leadoff for the Pirates last year. He hit 12 homers and swiped 41 bags while hitting .280/.343/.441 for a playoff-bound club. Marte also struck out 138 times, which signifies an aggressive nature at the plate. He will want to improve on his total of 25 walks if want stay at leadoff. Marte is only 25 years old and though he has a lot to learn, he has already accomplished plenty. — JJ

29. Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds (116): We feel the need to cautiously warn you about falling in love with speed only guys. However, drafting Hamilton in a Roto league could almost ensure you win the stolen base category. Not since the heyday of the great Ricky Henderson has a player been projected to be so devastating on the base paths. Hamilton could realistically steal 75 bags. We are not guaranteeing that, but we wouldn’t bet against him. Also don’t forget he could score a few runs hitting in front of guys like Bruce and Votto. — JJ

30. Shane Victorino, Boston Red Sox (38): The Flyin’ Hawaiian reinstalled some faith in his game last season. He has always been a double-digit power and speed guy, but injuries have limited him in recent years. Leave it to Boston to squeeze the last ounces of production out of him. Last year the switch hitter posted a slash line of .294/.351/.451 in 124 games for Beantown. Now, with Ellsbury out of the picture, Victorino should start 140 games given his brittle but only 33-year-old frame can hold up. Last season, Victorino hit in the two-hole for 107 games. We see him staying there and possibly hitting 12-to-15 homers with 20 swipes. — JJ

31. Alfonso Soriano, New York Yankees (63): Old man Soriano continues hit for power… or should we say golf for power? Given his prowess for hitting the long-ball, his Fantasy value has remained temperate. When you draft Soriano you accept his declining BA because 20 homers and 80 RBI are almost a given. As we have said before, BA isn’t everything especially considering his 2013 OBP was .325 and he slugged .525. So what if Soriano strike outs 21.2 per cent of the time? The trade off is that his career AB/RBI ratio is 6.6 and last year that rate was 4.4 after he came to New York. — JJ

Others to Consider

32. Curtis Granderson, New York Mets (29)
33. Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles (30)
34. Leonys Martin, Texas Rangers (74)
35. Domonic Brown, Philadelphia Phillies (69)
36. Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies (56)
37. Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks (36): For Prado’s profile, see our Second Base Rankings. He is also listed in our Third Base Rankings.
38. Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay Rays (20)
39. Coco Crisp, Oakland Athletics (44)
40. Khris Davis, Milwaukee Brewers (NR)
41. Brett Gardner, New York Yankees (61)
42. Will Venable, San Diego Padres (87)
43. Norichika Aoki, Kansas City Royals (34)
44. Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles Angels (NR)
45. Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles (37)
46. Dexter Fowler, Houston Astros (64)
47. Oswaldo Arcia, Minnesota Twins (NR)
48. Nick Swisher, Cleveland Indians (42): For Swisher’s profile, see our First Base Rankings.
49. Brandon Moss, Oakland Athletics (58): Moss is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
50. Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers (35)
51. Michael Bourn, Cleveland Indians (22)
52. Ben Revere, Philadelphia Phillies (32)
53. Rajai Davis, Detroit Tigers (89)
54. Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers (23)
55. Eric Young Jr., New York Mets (152)
56. Torii Hunter, Detroit Tigers (57)
57. Michael Morse, San Francisco Giants (31)
58. Adam Eaton, Chicago White Sox (80)
59. Alejandro De Aza, Chicago White Sox (51)
60. Colby Rasmus, Toronto Blue Jays (81)
61. Christian Yelich, Miami Marlins (138)
62. Evan Gattis, Atlanta Braves (NR): For Gattis’ profile, see our Catcher Rankings.
63. Josh Reddick, Oakland Athletics (45)
64. Corey Hart, Seattle Mariners (48): Hart is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
65. Avisail Garcia, Chicago White Sox (130)
66. Chris Carter, Houston Astros (45 at 1B): Carter is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
67. Daniel Nava, Boston Red Sox (137)
68. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays (25): For Zobrist’s profile, see our Second Base Rankings. He is also listed in our Shortstop Rankings.
69. Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers (NR): Castellanos will be playing third base this season, but will only be Outfield eligible to begin season. For his profile, see our Third Base Rankings.
70. B.J. Upton, Atlanta Braves (17)
71. Josh Willingham, Minnesota Twins (27)
72. Kelly Johnson, New York Yankees (16 at 2B): Johnson is also listed in our Second Base Rankings.
73. Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers (40)
74. Denard Span, Washington Nationals (47)
75. Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians (70)
76. Garrett Jones, Miami Marlins (66): Jones is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
77. Peter Bourjos, St. Louis Cardinals (82)
78. Carlos Quentin, San Diego Padres (60)
79. Junior Lake, Chicago Cubs (NR)
80. Chris Young, New York Mets (67)
81. Angel Pagan, San Francisco Giants (39)
82. Dayan Viciedo, Chicago White Sox (54)
83. Marlon Byrd, Philadelphia Phillies (149)
84. Gerardo Parra, Arizona Diamondbacks (83)
85. Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals (76)
86. Michael Saunders, Seattle Mariners (65)
87. Ryan Ludwick, Cincinnati Reds (62)
88. Cody Ross, Arizona Diamondbacks (75)
89. Drew Stubbs, Colorado Rockies (55)
90. Robbie Grossman, Houston Astros (135)
91. Matt Joyce, Tampa Bay Rays (88)
92. A.J. Pollock, Arizona Diamondbacks (NR)
93. Grady Sizemore, Boston Red Sox (NR)
94. Raul Ibanez, Los Angeles Angels (91)
95. Melky Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays (33)
96. Abraham Almonte, Seattle Mariners (NR)
97. Jonny Gomes, Boston Red Sox (104)
98. Logan Morrison, Seattle Mariners (102)
99. Seth Smith, San Diego Padres (92)
100. Nate McLouth, Washington Nationals (99)
101. Aaron Hicks, Minnesota Twins (77)
102. David Murphy, Cleveland Indians (72)
103. Corey Dickerson, Colorado Rockies (NR)
104. Oscar Taveras, St. Louis Cardinals (107)
105. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies (NR)
106. Cameron Maybin, San Diego Padres (52)
107. Mike Carp, Boston Red Sox (128): Carp is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
108. Emilio Bonifacio, Chicago Cubs (59): Bonifacio is also listed in our Second Base Rankings.
109. Jon Jay, St. Louis Cardinals (71)
110. George Springer, Houston Astros (NR)
111. Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins (NR)
112. Ichiro Suzuki, New York Yankees (46)
113. Lucas Duda, New York Mets (90): Duda is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
114. Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates (NR)
115. Jose Tabata, Pittsburgh Pirates (120)
116. Travis Snider, Pittsburgh Pirates (126)
117. Ryan Doumit, Atlanta Braves (73): Doumit is also listed in our Catcher Rankings.
118. Chris Heisey, Cincinnati Reds (106)
119. Jarrod Dyson, Kansas City Royals (115)
120. Dustin Ackley, Seattle Mariners (14 at 2B): Ackley is also listed in our Second Base Rankings.
121. Darin Ruf, Philadelphia Phillies (140): Ruf is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
122. L.J. Hoes, Houston Astros (NR)
123. Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red Sox (108)
124. David Lough, Baltimore Orioles (NR)
125. Alex Presley, Houston Astros (124)
126. Justin Ruggiano, Chicago Cubs (86)
127. Craig Gentry, Oakland Athletics (114)
128. Nate Schierholtz, Chicago Cubs (109)
129. Jesus Guzman, Houston Astros (NR): Guzman is also listed in our First Base Rankings.
130. Juan Lagares, New York Mets (NR)
131. David DeJesus, Tampa Bay Rays (93)
132. Nolan Reimold, Baltimore Orioles (97)
133. Gregor Blanco, San Francisco Giants (95)
134. Ryan Raburn, Cleveland Indians (NR)
135. John Mayberry Jr., Philadelphia Phillies (110)
136. Michael Choice, Texas Rangers (NR)
137. Andy Dirks, Detroit Tigers (119)
138. Jake Marisnick, Miami Marlins (NR)
139. Marc Krauss, Houston Astros (NR)
140. Chris Denorfia, San Diego Padres (113)
141. Andrew Lambo, Pittsburgh Pirates (NR)
142. Ryan Sweeney, Chicago Cubs (158)
143. J.B. Shuck, Los Angeles Angels (NR)
144. Jason Kubel, Minnesota Twins (50)
145. Tyler Collins, Detroit Tigers (NR)
146. Anthony Gose, Toronto Blue Jays (141)
147. Collin Cowgill, Los Angeles Angels (147)
148. Don Kelly, Detroit Tigers (NR): Kelly is also listed in our Third Base Rankings.
149. Brian Bogusevic, Miami Marlins (NR)

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who you think should be higher or lower in our rankings.

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