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May Outfielder Rankings

Monday, May 02, 2011


Welcome to the May rankings. Players are ranked based on how much value I believe they'll provide in 5x5 leagues over the rest of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll find a fully updated top 250 list.

Click to see other May rankings:
Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

Outfielders

Falling off: Manny Ramirez (No. 41), Lastings Milledge (No. 94), Scott Podsednik (No. 100), Felix Pie (No. 104), Austin Kearns (No. 110), Brandon Allen (No. 111), Fred Lewis (No. 112), Nolan Reimold (No. 113), Eric Hinske (No. 119)

  • Sizemore is definitely looking like a top-20 outfielder since coming off the disabled list, but I want to see him stay healthy for a while before moving him up that far. He does jump from No. 53 to No. 34 in the rankings.

  • Of the three Royals outfielders exceeding expectations, Gordon is the one I expect will provide lasting value in mixed leagues. He's not going to keep hitting for average like this, but he's the better bet than Francouer in both homers and steals.

  • Coghlan would be higher if not for concern about his shoulder. He's been fantastic, with four homers, 16 RBI, 17 runs scored and two steals in 23 games. However, there's no repairing the damage in his shoulder without surgery and time will tell just how effective cortisone shots will be in masking the pain.

  • I'd like to see the Phillies give Matthews a chance to overtake Ibanez in left field, but it probably won't happen. Odds are that Ibanez will regain his swing before too much longer, but as weak as he is defensively, he might be a worse player than Matthews or Brown even while putting up an 800 OPS.

  • The Carlos Lee ranking is pre-injury fallout. If he lands on the DL following Sunday's collision, he'd drop another 10 to 20 spots.


  • Outfielder Rankings

    RankOutfielderTeamApril
    1 Ryan Braun Brewers 2
    2 Carlos Gonzalez Rockies 1
    3 Matt Kemp Dodgers 4
    4 Carl Crawford Red Sox 3
    5 Matt Holliday Cardinals 5
    6 Jacoby Ellsbury Red Sox 6
    7 Nelson Cruz Rangers 7
    8 Shin-Soo Choo Indians 8
    9 Justin Upton Diamondbacks 11
    10 Andrew McCutchen Pirates 9
    11 Ichiro Suzuki Mariners 13
    12 Hunter Pence Astros 12
    13 Jason Heyward Braves 14
    14 Curtis Granderson Yankees 17
    15 Alex Rios White Sox 15
    16 B.J. Upton Rays 16
    17 Drew Stubbs Reds 32
    18 Josh Hamilton Rangers 10
    19 Andre Ethier Dodgers 26
    20 Shane Victorino Phillies 28
    21 Colby Rasmus Cardinals 27
    22 Rajai Davis Blue Jays 22
    23 Chris Young Diamondbacks 34
    24 Michael Bourn Astros 23
    25 Jayson Werth Nationals 24
    26 Mike Stanton Marlins 30
    27 Nick Markakis Orioles 19
    28 Jay Bruce Reds 25
    29 Juan Pierre White Sox 20
    30 Brett Gardner Yankees 18
    31 Alfonso Soriano Cubs 48
    32 Corey Hart Brewers 36
    33 Jason Bay Mets 37
    34 Grady Sizemore Indians 53
    35 Torii Hunter Angels 33
    36 Jose Tabata Pirates 44
    37 Delmon Young Twins 21
    38 Bobby Abreu Angels 31
    39 Adam Jones Orioles 39
    40 Alex Gordon Royals 66
    41 Angel Pagan Mets 29
    42 Denard Span Twins 38
    43 Chris Coghlan Marlins 45
    44 Nick Swisher Yankees 43
    45 Carlos Beltran Mets 47
    46 Carlos Quentin White Sox 55
    47 Coco Crisp Athletics 50
    48 Vernon Wells Angels 40
    49 Jason Kubel Twins 56
    50 Dexter Fowler Rockies 51
    51 Andres Torres Giants 46
    52 Austin Jackson Tigers 35
    53 Johnny Damon Rays 65
    54 Seth Smith Rockies 67
    55 Sam Fuld Rays 175
    56 Ben Francisco Phillies 73
    57 Magglio Ordonez Tigers 49
    58 Cameron Maybin Padres 78
    59 Michael Brantley Indians 60
    60 Marlon Byrd Cubs 52
    61 Jeff Francoeur Royals 84
    62 Carlos Lee Astros 42
    63 Peter Bourjos Angels 72
    64 Jonny Gomes Reds 86
    65 Logan Morrison Marlins 59
    66 Carlos Gomez Brewers 82
    67 Matt Joyce Rays 75
    68 Brennan Boesch Tigers 118
    69 David Murphy Rangers 79
    70 Raul Ibanez Phillies 61
    71 Josh Willingham Athletics 69
    72 Luke Scott Orioles 4 DH
    73 J.D. Drew Red Sox 63
    74 Will Venable Padres 71
    75 Cody Ross Giants 80
    76 Franklin Gutierrez Mariners 54
    77 Mike Morse Nationals 62
    78 David DeJesus Athletics 64
    79 Ryan Ludwick Padres 77
    80 Pat Burrell Giants 89
    81 Melky Cabrera Royals 88
    82 Kosuke Fukudome Cubs 87
    83 Milton Bradley Mariners 85
    84 Travis Snider Blue Jays 58
    85 Juan Rivera Blue Jays 83
    86 Nate McLouth Braves 70
    87 Jerry Sands Dodgers 205
    88 Domonic Brown Phillies 90
    89 Tyler Colvin Cubs 74
    90 Julio Borbon Rangers 68
    91 Nyjer Morgan Brewers 96
    92 Brad Hawpe Padres 76
    93 Chris Heisey Reds 101
    94 Desmond Jennings Rays 99
    95 John Mayberry Jr. Phillies 121
    96 Rick Ankiel Nationals 91
    97 Conor Jackson Athletics 109
    98 Gerardo Parra Diamondbacks 105
    99 Michael Saunders Mariners 106
    100 Casper Wells Tigers 149
    101 Laynce Nix Nationals 138
    102 Mike Cameron Red Sox 108
    103 Tony Gwynn Jr. Dodgers 114
    104 Andy Dirks Tigers 147
    105 Corey Patterson Blue Jays 145
    106 Aaron Rowand Giants 116
    107 Chris Denorfia Padres 117
    108 Roger Bernadina Nationals 125
    109 Andruw Jones Yankees 107
    110 Lorenzo Cain Royals 93
    111 Ryan Sweeney Athletics 97
    112 Wily Mo Pena Diamondbacks 182
    113 Ryan Spilborghs Rockies 98
    114 Mark DeRosa Giants 102
    115 Jarrod Dyson Royals 163
    116 Allen Craig Cardinals 122
    117 Matt Diaz Pirates 92
    118 Marcus Thames Dodgers 115
    119 Shelley Duncan Indians 120
    120 Scott Hairston Mets 103



    Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter at matthewpouliot.
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