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August Outfielder Rankings

Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Up this week are the August rankings. Players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 leagues over the remainder of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll find a fully updated top 250 list.

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

Outfielder Rankings

Falling off: Domonic Brown (No. 71), Charlie Blackmon (No. 72), Luke Scott (No. 81), Carlos Peguero (No. 97), Xavier Paul (No. 100), Pat Burrell (No. 102), Carlos Gomez (No. 108), Eric Hinske (No. 109), Jerry Sands (No. 110), Ben Francisco (No. 111), Justin Ruggiano (No. 113), Travis Buck (No. 119), Aaron Rowand (No. 120)

  • As much as I liked the Rasmus trade for the Blue Jays, I don't necessarily see it paying off right away. Rasmus was struggling prior to the deal, and now he has the league switch to contend with. I expect more power and maybe a few more steals from him in Toronto, but he probably won't improve on his current .240 average.

  • The Royals failed to trade either Francoeur or Cabrera in order to clear a spot for Cain, who is hitting .318/.389/.522 with 13 homers and 10 steals for Triple-A Omaha. Since Cain is still a lock to move into the starting lineup if any Royals outfielder gets hurt, I did put him back into the top 120 anyway.

  • Also considered for a spot was Trayvon Robinson, who went from the Dodgers to the Mariners in the three-team Erik Bedard deal. I'm not particularly high on the 23-year-old -- especially now that he's set to play at Safeco -- but he might get a look down the stretch. It may depend on whether Greg Halman bounces back. Robinson hit .293/.375/.563 with 26 homers for Triple-A Albuquerque, but that did come with 122 strikeouts in 368 at-bats.

  • Another Tacoma player did make the list: Wily Mo Pena came in at No. 104. It's my hope that he gets a chance to take over for the recently DFA'd Jack Cust as Seattle's primary DH.


  • RankOutfielderTeamAprMayJunJul
    1 Ryan Braun Brewers 2 1 1 1
    2 Matt Kemp Dodgers 4 3 3 2
    3 Jacoby Ellsbury Red Sox 6 6 5 4
    4 Justin Upton Diamondbacks 11 9 6 5
    5 Matt Holliday Cardinals 5 5 7 6
    6 Curtis Granderson Yankees 17 14 8 7
    7 Andrew McCutchen Pirates 9 10 10 8
    8 Carlos Gonzalez Rockies 1 2 2 3
    9 Nelson Cruz Rangers 7 7 9 10
    10 Josh Hamilton Rangers 10 18 13 11
    11 Michael Bourn Braves 23 24 20 13
    12 Carl Crawford Red Sox 3 4 4 9
    13 Mike Stanton Marlins 30 26 19 19
    14 Hunter Pence Phillies 12 12 12 12
    15 Drew Stubbs Reds 32 17 15 14
    16 Shane Victorino Phillies 28 20 24 15
    17 Brett Gardner Yankees 18 30 39 34
    18 B.J. Upton Rays 16 16 18 16
    19 Chris Young Diamondbacks 34 23 25 17
    20 Carlos Beltran Giants 47 45 34 31
    21 Adam Jones Orioles 39 39 30 22
    22 Desmond Jennings Rays 99 94 70 85
    23 Jay Bruce Reds 25 28 21 21
    24 Alex Gordon Royals 66 40 32 26
    25 Corey Hart Brewers 36 32 29 24
    26 Andre Ethier Dodgers 26 19 22 20
    27 Nick Markakis Orioles 19 27 41 27
    28 Coco Crisp Athletics 50 47 38 42
    29 Nick Swisher Yankees 43 44 48 38
    30 Mike Morse Nationals 62 77 55 40
    31 Colby Rasmus Blue Jays 27 21 26 33
    32 Carlos Quentin White Sox 55 46 37 37
    33 Bobby Abreu Angels 31 38 33 30
    34 Jayson Werth Nationals 24 25 28 29
    35 Jason Heyward Braves 14 13 23 23
    36 Melky Cabrera Royals 88 81 64 52
    37 Ichiro Suzuki Mariners 13 11 14 18
    38 Vernon Wells Angels 40 48 47 36
    39 Matt Joyce Rays 75 67 17 25
    40 Torii Hunter Angels 33 35 36 43
    41 Logan Morrison Marlins 59 65 49 53
    42 Angel Pagan Mets 29 41 40 35
    43 Brennan Boesch Tigers 118 68 72 51
    44 Cameron Maybin Padres 78 58 67 50
    45 Alfonso Soriano Cubs 48 31 35 32
    46 Rajai Davis Blue Jays 22 22 16 28
    47 Austin Jackson Tigers 35 52 44 41
    48 Raul Ibanez Phillies 61 70 58 64
    49 Johnny Damon Rays 65 53 52 44
    50 Michael Brantley Indians 60 59 54 46
    51 Jeff Francoeur Royals 84 61 62 59
    52 Denard Span Twins 38 42 45 57
    53 Jason Kubel Twins 56 49 57 60
    54 Juan Pierre White Sox 20 29 42 68
    55 Josh Willingham Athletics 69 71 59 67
    56 Seth Smith Rockies 67 54 53 47
    57 Marlon Byrd Cubs 52 60 79 63
    58 Carlos Lee Astros 42 62 60 48
    59 Peter Bourjos Angels 72 63 69 66
    60 Josh Reddick Red Sox 179 NR NR 107
    61 Ryan Ludwick Pirates 77 79 61 49
    62 Andres Torres Giants 46 51 46 54
    63 Hideki Matsui Athletics 7 DH 6 DH 5 DH 77
    64 Jon Jay Cardinals 124 NR 89 87
    65 Eric Thames Blue Jays 261 NR NR NR
    66 Tony Gwynn Jr. Dodgers 114 103 120 93
    67 Nyjer Morgan Brewers 96 91 73 69
    68 Travis Snider Blue Jays 58 84 105 118
    69 Gerardo Parra Diamondbacks 105 98 88 83
    70 Magglio Ordonez Tigers 49 57 66 65
    71 Chris Heisey Reds 101 93 90 73
    72 Jason Bay Mets 37 33 50 61
    73 Shin-Soo Choo Indians 8 8 11 104
    74 Delmon Young Twins 21 37 56 58
    75 Franklin Gutierrez Mariners 54 76 63 62
    76 Dexter Fowler Rockies 51 50 74 94
    77 Jose Tabata Pirates 44 36 43 56
    78 Laynce Nix Nationals 138 101 83 70
    79 Chris Denorfia Padres 117 107 81 74
    80 Nate Schierholtz Giants 152 NR 95 86
    81 Alex Rios White Sox 15 15 27 45
    82 Endy Chavez Rangers 161 NR 92 96
    83 Rick Ankiel Nationals 91 96 115 NR
    84 Lucas Duda Mets 176 NR NR NR
    85 Conor Jackson Athletics 109 97 109 91
    86 Cody Ross Giants 80 75 65 55
    87 Brandon Allen Athletics 111 NR 118 101
    88 Will Venable Padres 71 74 101 103
    89 Mike Cameron Marlins 108 102 99 NR
    90 Grady Sizemore Indians 53 34 31 39
    91 Casper Wells Mariners 149 100 113 116
    92 Andy Dirks Tigers 147 104 98 106
    93 David DeJesus Athletics 64 78 71 75
    94 Kosuke Fukudome Indians 87 82 77 80
    95 Jonny Gomes Nationals 86 64 80 78
    96 Juan Rivera Dodgers 83 85 96 98
    97 Ryan Sweeney Athletics 97 111 102 105
    98 Ben Revere Twins 187 NR NR 88
    99 J.D. Drew Red Sox 63 73 76 79
    100 David Murphy Rangers 79 69 85 92
    101 Jordan Schafer Astros 192 NR NR 112
    102 Jason Bourgeois Astros 144 NR NR 114
    103 Sam Fuld Rays 175 55 86 95
    104 Wily Mo Pena Mariners 182 112 112 99
    105 Nolan Reimold Orioles 113 NR 117 115
    106 John Mayberry Jr. Phillies 121 95 NR NR
    107 Roger Bernadina Nationals 125 108 87 82
    108 Brad Hawpe Padres 76 92 91 90
    109 Tyler Colvin Cubs 74 89 110 NR
    110 Alejandro De Aza White Sox 153 NR NR NR
    111 Alex Presley Pirates 214 NR NR 117
    112 Nate McLouth Braves 70 86 93 84
    113 Scott Hairston Mets 103 120 NR NR
    114 Andruw Jones Yankees 107 109 104 NR
    115 Aaron Cunningham Padres 127 NR NR NR
    116 Lorenzo Cain Royals 93 110 NR NR
    117 Corey Patterson Cardinals 145 105 75 89
    118 Chris Coghlan Marlins 45 43 51 76
    119 J.D. Martinez Astros 244 NR NR NR
    120 Kyle Blanks Padres 123 NR NR NR


    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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