August Outfielder RankingsWednesday, 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 | DHOutfielder 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
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.