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July Outfielder Rankings

Monday, June 30, 2014


Here are the July Rankings. Players are ranked for the remainder of the season based on how I believe they’ll perform in 5x5 leagues. Players are also listed at the positions where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.

 

Click to see other July rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B

 

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Outfielder Rankings

 

JulyOutfieldTeam2014MayJune
1 Mike Trout Angels 1 1 1
2 Giancarlo Stanton Marlins 8 6 3
3 Jacoby Ellsbury Yankees 4 2 4
4 Andrew McCutchen Pirates 5 5 9
5 Yasiel Puig Dodgers 17 12 2
6 Carlos Gomez Brewers 11 7 5
7 Ryan Braun Brewers 2 4 6
8 Adam Jones Orioles 9 11 12
9 Jose Bautista Blue Jays 14 9 10
10 Justin Upton Braves 10 8 8
11 Hunter Pence Giants 15 14 13
12 Jay Bruce Reds 12 26 17
13 Michael Brantley Indians 27 20 18
14 Shin-Soo Choo Rangers 7 10 11
15 Yoenis Cespedes Athletics 18 17 15
16 Nelson Cruz Orioles 39 23 14
17 Billy Hamilton Reds 19 29 26
18 Jason Heyward Braves 13 13 16
19 Matt Kemp Dodgers 20 15 28
20 Corey Dickerson Rockies 84 91 67
21 Bryce Harper Nationals 6 41 35
22 Carlos Gonzalez Rockies 3 3 7
23 Matt Holliday Cardinals 16 18 21
24 Gregory Polanco Pirates 127 69 34
25 Alex Rios Rangers 24 21 19
26 Melky Cabrera Blue Jays 53 27 25
27 Jayson Werth Nationals 26 19 23
28 Charlie Blackmon Rockies 112 24 27
29 George Springer Astros 80 48 22
30 Carlos Beltran Yankees 22 22 29
31 Alex Gordon Royals 33 44 36
32 Josh Hamilton Angels 30 42 32
33 Desmond Jennings Rays 28 16 20
34 Coco Crisp Athletics 51 37 37
35 Starling Marte Pirates 25 28 30
36 Leonys Martin Rangers 35 31 46
37 Angel Pagan Giants 54 36 33
38 Kole Calhoun Angels 29 59 52
39 Nick Markakis Orioles 41 35 40
40 J.D. Martinez Tigers 153 NR 112
41 Curtis Granderson Mets 47 49 49
42 Christian Yelich Marlins 50 40 45
43 Michael Morse Giants 71 47 38
44 Brett Gardner Yankees 57 53 48
45 Austin Jackson Tigers 32 32 41
46 B.J. Upton Braves 48 43 44
47 Denard Span Nationals 52 61 54
48 Michael Bourn Indians 43 55 58
49 Michael Cuddyer Rockies 23 33 24
50 Torii Hunter Tigers 37 34 31
51 Marlon Byrd Phillies 78 68 56
52 Adam Eaton White Sox 62 73 70
53 Josh Willingham Twins 72 88 68
54 Marcell Ozuna Marlins 69 62 69
55 Ben Revere Phillies 49 46 65
56 Khris Davis Brewers 74 77 71
57 Lorenzo Cain Royals 64 67 60
58 Colby Rasmus Blue Jays 59 60 55
59 Rajai Davis Tigers 58 50 53
60 Wil Myers Rays 21 25 42
61 Josh Reddick Athletics 36 45 51
62 Oswaldo Arcia Twins 60 81 61
63 Dexter Fowler Astros 75 75 74
64 Will Venable Padres 38 56 57
65 Dayan Viciedo White Sox 70 54 62
66 Carl Crawford Dodgers 42 65 73
67 Andre Ethier Dodgers 46 52 50
68 Gerardo Parra Diamondbacks 63 63 66
69 Alfonso Soriano Yankees 40 39 43
70 Eric Young Jr. Mets 89 78 89
71 Seth Smith Padres 98 95 72
72 Matt Joyce Rays 77 74 83
73 Norichika Aoki Royals 44 57 63
74 Daniel Nava Red Sox 76 110 118
75 Alejandro De Aza White Sox 79 70 78
76 Chris Young Mets 56 51 59
77 Craig Gentry Athletics 97 80 87
78 Domonic Brown Phillies 31 38 64
79 James Jones Mariners 245 NR 94
80 Carlos Quentin Padres 81 66 81
81 Jackie Bradley Red Sox 94 76 84
82 Junior Lake Cubs 92 92 77
83 Oscar Taveras Cardinals 91 79 39
84 Juan Lagares Mets 107 85 86
85 Michael Saunders Mariners 96 90 75
86 Shane Victorino Red Sox 34 30 47
87 Nate Schierholtz Cubs 73 82 90
88 David Murphy Indians 82 72 80
89 Ichiro Suzuki Yankees 102 99 104
90 Kevin Kiermaier Rays 248 NR NR
91 Scott Van Slyke Dodgers 136 120 117
92 Jon Jay Cardinals 106 93 103
93 Cameron Maybin Padres 100 87 88
94 Brandon Guyer Rays 117 117 126
95 Drew Stubbs Rockies 85 111 99
96 Cody Ross Diamondbacks 99 89 92
97 Ryan Ludwick Reds 130 94 107
98 Chris Denorfia Padres 95 83 93
99 Jarrod Dyson Royals 120 118 115
100 Joc Pederson Dodgers 175 NR NR
101 Kyle Blanks Athletics 122 NR 105
102 David Peralta Diamondbacks NR NR NR
103 Jonny Gomes Red Sox 83 84 85
104 Grady Sizemore Phillies 67 58 76
105 A.J. Pollock Diamondbacks 55 71 79
106 Ryan Raburn Indians 103 107 101
107 Michael Choice Rangers 124 122 116
108 Chris Heisey Reds 68 64 82
109 Collin Cowgill Angels 162 114 106
110 Domingo Santana Astros 246 NR NR
111 Sam Fuld Twins 182 108 129
112 Peter Bourjos Cardinals 66 96 108
113 John Mayberry Jr. Phillies 140 NR NR
114 Justin Ruggiano Cubs 90 106 98
115 Endy Chavez Mariners 179 NR NR
116 Chris Parmelee Twins 157 NR NR
117 David DeJesus Rays 93 98 91
118 Nate McLouth Nationals 111 86 95
119 Delmon Young Orioles 114 109 122
120 Bobby Abreu Mets 139 NR 111
121 Andy Dirks Tigers 110 103 100
122 Jordan Schafer Braves 119 124 NR
123 Chris Coghlan Cubs 144 NR NR
124 Alex Presley Astros 126 116 127
125 Anthony Gose Blue Jays 116 NR 121
126 Gregor Blanco Giants 132 NR 109
127 David Lough Orioles 109 101 123
128 Ryan Sweeney Cubs 108 NR NR
129 Jesus Guzman Astros 101 102 120
130 Tyler Colvin Giants 163 NR 114

 

Dropping off: Aaron Hicks (96th), Robbie Grossman (97th), Jason Kubel (110th), Raul Ibanez (113th), Tony Gwynn Jr. (119th), Jose Tabata (124th), Roger Bernadina (125th), Travis Snider (128th), Randal Grichuk (130th)

 

  • Complicating things in the outfield rankings is that I don’t have a clue what the Dodgers intend to do when Crawford returns. Kemp has been on a roll, hitting .320/.380/.526 with three homers and 16 RBI in June. I’d say he deserves to be a fixture over either Crawford or Ethier, but does it have to be in left field? Ethier has been terrible offensively lately and not much better defensively in center. Van Slyke has continued to mash left-handers, but that’s still the only role that makes sense for him and he doesn’t belong in center. And while Ethier and Van Slyke have been manning center, Pederson has continued to excel in Triple-A, hitting .319/.437/.568 with 17 homers and 20 steals.

 

At this point, I’d say it makes sense to bring Pederson up to play center against right-handers if the Dodgers are dead set on leaving Kemp in left. Otherwise, they should really just put Kemp back in center (or, better yet, Puig in center and Kemp in right) to give Crawford something to do after he returns, since Crawford has looked like a better player than Ethier while healthy this year.

 

But as for what will happen, I just don’t know, which is why I have Crawford and Ethier ranked back-to-back in the 60s and Pederson down at No. 100. I am feeling pretty good about Kemp, though.

  • Dickerson at No. 20 makes me a little nervous, but it’s going to be really, really difficult to take him out of the lineup, even if Gonzalez and Cuddyer return as hoped. It’s not entirely fair to Cuddyer, but he’s a platoon player starting only against lefties in the Rockies’ optimum outfield (which has Gonzalez, Blackmon and Dickerson starting against righties).

 

  • The Astros are clearly in no hurry to promote Domingo Santana, even though they’ve gotten zilch from left field this season (.584 OPS, second worst in baseball ahead of the Phillies). I’m placing him at No. 110 in case they move up his timetable, but I don’t really think he’s ready, either, even though he’s hitting .305/.383/.508 in Triple-A.


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 @matthewpouliot.
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