July Outfielder RankingsMonday, 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.
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Top 300 | SP | RP | C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B
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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.