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2015 Outfielder Rankings

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


As has become an All-Star break tradition, here’s a peek ahead at some very, very preliminary 2015 player rankings. I’m only concerned with next year here, so these aren’t true keeper rankings; if I were factoring in 2016 and beyond, some younger players would be listed quite a bit higher. As always, I’m going position by position (trying to account for next year’s position eligibility) and including a top 300 overall.

 

This winter’s free agents are listed without teams. Players facing option years are listed as “opt” in the team column.

 

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

 

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2015 Outfielder Rankings

 

2015OutfieldTeam2014
1 Mike Trout Angels 1
2 Giancarlo Stanton Marlins 8
3 Yasiel Puig Dodgers 17
4 Billy Hamilton Reds 19
5 Andrew McCutchen Pirates 5
6 Bryce Harper Nationals 6
7 Carlos Gonzalez Rockies 3
8 Jacoby Ellsbury Yankees 4
9 Jose Bautista Blue Jays 14
10 Carlos Gomez Brewers 11
11 Ryan Braun Brewers 2
12 Adam Jones Orioles 9
13 Justin Upton Braves 10
14 Michael Brantley Indians 27
15 Gregory Polanco Pirates 127
16 Shin-Soo Choo Rangers 7
17 Jay Bruce Reds 12
18 Hunter Pence Giants 15
19 George Springer Astros 80
20 Yoenis Cespedes Athletics 18
21 Jason Heyward Braves 13
22 Matt Kemp Dodgers 20
23 Mark Trumbo Diamondbacks 10 1B
24 Kole Calhoun Angels 29
25 Corey Dickerson Rockies 84
26 Alex Rios opt 24
27 Matt Holliday Cardinals 16
28 Christian Yelich Marlins 50
29 Wil Myers Rays 21
30 Jayson Werth Nationals 26
31 Starling Marte Pirates 25
32 Leonys Martin Rangers 35
33 Alex Gordon Royals 33
34 Marcell Ozuna Marlins 69
35 Josh Hamilton Angels 30
36 Oscar Taveras Cardinals 91
37 Nelson Cruz   39
38 Charlie Blackmon Rockies 112
39 Carlos Beltran Yankees 22
40 Desmond Jennings Rays 28
41 Allen Craig Cardinals 9 1B
42 Coco Crisp Athletics 51
43 Brett Gardner Yankees 57
44 Austin Jackson Tigers 32
45 Mookie Betts Red Sox NR
46 Curtis Granderson Mets 47
47 Avisail Garcia White Sox 45
48 Joc Pederson Dodgers 175
49 Nick Markakis opt 41
50 Angel Pagan Giants 54
51 B.J. Upton Braves 48
52 Denard Span Nationals 52
53 Michael Cuddyer   23
54 J.D. Martinez Tigers 153
55 Melky Cabrera   53
56 Michael Morse   71
57 A.J. Pollock Diamondbacks 55
58 Torii Hunter   37
59 Ben Revere Phillies 49
60 Josh Reddick Athletics 36
61 Carl Crawford Dodgers 42
62 Adam Eaton White Sox 62
63 Michael Bourn Indians 43
64 Will Venable Padres 38
65 Jackie Bradley Red Sox 94
66 Shane Victorino Red Sox 34
67 Lorenzo Cain Royals 64
68 Oswaldo Arcia Twins 60
69 Dexter Fowler Astros 75
70 Khris Davis Brewers 74
71 Marlon Byrd Phillies 78
72 Andre Ethier Dodgers 46
73 Dustin Ackley Mariners 14 2B
74 Colby Rasmus   59
75 Norichika Aoki   44
76 Rajai Davis Tigers 58
77 Dayan Viciedo White Sox 70
78 Josh Willingham   72
79 Kevin Kiermaier Rays 248
80 Domonic Brown Phillies 31
81 Gerardo Parra Diamondbacks 63
82 Matt Joyce Rays 77
83 James Jones Mariners 245
84 Juan Lagares Mets 107
85 Cameron Maybin Padres 100
86 Chris Young   56
87 Michael Saunders Mariners 96
88 Seth Smith Padres 98
89 Yasmani Tomas   NR
90 Grant Green Angels 41 2B
91 Craig Gentry Athletics 97
92 Justin Ruggiano Cubs 90
93 Eric Young Jr. Mets 89
94 Carlos Quentin Padres 81
95 David Murphy Indians 82
96 Jon Jay Cardinals 106
97 Domingo Santana Astros 246
98 Andy Dirks Tigers 110
99 Drew Stubbs Rockies 85
100 Chris Denorfia   95
101 Daniel Nava Red Sox 76
102 Rusney Castillo   NR
103 Chris Heisey Reds 68
104 Peter Bourjos Cardinals 66
105 Alfonso Soriano   40
106 Alejandro De Aza White Sox 79
107 Nate Schierholtz   73
108 Jonny Gomes   83
109 Junior Lake Cubs 92
110 Darin Ruf Phillies 118
111 Scott Van Slyke Dodgers 136
112 Jake Marisnick Marlins 154
113 Chris Coghlan Cubs 144
114 Cody Ross Diamondbacks 99
115 Jose Tabata Pirates 88
116 Michael Choice Rangers 124
117 Brandon Guyer Rays 117
118 David DeJesus Rays 93
119 Grady Sizemore   67
120 Nolan Reimold Blue Jays 4 DH
121 James Ramsey Cardinals 244
122 Byron Buxton Twins 129
123 Jarrod Dyson Royals 120
124 Abraham Almonte Mariners 87
125 Michael Taylor Nationals NR
126 Aaron Hicks Twins 65
127 Franklin Gutierrez   NR
128 Jordan Schafer Braves 119
129 Steven Souza Nationals 271
130 Kyle Parker Rockies 165
131 Nate McLouth Nationals 111
132 Ryan Raburn Indians 103
133 Randal Grichuk Cardinals 258
134 Anthony Gose Blue Jays 116
135 Delmon Young   114
136 David Peralta Diamondbacks NR
137 Ichiro Suzuki   102
138 Tyler Naquin Indians NR
139 Bryce Brentz Red Sox 188
140 Mikie Mahtook Rays NR
141 David Lough Orioles 109
142 Ryan Ludwick   130
143 Michael Taylor White Sox 145
144 Billy Burns Athletics 214
145 Robbie Grossman Astros 86
146 Jorge Soler Cubs 256
147 Alex Presley Astros 126
148 Kirk Nieuwenhuis Mets 180
149 John Mayberry Jr. Phillies 140
150 Chris Parmelee Twins 157

 

Outfielders

 

  • This winter’s outfield crop is very short on all-around players. Cruz, Cuddyer, Morse and Willingham all belong at DH or maybe first base in the case of Cuddyer and Morse. The Orioles will decline Markakis’s $17.5 million option, but figure to seek to bring him back at a more modest price. I imagine that Rios’s $13.5 million option will be picked up, though it’s possible he’ll be traded before that happens. Rasmus would seem to be the only legitimate starting center fielder in the bunch, which would seem to make for an interesting trade market.

 

  • There are two Cuban defectors here in Yasmani Tomas (No. 89) and Rusney Castillo (No. 102). Tomas has at least 25-homer power, though he might be more useful at first base than in the outfield. It’s uncertain when he’ll be cleared to sign. Castillo is free to ink a deal and probably will sometime in the next month or two. He doesn’t have Tomas’s bat, but he can play center and might be talented enough to make it as a regular.

 

  • Teams with expendable outfielders this winter include the Cardinals, Rays and Dodgers. With Matt Adams now settled in at first base, trading Craig seems like an obvious move for St. Louis. They could also put Bourjos back on the market. With Ramsey and Grichuk in the minors, they really have any number of options. Maybe they’ll trade Jay and keep Bourjos if they think Ramsey, a left-handed hitter, is capable of taking over in center.

 

  • Kiermaier’s emergence could lead to Jennings’s exit. Kiermaier has been playing right field alongside Jennings, but he’s probably the better center fielder of the two anyway, and despite Jennings’ disappointing lack of progress, he’d still be an attractive piece given the barren center field market.

 

  • The Red Sox will have to decide whether they can count on Victorino to contribute next year or if it will make sense to go get a bopper to play left field. Bradley doesn’t look like a future star, but his offense is picking up and he’s proving himself to be one of the game’s best defensive center fielders. Betts could settle in an as a legitimate right fielder if the Red Sox want to go that route, but a Betts-Bradley-Victorino outfield, with Nava in reserve, would be awfully short of power. If the Red Sox want to get back into the race next year, finding a 25-homer guy to play left would seem to be an easy upgrade.

 

  • The Rockies are talking about re-signing Cuddyer, but they already have Justin Morneau under control for next year and their 2015 outfield should be Dickerson-Blackmon-Gonzalez, at least against righties.


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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