2019 Outfield Rankings

I think we’ve been ranking outfielders incorrectly as an industry. A straight 1-to-whatever list loses some value after the top 50 or so. Once you’ve got your first 2-3 OFs, the last few are often strategically picked to attack categories instead of just going with best available.

Say you need a speed asset for that 4th OF, but the best one is the 12th ranked guy on your remaining board, do you just take him knowing it fills the need or do you internally justify taking someone higher because he’s more talented even though he doesn’t really help the team construction? I’m sure some of you have no issue just taking the needed player, but plenty of us waffle on those decisions and it can cost us in the end.

I’ve ranked my top 50 in order of how I’m drafting them for the most part. I do have some clusters of speedsters and I’d only take one from a cluster even if the others were available the next time I was looking at outfield. I have Dee Gordon and Mallex Smith at 40 and 41, but I’m not going to roster both. Beyond that, it’s a straight draft list. After 50, I broke 106 OFs down by standout skill. Within each skill tier, the guys are slotted in my preferred order. The tiers are most self-explanatory, but just to cover my bases, here they are:

AVG – Player offers a strong batting average (usually .280+… maybe .270+ for some later ones). He may bring other assets to the table but strengthening your AVG is the goal with these picks.

PWR – I told you they were self-explanatory. These guys are capable of or have already shown the ability to club 25+ HRs (30+ at the top end).

PWR/SPD – These guys can bring a double/double (10+ HR & SB) to the table with enough playing time.

SPD – These guys have 20+ SB upside.

TIME/UTIL– Most of this group doesn’t have a standout skill and even if they do, it’s on the fringes of the qualifications for the groups above so their real asset is playing time. I grouped these two together as there were only four utility guys (players with at least 3 eligible positions) and their ability to bounce around helps them get playing time.

2019 Top 50 OF
1 Mike Trout LAA 27
2 Mookie Betts BOS 26
3 J.D. Martinez BOS 31
4 Aaron Judge NYY 26
5 Christian Yelich MIL 27
6 Charlie Blackmon COL 32
7 Starling Marte PIT 30
8 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL 21
9 Giancarlo Stanton NYY 29
10 Bryce Harper PHI 26
11 Andrew Benintendi BOS 24
12 Kris Bryant CHC 3B 27
13 Rhys Hoskins PHI 26
14 Juan Soto WAS 20
15 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B 23
16 Whit Merrifield KC 2B 30
17 Yasiel Puig CIN 28
18 Andrew McCutchen PHI 32
19 Aaron Hicks NYY 29
20 David Dahl COL 24
21 George Springer HOU 29
22 Tommy Pham TB 31
23 Victor Robles WAS 21
24 Nicholas Castellanos DET 27
25 Justin Upton LAA 31
26 Michael Conforto NYM 26
27 Marcell Ozuna STL 28
28 Eloy Jimenez CWS 21
29 Eddie Rosario MIN 27
30 Mitch Haniger SEA 28
31 Wil Myers SD 3B 28
32 A.J. Pollock LAD 31
33 Michael Brantley HOU 31
34 Lorenzo Cain MIL 32
35 David Peralta ARI 31
36 Brandon Nimmo NYM 26
37 Ramon Laureano OAK 24
38 Stephen Piscotty OAK 28
39 Joey Gallo TEX 1B 25
40 Dee Gordon SEA 2B 30
41 Mallex Smith SEA 25
42 Ender Inciarte ATL 28
43 Ian Desmond COL 1B 33
44 Byron Buxton MIN 25
45 Jackie Bradley Jr. BOS 28
46 Austin Meadows TB 23
47 Domingo Santana SEA 26
48 Max Kepler MIN 26
49 Jesse Winker CIN 25
50 Nomar Mazara TEX 24
*20+ gm eligibility


Each tier is grouped in order of preference. After the top 50, you should fill in your OF based on need as opposed to a straight draft list.

2019 Tiered Skill Groups
Adam Eaton WAS 30 AVG
Corey Dickerson PIT 29 AVG
Jose Martinez STL 1B 30 AVG
Matt Kemp CIN 34 AVG
Adam Frazier PIT 2B 27 AVG
Nick Markakis ATL 35 AVG
Willie Calhoun TEX 24 AVG
Albert Almora Jr. CHC 24 AVG
Alex Verdugo LAD 22 AVG
Lonnie Chisenhall PIT 30 AVG
Gerardo Parra SF 32 AVG
Austin Dean MIA 25 AVG
Jon Jay CWS 34 AVG
Jordan Luplow CLE 25 AVG
Melky Cabrera PIT 34 AVG
Ben Gamel MIL 27 AVG
Yusniel Diaz BAL 22 AVG
Alex Kirilloff MIN 21 AVG
Teoscar Hernandez TOR 26 PWR
Hunter Renfroe SD 27 PWR
Randal Grichuk TOR 27 PWR
Franmil Reyes SD 23 PWR
Kyle Schwarber CHC 26 PWR
Trey Mancini BAL 1B 27 PWR
Jorge Soler KC 27 PWR
Christin Stewart DET 25 PWR
Jay Bruce SEA 1B 31 PWR
Chad Pinder OAK 26 PWR
Eric Thames MIL 1B 32 PWR
Daniel Palka CWS 27 PWR
Scott Schebler CIN 28 PWR
Joc Pederson LAD 26 PWR
Kole Calhoun LAA 31 PWR
Billy McKinney TOR 24 PWR
Jorge Bonifacio KC 26 PWR
Mac Williamson SF 28 PWR
Derek Dietrich CIN 1B 29 PWR
Nick Williams PHI 25 PWR
Adam Duvall ATL 30 PWR
Clint Frazier NYY 24 PWR
Carlos Gonzalez FA 33 PWR
Jake Cave MIN 26 PWR
Yoenis Cespedes NYM 33 PWR
Mark Canha OAK 30 PWR
Yordan Alvarez HOU 21 PWR
Ryan Braun MIL 35 PWR/SPD
Cedric Mullins II BAL 24 PWR/SPD
Chris Taylor LAD SS 28 PWR/SPD
Gregory Polanco PIT 27 PWR/SPD
Tyler O’Neill STL 23 PWR/SPD
Kyle Tucker HOU 22 PWR/SPD
Ian Happ CHC 3B 24 PWR/SPD
Jake Bauers CLE 1B 23 PWR/SPD
Steven Souza Jr. ARI 29 PWR/SPD
Franchy Cordero SD 24 PWR/SPD
Bradley Zimmer CLE 26 PWR/SPD
D.J. Stewart BAL 25 PWR/SPD
Mikie Mahtook DET 29 PWR/SPD
Jake Marisnick HOU 28 PWR/SPD
Jo Adell LAA 19 PWR/SPD
Delino DeShields TEX 26 SPD
Greg Allen CLE 26 SPD
Billy Hamilton KC 28 SPD
Leonys Martin CLE 31 SPD
Kevin Kiermaier TB 28 SPD
Kevin Pillar TOR 30 SPD
Harrison Bader STL 24 SPD
Manuel Margot SD 24 SPD
Lewis Brinson MIA 25 SPD
Brett Gardner NYY 35 SPD
Michael Taylor WAS 27 SPD
Steven Duggar SF 25 SPD
Austin Hays BAL 23 SPD
Raimel Tapia COL 25 SPD
Adam Engel CWS 27 SPD
JaCoby Jones DET 27 SPD
Dustin Fowler OAK 24 SPD
Roman Quinn PHI 26 SPD
Keon Broxton NYM 29 SPD
Alen Hanson SF 2B 26 SPD
Chris Owings KC 27 SPD
Brett Phillips KC 24 SPD
Tony Kemp HOU 27 SPD
Derek Fisher HOU 25 SPD
Phillip Ervin CIN 26 SPD
Joey Rickard BAL 28 SPD
Daz Cameron DET 21 SPD
Cameron Maybin SF 32 SPD
Oscar Mercado CLE 23 SPD
Shin-Soo Choo TEX 36 TIME
Brian Anderson MIA 3B 25 TIME
Odubel Herrera PHI 27 TIME
Avisail Garcia TB 27 TIME
Josh Reddick HOU 32 TIME
Dexter Fowler STL 32 TIME
Adam Jones ARI 33 TIME
Jason Heyward CHC 29 TIME
Ben Zobrist CHC 2B 37 TIME
Curtis Granderson MIA 37 TIME
Robbie Grossman OAK 29 TIME?
Tyler Naquin CLE 27 TIME
Alex Gordon KC 35 TIME
Marwin Gonzalez MIN SS/2B/1B 30 UTIL
Hernan Perez MIL 2B/3B/SS 28 UTIL
Yairo Munoz STL SS/2B/3B 24 UTIL
Enrique Hernandez LAD 2B/SS 27 UTIL
*20+ gm eligibility

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Would Adam Eaton have been #51? I feel like he’s so tough to rely on for AVG, since the ABs are rarely there.