Paul Sporer’s 2022 OF Rankings

The first run of ranking is about to done and then I’ll roll out the update at each position with comments added. I’m still reluctant to do a closer ranking at this point, but I know I have to bite the bullet and give y’all something. It is just such a mess at this point. Anyway, that’s later Paul’s problem. Today, it is time for the outfield. It is a really interesting class of outfielders with some really fun pockets of talent going in the mid-to-late rounds of drafts. If you have been reading my Roster Reviews, you will see some Bold Predictions tied to outfielders as I have definitely started to zero on some key guys in my early drafts.

These are for 5×5 15-teamers with a 20-game eligibility threshold.

Let’s discuss in the comments!

OF Rankings
1 Fernando Tatis Jr.
2 Mookie Betts
3 Bryce Harper
4 Juan Soto
5 Kyle Tucker
6 Luis Robert
7 Yordan Alvarez
8 Aaron Judge
9 Ronald Acuña Jr.
10 Starling Marte
11 Whit Merrifield
12 Randy Arozarena
13 Mike Trout
14 Eloy Jiménez
15 Teoscar Hernández
16 Cedric Mullins
17 George Springer
18 Nick Castellanos
19 J.D. Martinez
20 Byron Buxton
21 Ketel Marte
22 Christian Yelich
23 Bryan Reynolds
24 Giancarlo Stanton
25 Trent Grisham
26 Kris Bryant
27 Tommy Edman
28 Tyler O’Neill
29 Akil Baddoo
30 Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
31 Ryan Mountcastle
32 Jesse Winker
33 Mitch Haniger
34 Andrew Benintendi
35 Kyle Schwarber
36 Cody Bellinger
37 Hunter Renfroe
38 Dylan Carlson
39 Joey Gallo
40 Alex Verdugo
41 Chris Taylor
42 Jarred Kelenic
43 Myles Straw
44 Alex Kirilloff
45 Lane Thomas
46 Robbie Grossman
47 Austin Meadows
48 Anthony Santander
49 Michael Conforto
50 Seiya Suzuki
51 Andrew Vaughn
52 Austin Hays
53 Avisaíl García
54 Ian Happ
55 Harrison Bader
56 Ramón Laureano
57 Adam Duvall
58 Eddie Rosario
59 Michael Brantley
60 Charlie Blackmon
61 Marcell Ozuna
62 Mark Canha
63 Jo Adell
64 Adolis García
65 Jesús Sánchez
66 AJ Pollock
67 Max Kepler
68 Jorge Soler
69 Mike Yastrzemski
70 Enrique Hernández
71 Andrew McCutchen
72 Trevor Larnach
73 Raimel Tapia
74 Michael A. Taylor
75 Connor Joe
76 Julio Rodriguez
77 Willie Calhoun
78 Wil Myers
79 Bradley Zimmer
80 Brandon Nimmo
81 Manuel Margot
82 Josh Rojas
83 Tommy Pham
84 LaMonte Wade Jr.
85 Garrett Hampson
86 Brandon Marsh
87 Victor Robles
88 Josh Lowe
89 Lars Nootbaar
90 Odúbel Herrera
91 Chas McCormick
92 Pavin Smith
93 Riley Greene
94 Dominic Smith
95 Randal Grichuk
96 Aaron Hicks
97 Kyle Isbel
98 Edward Olivares
99 Hunter Dozier
100 Rafael Ortega
101 Adam Engel
102 Yoshi Tsutsugo
103 Sam Hilliard
104 Nick Gordon
105 Jeff McNeil
106 Seth Brown
107 Darin Ruf 러프
108 Leody Taveras
109 Jorge Mateo
110 Jarren Duran
111 Dylan Moore
112 Lorenzo Cain
113 JJ Bleday
114 Justin Upton
115 Kyle Lewis
116 Josh Harrison
117 Josh Naylor
118 Luis Arraez
119 Tyler Naquin
120 Tony Kemp
121 Oscar Mercado
122 Nick Senzel
123 TJ Friedl
124 David Peralta
125 Cristian Pache
126 Miguel Andújar
127 Clint Frazier
128 Bryan De La Cruz
129 Zach McKinstry
130 Harold Ramirez
131 Victor Reyes
132 Jose Siri
133 Jake Fraley
134 Jake Meyers
135 Jason Heyward
136 Jurickson Profar
137 Kole Calhoun
138 Hoy Park
139 Brad Miller
140 Garrett Cooper
141 Joc Pederson
142 Yadiel Hernandez
143 Taylor Trammell
144 Brennen Davis
145 Cole Tucker
146 Kevin Kiermaier
147 Tyrone Taylor
148 D.J. Stewart
149 Steven Duggar
150 Derek Hill
151 Aristides Aquino
152 Leury García
153 Corey Dickerson
154 Chad Pinder
155 Billy McKinney
156 Brett Phillips
157 Tyler Wade
158 Daz Cameron
159 Matt Beaty
160 Ryan O’Hearn
161 Josh Palacios
162 Kevin Pillar
163 Jason Martin
164 Gregory Polanco
165 Yonathan Daza

Paul is the Editor of Rotographs and contributes to ESPN's Daily Notes. Follow Paul on Twitter @sporer and on Twitch at sporer.

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1 year ago

Looks like you’re expecting another peak Mookie Betts season with that ranking. I’m not sure I buy him as the same five-category monster we’re used to. His barrel rate has been merely average for the last two seasons, well below his peak of 13.1% back in 2018, and he attempted fewer steals than Juan Soto last year. Still a fantastic player but more of a second-rounder for me. What am I missing?

1 year ago
Reply to  ehalt

Paul is certainly very high on Betts. A few months ago in a chat, he said he would be his favorite to go #1 overall this year.

wily momember
1 year ago
Reply to  ehalt

mookie was on the field but there were indications that he wasn’t completely healthy for much of last season (some kind of nagging hip issue, etc). they kept saying that wasn’t why, but they always say that.

of course as he ages this is more likely to be the case more often, but i think the argument is that he wasn’t at the height of his powers last year for physical reasons, and therefore has room to go back up with better health after offseason rest

1 year ago
Reply to  Paul Sporer

But other guys close to him have similar floors, such as Harper and Soto