Top 60 Outfielders for 2020

I decided to cut my OF rankings at 60 for this list, but let me be clear that there were another 15 or so who could’ve taken those last 4-5 spots. It’s definitely a mid-to-late round glob of talent, one of several that develops in the OF pool, including a power glob I highlight starting just after #30.

Other 2020 Rankings:

Think I missed someone who is a surefire top 60? Make your case in the comments below. I’m also curious if you have a strong preference with those top 3, who I seem to change my opinion on every other day lately.

Top 60 OF for 2020
Rk Player Comment
1 Mike Trout SB dip causing panic, but sprint spd remains unchanged and elite
2 Christian Yelich B2B brilliant seasons; only a fluke busted kneecap could stop him
3 Ronald Acuña Jr. Near 40-40 yr makes him a #1 viable candidate if you so choose
4 Mookie Betts Every bit as good as the top 3 & reasonable #4 overall pick
5 Cody Bellinger Don’t sleep on sharply improved K% (down 8 pts to 16% in ’19)
6 Juan Soto Basically carried ’18 pace over first full season; sneaky SBs, too
7 J.D. Martinez One of the steadiest power bats in the game
8 Bryce Harper AVG is the only flaw and 40-120 is still very much in play any given year
9 Aaron Judge Still a 40-100 bat, but now 2 straight seasons under 500 PA
10 Starling Marte Speed carries profile and has now has B2B 20+ HR yrs to go with it
11 Charlie Blackmon 4 yrs of declining SB, but still a great pwr bat w/Coors protection
12 George Springer Slightly overlooked stud sitting atop one of the game’s best lineups
13 Kris Bryant Great R contributor, but has just 1 season of 100+ RBI
14 Giancarlo Stanton Was starting to turn health profile w/159 & 158 gms before 18 gms in ’19
15 Eloy Jiménez Surged to finish line with .308/.342/.575 line & 14 HR in Aug-Sept.
16 Victor Robles Pwr/spd combo carried light slash and 23 yr old still has room to grow
17 Ketel Marte There will be some pullback on career yr; prefer to slot him at 2B
18 Tommy Pham Averaging .284, 22 HR, 22 SB over the last 3 seasons
19 Austin Meadows 2x Barrel rate plus FB & Pull rate jumps delivered massive breakout
20 Joey Gallo Had a great half season, but AVG gains seem driven by .368 BABIP
21 Jeff McNeil Premium contact and sneaky pop cuts a Brantley 2.0 profile
22 Michael Brantley AVG asset thrived in HOU and will remain there for ’20
23 Ramón Laureano Pacing for 30/20 season before late-July inj; returned strong in Sept.
24 Nicholas Castellanos Invigorated after trade to CHC; maybe 30-100 w/full yr on a good tm?
25 Eddie Rosario Still chasing elusive 600 PA yr, but averaging .284/28/88/86 since ’17
26 Michael Conforto Has developed into solid 30 HR bat; next step 100 RBI?
27 Yasiel Puig Just a bankable 25/15/.260 bat; we’ll find out his new team this winter
28 Whit Merrifield Cut SBs from 45 to 20 and now has SB-stingy Matheny at the reins
29 Kyle Tucker Put up 35 HR/30 SB per 600 PA in last 2 yrs at AAA; betting on breakout
30 Andrew Benintendi Spd dip cut SB in half & K% jump ate in AVG; interesting, but be careful
31 Oscar Mercado Was essentially 20 HR/30 SB if you include AAA work
32 Marcell Ozuna Start of 7 bat pwr glob where minor differences can dictate preference
33 Jorge Soler Bubbling pop finally surfaced w/elite 48 HR season
34 Max Kepler Improvements vL (.293 AVG) and FB surge (53%) drove breakout
35 Kyle Schwarber Averaging 35 HR per 600 PA over the last 3 seasons
36 J.D. Davis StatCast darling could parlay vR jump into full-time role for ’20
37 Franmil Reyes AL landing perfect for this true DH; easy 30+ HR per 600 PA
38 Trey Mancini Seems to be at the mercy of his BABIP: .352, .285, .326 the last 3 yrs
39 David Dahl Just cannot be trusted for 500 PA until we actually see something close
40 Mitch Haniger Maintained power in injury-shortened season, but BABIP tanked AVG
41 Adam Eaton Finally showed what a healthy season can deliver
42 Andrew McCutchen Could score 100 R even w/some missed time after ACL surgery
43 Luis Robert Huge 30/30 season (32 HR/36 SB) will foster major 2020 hype
44 Scott Kingery Still too much swing & miss, but finally showed off vast skills profile
45 Byron Buxton Skills are there, the bet is on health (just 115 gms in 2018-19)
46 Lorenzo Cain Power-starved bat now dealing w/dwindling speed at age-34
47 Jo Adell Needs some more AAA seasoning, but skills are very enticing
48 Willie Calhoun High contact and power combo could yield .300/30 upside
49 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Now has a full season of PA (606) in MLB: .279, 31 HR, 85 RBI, 82 R, 7 SB
50 Bryan Reynolds Strong AVG asset has 20 HR/10 SB potential in full season atop lineup
51 Justin Upton Injury-riddled season still had 30-HR pace; solid cheap buyback option
52 Shin-Soo Choo Just keeps plugging w/3 straight 630+ PA yrs; useful 20/10 performer
53 Ryan Braun Remains a force (.270/20/11 per yr since ’17) even if it’s only 450 PA
54 Aristides Aquino Sneaky 7-for-7 SB contribution w/major power production
55 Nick Senzel This depends on his Sept. labrum surgery recovery process; stay tuned
56 Austin Riley Righties found a hole (.215 AVG), but still a 30 HR bat in 600 PA
57 Hunter Dozier Legit pwr breakout and has some sneaky speed that could yield 10+ SB
58 Hunter Renfroe Basically an older version of Riley w/a 30 HR season under his belt
59 Joc Pederson You know what you’re getting: platoon bat w/.245 AVG & 25-30 HR
60 Mallex Smith Led MLB w/46 SB, but hit just .227 w/no pop and only 70 R

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Corey Dickerson? Guessing somewhere around 50 but avg is huge