Outfielders

2018 OUTFIELDER RANKINGS FOR 2018

Updated: 2/7/2018 by Max Freeze

Rank Name Team
Trout & Friends
1 Mike Trout Angels OF
2 Mookie Betts Red Sox OF
3 Giancarlo Stanton Yankees OF
4 Bryce Harper Nationals OF
5 Charlie Blackmon Rockies OF
6 J.D. Martinez FA OF
Four (Category) Your Pleasure Studs
7 George Springer Astros OF
8 Cody Bellinger Dodgers 1B/OF
9 Aaron Judge Yankees OF
10 Christian Yelich Brewers OF
11 Andrew Benintendi Red Sox OF
12 Tommy Pham Cardinals OF
13 A.J. Pollock Dbacks OF
You want Power, I’ll get you some Power
14 Marcell Ozuna Cardinals OF
15 Rhys Hoskins Phillies 1B/OF
16 Justin Upton Angels OF
17 Khris Davis Athletics OF
18 Joey Gallo Rangers 1B/3B/OF
Upside for Days
19 Byron Buxton Twins OF
20 Lorenzo Cain Brewers OF
21 Yoenis Cespedes Mets OF
22 Domingo Santana Brewers OF
23 Andrew McCutchen Giants OF
24 Starling Marte Pirates OF
25 Ender Inciarte Braves OF
26 Willie Calhoun Rangers OF
27 Ryan Braun Brewers OF
28 Nick Castellanos Tigers 3B/OF
29 Ronald Acuna Braves OF
30 Ian Happ Cubs 2B/OF
Meh, I’m not sure I’m all that Interested
31 Billy Hamilton Reds OF
32 Adam Jones Orioles OF
33 Eddie Rosario Twins OF
34 Eduardo Nunez 2B/SS/3B/OF
35 Whit Merrifield Royals 2B/OF
36 Chris Taylor Dodgers OF/2B/SS
37 Yasiel Puig Dodgers OF
38 Ian Desmond Rockies 1B/OF
Could be a #3 OF but more like my #4/UTL
39 Manuel Margot Padres OF
40 David Dahl Rockies OF
41 Gregory Polanco Pirates OF
42 Mitch Haniger Mariners OF
43 Matt Olson Athletics 1B/OF
44 Steven Souza Jr. Rays OF
45 Yasmany Tomas Diamondbacks OF
46 Eric Thames Brewers 1B/OF
47 Nomar Mazara Rangers OF
48 Trey Mancini Orioles 1B/OF
49 Shin-Soo Choo Rangers OF
50 Jay Bruce Mets OF/1B
51 Avisail Garcia White Sox OF
52 Kevin Kiermaier Rays OF
53 Bradley Zimmer Indians OF
This Tier puts me to sleep, what else ya got?
54 Marwin Gonzalez Astros OF/SS/1B/2B/3B
55 Josh Reddick Astros OF
56 David Peralta Diamondbacks OF
57 Jose Martinez Cardinals 1B/OF
58 Corey Dickerson Rays OF
59 Scooter Gennett Reds 2B/OF/3B
60 Scott Schebler Reds OF
61 Kevin Pillar Blue Jays OF
62 Jason Kipnis Indians 2B/OF
63 Odubel Herrera Phillies OF
64 Randal Grichuk Blue Jays OF
65 Michael Taylor Nationals OF
66 Aaron Hicks Yankees OF
67 Brett Gardner Yankees OF
68 Jackie Bradley Jr. Red Sox OF
69 Kyle Schwarber Cubs OF
70 Adam Eaton Nationals OF
If I’m Drafting an OF Bench Bat, I want Upside!
71 Michael Conforto Mets OF
72 Lewis Brinson Marlins OF
73 Delino DeShields Rangers OF
74 Dexter Fowler Cardinals OF
75 Max Kepler Twins OF
76 Adam Duvall Reds OF
77 Austin Hays Orioles OF
78 Victor Robles Nationals OF
79 Anthony Alford Blue Jays OF
80 Austin Meadows Pirates OF
81 Alex Verdugo Dodgers OF
82 Tyler O’Neill Cardinals OF
83 Christin Stewart Tigers OF
84 Clint Frazier Yankees OF
The Rest / Don’t Want
85 Hunter Pence Giants OF
86 Matt Kemp Dodgers OF
87 Kole Calhoun Angels OF
88 Aaron Altherr Phillies OF
89 Brandon Belt Giants 1B/OF
90 Nick Williams Phillies OF
91 Michael Brantley Indians OF
92 Jorge Soler Royals OF
93 Jacoby Ellsbury Yankees OF
94 Stephen Piscotty Athletics OF
95 Steve Pearce Blue Jays OF/1B
96 Teoscar Hernandez Blue Jays OF
97 Jason Heyward Cubs OF
98 Jose Bautista Blue Jays OF
99 Mikie Mahtook Tigers OF
100 Gerardo Parra Rockies OF

 

Mike Trout is #1 any way you slice it. The difference between Trout and #2 is about the difference between Betts and Judge, he’s that good. Mookie Betts through Charlie Blackmon are all very close and I’ve slipped J.D. Martinez (assuming he signs and plays) in there as well because he’s basically a lock for 40+ HR and 110 RBI. I could see anyone from the Mike Trout tier finish not only as the #1 OF but #1 overall. I didn’t rank Kris Bryant because he only started eight games in the OF in 2017 (I’m using a minimum of 10 starts) but he’d rank somewhere between Bellinger and Yelich.  If you’ve read my site, you know I don’t love Bryant going into 2018..

Outside of the top 10, I’ve got Pham at 12 which was a surprise to even me. He is coming off a great year and yes, he’ll be 30 in 2018 but so what. A lot of guys peak late, look at J.D. Martinez and Jose Bautista. My projections for Tommy Pham have built in regression for K rate, BB rate, and HR/FB and he’s still this high. Look, his Swstr was down to 7.6% and his O-Swing was down to 19.0% which was 3rd in the majors in front of some Mr. Fish guy named Trout! He hits the ball hard and has well above average/good speed. Come on fam (Pham) he went 23/25 in 128 games and will have a full time role hitting between 1st and 4th in the order. For A.J. Pollock he needs to stay healthy but if he does, he will earn his ranking and then some. He’s got 20-30 talent with a high average hitting in front of Goldy.

This is what I said at the end of December “I really like Christian Yelich if he can get out of Miami and go to a better park and lineup. His FB% have gone from 15%, 20%, 25% the past three seasons. He hits the ball extremely hard, takes walks, rarely pops-up, hits for average, and has some speed. If he’s moved to a hitter’s park in a solid lineup, I could see .300-25-100 upside with 15 steals.” That’s why he jumped up to 10th overall for OF. If you think Starling Marte is low, I lay out some reasons why I’m down on him in this bust post.

The next tier is straight power, all those guys have 35+ HR power and will give you 3 categories, don’t ask for anymore from these guys. The 19-30 Upside for Days tier has a nice mixed bag of OFs. In most leagues, I want to own two of these guys it’s a combination of young talent and old veterans who can still produce. I already mentioned Marte, I won’t be owning him, I’m likely lower on him than anyone else. The next tier starts with Billy Hamilton, I’m not falling for the stolen base scarcity (if you can’t tell). He absolutely kills you in all 4 categories other than steals. Does .250-5-70-35-55 sound great? No, thank you.