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The Dynasty Guru’s Top 125 Outfielders, #101-125

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Without further ado, it’s time to continue our 2019 consensus rankings by looking at our 101-125 dynasty outfielders.

101) Khalil Lee, Kansas City Royals, (Age: 21, Previous Rank: NR)

Khalil Lee’s 2017 was actually kind of impressive. He displayed his power by hitting 17 homers and also swiped 20 bags. Almost as impressive as stealing 20 bases was the fact he got caught stealing 18 times. At least he never gave up trying. Lee’s 2018 wasn’t as strong on the power front but he was able to still steal a bunch of bases and drastically cut his k% leading to an improved average. He still has a lot of work to do but the shell of a solid OF is there. (Keaton O. DeRocher)

102) Austin Hays, Baltimore Orioles, (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 43)

Hays had a breakout in 2017 coming out of nowhere to mash 32 homers, slash .329/.365/.593 and earn a promotion to the major league squad straight from Double-A. He followed that up by starting the season in Double-A again and not playing all that well. So now here we are. What to make of him? The good news is not much is stopping him from seeing the field in Baltimore so if he can regain some of his might, he has a chance to be useful. (Keaton O. DeRocher)

103) Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers, (Age: 36, Previous Rank: 86)

If you’re into old dudes who fill your roster and don’t hurt you (Jake) [ AND who rank in the top-40 all-time in hit by pitch- Ed.], then Choo is for you. He’s a sure bet to hold a hard hit rate over 40% and 20+ homers. His average might not be great but his OBP will be. If you’re competing now you could do much worse at the position. (Keaton O. DeRocher)

104) Jason Heyward, Chicago Cubs, (Age: 29, Previous Rank: 125)

Gone are the days when Heyward would bag you a 20/20 season, but he’s not useless in fantasy. His biggest asset is his minuscule strikeout rate and above average walk rate, that leads to a very useful OBP. If he continues to trend with an average around .270 that’s not too shabby but outside of that he’s probably not going to offer up much else. (Keaton O. DeRocher)

105) Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves, (Age: 35, Previous Rank: NR)

Markakis is another old that can provide a lot value. The power won’t be on par with Choo’s but his average and OBP will be much better. Last season Markakis produced some power, slugging 14 homers which was his highest total since 2014. Again if you’re competing now and in need of OF help you can do far worse than Markakis. (Keaton O. DeRocher)

106) Bradley Zimmer, Cleveland Indians, (Age: 25, Previous Rank: 46)

Injuries have really ravaged Zimmer as of late, slowing him down to the tune of 42 games total between the minors and the majors last season. With Cleveland in need of some OF help at the moment it would be great if he could stay healthy and contribute. If healthy, Zimmer could provide double digit homers and close to 30 steals while slashing something along the lines of .260/.350/.450 (Keaton O. DeRocher)

107) Jay Bruce, Seattle Mariners, (Age: 31, Previous Rank: 49)

I’m not exactly sure where Bruce ends up playing in Seattle, but if he gets at-bats he’ll hit homers. That’s about all Bruce is going to provide but he’ll provide a lot. Injuries last season sidelined him for a bunch of time but assuming he’s healthy entering the year, with the amount he walks his OPB will be serviceable but if you’re in need of counting stats Bruce can help. (Keaton O. DeRocher)

108) Heliot Ramos, San Francisco Giants, (Age: 19, Previous Rank: 66)

Ramos is one of my favorite players in the minors right now, mainly because his career trajectory can go in so many different directions. His hit tool is pretty decent and he shows the ability to hit for power too. However, he strikes out a butt-load. Like an A-Rod’s plump butt, butt load. Striking out as much as he does in A-ball means he has a ton of work to do as he progresses but if he does turn it around he can be very exciting. (Keaton O. DeRocher)

109) Keon Broxton, New York Mets, (Age: 28, Previous Rank: 117)

Speaking of guys I don’t know what to make of. Broxton put together one of the weirdest 20/20 seasons in 2017 while slashing .220/.299/.420. Then the Milwaukee outfield got way crowded and he didn’t play and got sent down to Triple-A. Now with the Mets, Broxton should get some more playing time but i’m not even going to guess what he’ll do with it. (Keaton O. DeRocher)

110) Brett Gardner, New York Yankees (Age 36, Previous Rank: 82)

First, he was a walk-on at the College of Charleston. Then, he became an unheralded 3rd round pick who was hitting strangely well in the minor leagues, but didn’t get much prospect hype. Then he became an early favorite target of defensive statistic deniers. Finally, Gardner became a sneaky good hitter who scores runs, steals bases, and even hits for a little bit of power with a real claim as one of the top-10 outfielders in Yankees history. Unfortunately, 2018 began the last chapter of his career. He hit .236/.322/.368 with a respectable 95 runs scored, 12 home runs, and 16 stolen bases. However, a horrible second half lost him his job. Gardner will likely ride the bench as long as the elite Yankees starting outfield is healthy. Even if he plays, he might have very little offensive value remaining. Someone should own him in case he goes full underdog yet again and replicates his 20/20 2017 performance, but that case looks very unlikely. -EJ Fagan

111) Travis Swaggerty, Pittsburgh Pirates (Age 21, Previous Rank: NR)

I never know what to make of a prospect like Swaggerty. He was a 10th overall pick out of a big college program. He’s an athletic center fielder with five above average tools and no obvious flaws. However, he hit .239/.322/.383 against not-so-great Low-A competition after signing. He’s probably still a good value pick all the way down at 112, but I would take him significantly below his 2018 draft position. The dilemma is made significantly harder due to his lack of a carrying tool; Swaggerty might turn out to be a perfectly fine major league outfielder, but not good enough at any one thing to contribute in a moderately-deep fantasy league. Take him as a throw-in for a trade, but don’t give up anything of value, and mentally bump him up a few spots in very deep leagues. -EJ Fagan

112) George Valera, Cleveland Indians (Age 18: Previous Rank: NR)

Valera has a remarkable story. When he was 13, his father was involved in a horrific car accident, and had to have several metal rods inserted into his limbs, causing him to be sensitive to the cold. His family decided to move from Queens, where Valera was born, to his parent’s home town in the Dominican Republican. A teenager who only spoke Spanish at home, Valera struggled to adapt to his new surroundings. He found his salvation in baseball, and was signed by the Cleveland Indians to a $1.3 million contract just three years after the accident. As far as fantasy baseball goes, Valera is a pretty typical (very) young international free agent. He has just 22 plate appearances stateside, but lots of upside. Draft accordingly. -EJ Fagan

113) Leody Taveras, Texas Rangers (Age: 20, Previous Rank: 54)

Trade him now. Leody Taveras has way more name value than actual fantasy value. A few years ago, he was one of the top young Latin American prospects in baseball. He had the tools to support a huge ceiling and managed to earn 333 plate appearances during his age-17 season and not look completely lost. Three years later, Taveras has been a consistent failure in the low minors. He’s hovered right around his career .665 OPS every season, is not a prolific base stealer and doesn’t hit for power. After nearly 1500 plate appearances, the odds that he will put it all together and deliver on his ceiling are very low. -EJ Fagan

114) Avisail Garcia, Tampa Bay Rays (Age: 28 Previous Rank: 62)

Garcia’s 2018 was emblematic of the White Sox’s struggles: fantasy owners entered the season optimistic to see what he could do after hitting .330/.380/.506 (with a .390 BABIP) in 2017. The answer was, like most of the White Sox team, not a lot. He hit .236/.281/.438 in under 400 plate appearances due to a knee injury. After being non-tendered and signing with the Rays, Garcia’s unique combination of size, power and athleticism make him a tantalizing player. He’s definitely worth a stash. -EJ Fagan

115) Tirso Ornelas, San Diego Padres (Age: 19, Previous Rank: NR)

You aren’t be alone if Tirso Ornelas’ name doesn’t ring a bell. The Padres farm system is overloaded with young, talented prospects. He’s a five-tool outfielder from Tijuana with lots of talent but a mixed short-season teenage track record in the minor leagues. He’s probably a corner outfielder in the long run, and will need to hit for power to contribute for a major league team. Lots of ceiling, lots of uncertainty, yada yada. Draft accordingly. -EJ Fagan

116) Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles Angels (Age: 31, Previous Rank: 94)

Once upon a time, Kole Calhoun was an underrated major league hitter. From 2014-2016, he was an above-average hitter each year, putting up about 10 WAR over that span. More importantly, Calhoun batted at the top of a batting order that included Mike Trout, goosing his counting stats. However, aging curve has hit pretty hard over the last two years. A better franchise would have cut him a long time ago. Stay away from the 31 year-old. -EJ Fagan

117) Bubba Thompson, Texas Rangers (Age: 21, Previous Rank: NR)

I have fond thoughts for anyone who goes by “Bubba” without irony. The former first round pick had a solid, but unspectacular, full season debut in 2018. He hit .289/.344/446 in Low-A for Texas. As a 70-speed outfielder, Thompson has the potential to be a major contributor in the stolen base category. He stole 32 bases in just 363 plate appearances last year. The bad news is he struck out 28% of the time. Thompson has tantalizing fantasy potential in a league without prolific base stealers, but don’t expect him to do a lot else, or to contribute before 2022. -EJ Fagan

118) Akil Badoo, Minnesota Twins (Age: 20, Previous Rank: NR)

Badoo is another young speedy outfielder, although slower than Thompson. Drafted in the second round as one of the youngest high school hitters in the 2016 draft, Badoo has hit a solid .255/.367/.427 across three seasons and 887 plate appearances. He has 15/15 (20/20 if we’re being generous) potential in the major leagues. -EJ Fagan

119) Jose Siri, Cincinnati Reds (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 121)

Jose Siri was finally promoted to the high-minors in 2018, but did not rise to the occasion. After finally putting together a productive season in Low-A in 2017, Siri hit .239/.294/.449 with a near-30% k-rate between High-A and Double-A. He still remains a potential power/speed threat in the major leagues, but other names at the bottom of this outfield list are much better bets. Take a shot at him in deep leagues, but do not commit and otherwise valuable roster spot to Siri. He’s probably toast. -EJ Fagan

120) Antonio Cabello, New York Yankees (Age: 18, Previous Rank: NR)

Cabello was signed out of Venezuela at 17 years old and played 2018 in the Gulf Coast Rookie League, making an immediate impact with his bat. While it is important not to overreact to rookie league numbers, Cabello hit .321 in 162 plate appearances, with 18 of his 44 hits going for extra bases, leading to a .555 SLG % and a 174 wRC+; very rare numbers, even for a 40-game sample. Cabello is a converted catcher who is just learning to play the outfield, spending most of his time in center field in 2018. Early reviews of his strengths all seem to reference a quick bat that could lead to power down the line, with 60-65 grade speed. Cabello is already starting to move up prospect lists, and another year of hitting like this will bring even more hype. Now is a great time to buy-in. (Bob Osgood)

121) Jordyn Adams, Los Angeles Angels (Age: 19, Previous Rank: NR)

If you’re looking for a high-upside, super-athletic prospect, then I suggest considering a young man who can throw down high school dunks that would have Dikembe Mutombo holding back everyone in attendance. Luckily for us, Jordyn Adams chose baseball over basketball, as well as playing football at UNC. Adams had 122 plate appearances at the rookie level, hitting .267 with five steals before a season-ending collision in the outfield left Adams with a broken jaw. His tools are considered very raw, but the potential is through the roof, receiving the rare 80-grade in speed from FanGraphs, with a future chance of reaching 50-60 in all other areas. Adams will take a few years of patience and he has a wide range of outcomes possible, but athletes on his level don’t come around often and is worth a pick once your first-year player draft reaches double digits. (Bob Osgood)

122) Alek Thomas, Arizona Diamondbacks (Age: 18, Previous Ranking: NR)

Thomas was drafted in round 2, 63rd overall in the 2018 amateur draft by the Diamondbacks. Initial reviews of Thomas have praised his plate discipline, speed, defense, and intangibles. He impressed over 272 plate appearances in rookie ball, showing an 8.8% BB-rate, and a 14.8 K-rate leading to a .333/.395/.463 slash line. Thomas seems to put the ball in play to all fields, pulling the ball 39% of the time, while using the opposite field 36%. The question of his hit tool will likely determine how quickly he is able to advance through the minors, with Fangraphs listing Thomas as a 25 current, and 55 future hit rating. However, his advanced defense for his age could prove Thomas to be a safe selection and high floor player in the second round of first-year player drafts, to perhaps pair with a riskier round one pick. (Bob Osgood)

123) Adam Duvall, Atlanta Braves (Age: 30, Previous Rank: 61)

After two consecutive seasons of, essentially, 30 taters and 100 ribbies (99 in 2017), Adam Duvall’s stats plummeted across the board in 2018, hitting .195, with 15 HR and 61 RBI in 427 plate appearances. Some bad luck seems to have contributed to this, specifically a sharp decline in BABIP down from .290 to .237, as well as a HR/FB rate of only 11.7% after being in the 15-18% range the two prior seasons. A trade at the deadline over to Atlanta took Duvall’s season from bad to worse, where Duvall went 7-for-53 without a single RBI. The recent re-signing of Nick Markakis leaves Duvall potentially on the weak side of that platoon, but the 35-year-old Markakis’ rejuvenation last year may not last. Until Duvall can get himself back over the Mendoza Line and a more direct line to at-bats, he should be left for NL-only leagues. (Bob Osgood)

124) Greg Allen, Cleveland Indians (Age: 26, Previous Rank: NR)

Allen was a solid multi-category contributor down the stretch for fantasy teams last year, hitting .310 with 15 steals in only 141 plate appearances after the all-star break. This was a great improvement from a .209 BA with 6 SBs in the first half, in his first real shot in the majors. He likely won’t contribute anywhere else, but based on his current price, you won’t need him to as Allen is going outside of the top 350, averaging as the 91st outfielder off the board in NFBC redraft leagues as of this posting. Unless the Indians sign a free agent outfielder prior to opening day, the switch-hitting Allen should see at-bats against all right-handed pitching in 2019, who he hit .267 against last year as opposed to .208 vs lefties. I believe Allen is a great late source of speed and is worth keeping in dynasty in 14-16 team roto leagues as a bench option, or for $1-2 in auction leagues. (Bob Osgood)

125) Anthony Alford, Toronto Blue Jays (Age: 24 Previous Rank: 73)

2018 was the season that some expected Alford to make a true leap into the big leagues, but he never could get his season off the ground. An early season hamstring injury sent Alford to the DL at Triple-A, and upon return went on to hit .240 over 105 games at that level, along with 5 home runs and going 17-for-24 on the base paths. He was recalled to Toronto on a couple of occasions throughout the season, going 2-for-19 at the plate. A dual-sport athlete (along with football), it’s important to keep in mind that Alford didn’t fully commit to baseball until 2015. Therefore, patience could pay off for his owners, especially since he hit .310 in 68 games in Double-A in 2017, with a 135 wRC+ and a 12.1/15.6 BB-to-K-rate. This may be a good time to buy low on Alford in dynasty if you believe that his athleticism will win out in the long run, while staying cautious with an injury history that has included hamstring, wrist, and concussion issues. (Bob Osgood)

 

Where They’d Rank*

Marwin Gonzalez – 104, behind Steven Souza Jr

Brandon Lowe -105, behind Marwin Gonzalez

 

*ranked as though all eligible players were included

The Author

Ian Hudson

Ian Hudson

Ian is an editor for The Dynasty Guru and a bowtie enthusiast. If you guessed one of those things about him you could probably guess the other.

He's also an attorney in Tampa, Florida.

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1 Comment

  1. Justin
    February 9, 2019 at 2:54 pm — Reply

    The 76-100 OF rankings lead to a PAGE NOT FOUND error message FYI

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