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The Dynasty Guru’s 2020 Top 125 Dynasty League Outfielders, #101-125

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Without further ado, it’s time to continue our 2020 consensus rankings by looking at the 101-125 best outfielders in dynasty leagues.

101. Mike Yastrzemski, San Francisco Giants, (Age: 29, Previous Rank: NR)

Not to be confused with the little green guy from Monsters, Inc., Mike Yastrzemski lived up to the family name and made a splash when he got to the majors in 2019. Yaz the younger was a 28-year-old pop-up guy who burst onto the scene after a breakthrough in Triple-A when he joined the Giants. He parlayed that success into a .272/.334/.518 line at the top level with 21 dingers in 411 PAs. It’s hard to say for certain that it’s going to continue (he did toil in the minors for 6 years), but the Statcast data looks pretty positive. He ranked above average in HH%, Sprint Speed, xwOBA, and xSLG and he looks like a very good defender with an 80th percentile OAA. At the very least, that glove will keep him in the lineup in SF’s spacious outfield. (Joe Drake)

102. Jake Fraley, Seattle Mariners, (Age: 21, Previous Rank: NR)

The Mariners threw Jake into the fray in 2019, working him through AA to AAA and finally finishing with a cup of coffee in Seattle by season’s end. Fraley had a -5 wRC+ in his 41 PAs, which is “not good” as we say in the industry. Before I scare you away, Fraley’s been quite good in the minors despite limited experience. He missed the majority of 2017 which set his clock back a tad and makes him look old for the levels, but he really raked at both A+ and AA when he got the chance. While he’s not coming into the season with a job, the crew in front of him isn’t exactly known for their health and consistency. There’s a very real chance Fraley is getting every day at-bats by the time the calendar turns to May. He’s not going to win you any leagues, but he’s a solid bat across the board that can chip in at every category. (Joe Drake)

103. Randal Grichuk, Toronto Blue Jays, (Age: 28, Previous Rank: 74)

Our boy Randy is nothing if not consistent. Please don’t tell him I called him that. Grichuk saw a slight uptick in homers with the rabbit ball and a downtick in batting average, stole a couple of bases, struck out 26% of the time and walked 5.6% of the time. For as long as he’s in the lineup, this is who he is, a middle-of-the-order bat who swings for the fences and doesn’t walk much. The lineup around him is about to get a lot better as Guerrero, Bichette, and Biggio enter their 2nd years, but there are also a few OFs waiting in the wings should Grich falter as he enters the latter half of his career. Don’t expect any growth at this point, but he’s still a steady option with an improving lineup.  (Joe Drake)

104. Domingo Santana, Free Agent, (Age: 27, Previous Rank: 63)

Things went downhill quickly for Domingo the last two years. In 2017, he played 151 games and smoked 30 homers with 15 steals and a .278 average. That earned him a… demotion? Indeed, in 2018 Santana was just a part-time player in Milwaukee and only played 121 games with lesser production when he signed with Seattle in 2019. His biggest obstacle is his putrid defense (literally one of the absolute worst outfielders in the majors). He needs a DH role in order to maximize his plate appearances at this point, but there are only so many of those to go around. If he’s able to land regular work, he’ll be valuable for fantasy since he’s still hitting the ball pretty well. His HH%, xwOBA, and xSLG all ranked 69th percentile or better and 21 HRs paired with 8 SBs is pretty nice, too.
At the time of this writing, Santana is rumored to be signing with Cleveland, but nothing is official yet. (Joe Drake)

105. Sam Hilliard, Colorado Rockies, (Age: 26, Previous Rank: NR)

Can I interest you in an outfielder built like an NFL tight end with good speed and monster power who plays his home games at Coors Field? Of course, I can! Talk about upside to dream on. The downside is that A) Colorado absolutely refuses to play their most talented players and B) Hilliard is still pretty raw. His 30% K rate at AA and AAA is likely to get worse at MLB, but the good news is that Hilliard has the patience to work a walk (walk rates near 10% in the minors) and hunt pitches he can hit (42 HRs total in 2019). The potential is here, undoubtedly, but the question marks are very real for a 26-year old on a team with a crowded outfield. Still, for a ceiling of 30/20… there are far worse risks you could take. (Joe Drake)

106. Erick Pena, Kansas City Royals, (Age: 17, Previous Rank: NR)

It’s not often that you find a 17-year old who looks like a full-grown man already, but that’s where we’re at with Erick Pena. He’s 6’3” and 180lbs with big power that will continue to get bigger as he fills out. He’s also shown good feel to hit and could top out with a plus hit tool and plus power if everything goes his way. Before you get too excited, keep in mind that he’s probably half a decade away from his MLB debut at best… but we can still dream. Since he’s not overly athletic or fast, he profiles most like a power bat in a corner who will be a cornerstone in the middle of the order. He should make his pro debut this summer. (Joe Drake)

107. Stephen Piscotty, Oakland Athletics, (Age: 29, Previous Rank: 46)

As much as it pains me to say this, it’s pretty safe to say that Piscotty’s best days are behind him at this point. He’s 29 and coming off another injury-muddled season and the Athletics have plenty of minor league talent climbing the ladder. I’m not saying it’s over for Pisco, he could certainly come out and put up a .260 & 25 season with 160 R & RBIs, but if we’re being realistic, he’s cracked 600 PAs just twice since he came up in 2015. It’s probably best to bank on a prorated line around 400 PAs and hope for more. He’s not done, we’ve just transitioned from the “maybe there’s more upside” portion of his career to the “what you see is what you get” part.   (Joe Drake)

108. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers (Age: 35, Previous Rank: 85)

The Statcast data from 2019 makes two things quite clear about Ryan Braun: 1) he is not a good outfielder at this point in time (-8 OAA) and 2) he can still hit the ball with authority (91.2 MPH Avg Exit Velo). So, while this might be the last time we get to rank Mr. Braun in the outfield, it certainly looks like there are still plenty of swings left in his 35-year old tank. He posted a 117 wRC+ in 508 PAs last year with a .285/.343/.505 slash line, 22 HRs, and 11 steals. Yes, Ryan Braun swiped double-digit bags for the 12th time in 13 seasons. So, while you may assume that he’s nearing the end of his rope, I’m going to steal a line from my old pal, Lee Corso: Not so fast, my friend! Ryan Braun still looks like a 5 category contributor in the near future. (Joe Drake)

109. Luis Matos, San Francisco Giants, (Age: 18, Previous Rank: NR)

I’m not sure that anyone in the 2019 Dominican Summer League has had their stock rise as much as Luis Matos – and for good reason. Matos set the DSL ablaze with his 171 wRC+ in 270 PAs and earned a stateside cup of coffee in the AZL before the end of the year. He hit .362/.430/.570 and launched 7 homers while swiping 20 bases in 22 tries. That’s a helluva season for a 17-year old. A swinging strike rate of 22% is a tad concerning, but it didn’t lead to punchouts — Matos only struck out at an 11% clip while walking 7% of the time. So it would appear that he was in command of the zone. To further drive that point home, Matos struck out just once in his 20 plate appearances in the AZL. If he can continue to show that kind of approach in the box with the power we saw in the DSL, his stock will continue to soar. (Joe Drake)

110. Gilberto Jimenez, Boston Red Sox, (Age: 19, Previous Rank: NR)

It’s pretty rare that 80-grades are handed out, but Jimenez is the proud owner of legitimate 80-grade speed. He can absolutely fly in the outfield and on the basepaths, racking up 30 steals over his last two seasons. He could use a few tips on efficiency since he was also caught 20 times over that span, but that’s something that should come with age and experience. Even more impressive than his blazing speed is his feel to hit. Jimenez led the NYPL in hitting despite being just 19-years old. Based on those two attributes, and his complete lack of power (.111 ISO and a slap-hitting swing), Jimenez could grow into a classic leadoff hitter. I can’t help but be reminded of someone like Juan Pierre when I see Jimenez. (Joe Drake)

111) JOSH LOWE, TAMPA BAY RAYS, (AGE: 21, PREVIOUS RANK: NR)

Drafted in the first round in 2016, Lowe enjoyed a breakout 2019 season. He slashed .252/.341/.442 with 18 home runs and 30 steals in 121 games in Double-A and then carried that success over to the Arizona Fall League where he slashed .327/.379/.558 with 2 home runs and 4 steals in 15 games. The hit tool still needs some work, but Lowe displays great plate discipline (11.4% walk rate) and his 60-grade raw power and 60-grade speed make for a very enticing power/speed combo. Lowe should start the season in Triple-A and with the amount of quality depth the Rays already have in the majors, it is hard to see him making a Major League impact until 2021. The skills will play up more in OBP leagues but even in standard leagues Lowe is shaping up to be a solid four-category contributor with the potential for five if he can improve his hit tool. (Trevor Foster)

112) KYLE LEWIS, SEATTLE MARINERS, (AGE: 24, PREVIOUS RANK: NR)

It was a long road back from a 2016 ACL tear, but the former top prospect finally put together a full season in 2019. Lewis spent most of the season in Double-A, skipped Triple-A entirely, and went to mash 6 home runs in an 18-game cup of coffee with the Mariners. It wasn’t all good though as he struck out 38.7% of the time and only walked 3 times. The 10.8% walk rate in Double-A suggests he has more patience then he showed, but he will have to improve on his swing and miss tendencies to have sustained success. With Mitch Haniger set to miss the start of the season, Lewis should get a chance to start every day out of the gate. However, with the current outfield depth the Mariners have, plus Julio Rodriguez and Jarred Kelenic waiting in the wings, Lewis will have to display that plus power often to keep an everyday spot in the lineup in the future. (Trevor Foster)

113) MONTE HARRISON, MIAMI MARLINS, (AGE: 24, PREVIOUS RANK: 93)

Over the 2018-2019 offseason, Harrison worked on cutting down on his leg kick to make more contact and the results were very encouraging. While jumping levels from Double-A to Triple-A, he made improvements across the board slashing .274/.357/.451 in 2019 vs .240/.316/.399 in 2018. He also improved his plate discipline, increasing his walk rate 2.7% (from 7.5% to 10.2%) and reducing his strikeout rate 7% (from 36.9% to 29.9%). Harrison did miss two months of the season with a wrist injury but still managed to hit 9 home runs and swipe 20 bags in 56 games.
Despite the improvements, he still strikes out too much and the hit tool needs work, but the power/speed combo is one of the best in the minors. He is also an excellent fielder with a cannon for an arm and those skills should keep him in the lineup almost every day. Harrison should be competing for the Marlins CF job this spring and with the potential to become a 5-category contributor, the time to buy is now. (Trevor Foster)

114) HARRISON BADER, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS, (AGE: 26, PREVIOUS RANK: 55)

Bader followed up his breakout 2018 with a complete dud in 2019. He hit .205/.314/.366 over 128 games, struck out 28.8% of the time, and was even demoted to Triple-A for three weeks in August. The good news? Some of his underlying stats paint a more positive picture as he walked 11.3% of the time, increased his fly ball percentage, and increased his expected flyball distance. The bad news? He struggles to make quality contact. Per Statcast, his exit velocity is in the 16th percentile and he has one of the “loosest” launch angles in baseball according to Alex Chamberlain’s Launch Angle Tightness Table on Fangraphs. Currently, the Cardinals outfield is being deemed an open competition which adds concerns about Bader’s playing time. His elite defense and speed (both 98th percentile, per Statcast) should give him a leg up for the CF job and if given the opportunity he has the potential to be a 20/20 player. However, his inability to make consistent quality contact makes him a risky investment. (Trevor Foster)

115) KHALIL LEE, KANSAS CITY ROYALS, (AGE: 22, PREVIOUS RANK: 101)

After hitting 17 home runs in 2017, Lee hit 14 combined in 2018 and 2019. The batted ball profile tells a lot of the story here as he had a 59.3% groundball rate and a 20.5% flyball rate in 2019. Not ideal for hitting home runs and something he will have to improve on to flash his 60-grade raw power. It’s not all bad though, Lee has excellent plate discipline, walking 11.9% of the time in 546 PAs in Double-A. He is also a terrific baserunner, swiping 53 bags this year while only being caught 12 times. These two skills should put him near the top of the order for the Royals as early as this year and make him a yearly 30 stolen base threat. Hopefully, the power can come with the speed. (Trevor Foster)

116) ENDER INCIARTE, ATLANTA BRAVES, (AGE: 29, PREVIOUS RANK: 38)

Between two trips to the IL, Inciarte only appeared in 65 games in 2019. In the 41 games before his first IL stint, he slashed .218/.300/.323, his Zone-Contact fell to around 82%, his Fly Ball% fell to around 15%, and he was walking about 7% of the time. In the 24 games after returning from the IL (and before going back on it) Inciarte slashed .293/.411/.520, his Zone-Contact spiked back to his normal levels around 90%, his Fly Ball% rose to over 40%, he walked 15.7% of the time, and stole 4 bases without being caught. Yes, it’s a small sample but it is proof that he still has the skills to be a valuable fantasy asset. The acquisition of Marcell Ozuna clouds his playing time outlook but Inciarte has been mentioned as a trade candidate which may be better for fantasy owners. Monitor his situation throughout the offseason, if he ends up with a full-time gig, he could be a great value. (Trevor Foster)

117) YUSNIEL DIAZ, BALTIMORE ORIOLES, (AGE: 23, PREVIOUS RANK: 78)

The centerpiece of the Manny Machado trade, Diaz was projected to make his debut in 2019 but a series of injuries limited him to 76 games in Double-A. He displays great patience (9.9% walk rate) and should consistently carry a good average because of his propensity for making solid contact. While the power has not quite developed as expected, Diaz should be good for 20+ homerun pop playing half of his games at Camden Yards. He is not a stolen base threat, but he will be a solid contributor in the other 4 categories when he gets his chance, which could be as soon as this year. (Trevor Foster)

118) TEOSCAR HERNANDEZ, TORONTO BLUE JAYS, (AGE: 27, PREVIOUS RANK: 68)

Hernandez came back from his early-season demotion and put on a power show, blasting 23 dingers in 83 games to close out the year. He displayed improved patience at the plate in this period as well, walking 9.9% of the time and reducing his swing on pitches outside the zone by 5%. Even with these improvements he still struck out 34.4% of the time in that span. This is who he is, big-time power and big-time swing and miss. Hernandez also isn’t a good fielder which could potentially jeopardize his playing time. The power will play, but his poor contact skills will lead to a lot of future streakiness and now may be a good time to sell high while the second half hot streak is fresh in everyone’s minds. (Trevor Foster)

119) KEVIN KIERMAIER, TAMPA BAY RAYS, (AGE: 30, PREVIOUS RANK: 90)

Despite going on the IL for the fourth consecutive year, Kiermaier managed to appear in his most games (129) since 2015. The Outlaw won his 3rd Gold Glove and had 14 Homeruns, 60 Runs, 55 RBI, and 19 Stolen Bases. While the counting stats were decent, his overall offensive performance was not. He had a .228 AVG and .278 OBP, good for a 78 wRC+. That was a new career-low and his second consecutive year with a wRC+ under 80. Luckily for Kiermaier, the elite defense should keep him in the lineup just about every day, but with the bevy of quality depth the Rays have it would not be a surprise to see him lose some at-bats if he continues to hit so poorly. If he is playing every day the counting stats (especially the steals) will keep him fantasy relevant but you should expect him to make a trip to the IL and now that he is on the wrong side of 30, the upside is limited. (Trevor Foster)

120) CHRISTIAN STEWART, DETROIT TIGERS, (AGE: 26, PREVIOUS RANK: 77)

Hampered by two trips to the IL, Stewart didn’t put on the power display we were expecting from the guy who hit 83 home runs from 2016-2018 in the minors, hitting only 10 home runs in 416 plate appearances. Stewart has good patience, a quick bat, and natural loft in his swing that should allow him to regain his power stroke, but he will have to improve on his poor contact rate to consistently flash that power. Due to the Tigers general lack of talent on the roster, he should play almost every day in Left Field in 2020, but his long-term prospects are murky at best. He is one of the worst defenders in baseball (4th percentile, per Statcast) and best suited for a DH role, but that will most likely be occupied by Miguel Cabrera through 2023. If Stewart hits enough the Tigers will find a spot on the field for him, but at his best he is an average three-category contributor with limited upside. (Trevor Foster)

121) Misael Urbina, Minnesota Twins, (Age: 17, Previous Rank: NR)

A toolsy teenager signed out of Venezuela in 2018 for $2.75 million, Urbina has become prospect gold as a member of the Minnesota Twins. He debuted in the Dominican summer league during 2019, and quickly impressed with his plus speed and keen eye at the plate. Notably, Urbina walked nearly twice as many times and he struck out over 217 plate appearances, a rarity for a player yet to turn 18 years old. Scouts agree that he projects as a five-category contributor if he can reach his lofty potential. Urbina is accompanied by an extreme risk profile, having yet to debut in the states or show much in-game power. That said, there is a lot to like here, but plan to be patient. (Greg Gibbons)

122) Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Tampa Bay Rays, (Age: 28, Previous Rank: NR)

The Tampa Bay Rays welcomed a new slugger this offseason, signing Tsutsugo to a two-year $12 million contract. “Yoshi” as he prefers, was posted by the Yokohama Bay Stars of Nippon Professional Baseball after 10 seasons and some impressive offensive production. Over the course of his career he compiled 205 home runs, 615 RBI, an OPS of .907, and a walk rate north of 13%. Now stateside, I expect his power will play, but there is risk around whether his hit tool will translate to MLB production. Early comps from scouts suggest his ceiling as Kyle Schwarber, but realistically it seems he is unlikely to reach that level of production. The 28-year-old is primarily a leftfielder but will also see plenty of time at first base, third base, and designated hitter. We all know the Rays like to move around their players, so this will be something to monitor. Assuming he gets penciled into the lineup often, expect a solid three-category contributor with 20+ home run upside. In first-year player drafts, Yoshi is generally being selected in the second to third round and is best left to be drafted by a contending team (Greg Gibbons)

123) Josh Naylor, San Diego Padres, (Age: 22, Previous Rank: NR)

Seemingly been around forever but still only 22 years old, Josh Naylor’s bat is loaded with potential. He brings a tantalizing mix of hit and power tools and was coming into his own in 2019 hitting .314 with 10 home runs, a .916 OPS and a double-digit walk rate at Triple-A El Paso prior to being called up to the majors. He played sparingly out of the gate, but once the Padres traded outfielder Franmil Reyes to the Indians, Naylor had an opportunity to become more of a regular. Covered well in TDG’s Triple Play: San Diego Padres!, Naylor gave owners a taste of that potential showing above-average exit velocity, barrel rates, and hard-hit rates. However, a 4.5-degree launch angle severely limited his power production and ultimately, we were left with a replacement-level player. Coming into 2020, Naylor seemed to have the upper hand on a starting outfield position until the Padres complicated matters by acquiring outfielders Tommy Pham and Trent Grisham in trades and blocking Naylor’s playing time for the foreseeable future. The moral of the story is that Naylor will be an unreliable fantasy asset until his circumstances change, but when they do, we can still dream on the double-plus raw power. (Greg Gibbons) 

124) Adam Haseley, Philadelphia Phillies, (Age: 23, Previous Rank: NR)

Unless you frequent the SportsCenter Top 10 plays you may not be as familiar with our next player, but if you do, you’ve already been acquainted with Adam Haseley. Rushing onto the Phillies scene in 2019 following an injury to Andrew McCutchen, Haseley quickly impressed with his defensive prowess in centerfield, making several highlight reel catches. The former first-round draft pick and top prospect was called up last summer despite only six games at Triple-A under his belt. Best known within fantasy circles for his hit tool, he backed this up at every level of the minors posting a .275 batting average or better each season. However, the 23-year-old struggled at the dish in his debut, especially against left-handed pitching slashing only .212/.281/.531 over 57 at-bats. By September he began to settle in and showed improvements at the plate, looking more like the prospect we saw in the upper minors. The Phillies liked what they saw as well, going as far as naming him the starting centerfielder ahead of spring training. While he has an immediate opportunity to prove he can hold down an everyday spot in the Phillies outfield, Haseley is not without risks. The lefty has never shown much power even dating back to his collegiate days and will need to improve drastically against southpaws if he is going to remain a full-time starter. The latter is a big enough concern that, absent an uptick in power, he may not get enough at-bats to be a valuable fantasy asset. (Greg Gibbons)

125) Travis Swaggerty, Pittsburgh Pirates, (Age 22, Previous Rank: 111)

With the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft the Pittsburgh Pirates selected University of South Alabama alum Travis Swaggerty. The lefty is primarily known for his speed, milky smooth swing, and above-average defense in centerfield. He spent his first full professional season with High-A Bradenton and showed off a balanced skillset over 121 games while totaling 9 home runs, 23 stolen bases and a .265 batting average. Being 22 years old in High-A he may have left a little more to be desired, especially in the power department. Digging a little deeper, the speedster profiles as a table-setter rather than a middle-of-the-order bat which raises some concerns since there is a decent amount of swing-and-miss in his game. On the bright side, he improved his walk rate year-over-year and he impressed in the second half of 2019 to a tune of .306/.375/.430 over 63 games. I expect Swaggerty to begin 2020 and spend most or all of the season at Double-A Altoona. There is plenty of upside here, only 14 players in MLB hit at least .265 with 10 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 2019, and all finished ranked within the Top 100 hitters. (Greg Gibbons)

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