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2019 Outfielders - Early Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Outfield is a unique position in the fantasy world. The best of the best reside in the outfield, with our consensus top two picks and nine of the top 25 overall players making this list. On the other hand, it is by far the deepest and easiest to gain late-round value if you choose to wait. That's why it's so important to determine exactly who to target at what point in your draft, especially in leagues that require four or five OF slots.

Whether it's power, speed, average, or sky-high potential, you can find whatever you are looking for at this position... if you know where to look. That's why I joined forces with our rankings gurus JB Branson, Nick Mariano, and Chris Zolli to come up with an early consensus for mixed leagues. We have over 660 players listed on our redraft ranks, broken down by tier because anything else would be uncivilized.

In case you missed it, check out our analysis around the diamond for first base, second base, third baseshortstop and catcher. Without any more delay, let's take a peek at the 2019 outfield rankings for January.

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2019 Fantasy Baseball Tiered Rankings: Outfielder (January)

Rank Tier Player Position Nick Pierre JB Chris
1 1 Mike Trout OF 1 1 1 1
2 1 Mookie Betts OF 2 2 2 2
3 1 J.D. Martinez OF 5 10 6 7
4 2 Christian Yelich OF 11 8 5 18
5 2 Ronald Acuna OF 12 14 11 15
6 2 Aaron Judge OF 16 7 19 10
7 2 Bryce Harper OF 15 17 16 12
8 2 Giancarlo Stanton OF 25 19 25 28
9 2 Andrew Benintendi OF 32 18 31 23
10 2 Charlie Blackmon OF 29 39 26 21
11 2 Kris Bryant 3B/OF 31 29 35 26
12 2 Juan Soto OF 26 31 33 35
13 2 Khris Davis OF 30 37 38 34
14 3 Starling Marte OF 35 35 37 39
15 3 Rhys Hoskins 1B/OF 50 23 46 31
16 3 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF 46 45 32 51
17 3 George Springer OF 45 40 49 40
18 3 Whit Merrifield 2B/OF 38 55 36 67
19 3 Justin Upton OF 48 46 60 54
20 3 Lorenzo Cain OF 47 61 53 59
21 4 Eddie Rosario OF 63 52 70 75
22 4 Nick Castellanos 3B/OF 71 84 62 46
23 4 Tommy Pham OF 67 87 64 60
24 4 Wil Myers 3B/OF 72 56 92 76
25 4 Mitch Haniger OF 62 102 72 79
26 4 A.J. Pollock OF 89 86 84 68
27 4 Marcell Ozuna OF 95 63 93 100
28 5 Dee Gordon 2B/OF 106 79 97 119
29 5 Michael Brantley OF 104 93 98 111
30 5 Matt Olson OF/1B 113 92 110 92
31 5 Joey Gallo 3B/1B/OF 101 109 118 84
32 5 Andrew McCutchen OF 116 107 117 94
33 5 Aaron Hicks OF 79 146 125 96
34 5 Ender Inciarte OF 110 129 123 90
35 5 Michael Conforto OF 112 122 107 130
36 5 Eloy Jimenez OF 121 134 112 121
37 5 David Dahl OF 115 162 126 102
38 5 David Peralta OF 138 151 96 129
39 5 Victor Robles OF 136 127 141 116
40 5 Yasiel Puig OF 105 161 105 150
41 6 Ian Desmond OF/1B 135 175 108 142
42 6 Mallex Smith OF 128 169 130 154
43 6 Nomar Mazara OF 178 106 161 138
44 6 Harrison Bader OF 137 172 134 159
45 6 Gregory Polanco OF 143 155 170 152
46 6 Stephen Piscotty OF 188 139 172 136
47 6 Brandon Nimmo OF 160 196 142 148
48 7 Odubel Herrera OF 177 211 158 212
49 7 Jose Martinez OF/1B 147 309 143 166
50 7 Adam Eaton OF 174 210 209 204
51 7 Kyle Schwarber OF 186 216 175 226
52 7 Jesse Winker OF 164 289 174 183
53 7 Ryan Braun 1B/OF 144 324 138 213
54 7 Byron Buxton OF 216 208 229 179
55 7 Corey Dickerson OF 202 250 208 181
56 7 Austin Meadows OF 199 248 222 178
57 7 Franmil Reyes OF 211 212 215 209
58 8 Shin-Soo Choo OF 193 221 203 262
59 8 Chris Taylor 2B/SS/OF 214 294 171 203
60 8 Joey Wendle 2B/3B/SS/OF 176 338 185 202
61 8 Nick Markakis OF 172 256 181 293
62 8 Trey Mancini 1B/OF 213 279 217 205
63 8 Manuel Margot OF 221 224 258 221
64 8 Billy Hamilton OF 189 200 207 335
65 8 Hunter Renfroe OF 296 227 216 195
66 8 Ramon Laureano OF 201 306 241 197
67 8 Ian Happ 3B/OF 217 287 230 232
68 8 Adam Jones OF 243 214 225 288
69 8 Matt Kemp OF 265 265 195 265
70 8 Kyle Tucker OF 293 255 200 245
71 9 Kevin Kiermaier OF 229 217 278 296
72 9 Jake Bauers 1B/OF 230 314 251 240
73 9 Avisail Garcia OF 238 276 248 303
74 9 Brett Gardner OF 233 316 211 332
75 9 Jackie Bradley Jr. OF 249 283 219 342
76 9 Domingo Santana OF 220 296 254 356
77 9 Max Kepler OF 304 307 263 264
78 9 Teoscar Hernandez OF 276 313 293 268
79 9 Steven Souza Jr. OF 231 281 264 387
80 9 Brandon Belt 1B/OF 286 335 235 308
81 9 Randal Grichuk OF 278 363 300 229
82 9 Scott Schebler OF 240 369 333 254
83 9 Yoenis Cespedes OF 349 185 298 374
84 9 Bradley Zimmer OF 271 271 286 399
85 9 Marwin Gonzalez 1B/2B/SS/OF 364 348 303 215
86 9 Brian Anderson 3B/OF 324 259 276 373
87 10 Jay Bruce OF/1B 264 326 334 329
88 10 Daniel Palka OF 306 305 373 278
89 10 Scott Kingery SS/3B/OF 319 360 301 283
90 10 Adam Duvall 1B/OF 254 346 319 345
91 10 Kole Calhoun OF 275 312 292 407
92 10 Willie Calhoun OF 337 368 312 297
93 10 Franchy Cordero OF 242 370 330 388
94 11 Kevin Pillar OF 330 430 296 304
95 11 Jake Cave OF 294 263 405 405
96 11 Delino DeShields OF 366 304 383 317
97 11 Jason Kipnis 2B/OF 290 395 329 377
98 11 Eric Thames 1B/OF 376 352 339 336
99 11 Josh Reddick OF 346 353 367 353
100 12 Jorge Soler OF 367 331 441 313
101 12 Nick Williams OF 381 393 321 364
102 12 Joc Pederson OF 379 275 439 367
103 12 Lewis Brinson OF 338 349 392 391
104 12 Derek Fisher OF 316 389 381 389
105 12 Tyler O'Neill OF 284 375 314 503
106 12 Mark Trumbo OF 274 350 340 522
107 12 Steve Pearce 1B/2B/OF 353 443 385 319
108 12 Raimel Tapia OF 327 412 422 396
109 13 Dexter Fowler OF 485 320 461 325
110 13 Niko Goodrum 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF 391 460 473 277
111 13 Michael Taylor OF 412 367 454 413
112 13 Ben Zobrist 2B/OF 402 413 424 412
113 13 Carlos Gonzalez OF 396 480 306 471
114 13 Travis Jankowski OF 424 #N/A #N/A #N/A
115 13 Jason Heyward OF 393 442 465 436
116 13 Aaron Altherr OF 408 398 411 540
117 13 Kike Hernandez 2B/SS/OF 462 431 502 398
118 13 Albert Almora Jr. OF 399 438 429 536
119 13 Keon Broxton OF 548 341 #N/A 470
120 13 Hernan Perez 2B/3B/OF/SS 566 399 487 383
121 13 Leonys Martin OF 435 419 449 539
122 13 Jose Osuna 1B/OF 469 472 #N/A 448
123 13 Phillip Ervin OF 466 #N/A #N/A #N/A
124 13 Magneuris Sierra OF 454 424 460 537
125 13 Denard Span OF #N/A #N/A 471 #N/A
126 13 Peter O'Brien OF 420 463 495 521
127 13 Steven Duggar OF 415 493 476 515
128 13 Jorge Bonifacio OF 423 491 #N/A 525
129 13 Alex Verdugo OF 503 416 503 505
130 13 Mac Williamson OF 459 513 #N/A #N/A
131 13 Mikie Mahtook OF 449 477 496 532
132 14 Chad Pinder SS/2B/OF 570 440 #N/A 460
133 14 Alex Gordon OF 510 515 #N/A 454
134 14 Clint Frazier OF 591 435 501 447
135 14 Dustin Fowler OF 487 505 #N/A #N/A
136 14 Austin Hays OF 457 497 #N/A 535
137 14 Brett Phillips OF 584 433 506 477
138 14 Blake Swihart C/OF 508 514 #N/A 481
139 14 Chris Owings 2B/3B/OF 431 552 510 516
140 14 Brandon Drury 3B/OF 491 539 484
141 14 Adam Engel OF 514 #N/A #N/A #N/A
142 14 Brock Holt 2B/3B/OF 496 #N/A 508 550
143 14 Carlos Gomez OF 547 485 #N/A 526
144 14 Greg Allen OF 536 #N/A #N/A #N/A
145 14 Robbie Grossman OF 542 538 #N/A #N/A
146 14 Hunter Dozier OF 556 544 #N/A #N/A
147 14 Jose Pirela OF/2B 577 558 #N/A #N/A
148 14 Billy McKinney OF 599 545 #N/A #N/A
149 14 Nick Delmonico OF 593 560 #N/A #N/A
150 14 Curtis Granderson OF 603 551 #N/A #N/A
151 14 Leury Garcia OF 607 548 #N/A #N/A
152 14 Juan Lagares OF 597 561 #N/A #N/A
153 14 Cameron Maybin OF 580 #N/A #N/A #N/A
154 14 Charlie Tilson OF 587 #N/A #N/A #N/A
155 14 Jarrod Dyson OF 596 #N/A #N/A #N/A
156 14 Paulo Orlando OF 605 #N/A #N/A #N/A
157 14 Tyler Naquin OF 613 #N/A #N/A #N/A
158 14 Andrew Toles OF 629 #N/A #N/A #N/A


Outfield Rankings - Upper Tiers

Tier One

Remember the brief debate last year about whether Trout was the consensus #1 overall pick or if Jose Altuve should supplant him? That was cute. Trout quieted doubters (insolent fools!) after injury issues in 2017 with one of the best seasons of his still young career. He came within two HR and three RBI of tying his career highs and posted an ungodly personal-best 1.088 OPS. Yeah, he's the top pick in every league.

Mookie Betts is a close second though. He batted .346, finished with a 30-30 season and seems to just be getting better. It was all capped off with the most prestigious of awards - gracing the cover of our 2019 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide! It seems he also took home some sort of MVP award as well.

His teammate, J.D. Martinez, is the only player who joins this illustrious tier and rightfully so. He followed up a 45-homer season in 2017 with 43 homers in his first season with Boston, including 141 R+RBI. I own a very slight amount of skepticism about a repeat given the fact he is now 31 years old and may not improve on his career-best numbers following a long postseason with a potential World Series hangover. That just means I have him as a late first-rounder instead of a mid-round pick. That lineup is loaded. Plus, he gets to face the Orioles 19 times.

Tier Two

Last year's NL MVP barely misses the cutoff for Tier 1, mainly thanks to some saltiness from Z-Man who has him at 18. I've got no illusions about Yelich hitting 36 HR again. Just like we all saw a power surge coming with his increasing fly ball rate, low HR/FB% and move to Milwaukee, it's apparent his 35% HR/FB from last year has to come down. Even if it's just 25 jacks, he's still a first-rounder with his ability to contribute elite numbers across all five categories.

We've got Ronald Acuna as the 13th overall player, but he is probably going to go higher than that in many drafts. It's rare to see a "can't-miss" prospect who pays immediate dividends the way he did. The only question is where he'll slot in the lineup, as he could bat leadoff again as he did after the All-Star break or move down to the cleanup spot. This could shift his value in terms of steals vs runs batted in, so keep an eye on that throughout the spring.

Aaron Judge might be a discount superstar based on last year's injury woes. The vast majority of his profile is identical to his phenomenal rookie year with the exception of a jump in ground balls, resulting in a 1.19 GB/FB after posting a 0.81 GB/FB in 2017. Expecting 50 home runs is a bit ambitious but we know it's within reach and you won't have to sacrifice average. Speaking of, teammate Giancarlo Stanton is one of the few players who could reach 100 runs and RBI with 38 HR and still be labeled a bust by New York fans. He may have pressed a bit in his first taste of the Big Apple but he's got one of the highest floors for a power hitter across the draft board.

As the only ranker who has Andrew Benintendi higher than Charlie Blackmon (by 21 spots no less), I feel compelled to explain. Both are surrounded by great talent in the lineup and can contribute in all major categories. But while Benintendi still hasn't fully tapped his power potential and is a safe bet to steal 20+ bases, Blackmon is trending down in both areas. His last three stolen base totals are 17, 14, and 12, so double-digits might be his ceiling at this point. Steady increases in Swinging Strike rate and Ground Ball rate are flags that Blackmon isn't making quite the same level of quality contact as before. He's a solid OF2 but not the elite option as before in my opinion.

Tier Three

Last year's poster boy for our Draft Guide, Cody Bellinger, struggled out of the gate and never managed to put together the type of season his owners hoped for. JB sees him as a late third-round pick but it might be wise to let him slide another round before counting on a rebound to his rookie form. Bellinger enjoyed a 25.2% HR/FB rate in 2017 and hasn't proven he can sustain that type of fortune, especially when his fly ball rate dropped to 40%.

Rhys Hoskins did indeed fall back to Earth after the insane power binge he exhibited as the second coming of Roy Hobbs a rookie. He could experience some positive regression after seeing his HR/FB% drop to 16%, especially if he winds up with lineup support in the form of Bryce Harper in addition to Jean Segura. Hoskins doesn't get cheated at the plate, averaging 212 feet per home run, fourth-highest among batters with 150 batted ball events. A few more pitches to hit could result in a 40-HR, 100-RBI season.

If you're looking for speed, Starling Marte and Lorenzo Cain are high-end OF2 types that deliver solid production across nearly all categories. Cain swiped 30 bags, scored 90 times and finished with a .308 average in his first season as a Brewer. His mere 38 RBI drop him down a tick, however, as Marte managed to steal 33 bases but also drive in 72 runs and double Cain's HR production.

Justin Upton is somewhat underappreciated given his consistency. He's delivered at least 25 HR and 70 RBI for six straight seasons with a handful of steals for good measure. He's getting better with time, as his hard-hit rate has gone up each of the past four seasons, up to 43.8% in 2018. Upton was 17th in Barrels/Batted Ball Event last season, showing that there's plenty of thunder left in his bat at the age of 31.


Outfield Rankings - Middle Tiers

Tier Four

The fact that Tommy Pham ranked higher than Eddie Rosario on a couple of my compadres' rankings shows the heightened value of steals in this climate. He should get the green light often, seeing as how Tampa Bay finished first in SB attempts per game last year. I might be underestimating his potential to go 20/20 and score 100 runs in a lineup that, while not exactly stacked, should be competitive enough to give him value. Rosario's ceiling intrigues me too much, though. He has improved his strikeout rate each year in the majors, down to 17.6% last year, and has a legit shot to bat .300 with 30 homers and 180 R+RBI. Personally, I prefer to chase speed at middle infield where the power potential is lesser anyway or later in the draft.

Mitch Haniger or Marcell Ozuna? For the others, Haniger, is the easy choice. I'll stick with the guy who has already put together an All-Star season and has the more favorable team situation. Ozuna was considered a bust last year after the massive expectations he set in 2017. He took some time adjusting to St. Louis but it's not as if he put together a bad campaign. He managed to hit .280, drove in 88 runs and posted a 45% hard-hit rate that was 40th in the majors. He also showed good plate discipline with a career-low 17.5% strikeout rate. With a year to adjust to the Cardinal way and the support of Paul Goldschmidt in the lineup, I'm expecting numbers in between 17-18, which would put him in the ballpark of 30 HR, 110 RBI and an average near .290. Pretty damn good for someone that can be had at the 70th pick.

Haniger could very well put up similar numbers to Ozuna, but not this year. The M's are clearly rebuilding and will be without the services of Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano, and Jean Segura. Hitting in front of Jay Bruce and Kyle Seager, while not terrible, isn't as exciting as it was three years ago. Haniger is a talented player but I don't see much of a higher ceiling than he showed us last year.

Wil Myers is officially moving back to the outfield this season, which creates a ripple effect that in turn lowers the value of other potential sleepers on this list who we'll visit later on. A slew of nagging injuries robbed Myers of what should have been one of his best seasons. Coming off a 30/20 campaign in 2017, it was good to see he was still effective on the bases, stealing successfully on 13 of 14 attempts in just 83 games. An oblique injury led to prolonged power slumps, however, and could never sustain consistent value. This could be a bounce-back season now if he can stay healthy now that he doesn't have to worry about learning a new position. #56 may be a tad generous, I'll admit, but I don't see Tommy Pham hitting 30 home runs any time soon and Myers can get you about the same amount of steals.

Tier Five

Michael Brantley's move to Houston places him just outside the top 100 players on our rankings, even though his NFBC ADP is 120 at the moment. He's the type of player who is more valuable in points leagues or those with a larger category base than 5x5 due to a low K rate and high doubles total (36). That doesn't mean he can't be a useful starting outfielder in roto, though. His .309/.364/.408 slash line would play well anywhere, but in Houston, it could easily lead to 100+ runs scored.

Cutch is constantly referred to as a former MVP who is past his prime. Sure, he probably won't live like it's 2013 ever again but it's not as if he's fallen off a cliff either. McCutchen managed to reach 20 homers for the eighth straight year and tallied 14 steals too. San Francisco, aside from being a big mess last year, ranked 54th in Ballpark Factor for HR and 29th in runs for right-handed batters. His new home in Philadelphia ranked fourth for HR and 12th for runs. He could be an overlooked asset that you shouldn't let slip past the 10th round.

I smell a rankings debate brewing between Nick and me regarding Aaron Hicks. My bearish ranking of 146 almost doubles his 79 for the Yankees outfielder. Aside from being a plus defender, he stepped up big time at the plate in his first tour in pinstripes by hitting 27 home runs, driving in 79 runs and swiping 11 bags. He's always had good discipline and it got even better despite the power surge; his 15.5% walk rate was fifth among qualified batters and his 0.81 BB:K was 10th. In retrospect, this ranking should be much higher and was probably a conservative approach based on the fact that last year was the first time he crossed 400 plate appearances.

A pair of rookies expected to debut early on comprise the bottom portion of this tier. Eloy Jimenez and Victor Robles are supposed stars in the making with little to prove in the minors. The whole service time issue can interfere with our best designs, however, so don't overspend for players that may be burning a bench spot for multiple weeks or even months. Reyes seems a better bet to make an immediate impact if Bryce Harper bolts.

Tier Six

Nomar Mazara has posted three straight 20-homer seasons and he is still 23 years old. He was absolutely raking in May and appeared regularly on our Statcast for Hitters weekly series as a buy-low based on expected slugging stats and exit velocity. A right thumb sprain cost him time on the DL and subsequently robbed him of his power, as he hit only five HR over the last three months. What could have been a breakout season last year turned into more of the same, making it seem as if we've seen what he has to offer already. I feel his season-end stats mask an impending breakout that warrants a higher pick than his ADP ranking as the OF42 suggests.

Both Mallex Smith and Harrison Bader offer speed, with Bader also offering some pop with a middling average. Smith his .296 and stole 40 bases last year for the Rays, which isn't surprising based on his minor league track record. If you have the need for speed after the majority of your starting spots are filled, Smith should be your preferred option with Bader as the consolation prize.

Which Brandon Nimmo we get in 2018 is a bit of a mystery. He was the hottest player around for a couple weeks but eventually cooled off and settled into an unexciting line of .263/17/47. He may get more pub than deserved based on the market he plays in.


Outfield Rankings - Lower Tiers

Tier Seven

Look, I don't hate Jose Martinez. I actually think he's a quality hitter and should get more credit than he has in St. Louis. That's the problem - he looks more and more likely to be squeezed out of playing time as the odd man out. With Goldy at first, Martinez must shift to the outfield where Ozuna already resides along with overpaid Dexter Fowler and the combination of Harrison Bader and Tyler O'Neill. The reason Fowler will play and Martinez won't: defense. Martinez is a liability with the glove whereas Fowler, for all his offensive shortcomings last year, is a plus fielder. The Cards gain speed and lose nothing at the plate with the two youngsters. A trade to the American League would cause me to bump J-Mart a full 100 spots in my rankings but until that happens, I won't burn a roster spot on him.

Who wants to take a flier on Adam Eaton as a sleeper for a third time? He has barely stayed on the field since moving to Washington and while the average is good, he's a liability in the power categories with not even 20 SB as his absolute upside. It hardly seems worth the risk, even as the 50th outfielder off the board.

Once bitten, twice shy. That sums up my feelings on Byron Buxton, who I was willing to take the chance on last year after a tantalizing end to 2017. His league-leading sprint speed isn't going anywhere and he'll be given every chance to stay at the Major League level all year but he has to take a major step forward with his approach. He looked lost at the plate most of last season, so it's understandable if those who owned him last year want no part of this project.

Franmil Reyes could be a great sleeper if we knew he was going to play on a regular basis. The Padres are mixing and matching parts to, presumably, accomplish something this offseason. Wil Myers will occupy one corner OF spot and they still have mega-prospects Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe around, along with the intriguing Franchy Cordero. As it stands, Reyes is probably slated to play 3-4 times a week unless a trade happens. Offseason surgery for a torn meniscus isn't expected to hold him back at the start of the season.

Tier Eight

You'd think a season hitting .297 with 93 RBI and nearly as many walks as strikeouts would earn you a contract somewhere! Nick Markakis was a waiver wire steal last year but now sits on the proverbial wire waiting for a team to call for his services. Depending on his landing spot, he could be a solid, if unexciting value once more. Adam Jones is another vet who has some gas left in the tank and could benefit from a change in scenery.

Billy Hamilton would be a tier higher if not for the anchor of a ranking that Chris hung on him at 335. You know what you're getting with Hamilton - a one-trick pony who could win you steals by himself but needs to be compensated for in all other areas. Kansas City might have been the best possible place for him to wind up, so if you aren't one of those owners who has sworn off him then his stock should be higher than last year.

A popular sleeper this year is Ramon Laureano, the A's outfielder who debuted last year. He turned some heads by stealing seven bases in 43 games but it should be noted that Oakland was dead last in stolen base attempts per game last year at 0.34 and 28th the year before.

Tier Nine

We want to believe in Kevin Kiermaier's power-speed combo translating to something more than highlight-reel catches but he really needs to stop crashing into walls for that to happen. He's only surpassed 400 at-bats once in five MLB seasons and is not a good bet to break that trend. New teammate Avisail Garcia wasn't a hot commodity on the free agent market, settling for a one-year, $3.5 million deal in Tampa to be their primary DH. He could bat in the middle of a promising young lineup and figures to be a bargain at his current ranking. Garcia won't ever bat .330 again, as his insane .392 BABIP of 2017 shows, but he is growing into his power. Garcia posted a .202 ISO that has risen the last three years. At just 27 years old, he shouldn't be ignored on draft day.

Here's an uninspiring quote about Yoenis Cespedes, who underwent heel surgery. "If he gives us anything this year, that is great," said Omar Minaya. That sounds much different than a day-to-day prognosis. Cespedes only played 38 games last year and saw his strikeout rate jump to almost 32%. The number that's most concerning is 33 - his age entering the 2018 season. He's been playing professionally since age 17 in Cuba and has a lot of wear and tear on a surgically repaired heel. He doesn't seem worth the risk, even if declared ready to go before the All-Star break.

Teoscar Hernandez is another Statcast darling who finished tied for ninth in Barrels per Plate Appearance at 9.4, also posting a hard hit rate of 46%. He's got a propensity to swing and miss when he doesn't make hard contact, however. Check out our breakdown of his profile for more detailed info.

Tier 10-14

Here are your late-round fliers and last-round picks. Many of these players won't be selected in typical drafts but should be monitored on the waiver wire throughout the early part of the season. As far as those who could be worth a roster spot ahead of Opening Day, here are some names to keep an eye on.

Players to Watch: Jake Cave, Daniel Palka, Willie Calhoun, Jorge Soler, Tyler O'Neill, Lewis Brinson, Keon Broxton, Clint Frazier, Austin Hays

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