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2020 Offseason Outfield Rankings (Part 2) - Fantasy Baseball Mixed Leagues


It's never too early to start looking ahead to the next baseball season, so here we deliver our 2020 fantasy baseball rankings to those of you looking to scratch your fantasy itch. Whether you're already eliminated from fantasy football contention, or you're getting a head start on next year's keeper selections, RotoBaller has got you covered. We've assembled a collection of stout minds, including the #1 ranked expert from 2018, Nick Mariano, to help you get a jump start on your competition for the upcoming season.

With the Winter Meetings approaching and free-agency starting to materialize, there will be plenty of movement with these rankings before the draft season gets into full swing. Be sure to check in frequently during the offseason as we'll have updated rankings as soon as big names begin to change places.

Today, we'll analyze the lower tiers of the outfield position. You can check out part one of our outfield rankings and analysis for tiers 1-5 as well. This position offers some of the deepest upside around, with nearly 150 players ranked here in all. Whether your thing is rebounding veterans, hot rookies or undervalued category specialists, there's a player for you at every turn. Imagination can run wild in December, so let's check out the latest analysis of our 2020 rankings.

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Outfield Tiered Ranks - 5x5 Mixed Leagues (December)

In case you missed it, our very own "Big Pick Nick" Mariano was named the #1 overall most accurate industry expert ranker for the 2018 season.

Rank Tier Player Position Nick Nick G Riley
1 1 Ronald Acuna Jr. OF 2 1 1
2 1 Mike Trout OF 1 3 2
3 1 Christian Yelich OF 3 2 3
4 1 Mookie Betts OF 4 4 6
5 1 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF 5 6 4
6 2 Juan Soto OF 13 12 13
7 2 J.D. Martinez OF 21 22 16
8 2 Bryce Harper OF 18 20 26
9 2 Aaron Judge OF 19 29 21
10 3 Charlie Blackmon OF 32 23 27
11 3 Starling Marte OF 22 28 35
12 3 Yordan Alvarez OF 36 37 25
13 3 George Springer OF 35 34 30
14 3 Giancarlo Stanton OF 41 44 47
15 3 Whit Merrifield 2B/OF 42 43 55
16 3 Kris Bryant 3B/OF 48 47 48
17 4 Ketel Marte 2B/SS/OF 52 56 40
18 4 Joey Gallo OF 49 54 53
19 4 Austin Meadows OF 60 50 63
20 4 Eddie Rosario OF 67 55 56
21 4 Eloy Jimenez OF 54 52 81
22 5 Jorge Soler OF 85 81 85
23 5 Michael Brantley OF 88 90 76
24 5 Michael Conforto OF 87 98 71
25 5 Tommy Pham OF 77 84 105
26 5 Marcell Ozuna OF 98 86 93
27 5 Nicholas Castellanos OF 92 105 84
28 5 Victor Robles OF 100 66 125
29 5 Andrew Benintendi OF 96 87 111
30 5 Trey Mancini 1B/OF 103 109 101
31 5 Max Kepler OF 120 89 106
32 5 Jeff McNeil 2B/3B/OF 115 93 113
33 5 Yasiel Puig OF 93 107 124
34 5 Ramon Laureano OF 104 122 109
35 6 Danny Santana 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF 113 113 161
36 6 Mitch Haniger OF 143 139 108
37 6 Kyle Tucker OF 99 115 181
38 6 Oscar Mercado OF 135 141 128
39 6 Aristides Aquino OF 146 158 117
40 6 Kyle Schwarber OF 149 129 149
41 6 Franmil Reyes OF 140 137 152
42 6 Luis Robert OF 114 120 200
43 6 Willie Calhoun OF 174 135 126
44 6 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 2B/OF 170 127 141
45 6 Khris Davis OF 109 151 182
46 7 Andrew McCutchen OF 151 #N/A 153
47 7 David Dahl OF 153 179 142
48 7 Hunter Dozier 1B/3B/OF 164 166 154
49 7 Lorenzo Cain OF 182 148 155
50 7 Justin Upton OF 160 177 151
51 7 Byron Buxton OF 180 156 180
52 7 Joc Pederson 1B/OF 186 161 172
53 7 Nick Senzel OF 156 168 209
54 7 Mallex Smith OF 148 183 208
55 7 Garrett Hampson 2B/SS/OF 197 186 171
56 7 Shin-Soo Choo OF 202 169 216
57 7 Ryan Braun OF 203 174 220
58 8 Bryan Reynolds OF 234 150 238
59 8 J.D. Davis 3B/OF 198 228 203
60 8 Tommy Edman 2B/3B/OF 181 245 205
61 8 Domingo Santana OF 220 222 193
62 8 Mike Yastrzemski OF 216 207 215
63 8 Adam Eaton OF 194 192 277
64 8 Jo Adell OF 225 185 257
65 8 A.J. Pollock OF 212 210 248
66 8 Scott Kingery SS/3B/OF 224 214 236
67 8 Brett Gardner OF 215 205 266
68 8 Hunter Renfroe OF 238 265 192
69 8 Avisail Garcia OF 242 220 234
70 8 Jon Berti 2B/3B/SS/OF 227 #N/A 245
71 9 Randal Grichuk OF 250 281 191
72 9 Trent Grisham OF 244 237 244
73 9 Ian Desmond OF 218 263 267
74 9 Hunter Pence OF 209 215 325
75 9 Jose Martinez OF 267 253 233
76 9 Kyle Lewis OF 273 225 273
77 9 Kevin Pillar OF 279 248 246
78 9 David Peralta OF 313 261 211
79 9 Leury Garcia SS/OF 261 244 293
80 9 Austin Riley OF 315 #N/A 218
81 9 Brian Anderson 3B/OF 271 259 288
82 9 Stephen Piscotty OF 248 255 316
83 9 Alex Verdugo OF 363 #N/A 187
84 10 Wil Myers 1B/OF 222 258 357
85 10 Jesse Winker OF 286 #N/A 276
86 10 Corey Dickerson OF 270 268 306
87 10 Gregory Polanco OF 280 287 #N/A
88 10 Raimel Tapia OF 284 #N/A #N/A
89 10 Anthony Santander OF 289 #N/A 280
90 10 Alex Dickerson OF 266 251 349
91 10 Kole Calhoun OF 321 270 307
92 10 Eric Thames 1B/OF 359 #N/A 241
93 10 Nomar Mazara OF 344 295 274
94 10 Alex Gordon OF 264 272 380
95 10 Ian Happ 2B/3B/OF 306 #N/A #N/A
96 10 Manuel Margot OF 291 274 354
97 11 Jurickson Profar 2B/OF 309 #N/A #N/A
98 11 Brandon Nimmo OF 416 209 #N/A
99 11 Nick Markakis OF 314 #N/A #N/A
100 11 Clint Frazier OF 305 #N/A 326
101 11 Austin Hays OF 316 #N/A #N/A
102 11 Jason Heyward OF 336 #N/A 317
103 11 Steven Souza Jr. OF 341 #N/A #N/A
104 11 Matt Beaty 1B/3B/OF 342 #N/A #N/A
105 11 Tyler O'Neill OF 348 #N/A #N/A
106 11 Kevin Kiermaier OF 378 #N/A 319
107 11 Jackie Bradley Jr. OF 339 #N/A 362
108 11 Brandon Belt 1B/OF 351 #N/A #N/A
109 11 Teoscar Hernandez OF 408 #N/A 301
110 11 Josh VanMeter 1B/2B/OF 366 #N/A 345
111 11 Dylan Carlson OF 364 #N/A #N/A
112 12 Mike Tauchman OF 404 #N/A 359
113 12 Marwin Gonzalez 1B/3B/OF 382 #N/A #N/A
114 12 Josh Reddick OF 386 #N/A #N/A
115 12 Adam Jones OF 419 #N/A 355
116 12 Sam Hilliard OF 388 #N/A #N/A
117 12 Yoshitomo Tsutsugo OF 450 #N/A 334
118 12 Josh Rojas 2B/3B/OF 394 #N/A #N/A
119 12 Harrison Bader OF 395 #N/A #N/A
120 12 Yoenis Cespedes OF 396 #N/A #N/A
121 12 Josh Naylor OF 397 #N/A #N/A
122 13 Harold Ramirez OF 414 #N/A #N/A
123 13 Jarrod Dyson OF 532 #N/A 297
124 13 Ender Inciarte OF 417 #N/A #N/A
125 13 Shogo Akiyama OF 475 #N/A 365
126 13 Cameron Maybin OF 422 #N/A #N/A
127 13 Alex Kirilloff OF 426 #N/A #N/A
128 13 Dwight Smith Jr. OF 431 #N/A #N/A
129 13 Derek Fisher OF 432 #N/A #N/A
130 13 Aaron Hicks OF 528 #N/A 339
131 13 Drew Waters OF 442 #N/A #N/A
132 13 Travis Demeritte OF 446 #N/A #N/A
133 13 Delino DeShields OF 448 #N/A #N/A
134 13 Bradley Zimmer OF 451 #N/A #N/A
135 13 Adam Duvall OF 527 #N/A 377
136 13 Greg Allen OF 462 #N/A #N/A
137 13 Nick Martini OF 465 #N/A #N/A
138 13 Christian Pache OF 469 #N/A #N/A
139 13 Brian Goodwin OF 474 #N/A #N/A
140 13 Victor Reyes OF 479 #N/A #N/A
141 13 Dexter Fowler OF 488 #N/A #N/A
142 13 Brandon Dixon 1B/OF 497 #N/A #N/A
143 13 Randy Arozarena OF 501 #N/A #N/A
144 13 Odubel Herrera OF 512 #N/A #N/A
145 13 Roman Quinn OF 523 #N/A #N/A
146 13 Gerardo Parra OF 524 #N/A #N/A
147 13 Christin Stewart OF 526 #N/A #N/A
148 13 Phillip Ervin OF 531 #N/A #N/A

 

Tier Six

Be sure to also read part one of our outfield rankings analysis, tiers 1-5.

You’ll notice a gap in our composite ranks that facilitates a tier dropoff, but if your first OF is someone from this group then you’re far from sunk. The last name of the cohort is none other than Khris Davis, who is one wrist injury-laden year away from being a league-leading slugger. He collided with the wall on May 5 and eventually made his way to the 10-day IL on May 22. 

Guess what Davis was hitting prior to the IL stint? Yes, it was .247 over 174 PAs. His .247/.316/.494 slash with 12 homers in 43 games roughly projects to a 42-homer season, but he’d hit just .207 with 11 homers over 90 games upon returning. I have him ranked 109, with Nick G at 151 and Riley at 182. I understand the trepidation, but he’s on the table early for me.

Danny Santana epitomizes the fears over 2019’s juicy ball propelling previous unknowns into the spotlight. Both us Nicks have him at 113 while Riley is out at 161. At age-28, Santana exploded for an 81-28-81-21-.283 line in just 511 plate appearances (130 games) after hitting just 13 homers in 364 previous games. His 29.5% strikeout rate underscores the swing hard, miss hard approach that was rewarded in ‘19, but it’s worth noting he popped 16 homers with 12 steals in 82 Triple-A games in 2018 for Atlanta. I’m buying the power-speed tools in Arlington, while expecting the average to step back towards the .250-.260 range.

You’ll also find a quintet of youngsters, with Kyle Tucker and Luis Robert offering legitimate five-category superstardom should they get everyday jobs. Tucker smashed 34 homers with 30 steals in 536 PAs at Triple-A in ‘19 before contributing four homers and five swipes in 72 PAs for Houston. George Springer and Michael Brantley will play while Yordan Alvarez occupies the DH slot, leaving Tucker splitting time with Josh Reddick pending injuries. My money’s on Tucker’s talent. His tools are exceeded by few, one of whom being the 22-year-old Robert. His obstacle with PT is team control, but even 120 games would yield a 20/20/.270 season per Steamer projections.

Oscar Mercado is more average and speed, while Willie Calhoun and Aristides Aquino bring power. Calhoun has the pedigree, whereas Aquino swatted 20 homers in 114 Double-A games in ‘18, before clubbing 28 HRs in just 78 Triple-A games and 19 more in 56 MLB contests in ‘19. Hitting 47 combined HRs in just 548 PAs with a near 30% HR/FB rate is remarkable, and projecting 35 HRs in ‘20 with modest adjustments yields profit.

 

Tier Seven

I’ll bet I could drop Lorenzo Cain another 30 slots without much thought -- I have him at 182 while Nick G (148) and Riley (155) are more optimistic. He turns 34 in April and dropped from 30 steals in 2018 to 18 last season. His 27.8 ft/sec sprint speed ranked 100th out of 292 (min. 100 opportunities), dropping nearly a foot from 2018’s 28.6 ft/sec mark that ranked 44th of 289. Age doesn’t tend to add speed, so even if his average rebounds to the .300 range then a 80-10-45-15-.290 season is reasonable. Consider me underwhelmed.

The rebound candidate I’d want is Justin Upton, who enters his 12th MLB season at 32 years old. We all have him between 151-177, making him viable from the 13th round on in 12-teamers. Upton was hindered by knee and toe injuries from Spring Training on, yet still mustered 12 homers in 256 PAs for a full-season pace of ~30. The horrid .215 average sank his value though, as a career-low .261 BABIP was 40 points below any previous mark. With no monumental leap in fly balls, I’m willing to buy the bounceback.

Byron Buxton continues to fight through injuries to flash upside, but the durability means you cannot pencil him in as a starter. Ditto, David Dahl. Garrett Hampson would rise if we could trust Colorado to give him playing time, but they continue to ruin development with confounding veteran commitments #FireBridich.

 

Tier Eight

The question marks start to pile up here, but you can still find talented prospects such as Jo Adell or Kyle Lewis, upcoming talents with playing-time concerns in J.D. Davis and Tommy Edman, as well as veterans in Adam Eaton and A.J. Pollock. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to learn that Davis and Edman are the most valuable of the bunch come 2021.

Davis could challenge for the N.L. batting title after hitting .339 with 13 homers in 214 PAs after being given everyday left-field duties in late July. Can you trust the Mets to give him a full spot with full health to all? Even Yoenis Cespedes’ presence could muddy the DH-less waters here. I know “full health” and the Mets doesn’t mix well, but I can’t project the Grim Reaper to come like that every year -- you have to bake it in.

My favorite is Edman, who came up with little fanfare in June as bench depth. I’ve got him at 181 and that may be too low -- Riley checks in at 205 and Nick G at 245. He would step into third base with Matt Carpenter struggling and hit .304 with 11 homers and 15 steals in 349 PAs. 

The power showed up in 2019, shocking, but he’d hit .301 with seven homers and 30 steals between Double- and Triple-A in 2018. He can play second, third and the outfield, which should yield ample PT in ‘20 for double-digit homers with 20+ steals and an average around .300.

We wrap up with Jon Berti, who was in Toronto’s farm from 2011-18 and flashed 50-steal speed back in 2013, but didn’t get an earnest crack in the Majors until 2019 with Miami. In 287 PAs, nearly half a season, Berti scored 52 runs with six homers, 17 steals and a .273 average. A full line of 100-12-50-35-.270 is worth plenty -- certainly a late-round flyer.

 

Tier Nine

Here is where ranking, and drafting, attitudes can truly diverge. I try to blend rankings how I believe the players will finish with the timing on when you should be taking them. Others weigh these differently. You will see plenty of “boring vets” here, but they likely have playing time to accumulate their way to value. You will find some specialists here, but I’d skip ahead and let others nibble away at this group. Trent Grisham could be exciting given that the Padres likely didn't deal for him just for the bench, but that's still quite the crowd.

On the other side of the coin, Riley has Alex Verdugo and Randal Grichuk within his top-200 still, as well as having David Peralta and Austin Riley roughly 100 spots higher than me. Verdugo has 20-homer pop with a .300 average, but the Dodgers’ depth is so loaded that you’ll need platoonmates. Meanwhile, Grichuk finally eclipsed 150 games played in his sixth season and crushed 31 homers for his efforts. That’s worth drafting even in today’s power-happy environment, especially if you target speed or average early.

As for the big gaps, Riley clearly sides with the Peralta that swatted 30 homers alongside a .293 average in 2018. The 32-year-old also hit around 15 homers with eight steals and an average hugging .300 in ‘15 and ‘17, but injuries have zapped his ‘16 and ‘19 seasons. His being on the other side of the aging curve leaves me pessimistic, but I get the appeal.

Then there’s Austin Riley, who destroyed MLB pitchers upon his promotion on May 15 before fizzling out. He had five homers in his first nine games and nine round-trippers in his first 18 games, but a strikeout rate above 30% portended dark days. Soon the torrid HR pace cooled but the K’s kept coming, relegating him to platoon duties. An impressive overall picture for a 22-year-old rookie, but I presume the Braves sign Josh Donaldson or another 3B to push Riley back into the OF rotation.

 

Tier 10

Here you’ll find last year’s sleeper darling in Jesse Winker, as well as once-heralded dual-threat Wil Myers, who I have 135 slots higher than Riley. Even in a terrible year with a 34.3% strikeout rate, Myers mustered 18 homers and 16 steals. Oft-injured at 29 years old, Eric Hosmer blocks him from staying safe at first -- where he was throughout his amazing 2016 and ‘17 campaigns.

I’ll take this chance to point out two players that only I ranked in Raimel Tapia and Ian Happ. The first is Tapia, who has the skills to hit .300 with double-digit homers and steals (with some Coors love) but is unlikely to get the playing time. Charlie Blackmon is a staple, David Dahl is injury-prone, and then Ian Desmond, Garrett Hampson, Sam Hilliard and Tapia can fill in. If injuries strike, then I’d love to have Tapia stashed away.

Can I prepay on Ian Happ picks now? He required more development in 2019 and didn’t see the bigs until late July, only to receive inconsistent looks off the bench. Then he cracks a pinch-hit homer on Sept. 21 and receives seven starts in the final week of the regular season, resulting in three doubles, four homers, 16 R+RBI and NL Player of the Week honors. Happ could wrest centerfield from Albert Almora Jr. and slide into second with David Bote, let alone covering third should Kris Bryant’s shoulder bark. Buy the talent.

 

Tier 11

At the time of publication, Clint Frazier may have found his way into New York’s lineup with Aaron Hicks out and Brett Gardner yet to sign, but that dream is no more. He'll tumble in my updated ranks down the road. I appreciate Mike Tauchman’s talents but Frazier is 25 and has made his frustrations with playing time known. I wager he’ll either be dealt for pitching or looking to build on cracking 12 homers in 246 PAs for the Yanks last season. These late rounds are about upside, and a piece of the Yankees lineup does offer a high one, but the hurdles appear too plentiful here.

Baltimore's Austin Hays crushed 33 homers across 148 games (three levels) in 2017, reaching the Majors in September at 21 years old. He would require surgery for an ankle injury in 2018 and suffered a thumb sprain in 2019, both of which slowed his momentum. The rookie is currently slated for everyday centerfielder duties in Baltimore and could provide 25-30 homer pop on a rebuilding Orioles team.

 

Tiers 12-13

There’s no shame in digging through the bottom of the pile and trying to unearth some gold flecks. Perhaps Tyler O’Neill gets PT and delivers on his 30-homer potential. It could be Harrison Bader’s speed tools instead, who I definitely have too low. Does Yoenis Cespedes return to form? Maybe the Yankees go with Mike Tauchman instead of Frazier should injuries befall the names ahead of them?

Stashing youngin’s like Sam Hilliard, Drew Waters, Alex Kiriloff and Christian Pache would pass in later leagues as well. And you can still find playing time upside with Derek Fisher, an AL-only favorite of mine. His lousy .191 career average over 419 MLB PAs is deplorable, but Toronto’s rebuilding and he hit seven homers with five steals in 167 PAs last year. Give him roughly 500 PAs and that’s a 20/15 season, which doesn’t grow on any tree I’ve seen.

You’ll also find Yoshitomo Tsutsugo and Shogo Akiyama here, two NPB hitters that offer some fantasy-relevant upside. Tsutsugo has more relevance as a power lefty who has already signed to Tampa Bay (though he was unsigned at the time we put the ranks in) while Akiyama’s on-base prowess would likely be his best offensive tool. Tsutsugo's defense is limited, but perhaps the Rays can shield him from a ton of defensive action at DH. Akiyama likely slides in as a corner outfielder and would be a modestly-priced player for a team like Cincinnati or San Francisco to jump on. Update: Akiyama signed with Cincinnati, perhaps pushing Jesse Winker's playing time further down. It also provides insurance against the development of Aquino and Senzel. That said, he's not a fantasy factor to target here.

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