May Outfielder Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
May Outfielder Rankings
Matthew Pouliot breaks down the May outfielder rankings

Welcome to the May outfielder rankings. Players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 leagues over the remainder of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll soon find a fully updated top 300 list.

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Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH 

Outfielder Rankings

Dropping off: Collin Cowgill (No. 91), Roger Bernadina (No. 101), Chris Coghlan (No. 108), Brennan Boesch (No. 111), Darin Mastroianni (No. 112), Brett Jackson (No. 115), Jesus Guzman (No. 118), Tyler Moore (No. 119)

  • I'm keeping Trout atop the outfield rankings, but the top five has really tightened up since the preseason. In March, I had a clear top two in Trout and Braun with little separating them, a gap down to Gonzalez and Kemp and then another gap to Harper, Justin Upton and Bautista, with the Stanton-Ellsbury-Heyward-Cespedes-McCutchen tier after that. Now I could say that top five is just one tier. I gave some thought to moving Braun ahead of Trout since the Biogenesis stuff has died down. I'm still very confident in Trout, but it doesn't look like the guys hitting behind him are going to drive him in as often as anticipated.

As for Gonzalez, Harper and Upton, the latter two are probably safer choices, given Gonzalez's history of injury, but I think Coors Field gives Gonzalez enough of an edge to make up for that. It will help his run and RBI numbers that Fowler is hitting and Tulowitzki is (relatively) healthy.

  • Kemp in the sixth spot makes me nervous; while he's swinging better the last two weeks, the power still isn't there yet. Going in, though, the expectation should have been that April would be his worst month as he completed his recovery from shoulder surgery.
  • Stanton probably would have come in 12th pre-hamstring injury.
  • Crisp, Chris Young and Bourjos are all about 10 spots lower than where they'd be were they healthy.
  • I'm keeping the faith with the other Upton. Bossman Junior is striking out at a terrifying rate and he's even been caught on half of his steal attempts, but he has a history of looking awful for a month and quickly snapping out of it. He makes a good buy-low target.
  • My aggressive Ichiro ranking hasn't paid off yet, and since the Yankees have, to my surprise, gone away from him as a No. 2 hitter, I've dropped him 17 spots in the rankings. I still think he's going to get several cheap homers at Yankee Stadium, but I was also counting on him being an asset in runs scored and that's not going to happen while he's hitting in the bottom half of the order.
Rank Outfield Team 2013
1 Mike Trout Angels 1
2 Ryan Braun Brewers 2
3 Carlos Gonzalez Rockies 3
4 Bryce Harper Nationals 5
5 Justin Upton Braves 6
6 Matt Kemp Dodgers 4
7 Jacoby Ellsbury Red Sox 9
8 Andrew McCutchen Pirates 12
9 Adam Jones Orioles 13
10 Yoenis Cespedes Athletics 11
11 Jose Bautista Blue Jays 7
12 Shin-Soo Choo Reds 23
13 Alex Gordon Royals 16
14 Matt Holliday Cardinals 15
15 Jason Heyward Braves 10
16 Giancarlo Stanton Marlins 8
17 Alex Rios White Sox 18
18 Jay Bruce Reds 17
19 Austin Jackson Tigers 22
20 Carl Crawford Dodgers 25
21 Starling Marte Pirates 42
22 Desmond Jennings Rays 20
23 Torii Hunter Tigers 27
24 B.J. Upton Braves 19
25 Dexter Fowler Rockies 40
26 Hunter Pence Giants 28
27 Curtis Granderson Yankees 31
28 Carlos Gomez Brewers 46
29 Josh Hamilton Angels 21
30 Michael Cuddyer Rockies 43
31 Ichiro Suzuki Yankees 14
32 Nelson Cruz Rangers 36
33 Michael Bourn Indians 29
34 Angel Pagan Giants 37
35 Michael Morse Mariners 35
36 Josh Reddick Athletics 32
37 Jayson Werth Nationals 30
38 Nick Markakis Orioles 24
39 Carlos Beltran Cardinals 41
40 Mark Trumbo Angels 58
41 Andre Ethier Dodgers 33
42 Melky Cabrera Blue Jays 26
43 Alejandro De Aza White Sox 48
44 Brett Gardner Yankees 38
45 Ben Revere Phillies 34
46 Michael Brantley Indians 39
47 Alfonso Soriano Cubs 45
48 Josh Willingham Twins 50
49 Juan Pierre Marlins 49
50 Norichika Aoki Brewers 57
51 Nate McLouth Orioles 87
52 Lorenzo Cain Royals 64
53 Coco Crisp Athletics 66
54 Denard Span Nationals 52
55 Michael Saunders Mariners 75
56 Shane Victorino Red Sox 59
57 Jon Jay Cardinals 44
58 Nick Swisher Indians 60
59 Jason Kubel Diamondbacks 56
60 Vernon Wells Yankees 88
61 Will Venable Padres 55
62 Dayan Viciedo White Sox 51
63 Domonic Brown Phillies 61
64 Gerardo Parra Diamondbacks 73
65 Peter Bourjos Angels 63
66 David Murphy Rangers 53
67 Chris Young Athletics 65
68 Delmon Young Phillies 76
69 Cody Ross Diamondbacks 69
70 Matt Joyce Rays 72
71 Aaron Hicks Twins 62
72 Adam Eaton Diamondbacks 78
73 Cameron Maybin Padres 54
74 Colby Rasmus Blue Jays 68
75 Franklin Gutierrez Mariners 67
76 Seth Smith Athletics 104
77 Lucas Duda Mets 93
78 Nate Schierholtz Cubs 97
79 Drew Stubbs Indians 83
80 David DeJesus Cubs 77
81 Wil Myers Rays 92
82 Andy Dirks Tigers 74
83 Carlos Quentin Padres 71
84 Leonys Martin Rangers 70
85 Nolan Reimold Orioles 80
86 Christian Yelich Marlins 84
87 Daniel Nava Red Sox 123
88 Justin Ruggiano Marlins 95
89 Jeff Francoeur Royals 85
90 Jordany Valdespin Mets 90
91 Jonny Gomes Red Sox 81
92 Chris Denorfia Padres 110
93 Rajai Davis Blue Jays 98
94 Eric Young Jr. Rockies 96
95 Jarrod Dyson Royals 103
96 Travis Snider Pirates 94
97 Marlon Byrd Mets 107
98 Jason Bay Mariners 117
99 Oswaldo Arcia Twins 212
100 Mike Carp Red Sox 132
101 Chris Heisey Reds 99
102 Oscar Taveras Cardinals 105
103 Tyler Colvin Rockies 102
104 Craig Gentry Rangers 114
105 Anthony Gose Blue Jays 126
106 Justin Maxwell Astros 89
107 Scott Hairston Cubs 100
108 John Mayberry Jr. Phillies 109
109 Ryan Ludwick Reds 82
110 Gregor Blanco Giants 116
111 Julio Borbon Cubs 124
112 A.J. Pollock Diamondbacks 145
113 Brandon Guyer Rays 121
114 Jackie Bradley Jr. Red Sox 86
115 Chris Dickerson Orioles 129
116 Marcell Ozuna Marlins NR
117 Brandon Barnes Astros 185
118 Casper Wells White Sox 120
119 Jose Tabata Pirates 106
120 Rick Ankiel Astros 113
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