May Outfielder Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
Rotoworld
Matthew Pouliot breaks down the May outfielder rankings

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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