Updated Top 40 Outfielders in Fantasy Baseball for 2020

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Welcome to the updated version of Pitcher List’s top 40 outfielders rankings. These rankings were put together in March, but have been updated to reflect the shortened 60-game season. Instead of releasing the rankings 20 at a time like we did in March, I’ve decided to condense them into two articles, giving you outfielders 1-40, and then 41-80. The blurbs were also written in March, though I’ve added a few updates to reflect recent news.

A note before we start this: These rankings are not my personal rankings. They are consensus rankings established during a rankings roundtable with myself and a handful of other people here at Pitcher List.

So let’s get into it! Also, the full list is made up of six tiers, and just for fun, I’ve decided to name the tiers after my favorite David Bowie albums.

 

Tier 1: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

 

1. Ronald Acuna (Atlanta Braves)

Acuna was that close to going 40/40 last year, hitting 41 HRs and stealing 37 bases, which is just wild. Not to mention he slashed .280/.365/.518 on top of that with 127 runs and 101 RBI. The guy produces from every angle and is proving to be the superstar everyone hoped he’d be. And he’s still just 22 years old, which is insane. Could some regression be in store? Sure, maybe, but the ceiling is absurd video game numbers, so he’s worth it.

 

2. Christian Yelich (Milwaukee Brewers)

Yelich was well on his way to another incredible season last year when his knee basically exploded, which really sucked, because he somehow improved on his MVP season in 2018, slashing .329/.429/.671 with 44 HRs, 100 R, 97 RBI, and 30 stolen bases. When you’re looking at top-five picks in a draft, you need to be nitpicky, it’s the only real way to differentiate between the players, and if you’re going to be nitpicky with Yelich, the knee is where you’ll go. That’s scary, and you hope he’s fine, but there is a bit of risk there. Still, he’s an incredible hitter, so whatever risk there may be, it’s worth it.

 

Tier 2: Aladdin Sane

 

3. Cody Bellinger (Los Angeles Dodgers)

After two really solid seasons, Cody Bellinger decided he might goof off and have a ridiculous season, and he did exactly that, posting a .305/.406/.629 slash line with 47 HRs, 121 R, 115 RBI, and 15 stolen bases, giving you solid-to-elite production across the board. So does it happen again? I’m inclined to say yes. Bellinger’s Statcast data is nuts, with a 13% barrel rate (26th-best in the MLB), a 45.5% hard-hit rate, a .323 xBA, .429 xwOBA, and .486 xwOBACON. You name it, Bellinger looked good going it, those Statcast sliders are nothing but red. Bellinger also made some strides in his plate discipline, upping his walk rate to a career-best 14.4% and dropping his strikeout rate to another career-best 16.4%.

 

4. Mookie Betts (Los Angeles Dodgers)

It’s funny, for as huge as the Mookie Betts trade to the Dodgers was, the fantasy impact for Betts was pretty minimal. He’s still a guy who’s a legit 30/30 threat with an average around the .290s/.300s with a ton of runs. Does he see his run total bump up a bit now that he’s leading off (likely) for the Dodgers instead of the Red Sox? Probably. And maybe he even gets to 100 RBI too if the backend of that lineup gets on base for him, but either way, Mookie is still an early first-round talent.

 

5. Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels)

It used to be when I wrote this article, Trout’s entry was the shortest one. It basically amounted to, “he’s the best player in baseball, this is a no-duh pick.” But now there’s a bit of a debate over whether Trout or someone like Ronald Acuna should be ranked over him. In my opinion, the safety of Mike Trout is just too good to ignore. Is he always the top player in fantasy? No. But he is always a top-five player, and there’s something to be said for a guy with a high floor, something that I think often gets overlooked in fantasy baseball for the fancy new toy. Are you crazy if you draft Acuna over Trout? No, not at all. I just personally wouldn’t. Trout slashed .291/.438/.645 with 45 HRs, 110 R, and 104 RBI last year, that’s ridiculous. Sure, the steals went down to 11, but I’m not worried yet. He’s amazing.

UPDATE: Trout hasn’t been overly optimistic about how much he’s going to be playing this year, saying he’s “playing it by ear.”  In fact, he might not even play at all, who knows? Yes, Trout is a generational talent, which is why he’s still a top-5 outfielder, but that uncertainty hurts his ranking quite a bit. He’s worth the risk at some point in drafts, but I’ll be honest with you, drafting him scares me a little.

 

Tier 3: Hunky Dory

 

6. Juan Soto (Washington Nationals)

Talk about exploding onto the scene. The past two seasons, Juan Soto has basically lit baseball on fire and walked away while it was exploding, with an excellent rookie campaign in 2018 and an even better season last year, posting a .282/.401/.548 slash line with 34 HRs, 110 R, 110 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. So what should you expect this year? Honestly, I don’t see any reason to expect much different, there isn’t much here that suggests regression. Soto has great plate discipline (a 16.4% walk rate last year), he posted a .285 xBA last year and had an excellent 12.3% barrel rate. There’s just not much he suggesting he’ll be worse next year.

 

7. J. D. Martinez (Boston Red Sox)

While Martinez had a slight drop in production last year, he was still fantastic, as he has been for the past couple of years now. Sure, it wasn’t the 100/100+ season with a .330 average that he had in 2018, but a .304/.383/.557 slash line with 36 HRs, 98 R and 105 RBI is hardly a bad season. The Red Sox’s lineup is definitely worse this year than last (losing Mookie Betts will do that), but it’s still solid and Martinez should still be able to hit roughly 40 home runs with a .300+ average like he has the past few years.

 

8. Starling Marte (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Starling Marte‘s off in Arizona now following his trade to the Diamondbacks and that can do nothing but help him. Honestly, It’s pretty amazing he was as productive as he was last year in the garbage lineup he was stuck in with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Now, likely leading off for the Diamondbacks, he could be in for an even better season. Last year, Marte had a .295 average with a .304 xBA, so it’s safe to assume a .290s-ish average is definitely in the cards along with 25-30 steals and 20ish home runs. And considering he had 97 runs in the Pirates’ lineup (in 132 games too), 100 runs if definitely in the equation with the Diamondbacks especially with Ketel Marte and Eduardo Escobar hitting behind him.

 

9. Bryce Harper (Philadelphia Phillies)

You know, for all the grief Harper got for not living up to his massive contract with the Phillies last year, he basically had the same season he had in 2018 with the Nationals (maybe even slightly better considering the bump in average). He also really picked things up in the second half, slashing .270/.376/.564 through that part of the season. Obviously we’ve seen Harper has a ridiculous ceiling, but it’s silly to expect that next year (though the specter of it certainly is there). But a .260s average with 35-40 home runs, double-digit steals, and potentially 100/100 production makes Harper easily a top-10 outfielder.

 

10. Charlie Blackmon (Colorado Rockies)

Blackmon can still hit, but running is another story. We all figured the 30-40 steal days were over, but I think everyone was at least hoping for double-digit steals last year and we got two whole stolen bases in 140 games. Father Time is undefeated, and as Blackmon has gotten older, his sprint speed has steadily dropped, hitting a career-low last year. But even without the steals, he still should be a lock for 30ish home runs, a .300ish average and 100+ runs. His meager barrel rate and exit velocity are both concerning from a power perspective, but that’s the beauty of playing in Coors so much. Even with that barrel rate and exit velocity, he still had a .294 xBA and .520 xSLG, so he should be fine.

 

11. Ketel Marte (Arizona Diamondbacks)

We covered Ketel Marte in our second base rankings, which you can read here.

 

12. George Springer (Houston Astros)

Springer cranked things up last year, knocking in 39 home runs (a career-best) alongside a .292/.383/.591 slash line, giving him one of the best seasons of his career (if not the best). So can you count on that next year? It’s important to never count on a player’s ceiling, and I think last year is just about Springer’s ceiling, but a 14.3% barrel rate, .287 xBA, and a .398 xwOBA isn’t anything to joke about. Springer’s got the skills and clearly made some adjustments last year that caused his barrel rate to amp up to a career-best from 8.3% in 2018. Oh yea, and that was all in 122 games too. There’s no doubt he would’ve broken 40 home runs with a 100/100 season had he played 140 games as he did in 2017 and 2018. A high average, good power, and good run/RBI numbers should be a lock for Springer.

 

13. Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)

Injuries have limited Judge the past two seasons a bit, which has kept him from absolutely dominating like he did his rookie season. Now, I don’t think anyone is expecting his rookie season to ever repeat itself, but if Judge can stay healthy this year (and that’s a big if), it’s fair to expect a .270s to .280s average with around 40 home runs and potentially a 100/100 season. Here’s just a fun fact about Judge that I feel the need to share: last year he had 20.2% barrel rate, which is absurd and was good for second-best in baseball behind only Miguel Sano.

UPDATE: There have been some injury concerns about Judge in camp (I know, what a shock?) Specifically, he missed a little bit of time with a stiff neck. Injury concerns are always something to remember with Judge, and given what’s been going on lately, he’s dropped a little bit in the rankings as a result.

 

14. Giancarlo Stanton (New York Yankees)

Stanton would be ranked way higher if it wasn’t for the injury risk, but that’s heavily baked into Stanton’s price, especially after missing all of last year with a PCL strain. But here’s the thing, he played 158 games in 2018 and 159 in 2017, so it’s definitely not out of the question that he plays a full season. I think it’d be reasonable to expect 130-140 games from Stanton, and if we get that, elite power with a decent average and solid run/RBI totals should be in the bag.

 

Tier 4: Low

 

15. Joey Gallo (Texas Rangers)

Joey Gallo, the new Adam Dunn, is someone who I think is pretty easy to project. He’s a three-true-outcome hitter in the purest sense. He’s got a great walk rate (17.5% last year), an awful strikeout rate (38.4% last year) that will lead to a bad average, and absolutely ridiculous power. And if you’re looking at the .253 average he had last year hoping that will be his new norm, that came with a .229 xBA. Now, he lost much of last year to an injury, but if he stays healthy this year, another Joey Gallo year should be in store.

UPDATE: Gallo did test positive for Covid-19, but there’s been some dispute about the accuracy of his test. Either way, he’s back in camp and, as far as I’m aware, he should be fine.

 

16. Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs)

We covered Kris Bryant in our third base rankings, which you can read here.

 

17. Eloy Jimenez (Chicago White Sox)

Quite the rookie campaign from one of the most highly-touted prospects of the year last year. Eloy busted onto the scene with a .267/.315/.513 slash line, 31 HRs, 69 R, and 79 RBI. The power numbers are great (and supported by a solid 12.8% barrel rate), but you don’t love those counting stats. Luckily for Jimenez, he’ll be in a much better White Sox lineup next year that’s added Edwin EncarnacionYasmani Grandal, and Nomar Mazara, not to mention Luis Robert who will likely be starting this season. I expect the counting stats to rise while the average and power stay roughly the same, which translates to a very solid fantasy season.

 

18. Yordan Alvarez (Houston Astros)

If you pace out Yordan Alvarez‘s partial season last year to roughly a full season, we’re looking at a guy with more than 40 home runs, over 90 runs, and over 120 RBI with an average over .300. That’s basically J.D. Martinez, and that’s insane. Clearly Alvarez has the talent, the question will be can he avoid the sophomore slump. There’s always the worry with rookie phenoms that a slump is coming, and certainly I don’t think you can expect a season like the one he had last year, but it’s also very very possible. It’s not like he was getting all that lucky. Sure, a .289 xBA suggests some regression (how sad if he only hit .289), but a 17.2% barrel rate and a .410 xwOBA are elite. He’s got the skills to keep it up, here’s hoping he can. Also, it’s important to note that Alvarez is currently only outfield-eligible in Yahoo leagues as he had just 10 games in the outfield last season

UPDATE: As I write this, Alvarez hasn’t shown up to Astros camp, and Dusty Baker has only said he’s not there due to “league mandates,” which sounds like code for “something Covid-19 related.” Given the uncertainty of whether he’s just isolating for a couple weeks or whether he’s actually tested positive, his ranking has dropped down a good bit. Still, he has an absurd amount of potential, so if he’s rejoining soon or just misses a week or so of action, he’s still very valuable.

 

19. Ramon Laureano (Oakland Athletics)

I loved Ramon Laureano coming into last year and if you got sad like I did when he turned in a very muted first half, slashing .265/.315/.468, I feel you. But that second half was fantastic, with Laureano hitting .358/.411/.679. As in much of life, the reality is somewhere in the middle between the two halves, and I believe that 20+ home runs with 15+ steals should be in the bag. As for his average, I’d expect some regression based on his .274 xBA, but not a ton. Overall, he should be a solid contributor in every category.

 

20. Nicholas Castellanos (Cincinnati Reds)

I think after three years, you can take a pretty safe guess at what you should expect from Nicholas Castellanos (I still can’t get used to not calling him Nick). Every year, Castellanos is good for a roughly .290-ish average, around 25 home runs, and good runs and RBI numbers. Fortunately, he’s on the Cincinnati Reds now, which is great news for his offensive potential, because that’s a lot better than the Detroit Tigers lineup he’s been in for most of his career, and roughly as good as the Chicago Cubs lineup he was in for part of last year (a season that saw him log a career-best 100 runs). It’s funny: Castellanos is one of those boring-but-productive players who consistently turns in a solid season but isn’t going to absolutely blow you away. I’m all about those guys, I love the safety of a predictable fantasy asset, and Castellanos is exactly that.

 

21. Eddie Rosario (Minnesota Twins)

Thanks to an excellent Twins lineup, Eddie Rosario posted arguably the best fantasy season of his career last year with a .276/.300/.500 slash line, 32 HRs, 91 R, and 109 RBI. But here’s the thing that’s a bit worrisome for me with Rosario — his plate discipline. Last year, he had an awful 3.7% walk rate and a career-worst 46.3% chase rate alongside an 11.5% SwStr rate, none of which are good. And if you looked at his .273 BABIP and thought “oh nice, that .276 average might come up this year,” take a look at his .269 xBA. All that being said, there are players who somehow beat out their own flaws fairly consistently. Rosario has never had good plate discipline (he’s had a chase rate above 40% in four out of the last five seasons), and his xBA has rarely looked good, at .247 in 2018 and .268 the year before that (compared to a .288 and .290 average, respectively). So should you be concerned? I don’t love it, but I think a season similar to his past ones is what you can expect from Rosario. I just worry that, based on his approach, when he does come crashing down, he comes crashing fast and hard like a three-year-old hours after pounding back pixie sticks.

 

22. Jorge Soler (Kansas City Royals)

I love Jorge Soler. In fact, I wrote a whole article about how wonderful he is last year. Jorge Soler had a fantastic season and I think because he’s on the Kansas City Royals, it’s getting kind of glossed over. Seriously, the guy had a .265/.354/.569 slash line (for those doing the math at home, yes, that’s a .304 ISO), 48 HRs, 95 R, and 117 RBI. On top of that, his Statcast profile reads like he’s Emperor Palpatine with UNLIMITED POWER, with a 16.9% barrel rate (seventh-best in the MLB), 92.6 mph average exit velocity (11th-best), 49.9% hard-hit rate (10th-best), .392 xwOBA (14th-best), and a .593 xSLG (eighth-best). That’s a whole bunch of numbers, but suffice it to say, Soler is legit. The average is going to be kind of middle-of-the-road around the .250/.260 mark, but that near-50 home run power? That’s for real.

 

23. Tommy Pham (San Diego Padres)

The Wig-Wham Pham has moved his way out of Tampa Bay and into San Diego after posting his second 20/20 season in three years. Pham is a very solid all-around contributor, likely giving you a 20/20 season (or close to it, steals pending) alongside a .270-ish average. Will Petco Park suck away some of his power? Potentially. But I don’t think it’ll be enough to seriously impact his fantasy value. Plus, think about this: he’s going to be in a lineup likely hitting around Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado, which sounds very nice for his counting stats.

UPDATE: Pham did test positive for Covid-19, however he’s cleared the protocol and has tested negative twice, so he’s back with the team and should be good to go.

 

24. Marcell Ozuna (Atlanta Braves)

Similar to Jorge Soler, Marcell Ozuna is another guy I love this year. You may look at his .241/.328/.472 season with 29 homers and say, “what’s so special about that?” In response, I would direct you to his Statcast profile. He had 91.8 mph average exit velocity (18th-best in MLB) and a 49.2% hard-hit rate (11th-best). Plus, his xBA was .288, giving him the largest gap of any hitter in baseball last year between his average and xBA. It’s a similar story with his xSLG, which was .548 (22nd-highest in MLB), giving him the third-largest SLG to xSLG gap in the league last year. In other words, Ozuna is due for some serious positive regression: He was hitting the ball very well last year and just had some bad luck. Now he’s on the Braves in the best lineup he’s probably ever been in in his career, which is even more exciting for his fantasy potential. Oh yeah, and he stole 12 bases out of nowhere last year, a career-best by a long shot. If that speed keeps up too, he could be a serious fantasy asset.

 

25. Victor Robles (Washington Nationals)

Victor Robles has loads of potential, and I think a lot of people are banking on him stepping into that potential this year. Last year’s season was a solid one, with a .255/.326/.419 slash line alongside 17 HRs, 86 R, 65 RBI, and 28 stolen bases. Robles’ main asset is speed: He’s someone who honestly could steal 35+ bases, and he’s got enough power to likely belt 15+ home runs on a regular basis (though his poor 23% hard-hit rate last year isn’t overly encouraging). If he can bump up the average slightly, still hit nearly 20 home runs and steal 30+ bases, he’ll be a really solid all-around contributor for your team. And of course, given his talent and the fact that he’s still just 22, he’s got quite the ceiling.

 

26. Whit Merrifield (Kansas City Royals)

Whit Merrifield was useful last year, but he wasn’t nearly as exciting as he’s been in years past. After posting 34 and then 45 steals in 2017 and 2018, Merrifield had just 20 steals last year while still maintaining an average around .300 with 16 home runs. Basically everything else was the same for Whit minus the steals, and that definitely knocks his value some. And it’s not like he missed time — in fact, he didn’t miss a single game, playing in all 162. So what gives? Merrifield just decided to stop stealing as many bases last year to stay healthy. He said himself that, since the Royals were out of contention, he didn’t feel the need to be aggressive on the basepaths. Hopefully that won’t be the case this year.

 

27. Jeff McNeil (New York Mets)

Jeff McNeil was a nice little surprise last year. After performing well in limited action in 2018, McNeil showed up last year and slashed .318/.384/.531 with 23 HRs, 83 R, and 75 RBI. McNeil isn’t going to light the world on fire, but he’s a solid guy who can contribute in most categories. I do worry about his power some, as he had a pretty measly 4.8% barrel rate last year, not to mention a .472 xSLG, but McNeil should be able to give you a decent amount of power along with a very good average, and that’s a useful guy.

 

28. Michael Brantley (Houston Astros)

I get that people were hesitant on Michael Brantley in 2017 and 2018 following his injury-plagued seasons, but over the past two years, Brantley has played in at least 140 games and has proven to be a very good hitter. Last year, he had a nice .311/.372/.503 slash line with 23 HRs, 88 R, and 90 RBI. I don’t love that the steals dropped from 12 in 2018 (and 11 the year before that) to just three last year, but Brantley should at least be counted on for a good average, around 20-ish home runs, and solid run/RBI numbers given the lineup he’s in.

 

29. Max Kepler (Minnesota Twins)

After two pretty disappointing years, Max Kepler had a power explosion last year, hitting 36 home runs alongside a .252/.336/.519 slash line, 98 runs, and 90 RBI. So what happened? Kepler cranked up his launch angle to an average of 18.2 degrees and, in turn, increased his barrel rate to a career-best 8.9%. I do have some concerns about his power given his xSLG was .458 last year, so I’m not expecting nearly 40 home runs this year, but I think around 30 home runs is reasonable, alongside a .250s average and solid runs/RBI totals given the lineup he’s in. He’s not going to amaze you, but he’ll be solid.

 

30. Luis Robert (Chicago White Sox)

Luis Robert is almost definitely starting the year with the White Sox as their starting center fielder. It’s hard to know exactly what kind of year we can expect from Robert, but he’s certainly got the talent to be a very good fantasy asset. He’s got obvious 20/20 potential, but the question will be his average. He’s had a solid average in the minors, but he’s also not a guy who takes many walks, and when those types of hitters face major league pitching for the first time, it can often turn into strikeout problems. That’s not a guarantee, but it does mean there’s a decent bit of risk involved here, as he could easily be a .240s/.250s hitter, or he could adjust quickly and turn in a Tommy Pham-like season. It’s hard to say, but the talent is definitely there.

 

31: Austin Meadows (Tampa Bay Rays)

Well that was quite a season from Austin Meadows, wasn’t it? I don’t know how the Pirates are feeling about shipping him and Tyler Glasnow off to the Rays for Chris Archer, but it can’t feel great seeing Glasnow look like one of the best pitchers in baseball and seeing Meadows hit the cover off the ball. Meadows is very talented, there’s no doubt of that, and if you’re worried he’ll just be a flash in the pan, his 12.5% barrel rate, .284 xBA, and .547 xSLG definitely provide some support to what he did last year. I think a good average, roughly 30 home runs, double-digit steals, and decent run/RBI numbers should be expected for Meadows.

UPDATE: Meadows has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been placed on the IL. We’ll see what happens from here, as of now there’s no solid timetable for his return, but according to him, his symptoms are fairly mild, so it’s possible he could return within a few weeks. Given his upside, if that happens, he might be worth the risk later in drafts, but keep in mind that this is entirely unpredictable.

 

32(a). Cavan Biggio (Toronto Blue Jays)

Throughout these rankings, you’ll see some players with an (a) next to their name. These players, like Cavan Biggio, are only outfield-eligible on certain platforms. For example, Biggio started eight games in the outfield last year, which is enough to give him outfield eligibility in Yahoo leagues, but not in others. We covered Biggio in our second base rankings article.

 

Tier 5: Heroes

 

32(b). Franmil Reyes (Cleveland Indians)

I’m all about the Franimal this year. Reyes smashed 37 home runs last year and posted some absurd Statcast numbers, including a 14.8% barrel rate (tied for 14th-best in baseball) and a 51% hard-hit rate (fifth-best in baseball), not to mention a phenomenal .478 xwOBACON. Reyes isn’t going to give you much of a batting average, but he also won’t hurt you. It’ll probably be around the .250s, but his 35+ home run power is legit and is about what I’m expecting from him this year. The Indians lineup isn’t awesome, so the runs/RBI may not be incredible, but Reyes will definitely give you loads of power.

 

33. Yoshi Tsutsugo (Tampa Bay Rays)

Tsutsugo had quite the career in Japan, slashing .282/.382/.528 for his career with a 13% walk rate and averaging 34 home runs a season over the past four years. Now, Japan isn’t the MLB, obviously, and we can’t expect Tsutsugo to dominate the MLB like that (though he might). It’s hard to project exactly what Tsutsugo will do, but I think it’s safe to say he’ll definitely hit for power. I also think it’s safe to say his average will come down a bit against MLB-level pitching. Still, if he’s a .250s hitter with nearly 30 home runs, he’s going to be a useful player.

 

34. Danny Santana (Texas Rangers)

We covered Danny Santana in our second base rankings.

 

35. Oscar Mercado (Cleveland Indians)

Oscar Mercado is another guy who isn’t going to totally blow you away with his fantasy production, but is going to be a solid contributor in just about every category. He’s got the ability to steal 20 bases, hit around 15-ish home runs, and hit for a decent average. That’s what he did last year (though he had 15 steals), and I’d say it’s a safe bet he’ll do it again this year.

 

36. Shogo Akiyama (Cincinnati Reds)

Another new Japanese signing this year, Akiyama projects a bit differently from the aforementioned Tsutsugo. Akiyama is a good defensive outfielder with decent offense. He’s got some speed, decent power, and should hit for a solid average. Like I said with Tsutsugo, it’s really hard to project what Akiyama will do, but if given a full-time job, he should be able to hit around the .270s and potentially hit 15-ish home runs with low double-digit steals. Problem is, the Reds’ outfield is extremely crowded. Alongside Akiyama, they’ve got Castellanos, Nick SenzelJesse WinkerAristides AquinoPhillip Ervin, and Michael Lorenzen. I’d expect Akiyama to get priority playing time (they didn’t just sign him for fun), but consistent playing time may still be a bit tricky to come by.

 

37. J.D. Davis (New York Mets)

We covered J.D. Davis in our third base rankings.

 

38. Michael Conforto (New York Mets)

I think we can make a safe guess as to what we should expect from Michael Conforto this year. It’s safe to say his .279 season in 2017 appears to be a bit of an anomaly, and instead, he’s more like a high .250s kind of hitter, but he’s going to have good power. Around 30 home runs alongside solid run/RBI totals is essentially what he’s done in the past, and I think it’s what’s safe to expect.

 

39. Nick Senzel (Cincinnati Reds)

Senzel is kind of a slightly poor man’s Oscar Mercado in that he’s kind of a 15/15 with a decent average kind of player. The problem is, this Reds outfield is going to be a nightmare to figure out. Between Senzel, Shogo Akiyama, Nicholas Castellanos, Jesse WinkerPhillip ErvinAristides Aquino, and pitcher/outfielder Michael Lorenzen, the Reds certainly have a lot to work with. If Senzel gets decent playing time (and I’m hopeful he will), he should be a decent contributor in most categories. But the playing time could be hard to come by.

UPDATE: Now that we have a universal DH, playing time might not be as difficult for Senzel to come by, but there’s no doubt the Reds’ outfield and lineup is a bit crowded to say the least.

 

40. Willie Calhoun (Texas Rangers)

We finally got to see what Willie Calhoun could be last year, as he slashed .269/.323/.524 with 21 HRs, 51 R, and 48 RBI in 83 games. Pace that out to a full season and you’ve got a nice looking year. Calhoun should finally get a full season this year, which means he could be in for a solid season, likely hitting around .260-.270 with 25ish home runs.

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