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Updated Consensus Ranks: Outfield

If you’re in a league that designates outfielder slots, this isn’t quite true, but in most leagues: outfielders are the pitchers of the lineup. Not that they hit like pitchers — I wouldn’t wish that on anyone — it’s that they are just ‘outfielders’ and it doesn’t matter if they play center or left or right. That simple fact alone means that there will always be more outfielders. While you have to populate ‘second basemen’ and ‘third basemen,’ you’ll always have this one big pool of outfielders, and you just have to get three of them. You could get three plodding old man outfielders, as long as you got your speed on the infield! And the outfield is the last (okay, second-to-last) resort for bats with no glove.

In any case, there’s some offensive talent here. So much we couldn’t even decide who was number one. (I’m personally not worried about Bud Selig and the papers from that clinic, not with the power of the MLBPA, but Mike Trout is too sexy.) I might be worried about Matt Kemp‘s shoulder, and Jason Heyward‘s insides and maybe Giancarlo Stanton‘s everything?

But, judging mostly on the color coding, it looks like the outfield has mostly been a profitable enterprise.

Carlos Gonzalez is Carlos Gonzalez again. Bryce Harper took another step forward. Shin-Soo Choo loves hitting in a hitter’s ball park. Carlos Gomez is proving it wasn’t a fluke, and Starling Marte looks good. In the top 40, you have a few injury concerns, a couple speedsters regressing with the rest of the league’s running game, Melky Cabrera and B.J. Upton. In general, once you correct for the size of the position, it seems like it’s a little less volatile than the rest.

Who do you like better than we did?

With the color-coding we hope to highlight the biggest movers. That definition changes as you follow the ranks down the list — players had to move more to register a color change as you near the bottom of the list. These are rest-of-season rankings for 5×5 roto.


RG   JZ ES MP ZS
1 Mike Trout 1 1 2 2
1 Ryan Braun 2 2 1 1
3 Carlos Gonzalez 3 3 3 3
4 Andrew McCutchen 4 4 4 4
5 Justin Upton 5 5 6 5
6 Bryce Harper 6 6 11 6
7 Adam Jones 7 7 9 7
8 Jose Bautista 18 8 5 9
9 Shin-Soo Choo 8 12 16 11
10 Matt Holliday 14 13 8 12
11 Adrian Gonzalez 9 11 19 10
12 Jacoby Ellsbury 19 9 15 8
13 Matt Kemp 23 10 7 14
14 Yoenis Cespedes 15 14 10 17
15 Jason Heyward 17 15 12 15
16 Alex Rios 12 18 14 16
17 Alex Gordon 16 16 24 22
18 Jay Bruce 22 31 13 24
19 Giancarlo Stanton 24 21 20 31
20 Carlos Gomez 40 17 30 13
21 Austin Jackson 21 30 32 19
22 Desmond Jennings 20 24 29 30
23 Josh Hamilton 45 23 18 18
24 Michael Bourn 10 19 43 35
25 Starling Marte 11 20 35 41
26 Chris Davis 48 22 22 20
27 Shane Victorino 25 28 28 34
28 Mark Trumbo 32 27 36 21
29 Allen Craig 37 32 21 27
30 Ben Zobrist 28 36 25 28
31 B.J. Upton 13 46 26 38
32 Hunter Pence 33 33 34 26
33 Curtis Granderson 44 29 17 37
34 Carlos Beltran 50 26 31 25
35 Carl Crawford 47 25 27 36
36 Angel Pagan 26 38 42 32
37 Norichika Aoki 30 35 33 42
38 Nelson Cruz 43 43 23 39
39 Melky Cabrera 29 44 56 23
40 Nick Markakis 46 42 37 33
41 Martin Prado 42 45 44 29
42 Dexter Fowler 35 39 50 40
43 Alejandro De Aza 36 40 49 54
44 Michael Cuddyer 39 34 51 56
45 Coco Crisp 34 37 55 61
46 Jayson Werth 59 47 39 46
47 Ichiro Suzuki 27 59 46 62
48 Torii Hunter 41 52 58 45
49 Ben Revere 38 51 65 44
50 Lorenzo Cain 62 48 40 51
51 Nick Swisher 53 50 48 52
52 Josh Willingham 58 55 47 53
53 Andre Ethier 65 49 41 59
54 Brett Gardner 55 41 45 77
55 Todd Frazier 60 56 52 50
56 Adam Eaton 31 75 59 72
57 Garrett Jones 54 54 84 48
58 Alfonso Soriano 56 62 54 75
59 Juan Pierre 49 53 64 90
60 Gerardo Parra 61 63 75 58
61 Justin Ruggiano 67 86 38 67
62 Michael Brantley 51 73 72 66
63 Michael Saunders 79 70 73 43
64 Michael Morse 77 57 53 79
65 Dayan Viciedo 64 64 63 76
66 David Murphy 73 71 70 55
67 Matt Joyce 75 74 78 47
68 Jon Jay 52 76 71 78
69 Denard Span 69 65 79 68
70 Josh Reddick 66 85 67 63
71 Jason Kubel 68 66 57 91
72 Cody Ross 76 60 82 65
73 Nate McLouth 106 68 60 49
74 Corey Hart 71 67 61 85
75 Domonic Brown 81 58 69 82
76 Lucas Duda 94 72 66 71
77 Adam Dunn 84 69 88 64
78 Andy Dirks 89 77 86 57
79 Will Venable 57 84 87 88
80 Vernon Wells 110 81 62 70
81 Cameron Maybin 63 94 68 101
82 Carlos Quentin 100 78 77 81
83 Drew Stubbs 74 96 76 102
84 David DeJesus 83 97 93 80
85 Brandon Moss 92 92 89 84
86 Peter Bourjos 85 110 96 69
87 Chris Carter 70 87 83 121
88 Matt Carpenter 115 61 103 83
89 Aaron Hicks 88 88 94 93
90 Delmon Young 80 93 92 99
91 Oswaldo Arcia 91 98 85 98
92 Kelly Johnson 103 104 106 60
93 Leonys Martin 107 80 74 113
94 Marcell Ozuna 72 79 111 121
95 Nate Schierholtz 109 91 95 89
96 Colby Rasmus 78 112 81 114
97 Logan Morrison 95 89 120 86
98 Nolan Reimold 121 83 80 112
99 Trevor Plouffe 98 99 107 92
100 Wil Myers 121 82 121 74
101 Daniel Nava 121 95 90 96
102 Chris Young 96 108 102 104
103 Seth Smith 114 103 101 95
104 Ryan Ludwick 82 109 121 103
105 Ryan Doumit 112 101 100 108
106 Chris Denorfia 99 121 116 87
107 Rajai Davis 90 111 104 121
108 Tyler Colvin 97 90 121 121
109 Eric Young 101 121 112 97
110 Emilio Bonifacio 113 102 113 105
111 J.D. Martinez 105 113 108 110
112 Jeff Francoeur 93 120 110 121
113 Jose Tabata 104 100 121 121
114 Darin Mastroianni 87 121 118 121
115 Chris Parmelee 121 105 105 118
116 John Mayberry 121 115 117 100
117 Justin Maxwell 121 106 119 109
118 Franklin Gutierrez 121 116 114 107
119 Gregor Blanco 121 107 121 116
120 Jarrod Dyson 119 119 109 121
121 Scott Hairston 120 114 121 117
122 Mike Carp 117 118 121 121
123 Xavier Paul 121 121 115 120

These players showed up on one ranker’s list: Craig Gentry, Jordany Valdespin, Brandon Guyer, Ezequiel Carrera, A.J. Pollock, Brennan Boesch, Alex Presley, Steve Lombardozzi, Collin Cowgill, Dave Sappelt, Chris Heisey, Alexi Amarista, Donovan Solano, Jonny Gomes, Brett Jackson and Kyle Blanks.