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Updated Outfielder Rankings - Fantasy Baseball Mixed Leagues (July)

With Opening Day of the 2020 MLB season just a few days away, we have a new batch of updated fantasy baseball rankings for you here at RotoBaller. The unpredictable effects of COVID-19 and the implementation of the 60-game season will make the upcoming fantasy campaign the most unique we have ever seen. Not only because of the schedule structure, but because of the inevitable impact of the pandemic.

Drafting healthy players will be like walking through a minefield this year since we've already seen a wide range of players test positive for the virus. Even though these players should recover in time for the beginning of the campaign, the long-term impact could compromise their strength and endurance. The in-season struggle of maintaining the players' well-being will be a balancing act, so we can only hope all players and staff do their part to keep everyone healthy. With two-thirds of games now played within the division and the remaining third versus interleague counterparts, this setup gives some hitters in certain divisions advantages over others. Considering the effect of Park Factors and the pitching staffs they'll face within their division, factoring in these elements is essential in such a short season.

Don't forget to bookmark our main fantasy baseball rankings page which is loaded up with rankings, tiers, auction dollar values, player stats, projections, news and more for Mixed Leagues, H2H Points Leagues, Dynasty Leagues, 2020 Redraft Prospects, Dynasty Prospects and more! With that said, let's analyze the landscape of the outfield. There's a lot to cover, so we'll move swiftly.

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Updated Outfielder Rankings - 5x5 Mixed Leagues

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. Be sure to follow his updated rankings all season long!

Rank Tier Player Pos Nick M Nick G Pierre David Riley
1 1 Ronald Acuna Jr. OF 1 1 1 1 1
2 1 Christian Yelich OF 2 2 2 2 2
3 1 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF 6 3 3 3 4
4 1 Mike Trout OF 3 4 7 7 3
5 1 Mookie Betts OF 4 6 9 4 6
6 2 Juan Soto OF 11 9 12 11 7
7 2 J.D. Martinez OF 15 15 27 14 16
8 2 Starling Marte OF 17 18 23 27 24
9 2 Bryce Harper OF 24 21 21 20 15
10 3 George Springer OF 33 24 38 29 35
11 3 Austin Meadows OF 51 33 22 40 25
12 3 Ketel Marte 2B/SS/OF 37 39 54 33 37
13 3 Yordan Alvarez OF 44 35 68 34 27
14 3 Eloy Jimenez OF 47 55 53 51 53
15 3 Giancarlo Stanton OF 35 58 75 49 38
16 4 Kris Bryant 3B/OF 66 70 64 32 51
17 4 Marcell Ozuna OF 48 47 59 80 62
18 4 Eddie Rosario OF 69 53 47 67 76
19 4 Charlie Blackmon OF 42 60 99 44 42
20 4 Aaron Judge OF 45 50 98 88 56
21 4 Joey Gallo OF 65 76 86 55 66
22 4 Nick Castellanos OF 68 71 71 81 69
23 4 Whit Merrifield 2B/OF 63 49 103 84 92
24 5 Ramon Laureano OF 71 92 80 74 86
25 5 Victor Robles OF 89 56 69 104 72
26 5 Tommy Pham OF 77 78 111 53 79
27 5 Jeff McNeil 2B/3B/OF 87 80 78 93 98
28 5 Andrew Benintendi OF 95 86 66 103 89
29 5 Jorge Soler OF 79 64 140 77 81
30 5 Michael Brantley OF 118 108 62 96 95
31 5 Luis Robert OF 97 90 113 106 118
32 5 Michael Conforto OF 112 114 91 95 105
33 5 Max Kepler OF 126 103 81 110 108
34 5 Franmil Reyes OF 104 107 129 117 102
35 6 Kyle Schwarber OF 127 97 133 130 113
36 6 Oscar Mercado OF 131 127 101 141 119
37 6 Danny Santana OF/CI/MI 113 89 168 190 147
38 6 Bryan Reynolds OF 182 129 108 147 180
39 6 Yasiel Puig OF 147 126 219 113 114
40 6 David Dahl OF 170 125 120 205 134
41 6 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 2B/OF 153 144 184 161 142
42 6 Justin Upton OF 150 182 149 169 160
43 7 Alex Verdugo OF 192 187 137 185 219
44 7 Andrew McCutchen OF 167 154 176 217 166
45 7 Avisail Garcia OF 213 174 164 163 213
46 7 J.D. Davis 3B/OF 204 164 223 128 189
47 7 Lorenzo Cain OF 191 161 154 222 174
48 7 Willie Calhoun OF 216 192 148 174 169
49 7 Byron Buxton OF 138 167 253 176 156
50 7 Adam Eaton OF 156 149 225 212 205
51 7 Ryan Braun OF 184 155 197 208 193
52 7 Hunter Dozier 1B/3B/OF 210 203 161 186 184
53 8 Scott Kingery MI/3B/OF 185 194 178 247 181
54 8 Shin-Soo Choo OF 188 234 170 213 217
55 8 Mallex Smith OF 203 207 241 155 206
56 8 Nick Senzel OF 202 191 248 184 171
57 8 Joc Pederson 1B/OF 218 222 230 157 227
58 8 Brian Anderson 3B/OF 227 195 192 232 230
59 8 Tommy Edman 2B/3B/OF 155 151 287 253 161
60 8 Garrett Hampson 2B/SS/OF 169 201 175 309 190
61 8 Kyle Tucker OF 220 220 186 233 172
62 8 Randal Grichuk OF 226 250 247 195 223
63 8 Mark Canha 1B/OF 230 216 243 229 233
64 8 Austin Hays OF 244 229 257 231 254
65 8 David Peralta OF 245 246 283 230 242
66 8 Aaron Hicks OF 158 226 365 304 314
67 8 Hunter Renfroe OF 238 241 220 356 214
68 8 Nomar Mazara OF 324 253 285 194 272
69 8 Trent Grisham OF 231 329 245 262 268
70 8 Corey Dickerson OF 330 271 234 234 274
71 9 A.J. Pollock OF 209 209 334 327 270
72 9 Brett Gardner OF 256 267 291 290 253
73 9 Austin Riley OF 280 263 296 270 282
74 9 Dylan Carlson OF 271 285 298 279 234
75 9 Wil Myers 1B/OF 232 275 239 391 259
76 9 Niko Goodrum 1B/MI/OF 273 251 340 284 311
77 9 Mike Yastrzemski OF 366 257 246 292 288
78 9 Yoenis Cespedes OF 255 259 429 268 284
79 9 Brandon Nimmo OF 335 240 264 376 372
80 9 Brandon Belt 1B/OF 295 320 328 275 375
81 9 Shogo Akiyama OF 266 245 452 256 252
82 9 Jo Adell OF 304 349 382 219 247
83 9 Sam Hilliard OF 292 331 352 281 315
84 9 Teoscar Hernandez OF 288 295 284 421 294
85 9 Kyle Lewis OF 239 360 292 411 290
86 10 Anthony Santander OF 318 243 431 328 264
87 10 Jesse Winker OF 339 279 363 367 370
88 10 Kevin Kiermaier OF 395 334 289 339 346
89 10 Yoshitomo Tsutsugo OF 240 317 460 340 389
90 10 Franchy Cordero OF 275 314 487 288 316
91 10 Ian Happ 2B/3B/OF 362 363 441 200 326
92 10 Gregory Polanco OF 338 301 391 363 334
93 10 Ender Inciarte OF 399 372 355 291 478
94 10 Hunter Pence OF 301 396 339 388 411
95 10 Cameron Maybin OF 225 324 501 375 318
96 10 Jon Berti MI/3B/OF 346 342 433 305 309
97 10 Jake Fraley OF 291 337 443 #N/A 330
98 10 Jose Peraza 2B/SS/OF 206 355 498 379 349
99 10 Kole Calhoun OF 297 339 471 336 275
100 11 Harrison Bader OF 327 354 419 378 382
101 11 Eric Thames 1B/OF 433 376 364 320 333
102 11 Jurickson Profar 2B/OF 487 371 262 390 363
103 11 Aristides Aquino OF 394 407 318 416 337
104 11 Domingo Santana OF 314 341 453 429 376
105 11 Raimel Tapia OF 298 391 475 #N/A 413
106 11 Mike Tauchman OF 348 380 422 426 345
107 11 Jarrod Dyson OF 372 437 380 394 355
108 11 Stephen Piscotty OF 365 412 406 418 425
109 11 Tyler O'Neill OF 368 395 457 #N/A 400
110 11 Jason Heyward OF 369 350 513 395 341
111 11 Jackie Bradley Jr. OF 370 373 519 372 441
112 11 Victor Reyes OF 457 379 426 374 480
113 11 Chris Taylor 2B/SS/OF 352 427 562 303 440
114 12 Kevin Pillar OF 414 479 440 314 339
115 12 Billy Hamilton OF 413 413 #N/A #N/A 362
116 12 Jose Martinez OF 428 470 366 393 368
117 12 Leury Garcia SS/OF 377 385 496 #N/A 381
118 12 Alex Dickerson OF 374 428 469 #N/A 421
119 12 JaCoby Jones OF 341 416 549 #N/A 436
120 12 Jay Bruce OF/1B 503 455 361 #N/A 492
121 12 Roman Quinn OF 409 431 489 #N/A 481
122 12 Alex Gordon OF 371 426 546 #N/A 384
123 12 Adam Haseley OF 379 423 543 #N/A 371
124 12 Josh Reddick OF 391 434 522 #N/A 432
125 12 Derek Fisher OF 491 510 359 #N/A 455
126 12 Kike Hernandez 2B/SS/OF 389 419 557 #N/A 395
127 13 Tim Locastro OF 415 462 516 #N/A #N/A
128 13 Dominic Smith 1B/OF 448 499 482 431 #N/A
129 13 Christin Stewart OF 481 494 423 #N/A 462
130 13 Brian Goodwin OF 442 493 499 #N/A 435
131 13 Josh Rojas 2B/3B/OF 546 532 510 350 471
132 13 Braden Bishop OF 446 524 #N/A #N/A #N/A
133 13 Clint Frazier OF 498 515 509 420 453
134 13 Manuel Margot OF 461 492 505 #N/A 424
135 13 Josh Naylor OF 445 496 517 #N/A #N/A
136 13 Steven Souza Jr. OF 463 497 525 #N/A 434
137 13 Dexter Fowler OF 501 452 533 #N/A 443
138 13 Dwight Smith Jr. OF 454 533 520 #N/A #N/A
139 13 Marwin Gonzalez 1B/3B/OF 505 501 #N/A #N/A #N/A
140 13 Tony Kemp 2B/OF 511 528 486 #N/A #N/A
141 13 Johan Camargo 3B/SS/OF 556 527 444 #N/A #N/A
142 13 Jordan Luplow OF 515 516 #N/A #N/A #N/A
143 13 DJ Stewart OF #N/A 477 559 #N/A #N/A
144 13 Albert Almora Jr. OF #N/A 519 #N/A #N/A #N/A
145 13 Matt Kemp OF 452 591 #N/A #N/A 445
146 13 Lewis Brinson OF 571 #N/A 473 #N/A #N/A
147 14 Adam Duvall OF 520 563 526 #N/A 485
148 14 Ehire Adrianza MI/CI/OF #N/A #N/A 538 #N/A #N/A
149 14 Anthony Alford OF #N/A #N/A 540 #N/A #N/A
150 14 Harold Ramirez OF 529 547 545 #N/A #N/A
151 14 Jose Osuna 1B/3B/OF #N/A 554 544 #N/A #N/A
152 14 Chad Pinder 2B/3B/OF 507 592 555 #N/A #N/A
153 14 Tyler Naquin OF #N/A 553 #N/A #N/A #N/A
154 14 Delino DeShields OF 570 #N/A 537 #N/A #N/A
155 14 Greg Allen OF 555 #N/A #N/A #N/A #N/A
156 14 Matt Beaty 1B/3B/OF 539 571 #N/A #N/A 497
157 14 Jake Marisnick OF #N/A 556 #N/A #N/A #N/A
158 14 Brett Phillips OF #N/A 557 #N/A #N/A #N/A
159 14 Ben Gamel OF #N/A 559 #N/A #N/A #N/A
160 15 Josh VanMeter 1B/2B/OF 606 567 528 #N/A 484
161 15 Jake Bauers 1B/OF 630 548 527 #N/A #N/A
162 15 Jake Cave OF 601 540 #N/A #N/A #N/A
163 15 Travis Demeritte OF 548 595 #N/A #N/A #N/A
164 15 Monte Harrison OF 578 #N/A #N/A #N/A #N/A
165 15 Stephen Vogt C/OF 636 598 511 #N/A #N/A
166 15 Randy Arozarena OF 598 #N/A #N/A #N/A #N/A
167 15 Seth Brown 1B/OF 666 #N/A 532 #N/A #N/A
168 15 Phillip Ervin OF 643 560 #N/A #N/A #N/A
166 15 Mitch Haniger OF 661 564 #N/A #N/A 386
167 15 Cedric Mullins II OF 635 #N/A #N/A #N/A #N/A
168 15 Alex Kirilloff OF 649 #N/A #N/A #N/A #N/A
169 15 Billy McKinney OF 655 #N/A #N/A #N/A #N/A
170 15 Brandon Dixon 1B/OF 658 #N/A #N/A #N/A #N/A
171 15 Cristian Pache OF 675 #N/A #N/A #N/A #N/A
172 15 Lane Thomas OF 689 #N/A #N/A #N/A #N/A

 

Rankings Analysis - Upper Tiers

Tier One

It’s strange not seeing Mike Trout at the top, right? His wavering attitude towards playing in 2020 has caused drafters (and rankers) to cool on the superstar, who already faced pressure from other stars regarding his No. 1 status. The hesitation to play in ‘20 has pushed him below 10th in some high-stakes drafts, though we all can’t go that far. Pierre and David have him seventh, which is probably the wise move, but I can’t shift him any lower without further news. As of now, he's here and he's spectacular:

Usually a group can’t agree on Acuña or Yelich, but we all have Ronald at 1 and Yelich 2. My rationale is just Yelich’s own recent durability concerns, as well as Atlanta being a better target (especially with the AL East in play). No one will feel lousy walking away from a draft with Yelich, though!

Then we’ve got the Hollywood boys, as Cody Bellinger has fiddled with his swing mechanics and Mookie Betts suddenly doesn’t have to hit behind the pitcher slot. I’d been down on Betts for that reason, but now I’m feeling dandy. Bellinger is a bit streakier than the rest of these options, hence my trepidation to elevate him beyond the rest.

 

Tier Two

Juan Soto calmed fears by reporting to camp last week, allowing us all to exhale. While expectations must be tempered for young players coming off what many would consider a career year, his only fantasy limitation is modest speed. That’s it. Draft with confidence at the end of the first round!

Pierre is down on J.D. Martinez, almost a full round’s worth, which probably has to do with softening metrics and the loss of Betts. His xwOBA was an astounding .428 in 2017 and that held strong at .417 in '18, but slipped to "only" .397 in '19. Going from the top of the leaderboard to the 96th percentile isn't awful, but I get investing in bats trending up rather than down. JDM is such a cerebral bat and that lineup is still well above average, so I’ll stay aggressive with Martinez and the monster as my second-round pick with a smile.

I recently spoke with a colleague about Starling Marte being a great value for the NL MVP futures bet thanks to a +10,000 line -- not just because of Kevin Malone’s adage, I swear. Marte turned in his highest sprint speed last season and AZ shouldn’t be shy about deploying their newest weapon on the basepaths.

Tier Three

High atop Houston’s batting order, George Springer should have another strong season compiling power numbers with a healthy average and R+RBI tally nearing 70 during this sprint. He could lead the MLB in plate appearances and the shorter season could help his body not wear down. The last time he topped 140 games played was 2016, but that's baked in at his ADP and he still crushed 39 homers in just 122 games last year! Most would kill for that in a full 162.

My Austin Meadows rank is tied to the coronavirus diagnosis, as he was Marte’s AL MVP bet counterpart in the aforementioned conversation. Alas, the risk is too great here against several other players with similar output sans illness. If not for this, I’d be right there with my colleagues around the 30 range. He’s a little behind Yordan Álvarez on an estimated recovery track, hence Álvarez being 44th for me. Others might gauge the situation differently and also still not trust Yordan’s knees throughout the year.

I love Eloy Jiménez in that budding White Sox offense, but not as much as I love Giancarlo Stanton’s potential in the Bronx. I know, the calf is already dinged and he’s likely DHing to start, but the man has first-round potential when healthy. This is an acceptable risk-reward discount, with many drafts seeing him nab him and Aaron Judge in back-to-back rounds.

 

Tier Four

Kris Bryant made news by starting at first base on July 20, which isn’t a good sign for Anthony Rizzo (back) but helps Bryant’s fantasy stock. But if Rizzo isn’t batting behind Bryant, I can’t say I see the path that David does with that 32nd rank. That said, summer at Wrigley can be quite the power tunnel.

Charlie Blackmon is back with the Rockies and should be ready around Opening Day, if not the opener itself. You can draft him with confidence, especially if his program to help with the Coors hangover yields results.

I fear I’m woefully underweight on Nick Castellanos’ potential in Great American Ballpark this year. That man is a Statcast darling, just look at all of these red top-10 percentage markers:

Alas, Comerica Park has done him dirty thus far, but GABP can help make this man that’s ranked 16th or better in barrels in each of the past three seasons into a stud. EVAnalytics has GABP ranked with the third-friendliest park factor for homers in the game.

 

Rankings Analysis - Mid Tiers

Tier Five

The only one I’m highest on here is Ramon Laureano, who had a plus .272 xBA last year (70th percentile) with 84th-percentile sprint speed. My dream is that he improves against non-fastballs, but his power-speed combo while likely batting second behind Marcus Semien and ahead of Matts Olson and Chapman is a dream spot. Churn the PAs and good things will come.

Then you have to ask yourself some serious questions: 

-Can Victor Robles make a Year-2 leap? I say meh, leap is a strong word but power-speed gets you far as a baseline -- Nick G seems to believe, though.
-Will Andrew Benintendi rebound and earn Boston’s vacated leadoff slot? Most of us think so, but his ceiling doesn’t justify much more risk than around pick 100.
-Does Jorge Soler’s power regress to simply “above-average” rather than world-beater? Doubtful, not unless the baseballs change -- unless you ask Pierre!
-Is Luis Robert the next Acuna, or does he struggle against breaking stuff and hit the bench? He’s not being drafted like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was last season, so I think most are aware of the floor here.

#FranmilForALHomeRunLeader

 

Tier Six

Nick G has both Danny Santana (89) and Kyle Schwarber (97) inside his top 100, the only ranker to have anyone that high in this set. Let it be known that I still drafted Santana in our RotoBaller Experts League draft and my fellow Nick was not pleased. But that Zobristian eligibility with power and speed in this era is so valuable, especially since we have to anticipate plugging myriad roster leaks throughout the year.

I want to buy into David Dahl, but every time I get there some news surfaces about missing a workout due to core soreness or something.

With so many other talented players that can spell Dahl, I don’t think the playing time is there for a big year. I hope I’m wrong, but there's similar ceiling with less risk later in drafts.

The aforementioned loaded Halos lineup has a hopeful renaissance season out of Justin Upton, whose toe and knee simply ruined 2019. Prior to that, he’d slugged 30-plus homers in three straight years and had swiped at least eight bases in each of his last 10 seasons. He debuted at 19 so you may think he’s eligible for an AARP card, but he’s only 32 years young. Even if Trout opts out, Upton, Anthony Rendon, and Shohei Ohtani can create excitement.

 

Tier Seven

I likely still have a healthy Alex Verdugo too low, but major back operations scare the daylights out of me. Another major scare comes with Willie Calhoun’s hip strain and that he’s still reportedly uncomfortable in the batter’s box when pitches come up and in. You would be too if you got your jaw broken by one. Empathy aside, we must be willing to address and react to the human parts of the game as well as the metrics.

Byron Buxton may get hurt on the hill that I’m dying on for him, but I will gladly join the fight. Minnesota’s offense is simply too stacked and Buxton’s respectable pop and insane speed could create such a profit here. I can’t say no to this. He gave us a scare by getting his cleat stuck in the grass and getting carted off last week, but he ran in the outfield on July 18 and Rocco Baldelli says the swelling isn't becoming an issue. He can push for 60 R+RBI with 8 HRs and 10-plus swipes.

If you miss out on these flashy players, it seems like every draft has Adam Eaton, Andrew McCutchen, and Ryan Braun all going quite cheap. The DH could help them all see additional playing time, or simply be more rested for when they do play. Don't let yourself get blinded by shiny new toys and miss out on the vets. Of course, I must now add that Braun is dealing with apparent injuries to his neck, oblique, and back. So maybe passing on him is wise!

 

Tier Eight

Pierre and I are out here making sure y’all remember the name, Shin-Soo Choo. Now a spry 38-year-old, Choo is coming off a career-high 24 homers and his highest steal tally (15) since 2013. I’m a tad worried by his rising strikeout and whiff rates, with the swinging-strike rate climbing from 8.8% in 2017 to 11.7% last year, but the results are there. If you need a steady hand in the late rounds, go Choo. He's still got an extra gear!

I spy quite the polarizing figure in Tommy Edman, who Riley, Nick G, and myself have around 160th compared to David (253) and Pierre (287). On Edman’s side is a potential everyday 3B role if Matt Carpenter is preserved in the DH role. The youngster delivered 11 homers and 15 steals with a .304/.350/.500 slash line in 349 PAs as a rookie, with results coming against both lefties (.964 OPS) and righties (.810 OPS). My hope is for 50 games, about five homers and 6-7 steals with a plus average.

Both Garrett Hampson and Kyle Tucker have serious talent, with Tucker boasting first-round-fantasy-pick skills, but they’re on teams that won’t commit to playing them. Tucker is behind veteran Josh Reddick, while Hampson is surrounded by an aging Daniel Murphy and Matt Kemp, with Brendan Rodgers knocking at the door too. Targeting skill blocked by lesser roadblocks is a savvy move here, just be sure to track how much risk you’ve taken on by this point in drafts.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane...it’s Aaron Hicks! His ADP is suppressed on most sites thanks to his recovering from Tommy John surgery this offseason. Now he represents a cheap ticket to the Yankees lineup and hitter-friendly park that may bat leadoff if DJ LeMahieu isn’t ready, or near the five- or six-hole if DJL can go. If you can get on this NYY ride at a discount, you do it.

 

Tier Nine

Here is a glut of NL players who are helped by the DH addition. A.J. Pollock gets some more paths to playing time in LA, while Austin Riley could either open in the OF or DH. Dylan Carlson is provided with an avenue to play if STL wants to see what he can do in the bigs, while Wil Myers could keep his legs fresh and, along with the Franchy Cordero trade, may break 50 games in ‘20. Perhaps the biggest beneficiary of all is Yoenis Cespedes, who will hope to avoid aggravating his heel injuries or any soft-tissue strains.

I want to put Sam Hilliard in that group, but it seems the Rox are giving the first crack at DH to Mr. Matt Kemp. And Ian Desmond’s vacated starts are reportedly going to Raimel Tapia first, who does deserve his own chance but doesn’t boast the fantasy ceiling of Hilliard. More on that in a bit. Topping 40 homers and 20 steals on the year deserves priority, dadgummit.

Kyle Lewis is getting loads of buzz lately as videos of casual homers trickle out of Seattle, with many wondering if he’s finally put things together. Inconsistency has defined his pro career thus far, but we saw a glimpse of his potential last September. Let’s hope for the best here. And shoutout to one of the quietest 10-homer threat in this short season, Tesocar Hernandez.

 

Tier 10

Let’s take a step back from walls of text and simply see who everyone’s top three is in this tier:

Mine: Jose Peraza (206), Cameron Maybin (225), and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (240).

Nick G: Anthony Santander (243), Jesse Winker (279), Gregory Polanco (301).

Pierre: Kevin Kiermaier (289), Hunter Pence (339), Ender Inciarte (355).

David: Ian Happ (200), Franchy Cordero (288), Ender Inciarte (291).

Riley: Anthony Santander (264), Kole Calhoun (275), Jon Berti (309).

Barely any crossover! The point here is that this is where you really need to just get your guys. Don’t let ADP sway you into taking someone you might not want. Your personal ranks are likely to really separate from the crowd once you dig this deep. Believe in yourself (or those of us that you like, cough me cough) and go for it.

 

Rankings Analysis - Lower Tiers

Tier 11

As discussed earlier, “the starting left field job is Raimel Tapia’s to lose.” per The Denver Post’s Kyle Newman and MLB.com’s Thomas Harding talked up his improved physique back in March. I’m not here to sell you on the “best shape of his life” stuff, but I will try to sell you on “playing time in Coors Field” stuff.

It can’t all be sunshine and rainbows, though, as we must accept that Aristides Aquino isn’t starting the season with the big boys. He had quite a run in ‘19 but still has to work on a more consistent swing. It isn’t all about raw power! Not to mention, Cincy’s lineup is a tough one to crack and they don’t want him wasting away on the bench when he could be training with full reps every day off-site.

And I’m the pessimist with Eric Thames, who I’m probably being way too harsh towards. If he grows against southpaws through seeing them more than I’m willing to be wrong, but I don’t want a platoon bat this high up. Hitting .197 in 314 career ABs against lefties isn’t a death sentence, but I’d rather avoid the headache.

 

Tier 12

I know, most of you aren’t dealing with Billy Hamilton again. He only reported to camp a few days ago and is a one-dimensional asset on a crummy offense. But if you’re punting speed until the bitter end then here’s your stash to compete. Another option is Philadelphia’s Roman Quinn, a more talented hitter with big wheels who simply cannot stay healthy. Check out number five:

JaCoby Jones should get consistent playing time in Detroit alongside Cameron Maybin while Christin Stewart and Victor Reyes split the third OF spot. If you value volume here then players such as Josh Reddick and Alex Gordon are here for you. And those speculating on late power can go with Jay Bruce at Citizens Bank, while Tampa Bay’s Jose Martinez providing some pop with a plus average.

 

Tier 13

If you missed on Billy Hamilton or simply refuse to roster him (I get it) then peek at Arizona’s Tim Locastro, 2019’s sprint speed champion. San Diego’s trade of Franchy Cordero opens the door for Josh Naylor to get meaningful PAs, but that’s an NL-only move. Others in that camp would be Steven Souza Jr. recapturing his form at Wrigley or Matt Kemp’s senior tour at Coors Field.

The 35-year-old slugger is in the right place for a swan song. He’s not the star bat of 2012 anymore, but he’s said how well he sees the ball at Coors and it shows. In 375 career PAs a mile up, Kemp owns a .327/.389/.616 slash with 21 homers. He won’t get to face Rockies pitching here and is probably limited to DH appearances, but those with deep benches could do worse than siding with Coors.

 

Tiers 14 & 15

I know, you’re scraping here. You’re going for any sort of ceiling at this point. This is where drafters see if Chad Pinder can get consistent work in Oakland. Does Atlanta insert Adam Duvall into their powerful lineup enough for streamers to take advantage? I still have a twinkle of hope for Jake Bauers but I admit the path to relevance is long and arduous.

My favorite lottery ticket is Miami’s Monte Harrison, who has Harold Ramirez in right field blocking one avenue. Center could also be in play thanks to Jonathan Villar’s versatility, as well as the DH spot. Lest we forget he hit nine homers with 20 steals (on 22 attempts) through 56 Triple-A games last year. Reports were surfacing that he could crack the Opening Day roster. Alas, Harrison is not on the initial 30-man roster to start the year but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him up by early August. Even Craig Mish noted the surprise that Harrison wasn't on the team:

 



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