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2017 Outfielder Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Time for some post-All-Star break fun: here are my very, very preliminary 2017 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams and asterisks if those options are likely to be exercised.

 

Along with the position rankings is a top-300 list for 2017. Click to see other preliminary 2017 rankings:

 

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

 

 

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2017 Outfielder Rankings

 

2017 Outfield Team 2016 July
1 Mike Trout Angels 1 1
2 Bryce Harper Nationals 2 2
3 Mookie Betts Red Sox 4 3
4 Giancarlo Stanton Marlins 3 4
5 George Springer Astros 5 5
6 Yoenis Cespedes   8 6
7 Starling Marte Pirates 11 7
8 Gregory Polanco Pirates 33 20
9 Andrew McCutchen Pirates 6 12
10 A.J. Pollock Diamondbacks 48 92
11 Yasiel Puig Dodgers 13 18
12 Carlos Gonzalez Rockies 9 10
13 Jose Bautista   7 9
14 Christian Yelich Marlins 17 13
15 J.D. Martinez Tigers 10 28
16 Adam Jones Orioles 14 8
17 Ryan Braun Brewers 16 16
18 Michael Brantley Indians 24 40
19 Nelson Cruz Mariners 18 11
20 Marcell Ozuna Marlins 21 17
21 Justin Upton Tigers 12 23
22 Charlie Blackmon Rockies 19 15
23 Stephen Piscotty Cardinals 36 22
24 Kyle Schwarber Cubs 1 C  
25 Mark Trumbo   27 19
26 Joc Pederson Dodgers 32 38
27 Jason Heyward Cubs 20 37
28 Michael Conforto Mets 29 64
29 Nomar Mazara Rangers 181 47
30 Odubel Herrera Phillies 50 31
31 Matt Kemp Padres 28 27
32 Jackie Bradley Jr. Red Sox 57 24
33 Hunter Pence Giants 30 60
34 Lorenzo Cain Royals 22 25
35 Jacoby Ellsbury Yankees 23 26
36 Billy Hamilton Reds 31 34
37 Kole Calhoun Angels 42 29
38 Ian Desmond   7 SS 7 SS
39 Khris Davis Athletics 39 33
40 Randal Grichuk Cardinals 26 61
41 Jorge Soler Cubs 45 62
42 Josh Reddick   46 48
43 Carlos Gomez   25 44
44 Curtis Granderson Mets 35 39
45 Adam Eaton White Sox 37 43
46 Jay Bruce Reds* 40 32
47 Adam Duvall Reds 93 42
48 Shin-Soo Choo Rangers 38 35
49 Michael Taylor Nationals 53 77
50 Melvin Upton Jr. Padres 82 41
51 Max Kepler Twins 121 72
52 Kevin Pillar Blue Jays 34 46
53 David Peralta Diamondbacks 41 66
54 Corey Dickerson Rays 49 50
55 Domingo Santana Brewers 44 70
56 Steven Souza Rays 59 56
57 Matt Holliday Cardinals* 55 45
58 Byron Buxton Twins 69 76
59 Oswaldo Arcia Rays 71 73
60 Mallex Smith Braves 145 122
61 Cameron Maybin Tigers* 72 54
62 Ben Revere Nationals 43 51
63 Brett Gardner Yankees 47 52
64 Dexter Fowler   67 36
65 Michael Saunders   83 57
66 Tyler Naquin Indians 113 69
67 David Dahl Rockies 225 NR
68 Rajai Davis   81 30
69 Melky Cabrera White Sox 61 55
70 Colby Rasmus   58 58
71 Alex Gordon Royals 62 65
72 Carlos Beltran   64 49
73 Kevin Kiermaier Rays 70 90
74 Brandon Moss   79 74
75 Yasmany Tomas Diamondbacks 20 3B 15 3B
76 Andre Ethier Dodgers 90 87
77 Lonnie Chisenhall Indians 25 3B 18 3B
78 Blake Swihart Red Sox 14 C 33 C
79 Aaron Altherr Phillies 126 100
80 Leonys Martin Mariners 76 67
81 Hunter Renfroe Padres 147 96
82 Gerardo Parra Rockies 52 63
83 Billy Burns Athletics 54 83
84 Aaron Judge Yankees 219 133
85 Ender Inciarte Braves 63 71
86 Chris Owings Diamondbacks 21 SS 25 SS
87 Jayson Werth Nationals 91 59
88 Nick Markakis Braves 77 85
89 Bradley Zimmer Indians 210 NR
90 Trayce Thompson Dodgers 134 75
91 Hyun-Soo Kim Orioles 117 79
92 Denard Span Giants 66 88
93 Brandon Guyer Rays 114 68
94 Andrew Benintendi Red Sox NR NR
95 Eddie Rosario Twins 78 81
96 Jon Jay   86 109
97 Clint Frazier Indians NR NR
98 Brett Phillips Brewers 221 NR
99 Hector Olivera Braves 19 3B 38 3B
100 Preston Tucker Astros 87 128
101 Seth Smith Mariners* 95 93
102 Aaron Hicks Yankees 80 94
103 Jarrett Parker Giants 146 78
104 Jarrod Dyson Royals 68 80
105 Manuel Margot Padres 174 NR
106 Dalton Pompey Blue Jays 89 130
107 Nick Williams Phillies 166 NR
108 Albert Almora Cubs 277 132
109 Austin Jackson   75 113
110 Tony Kemp Astros 56 2B NR
111 Desmond Jennings Rays 60 106
112 Travis Jankowski Padres 157 89
113 Franklin Gutierrez   122 95
114 Chris Young Red Sox 97 111
115 Brandon Nimmo Mets 266 108
116 Delino DeShields Jr. Rangers 56 134
117 Carl Crawford   65 123
118 Josh Hamilton Rangers 85 NR
119 Tommy Pham Cardinals 110 121
120 Robbie Grossman Twins 177 105
121 Matt Joyce   142 114
122 Alexei Bell   96 125
123 Cody Asche Phillies 43 3B 27 3B
124 Keon Broxton Brewers 94 136
125 Juan Lagares Mets 120 117
126 Jesse Winker Reds 165 126
127 Joey Rickard Orioles 100 104
128 Brock Holt Red Sox 27 2B 36 2B
129 Lewis Brinson Rangers 215 NR
130 Kirk Nieuwenhuis Brewers 88 84
131 Coco Crisp   139 91
132 Jake Marisnick Astros 109 NR
133 Jordan Patterson Rockies 153 NR
134 Rusney Castillo Red Sox 101 NR
135 Nolan Reimold Orioles 129 110
136 Avisail Garcia White Sox 74 101
137 Derek Fisher Astros NR NR
138 Socrates Brito Diamondbacks 84 NR
139 Scott Schebler Reds 108 NR
140 Ryan Rua Rangers 185 98
141 Peter Bourjos   99 97
142 Nori Aoki Mariners 73 124
143 Brett Eibner Royals 182 129
144 Raimel Tapia Rockies 260 NR
145 Angel Pagan   115 102
146 Steven Moya Tigers 241 99
147 Peter O'Brien Diamondbacks 151 135
148 Tyler O'Neill Mariners NR NR
149 Rickie Weeks Jr.   132 118
150 Alejandro De Aza   119 NR
151 Abraham Almonte Indians 141 NR
152 Austin Meadows Pirates NR NR
153 Ichiro Suzuki Marlins* 143 103
154 Paulo Orlando Royals 127 112
155 Jorge Bonifacio Royals NR NR
156 Enrique Hernandez Dodgers 32 2B 46 2B
157 Daniel Nava   103 115
158 Adam Engel White Sox 178 NR
159 Jeff Francoeur   135 119
160 Scott Van Slyke Dodgers 106 NR
161 Roman Quinn Phillies 218 NR
162 Mac Williamson Giants 227 120
163 Adam Walker Twins 257 NR
164 Billy McKinney Cubs 262 NR
165 Michael Bourn   144 107

 

Outfielders

 

  • Barring a catastrophic injury, it’s safe to assume Yoenis Cespedes is opting out of his deal with the Mets and becoming a free agent, which would probably help his value a tad. Jose Bautista, Mark Trumbo and Ian Desmond, on the other hand, are down a bit from where they’d be if we knew they were re-signing with their current teams. They’re all in great situations right now.

 

  • It’ll be interesting to see what the Cubs do, what with Dexter Fowler almost surely turning down his part of a mutual option. The Cubs will likely have some interest in bringing him back, but he’ll be able to find a longer deal elsewhere. Even without Fowler, they’d still have Kyle Schwarber, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora as their pure outfield options alongside Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant, Ben Zobrist and Javier Baez all capable of playing out there if they want to tweak the infield. I still have awfully high hopes for Soler’s bat, but I’m hoping for a trade at this point. There are just too many options, and Soler is going to be streaky.

 

  • The Rockies have a good problem in the outfield; they are going to have to decide how to break in David Dahl (.278/.367/.500 in Double-A, 13-for-26 with 2 HR since moving up to Triple-A), Raimel Tapia (.337/.381/.463 in Double-A) and Jordan Patterson (.316/.415/.473 in Triple-A) over the next year. A Carlos Gonzalez trade, possibly this month, seems likely, which is why he’s not currently in the top 10 for 2017. They could keep Charlie Blackmon, turn Gerardo Parra into the fourth outfielder he should have been in the first place and give Dahl and Tapia spots in the outfield next year, or they could get gutsy and cash in Blackmon at the peak of his value. As nice of a player as Blackmon has turned into, he’s 30 and he’s going to begin getting quite expensive. They do have the option of turning Patterson into a first baseman. He’s no lock to hit in the majors, but with the way he’s performed in the minors, he deserves a long look. It should have come last month when Parra got hurt.

 

  • I put both Max Kepler and Byron Buxton in the 50-60 range, which might seem like a bit of a copout. I’m not completely sold on Kepler’s ability to make consistent contact, but the power has been incredibly impressive. Buxton seems like the riskier of the two at this point, and he’ll need to show something in the second half to ensure that he goes into next year as a starter. The talent will eventually win out there, though.
Matthew Pouliot

Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of NBC Sports Edge and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.