Isn’t it great to have baseball back? I can’t wait to go to a park, have a beer and brat and hear the crack of the bat again. This week we take our first look at what’s going down in Spring Training as a follow-up to the Top 100 Outfielders, where the palm trees and the cacti grow. Now that camps are getting into the swing of things it’s time for some minor housekeeping with the board. We venture back into the outfield while Josey’s on a vacation far away.

The Ins

Jarred Kelenic – So I went ahead and moved him up a tier with how well he is hitting in ST. Yes, he was magically shelved with a knee injury that might delay his start to the season. Well, isn’t that a mighty fine coinkydink? I’m sure he’ll be ready for opening day, and I’m sure he’ll need some rehab games at the alternate site to get him back to playing shape in the big show.

Jackie Bradley Jr.  – You might have heard, JBJ signed with the Brew Crew. I have no idea why this has me intrigued so much, it’s not like he’s in a better lineup now, or better park; but I do like what he’s done in recent memory. Guess his pace. No, higher. In the last 162 game schedule, JBJ has gone for 80/24/70/10/.256. Fo realz yo! That’s pretty good, and more than good enough for your OF5 spot. The only issue is playing time due to a 4-way split. However, Lorenzo Cain has been dealing with a quad injury and those (like a hammy) tend to linger, so keep your eyes out for possible extended PT. Moved him up a tad.

Daulton Varsho – With Kole Calhoun’s injury and now a possible injury to Grey’s swoon Ketel Marte, Varsho looks to have an open barndoor for playing time in the outfield. Most places still have him marked as a catcher too which is likely where you’d draft and play him, but I’ll still bring him up here. Right now. He offers a nice mix of power late that will likely get everyday ABs, and that’s gold for a catcher. Movin’ on up.

Mitch Haniger – Haniger has been raking in training camp. It looks like the old Mitch is back and ready to ball out. Ummm, I guess he’s already balled out once; I mean, wrong choice of words. He’s ready to return to form. Hmm, still not there. Forget it! In 2018 he went for 90/26/93/8/.285, and in 2019 before the, ummm, incident he went for 15 HRs and 4 SBs in 63 games. The power is real and he chips in some bags as well. The best part is he’ll likely be slotted back into the 2-hole and accrue many ABs this year. Right now his price is that of a 4th or 5th OF, that’s nuts!

Taylor Trammell – So many Mariners on here! What’s wrong with me? There’s a rumor swirling that Trammell might break camp. He’s not listed below, but if he does, he might be. Interest: piqued. Trammell is a 70-grade speed player. And from his minor league numbers, looks like he could pace for 25 steals across a full season of work. And given the above’s injury history, it’s not the worst idea to hedge with T-squared or Haggerty if you have a deep bench. Either way, this tram might actually get some run and net you some cheap bags.

The Outs

Trent Grisham -Trending in the wrong direction, Grisham pulled up slow this week with a hammy injury. This is not good for a player that gets a lot of value from his steals. That’s the entire reason you would take him as early as he’s been going. Let’s say that 22/25 pace now gets watered down to 22/19 or 22/16 with a .250 average etc., yikes. That pushes him down a few rounds or more. So he’s down until further notice.

Cavan Biggio -That’s right! We’re fading. So recent ST lineups show him moved down to the 7-spot in that crazy stacked lineup. Ruh-roh Raggy. Since his batted ball metrics are meh and he likely won’t hit for average, this does not bode well for his counting stats (a major carrier of his potential value due to OBP). At the top of the lineup instead is Springer (swoon) and Semien (swoon). There’s a chance he could still more this low in order with a lot of swing-and-miss behind him at 8 and 9. But I don’t want to bank on that with his current ADP price… Please move along sir.

Lorenzo Cain – Mentioned above, delayed due to quad injury. No thanks.

Kole Calhoun – Mentioned above, out for a while with a torn meniscus in his knee. Moved him nearly to the bottom.

The What-Have-Yous

Willie Calhoun – Rough time for Calhouns, huh? Recovering from a tight groin and unclear if he’ll be ready for Opening Day. Perhaps he should start wearing looser pants. (Leody SZN???) Hopefully, he finds some sweats and can be ready soon to recapture the hype from 2019 when he hit 21 HRs in 83 games to go with a .269 average.

Sam Hilliard and Garrett Hampson -The Dynamic Duo of Denver has been splitting time this spring in centerfield. NOT WHAT WE WANT TO SEE. Obviously, we’d prefer to see them each get 100% playing time at separate positions, but Bud and the gang seem to be giving Hampson a lot of reps in the outfield and mostly at the cost of Hilliard. Yikes! Something to monitor.

The Board

Rank Name POS $
1 Ronald Acuna Jr. OF 47.2
2 Juan Soto OF 43.0
3 Mookie Betts OF 38.9
4 Mike Trout OF 36.9
5 Cody Bellinger 1B/OF 35.8
6 Christian Yelich OF 32.0
7 Bryce Harper OF 29.2
8 Eloy Jimenez OF 28.7
9 Luis Robert OF 25.6
10 Marcell Ozuna OF 22.6
11 George Springer OF 20.9
12 Kyle Tucker OF 20.6
13 Yordan Alvarez DH/OF 20.0
14 Whit Merrifield 2B/OF 18.7
15 Michael Conforto OF 18.1
16 Charlie Blackmon OF 18.1
17 Aaron Judge OF 17.8
18 Randy Arozarena OF 17.4
19 Starling Marte OF 17.2
20 J.D. Martinez DH/OF 16.9
21 Nick Castellanos OF 16.8
22 Austin Meadows OF 15.3
23 Eddie Rosario OF 15.2
24 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. OF 14.7
25 Jeff McNeil 2B/3B/OF 14.0
26 Alex Verdugo OF 13.6
27 Trent Grisham OF 13.1
28 Giancarlo Stanton DH/OF 12.7
29 Brandon Lowe 2B/OF 12.5
30 Anthony Santander OF 11.7
31 Ryan Mountcastle 1B/OF 11.6
32 Tommy Pham OF 11.2
33 Byron Buxton OF 10.8
34 Ramon Laureano OF 10.5
35 Kyle Lewis OF 10.5
36 Max Kepler OF 10.3
37 Dylan Moore 2B/OF 10.2
38 Cavan Biggio 2B/3B/OF 10.2
39 Ian Happ OF 10.0
40 Teoscar Hernandez OF 9.9
41 Wil Myers OF 9.9
42 Nick Solak 2B/OF 9.8
43 Kyle Schwarber OF 9.8
44 Tommy Edman 2B/SS/3B/OF 9.3
45 Michael Brantley OF 9.2
46 Victor Robles OF 8.7
47 Jorge Soler DH/OF 8.7
48 Joey Gallo OF 8.1
49 Jesse Winker OF 7.1
50 Raimel Tapia OF 6.2
51 Dominic Smith 1B/OF 6.1
52 Dylan Carlson OF 6.0
53 Mike Yastrzemski OF 5.8
54 Clint Frazier OF 5.5
55 Andrew McCutchen OF 5.2
56 Austin Hays OF 4.7
57 A.J. Pollock OF 4.6
58 Trey Mancini 1B/OF 4.1
59 Avisail Garcia OF 3.9
60 Aaron Hicks OF 3.7
61 Mark Canha OF 3.0
62 Hunter Renfroe OF 2.8
63 Jarred Kelenic OF 2.7
64 Lorenzo Cain OF 2.6
65 Garrett Hampson 2B/SS/OF 2.6
66 Hunter Dozier 1B/OF 2.6
67 Leody Taveras OF 2.6
68 Joc Pederson OF 2.1
69 Justin Upton OF 2.1
70 Bryan Reynolds OF 2.0
71 Yasiel Puig OF 1.3
72 J.D. Davis 3B/OF 1.2
73 Nick Senzel OF 1.2
74 Josh Naylor 1B/OF 1.2
75 Jackie Bradley Jr. OF 1.2
76 Willie Calhoun OF 1.0
77 Daulton Varsho C/OF 0.9
78 Mitch Haniger OF 0.4
79 Alex Kirilloff OF 0.2
80 Brandon Nimmo OF 0.1
81 Scott Kingery 2B/OF 0.0
82 David Peralta OF -0.1
83 Andrew Benintendi OF -0.4
84 Myles Straw OF -0.4
85 Adam Eaton OF -0.5
86 Mauricio Dubon 2B/SS/OF -0.8
87 Sam Hilliard OF -1.0
88 Corey Dickerson OF -1.1
89 Victor Reyes OF -1.3
90 Chris Taylor 2B/SS/ OF -1.4
91 Manuel Margot OF -1.4
92 Robbie Grossman OF -1.5
93 Enrique Hernandez 2B/OF -1.6
94 Kole Calhoun OF -1.9
95 Stephen Piscotty OF -2.2
96 Jurickson Profar 2B/OF -2.3
97 Jon Berti 2B/3B/OF -2.6
98 Alex Dickerson OF -2.7
99 Harrison Bader OF -2.7
100 Franchy Cordero OF -3.0
101 Oscar Mercado OF -3.0
102 Gregory Polanco OF -3.1

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  1. Chris says:
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    Have a 16 team Y! H2H (5×5, + OPS, HLDs) draft with 6 Keep Forever. First two picks are 109, 115.

    I do like Mountcastle. I was hoping to snag him in later rounds. You have him ranked pretty high above Teoscar, Lewis, etc. Based on ST results?

    Kelenic a good play at 115?

    • Coolwhip says:
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      Yes, Mountcastle hit well last season and looks to be carrying it through this year, also many favorable places to hit and less good pitching in AL East.

      • Coolwhip says:
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        115 feels a bit early on Kelenic since he likely won’t start the season with the club. I don’t know your league draft habits but feels a bit early.

  2. Chucky says:
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    Am I understanding you prefer Kyle Lewis ( Grey’s love child) over Craig Biggio? That’s a first!

    • Coolwhip says:
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      That is correct. I think Biggio is overrated this season and batting near end of order rather than the top like Lewis. I am less giddy than Grey, but he shows promise.

  3. Regan says:
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    Hanniger and Mancini are way to low in my not so humble opinion. Comeback players of the year candidates. Hani is leading off this year for an underated Ms lineup.

    • Coolwhip says:
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      Haniger has an injury history and has missed a bit of time, but at the top I said I like him and he’s a good get! I think I have him higher than his average ADP. Cancer does a number on one’s body so I’m sure about Mancini’s stamina, no idea how many games he can play as baseball is a tough schedule and not sure how they will rest him. But I think I have him higher than where he’s going.

      • Sunchaser says:
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        You say its nuts that Hanniger is being drafted as a 4th or 5th OF and then promptly rank him 78th….hmmmm

        • Coolwhip says:
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          Correct. Difference between upside and projecting health. If he stays healthy he’ll end up higher (these will become rest-of-season updated bi-weekly ranks once the season starts.) As of right now, do to injury risk he’s ranked there, but as a 4th or 5th OF you are choosing from a big pool at that point in draft and ADP is just a number. I like him as a target that late because of the upside if he stays healthy.

  4. Gary Z says:
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    Hey Coolwhip- I’m drafting tonight in an 8×8 10 team h2h league. I’m stuck on how to manage the rankings list I’m using. Do I edit the ESPN rankings with Rudy’s rankings I’m using, or do I leave the list as is, and print off Rudy’s rankings and cross guys off as they are drafted? My fear is if I edit espns list, I’ll get lost looking for guys with having only 90 seconds to draft.

    • Coolwhip says:
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      leave as is so you have context, and use rudy’s list as a guide.

      • Gary Z says:
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        Thanks! I picked 7th, somehow FTJ fell to me, then I got Bellinger on the turn!

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