Forgive me if I’m a bit out of it right now. After the Shane Bieber injury, I searched for life’s meaning in a few liquor bottles. I didn’t quite find the answers I was looking for; but give me a minute, I’ll find them somewhere down there… Anywho, time for another update to the ol’ big board of outfielders. And look who’s making a name for himself in the early going, daddy’s favorite OF sleeper in the preseason, none other than Tyler O’Neill. I hope you all listened to me, not only is he motivated and hitting well, but also moved up to batting 3rd in the Boston lineup. Mmmmmm. So far this season he’s batting .357/.514/.893 (yes, slugging almost .900) with 5 HR and 1 SB. A superheroic feat without measure. Obviously, he will not continue at this pace for the whole season but it certainly makes the 30 HR mark all the more reachable. It wasn’t all that long ago (2021 to be precise) that he put together a 34/15/.286 season. And that wasn’t even in Boston. All the stock for Captain Canuck to the moon! Just ask my mate for the odds at the local dive bar and hot tub emporium, eh?

Early Season Notes

The Leaders

Mookie Betts – Without a doubt, we are seeing the best of Mookie Best to start this season. In my Pert’s league draft recap I told you that he was going to feast having Ohtani and Freeman behind him. Well, he’s currently on pace for a casual 200 Runs and 160 RBI season. Plus he’s added got 5 HR with a .375 AVG. Yeah, that’ll do.

Spencer Steer – He’s doing Grey proud. I never could bring myself to take him as early as he was going, mostly because I was picking up a pitcher during those rounds in drafts, and now I’m regretting it some. Hopefully, you are on the receiving end of his bender. That’s 12 RBI to begin the season.

Teoscar Hernandez – Leading the league with 14 RBI. My main regret besides Steer is that I didn’t draft Teoscar anywhere despite really liking the opportunity he would have for production in that lineup. And of course, he’s been eating so well there, they have moved him up to batting 4th on some nights behind Freeman. Incredible stuff. Feels so clearly like an easy win now.

Mike Trout – is doing everything, and you have to wonder how long he can keep it together. I really hope he lasts 120+ games this season because he juuuuust might give us one of those 40/20 seasons of yesteryear. Now the RBIs… ehhh, let’s not go there while Rendon is batting leadoff, woof. More like Rendon’t, am I right? high five!

Interesting Names

Michael Conforto – is finally healthy again. He had his first full spring of “baseball activities” ramping up for the season and looks like it’s just want the doctor ordered. He’s hitting .351 with 3 HR and 10 RBIs to begin his age 31 season. 4 years ago he had a 33 HR season and he hasn’t been the same since. Will he stay healthy? Who knows, but I picked him up in every 15-team and so should you. 24ish HR with decent run production while hitting 4th for the Giants is a solid pickup for your OF4/5 if you already have command of your steals.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – My boy! It wouldn’t be a Coolwhip draft season without him ending up on 50%+ of my teams. Seems he’s always unappreciated and underestimated. The very picture of a safe OF3/4 based on team build is off to a stellar start.  And he’s been hitting as high as 3rd in the Diamondback lineup. I’ll take that every day and twice on Sundays!

Starling Marte – much like Conforto, looks like he’s finally healthy again. He chipped in a HR and 2 SB so far and could be a value by season’s end.

Jarren Duran – Already has 6 steals to start the year. The front of the Boston lineup is suiting him just fine.

Jose Siri – Josh Lowe being out has allowed him to get more ABs and make the best of it. He too has 6 steals. I told you he was sirious!

Connor Joe – Others have talked about him plenty so I’ll just summarize my thoughts. I’ve wrangled him in a few places because he’s as consistent as the spring rain. April is always his month, putting up a wRC+ like an All-Star then disappearing until August. Now is the time to roster him.

Oswaldo Cabrera – Has caught lightning in a bottle after getting the fire lit under him when the Yankees acquired Jon Berti. Despite looking destined for the bench, he has kept Berti at bay and continues to garner playing time with the occasional day off versus lefties. This looks headed for a full platoon, but if he continues to be a plus asset against righties, that’s a solid lineup piece.

Jackson Merrill – He just continues to impress with professional at-bats. I love this guy. And with this type of of effort, it’s no wonder the Padres haven’t resigned a jobless Tommy Pham. Even Jurickson Profar is hitting well while batting 5th in their lineup.

Will Benson – Hitting 2nd verus RHP and slowly earning ABs against LHP for the Reds. You love to see it, don’t sleep on him.

Lars Nootbaar – is due back shortly after some rehab games, which means a struggling Victor Scott could soon find his way back down to the minors. The Cardinals offense seems to have gotten some of their groove back so Nootbaar at hitting towards the top of that lineup might be worth a pickup.

Jake McCarthy – has found his way back in the lineup with Alek Thomas set to miss significant time on the IL with a potential grade 2 hamstring strain. I feel bad for him having won the centerfield job in camp. That said, I absolutely cut bait with him and picked up McCarthy especially after he got 2 hits off a lefty pitcher this week. He might still sit against some, but if he’s anything like his first season, I’ll take the plus speed for some cheap steal potential.

Josh Smith – wins the award for the most generic white boy name ever… and also seems to have wrestled the lion’s share of 3B duties out of Ezekiel Duran’s clutches while Jung is out for a projected 6-8 weeks. I had Duran in so many places but the Rangers so far have preferred both Smith and Jarred Walsh on the strong side of a 3-headed platoon for 3B and 1B respectively. For now: Smith stonks up, Duran stonks down. Fortunately, Smith comes with some of the same multi-position utility that Duran does, so make that move and profit. I did.

The Board

If you need to brush-up on my board’s value system, refer to the preseason post here.

# Name Team POS Tier CW$
1 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF 1 15.99
2 Mookie Betts LAD 2B/OF 1 13.18
3 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD OF 1 10.85
4 Juan Soto NYY OF 1 10.73
5 Julio Rodriguez SEA OF 1 10.64
6 Kyle Tucker HOU OF 1 10.61
7 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF 1 9.90
8 Corbin Carroll ARI OF 1 9.55
9 Aaron Judge NYY OF 1 9.19
10 Adolis Garcia TEX OF 1 7.06
11 Mike Trout LAA OF 1 7.03
12 Michael Harris II ATL OF 1 6.88
13 Cody Bellinger CHC 1B/OF 1 6.75
14 Randy Arozarena TB OF 1 6.30
15 Spencer Steer CIN 1B/3B/ OF 1 6.09
16 Teoscar Hernandez LAD OF 1 6.00
17 Christian Yelich MIL OF 1 5.86
18 Jazz Chisholm Jr. MIA OF 1 5.14
19 Kyle Schwarber PHI OF 1 5.12
20 Nolan Jones COL OF 1 5.08
21 Seiya Suzuki CHC OF 2 4.97
22 Jarren Duran BOS OF 2 4.92
23 Jackson Chourio MIL OF 2 4.31
24 Tyler O’Neill BOS OF 2 4.29
25 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. ARI OF 2 4.12
26 Lane Thomas WSH OF 2 4.07
27 Anthony Santander BAL OF 2 3.94
28 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF 2 3.87
29 George Springer TOR OF 2 3.86
30 Luis Robert Jr. CHW OF 2 3.74
31 Wyatt Langford TEX OF 2 3.58
32 Steven Kwan CLE OF 2 3.53
33 Jorge Soler SF OF 3 3.40
34 Ian Happ CHC OF 3 3.36
35 Christopher Morel CHC OF 3 3.19
36 Josh Lowe TB OF 3 3.02
37 Riley Greene DET OF 3 2.92
38 Taylor Ward LAA OF 3 2.65
39 Masataka Yoshida BOS OF 3 2.52
40 Nick Castellanos PHI OF 3 2.52
41 Evan Carter TEX OF 3 2.52
42 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF 4 2.28
43 Jordan Walker STL OF 4 2.21
44 Cedric Mullins BAL OF 4 2.14
45 Jose Siri TB OF 4 2.04
46 Starling Marte NYM OF 4 1.80
47 MJ Melendez KC OF 4 1.65
48 Chas McCormick HOU OF 4 1.63
49 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF 4 1.48
50 Michael Conforto SF OF 4 1.43
51 Nelson Velazquez KC OF 4 1.41
52 James Outman LAD OF 4 1.36
53 Jung Hoo Lee SF OF 4 1.31
54 Kerry Carpenter DET OF 4 1.25
55 Daulton Varsho TOR OF 4 1.03
56 Tommy Edman STL 2B/SS/ OF 4 1.01
57 Jack Suwinski PIT OF 5 0.90
58 TJ Friedl CIN OF 5 0.87
59 Leody Taveras TEX OF 5 0.82
60 Will Benson CIN OF 5 0.77
61 Bryan De La Cruz MIA OF 5 0.75
62 Brendan Donovan STL 2B/OF 5 0.67
63 Lars Nootbaar STL OF 5 0.66
64 Jarred Kelenic ATL OF 5 0.62
65 Jake Fraley CIN OF 5 0.54
66 Charlie Blackmon COL OF 5 0.51
67 Kris Bryant COL OF 5 0.51
68 Josh Smith TEX SS/3B/OF 5 0.10
69 Brent Rooker OAK OF 5 0.10
70 Sal Frelick MIL OF 5 -0.03
71 Alex Kirilloff MIN 1B/OF 5 -0.17
72 Brenton Doyle COL OF 5 -0.31
73 Max Kepler MIN OF 5 -0.35
74 Ceddanne Rafaela BOS OF 5 -0.40
75 Brandon Marsh PHI OF 5 -0.43
76 Andrew Benintendi CHW OF 5 -0.45
77 Willi Castro MIN 3B/OF 5 -0.49
78 Ryan O’Hearn BAL 1B/OF 5 -0.64
79 Henry Davis PIT OF 5 -0.70
80 Ezekiel Duran TEX SS/3B/OF 5 -0.85
81 Mitch Haniger SEA OF 5 -0.91
82 Alex Verdugo NYY OF 5 -0.99
83 Mark Canha DET OF 5 -1.01
84 Kyle Isbel KC OF 5 -1.05
85 Parker Meadows DET OF 5 -1.19
86 Joc Pederson ARI OF 5 -1.22
87 LaMonte Wade Jr. SF 1B/OF 5 -1.24
88 Gavin Lux LAD 2B/OF 5 -1.33
89 Ramon Laureano CLE OF 5 -1.40
90 Connor Joe PIT 1B/OF 5 -1.40
91 Jake Meyers HOU OF 5 -1.41
92 Edward Olivares PIT OF 5 -1.42
93 Jesus Sanchez MIA OF 5 -1.42
94 Alek Thomas ARI OF 5 -1.51
95 Austin Hays BAL OF 5 -1.56
96 JJ Bleday OAK OF 5 -1.60
97 Michael A. Taylor PIT OF 5 -1.62
98 Luis Rengifo LAA 2B/SS/ 3B/OF 5 -1.63
99 Joey Gallo WSH 1B/OF 5 -1.63
100 Hunter Renfroe KC OF 5 -1.64

As always, the individual ranks (and to a degree the dollars) don’t really matter, what’s important are the tiers, and more important than that—your roster construction. If your team is starving for steals, it doesn’t matter if Soler is worth more than Ruiz, your roster needs Ruiz more. Simple as that. Any outfielder not listed, consider them tier 5.

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1 month ago

In a vacuum: Turang or Outman? OBP/SLG (No avg) categories

1 month ago

Is a Varsho rebound season a pipe dream or do you believe he can improve upon last year’s numbers? I am not expecting a great average but is something close to a 20/20 season with a little more counting stats realistic?

Last edited 1 month ago by toolshed
1 month ago

Hey Coolwhip. Somebody dropped Jason Dominguez. I have IL slots. Is he worth a pickup coming back from TJ ?? Would drop Bleday or Sheets. 14 teams 5 OF. What do you think?

Reply to  statix
1 month ago

Btw small sample but Sheets is stinging it right now and has the pt

Reply to  Coolwhip
1 month ago

What I was thinking. Mmmmm validation

Uncle Razzkai
Uncle Razzkai
1 month ago

Michael Conforto – is finally healthy again.

Hmm, Coolwhip, you may have spoken too soon …

Uncle Razzkai
Uncle Razzkai
Reply to  Uncle Razzkai
1 month ago

Hmm, I may have posted too soon … looks like Conforto might be back in the lineup tonight …

1 month ago

move Tyler O’Neill up!

Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

to the moon!

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1 month ago


Reply to  MattTruss
1 month ago

Way up! To the Northwest Territories!

(Sorry, Canadian Geography joke)

Reply to  Coolwhip
1 month ago

Top 10!!!