Went over the catchers1st basemen2nd basemen and shortstops and top 20 3rd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball.  Guess what’s next!  No, not pitchers. Read the title, man.  In 2010, there were only 5 outfielders that hit 30 homers, in 2011 there were 9, 14 in 2012, in 2013 there were 3, a small bounce back with 6 in 2014 and this year there were eight.  Going the right way, for sure.  Though, steals were basically gone.  There were 14 outfielders who stole 30 bases in 2012, 10 in 2013 and there were 11 in 2014.  This year there were only five outfielders who stole 30 bases (only seven players total).  Five outfielders with 30 steals!  Dubya tee eff, we need Ron LeFlore and his cocaine, stat!  As before, these rankings are from our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater with my comments.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 outfielders for 2015 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:

1. Bryce Harper – I ranked him 7th overall for outfielders, but that’s understating Grey’s par excellence.  There were seven outfielders ranked in the top 13 players overall, i.e., I ranked Harper 13th overall.  So, I wasn’t like, “WHUT?!  Harper who?!  Yo, I’m Hawkeye in M.A.S.H. and I’m caught with my panties down.”  Grey’s panties were up.  I really hope you have Siri read this to you while other people are around.  Harper always had the ability, was only a matter of when.  2015 was when.  Preseason Rank #7, 2015 Projections: 87/25/101/.284/12, Final Numbers: 118/42/99/.330/6

2. A.J. Pollock – In the preseason, I gave you a sleeper post for Pollock.  I ranked him in a tier called, “Sexy sexy hot hot dot com that makes you clear your cookies.”  I told everyone to draft him.  I, however, didn’t get him anywhere.  And they say he’s the Pollock!  Preseason Rank #36, 2015 Projections: 78/14/61/.272/20, Final Numbers: 111/20/76/.315/39

3. Mike Trout – Everyone knows Trout so there’s not much to say on him, but, on a general note, offense felt up this year.  *gets off lazy ass and actually looks up runs in 2014 vs. 2015* Runs were way up!  Teams scored an average of 29 more runs in 2015.  It’s like a toupee was lifted from baseball that was weighing it down.  Ah, yes, Selig retired.  Preseason Rank #1, 2015 Projections:  108/33/106/.281/20, Final Numbers: 104/41/90/.299/11

4. Chris Davis – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen.

5. Jose Bautista – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen.

6. Yoenis Cespedes – I don’t buy into contract year hocus pocus, but, with that said (here’s where Grey buys into contract year hocus pocus), if there’s any guys that are going to be good in a contract year, it would seem to be guys that form El Cubanati.  Speaking of which, when does Puig go into his contract year?  Preseason Rank #14, 2015 Projections:  73/26/87/.254/7, Final Numbers:  101/35/105.291/7

7. Nelson Cruz – Here’s an interesting note (not interesting, but it is a note that tries to absolve myself of telling people to sell Cruz about twenty-two homers too soon), I was way off on Cruz and Just Dong (who’s up next), but even being wrong on a few players doesn’t kill one’s season since I was able to ‘cobble’ together an impressive offense on many teams with Yoenis, Chris Davis, Bautista, Cain, etc.  Just didn’t own Cruz or Just Dong.  Preseason Rank #18, 2015 Projections:  71/26/85/.262/5, Final Numbers:  90/44/93/.302/3

8. J.D. Martinez – James Ingram just walked into my house and he’s singing, “Just Dong…Can’t we figure out where we went wrong?  Make the magic last for more than just one dong.”  Then I call the police.  Stupid loser celebrities wandering around Los Angeles.  Just Dong did dong and so much mong.  Uh-oh, it’s The -Ong Show and I’ve been pronged.  I did not benefit from Martinez this year, and I have a feeling he’ll go too high for my tastes next year, so I may never own Just Dong and that’s just wrong.  As for my preseason predictions vs. reality, I’m not sure I could’ve been more wrong on Just Dong.  If this was written in stanza form, it would be better than anything by E.E. Cummings. Preseason Rank #33, 2015 Projections:  69/17/80/.277/7, Final Numbers:  93/38/102/.282/3

9. Charlie Blackmon – I’m actually a bit surprised I missed on Blackmon.  It’s almost as surprising as a Kardashian missing on a black man.  On a serious note:  Robert Kardashian died young, Jenner became a woman, Disick became an addict, Lamar became brain dead, Kanye best watch himself.  Shizz doesn’t end well.  I’m surprised I missed on Blackmon because in hindsight, it’s so obvious.  He’s a leadoff hitter with power and speed and he plays in Coors.  Well dur!  Preseason Rank #29, 2015 Projections:  79/15/60/.285/20, Final Numbers:  93/17/58/.287/43

10. Lorenzo Cain – According to my preseason rankings, here’s a tier of guys I wanted in every league:  Cain, Polanco, Pollock, Betts, Khris Davis, Avisail, Leonys and Oswaldo Arcia.  Oops, oops, oops on the last three, but not too shabby on the front five.  I’m wondering who will be the Cain..Sugar! of this preseason.  You know, a guy that is legit penciled into the three spot in a solid lineup that no one thinks of drafting.  Honestly, I don’t even know if there will be one or why no one else went crazy for Cain last preseason.  Preseason Rank #40, 2015 Projections:  74/8/77/.274/23, Final Numbers:  101/16/72/.307/28

11. Ryan Braun – Braun has obvious similarities to A-Rod, but something else is similar that I haven’t heard mentioned before.  Both guys seem stubborn as hell at wanting to prove they are talented without steroids.  Only I think Braun’s Ben Kingsley in Schindler’s List and A-Rod is Oskar Schindler.  Braun keeps asking for more names on the list, and A-Rod is constantly adding more asterisks.  Preseason Rank #16, 2015 Projections:  77/22/85/.261/13, Final Numbers:  87/25/84/.285/24

12. Carlos Gonzalez – I couldn’t have been more wrong about CarGo, yet more right on him.  Explanation:  his preseason projections compared to his end of the season numbers are way off.  Like night and day as sung by Al B. Sure.  Yet, me telling you to buy him in May couldn’t have been more right.  Let’s do each other a favor next year, let’s just keep telling each other to draft Rockies hitters.  Don’t even poo-poo LeMahieu, you poet, you.  Preseason Rank #11, 2015 Projections:  77/22/81/.274/16, Final Numbers:  87/40/97/.271/2

13. Starling Marte – Nailed it.  His projections, owning him in multiple leagues, my love for him, his love back for me that I felt through the TV screen, our mutual love for each other.  All of it.  Only thing I missed on him was my thinking that he wanted me to sleep on his front porch when he was out of town.  Cops did not need to be called.  Preseason Rank #19, 2015 Projections:  79/16/70/.265/33, Final Numbers:  84/19/81/.287/30

14. Andrew McCutchen – I mentioned this to a commenter the other day, these recaps, in addition to being wildly entertaining for you, help me think about my next season’s ranks.  McCutchen has me thinking more about next year than some other guys here because this feels about where I see him ranking for the next few years.  Gone are the 20-steal years and the power was never much more than what it was last year, so, yeah, The Dread Pirate is no longer dreaded by myself or pitchers.  Preseason Rank #3, 2015 Projections:  92/22/94/.309/20, Final Numbers:  91/23/96/.292/11

15. Kris Bryant – Went over him in the top 20 3rd basemen.

16. Mookie Betts – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen.

17. Justin Upton – Reading McCutchen, Bryant, Betts then Upton and the names below him reminded me of this giant dip in the road on my street that I always slam the bottom of my car on.  “We’re cruising…We’re cruising…We’re–*bang!* Dammit!  Why does the bottom fall out like that?”  Seriously, how are Kris Bryant and Evan Gattis only five players removed on the outfielder ranks.  It seems impossible.  As for Upton, it’s hilarious to read January Grey talk about the offense the Padres have added.  It turned out there was more offense in Petco, but it was from opposing hitters.  Preseason Rank #8, 2015 Projections:  81/27/95/.266/8, Final Numbers:  85/26/81/.251/19

18. Matt Kemp – I came pretty close on Kemp’s projections, which is odd because during the year, I thought he was doing awful and now looking at his numbers, I’m still unimpressed.  It’s a case of filling out all five categories, which is good in theory, but we’re not trying on douchebag clothes in Theory, so who cares.  Preseason Rank #17, 2015 Projections:  72/22/81/.276/8, Final Numbers:  80/23/100/.265/12

19. Curtis Granderson – If Upton was the dip in the road, Granderson and Gattis feel like the actual banging of the bottom of my car that makes me wince.  Okay, that’s unfair.  Granderson was sneaky good for where he was drafted, but sneaky good did not used to be top 20 outfielder material.  Sneaky used to just be the sister in the Connect Four commercials.  Preseason Rank #60, 2015 Projections:  68/22/72/.229/7, Final Numbers:  98/26/70/.259/11

20. Evan Gattis – Went over him in the top 20 catchers.

 
  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Hope you had a nice weekend.

    Fantastic work, man! Yeoman’s work or Yo!, man? ‘s work?!!

    a. So true on Grandy! He was available in all four of my super shallow 10-team H2H leagues this year. So, sneaky would have been signing him up fr the get-go and keeping him in there the whole year and winning my OF3 spot.

    b. No news yet on the results, should be today but knowing the administration that I work for it’s prolly gonna be later than sooner.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You too! A. Yeah, just wasn’t that exciting day to day B. Fingers crossed!

  2. Wilson says:
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    Hi , Grey , I am the reader who bet Cubs to win for a cup of coffee.
    Even though half of coffee is losing… I still don’t regret.

    Let’s pray for Cubs to win Mets! GOGOGO!!

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @Wilson: Betting on baseball got Rose banned. Betting on the Cubs would have bankrupted him. Wait…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha!

      • Wilson says:
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        @Baezaworldseries:

        Should stop losing this year regarding to a movie..
        Wait.. Maybe it’s just a movie….?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It was a movie, a documentary

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m rooting for the Mets, but I did think the Cubs would win… They have to win the next game otherwise they’re done

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:

        Yup, Come on! Cubs! Show your power and win!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  3. Old School Brother says:
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    Yo Grey,

    Thought you’d appreciate this story. My favorite spot in Rangers stadium for standing room is right behind opponent family overflow in the last 6 rows behind visitors dugout. Since my ALDS tickets were up in the nosebleeds my buddy and I decided to stand there for a better view, and a chance to heckle the B Jays family a bit. During the first inning the family members tried to start a “Lets go Blue Jays” chant, which my friend and I and everyone else around drowned out pretty easily. After the first inning ends this old guy with giant dumbo ears turns around and yells at us “Pipe it down back there, we’re trying to enjoy the game”. I reply “OHHH I DIDN’T KNOW I WASNT ALLOWED TO CHANT FOR MY HOME TEAM IN MY HOME PARK.” Old man sits down slightly embarrassed, high fives all around for me, usher comes and warns me that Blue Jay team officials are telling her I’m too loud and asking to move me. This sweet old lady has known me for awhile now, luckily she has my back and doesn’t bother trying to scold me.

    Fast forward to game 4, Holland sucks hard, down 7-1 and everyone starts leaving by the 5th inning. So I sit down with Colabello’s mom and Goins dad who are both pretty cool, and I ask them who that old fart in front of us is that yelled at me yesterday. Turns out it was none other than the master drug lord himself, papa Bautista. Apparently being a giant douche is something that gets genetically passed down from father to son.

    There’s my long winded ALDS story, thought you’d enjoy. Time to go into hibernation, see ya February Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, that’s awesome! You were badgering Papa Bautista!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait, did he look like him?

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: Ya it looked a lot like him, especially the huge ears. I had to ask Goins dad just to be sure haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Too bad it’s too late now, we should’ve got all of the Dads on the podcast!

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: my boss has family in Canada and his cousins are buddies with Bautista. Apparently he is every ounce of the party animal prick he seems to be

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Friends with Joey Bats or Joey Bats Sr.?

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: Bats

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Can we figure out how to get dads on the podcast? Famous people’s dads

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I think our audience would rather have players wives

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Dallas Latos? Yeah, maybe… How about everyone related…Uncles, nephews, etc

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      I think clubhouse whores like Alyssa from LA should count too.

                      One time I sat behind Don Mattinglys cousin and uncle at an Angel game but in hindsight that is a bad memory

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Are you being punny because you were behind them so it was their hinds in your sight?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: boom goes the dynamite

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Did you hear during the TBS broadcast the studio host say “boom motherfu**ing?”

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      nah, Ive napped during every game….pitchers duels, whaddyado

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It was after the game, he thought they were at commercial

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @Grey: @J-FOH: who watched SharkTank?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I watched

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: I was so geared up to see that guy get chewed up after his whole “dad-trepreneur” and wanting 100k for 10% of his “dream”. How good was it when he started trying to tell those “i’m just like you” stories he had lined up for each judge? I love when they bomb…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, he was so insincere, glad Robert called him on it… It was like he memorized 30-second trivia tidbits about each one

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: it was bizarre, he was trying way way too hard. In his effort to be relatable he became so unrelatable. I could mess with a slice of that pizza and a brookie for dessert though. And Lord knows I need some Dude Wipes. Cuban with the ill steal!….Oh, I have something for you Grey. Nathan For You tonight.

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, Nathan’s tonight…I’ll have to watch after The Voice… That brookie looked delicious, but man they all seemed unable to sell more than a couple of dozen…I’m about to call them up and be their business manager… The slice did seem good, but crazy expensive… Even by LA standards

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Old School Brother: Feliz!!! That’s a fantastic story. I was at the edge of my seat the whole way through. Sry for TEX falling out, I thought they had done enough in Toronto.

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Ante GALIC: Thanks Ante. Still bummed, it’s gonna sting awhile. Still, I’ll take an ALDS exit over our horrendous 2014. Hopefully next year will be the year us Texans exorcise the demon!

    • Zeus says:
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      @Old School Brother: great story. I was rooting for the jays but that Bautista bat flip really was obnoxious. Still probably going to keep rooting for then. Honestly anybody other than the vile expansion team from queens

  4. The Big Yabu says:
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    Thanks for another great season — from pre-season rankings through to the end, helped me in multiple leagues.
    Now, one last question:
    5×5 roto dynasty league, all players kept indefinitely —
    I’ve been offered Billy Hamilton for either Matz or Odorizzi
    I do need steals and have pitching to spare, but I worry that BH is such a drain on other categories that he’s not even worth it, especially if he says at the bottom of the Reds’ lineup.
    Thoughts? WWGD?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take him for Odorizzi, it’s simply fair and could bite you in the ass

  5. ScreechOwl says:
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    Cutch just needs to change his name if he wants to be feared again.

    No one’s afraid of the Dread Pirate Andrew.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s just not dreaded anymore

  6. Baezaworldseries says:
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    So is Cutch pretty much a Cano type now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Has more value in a vacuum…

  7. Lets go Mets!

    Curious, who else was in your ranked tier called, “Sexy sexy hot hot dot com that makes you clear your cookies.”?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Didn’t I list them?

      • @Grey: you did. if anyone else is interested they were: A. Garcia, K. Davis, A.J. Pollock, L. Martin, G. Polanco, O. Arcia, L. Cain, M. Betts

        Of course I drafted Martin from that tier.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I grabbed Oswaldo a few places…Lowercase yay!

  8. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Cutch is going to be a perfect test of the question, “how much would you pay for the word ‘safe?'” Like Jones last year. Is a guy who seems like a lock for say 20-25 overall among hitters but who you don’t believe has a ceiling in the first round worth a first round pick? My guess is you’ll see him go inside the top 20 of virtually every draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He won’t fall out of the top 20 b/c of ‘safe,’ I’d be surprised if he falls out of the top 15 for ‘track record’ and ‘safe’

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @Grey: Karabell has Cutch 4th overall next season.

        Obviously early but it’s safe to say he’s still going to be drafting in the top 15.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No way, he has him 4th?!

          • SwaggerJackers says:
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            @Grey: Yeah buddy!

            A couple weeks ago, he released an “insider” article of his early top 25.

            Other noteables:

            Correa 11
            Arrietta 17
            Posey 20
            Rizzo 22

            Mookie is sitting at 19. I think you were planning on ranking him crazy high next season but it looks like you won’t be alone.