What’s up party people. We are now 6 days away from Re-Opening Day and the player landscape is starting to move into focus… and simultaneously move out of focus. This is the continuation of my series on outfielders, the last installment being Top 75 Outfielders for 2020: Summer Camp Edition. Some guys are now arriving back into camp just in time to take a few cuts including Juan Soto, Joey Gallo, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and Mallex Smith. Then there are others still not back yet like Yordan Alvarez, Austin Meadows, and Victor Robles. Hahahahaha, nothing to see here. The testing policy is going swimmingly, huh? Leave it to MLB to be the MLB’s worst enemy. So, with so much chaos at play as the season starts you will want to make sure you are ready to fill roster holes and have bench guys ready to go in what could be 4–5 roster spots exclusively for outfielders. That could be a real challenge to keep up with and your boy is here to help.

Here’s what I’ve been seeing around camp:

 

The Ins

Yasiel Puig – Signed with the Braves. The hype train is now leaving the station. In 100 games with the Reds, he went for 51/22/61/14/.252 and then after a trade to Indians for 59 games, he went for 25/2/23/5/.298 – great! As you know he’s very streaky: in 60 games he could give you the 2/5 or 10/5 or 8/8 with a .250+ AVG. Either way, you are looking at a multicategory threat in a good lineup. Writeup coming soon. Nooooo!!! COVID!!!

Kyle Lewis – *eyes emoji* Kyle has been turning heads in camp. He’s playing the field much better, burst and closing speed in CF has looked much better, not to mention going yard every damn day. Let’s take a look at the scouting report *Chris Farley flipping up glasses meme* 70 raw power! Yes, please. I’ll take 2. (Although, he could hit .230 again) Grey just hyped him here as well.

Trent Grisham – With the trade of Franchy Cordero, this bodes very well for his playing time. My exuberance has been rewarded and reassured. Given a hot start, Grisham could be a 5-tool contributor with a good OBP. I want all the shares.

Scott Kingery – Enthusiasm and good vibes. He’s back in camp now and playing. He’s already hitting the ball well with authority and is penciled in to start at 2B. His multi-positional eligibility is a kingly gift for the short season as you are almost guaranteed to be shuffling guys in and out the lineup on the regular. He’s one of a handful of Swiss Army knives like Cavan Biggio, Danny Santana, Tommy Edman, etc. that can give you all the stats in all the positions. Moved him back up to correct my overreaction (oops). I’m optimistic he’ll be ready to go now.

 

The Outs

Mike Trout – As much as it pains me, had to finally knock him down a bit. With the little minnow due in August, no telling how many games he will play during the season; granted, he could still be amazeballs and outperform everyone while on the field, the volume might not make up for it. If he was any other player he’d be down a lot lower, but I just can’t cast a bet against Trout. And that makes me a sad panda.

Austin Meadows – Still out with COVID and uncertain if he will make it back in time for Re-Opening Day. Julie Andrews is no longer singing in this field. I’ll take the L on this one. And, will now mourn with Edelweiss playing in the background.

Willie Calhoun – Diagnosed with a strained hip flexor. Likely to miss Re-Opening Day. Big Willie Style put the Hop before the Hip.

Byron Buxton – Diagnosed with a mild foot strain and listed Day-to-day. Twins are optimistic he can still make Re-Opening Day; but even if he does, he’s missing a week’s worth of reps to get up to game speed and might affect his speed in the early going.

Yasiel Puig – COVID sadness. Too soon to puig-out; I was achin’ for some bacon and ready to go ham. Not sure how long he has had it or when he will be cleared, hopefully soon.

 

The What-have-yous

Charlie Blackmon – Clear of COVID. Yay. So he’s back in camp now and supposedly going to be ready for Re-Opening Day. But he’s already missed most of Summer Camp and has yet to run his shorts up the flagpole. So he may not have his timing ready once the season starts, and with his speed already aging out, yadda yadda… carry the 1… equation equals MEH. lowercase yay. I moved him back up in the rankings to correct my overreaction but if I said I was drafting him, I’d be lying to you. I don’t want to lie to you.

Domingo Santana – It’s looking like he will have (mostly) regular ABs now. From what I’ve seen from summer camp, Franmil Reyes and he will share time at DH and in a corner spot. Oscar Mercado will be manning CF while Luplow (vsLHP) and Naquinn (vsRHP) appear set to platoon the other corner spot. Yet, this still could be a merry-go-round. Wheeeee!

Cody Bellinger – So Bellinger has reportedly been changing his swing. Short season with less time acclimate to a change, let’s fix an MVP swing! That’s fine, everything’s fine. In all seriousness, he did trail off noticeable in the second half last year, enough for him to desire change. From what I have been able to see in the last few intrasquad games, it doesn’t look like a massive change. No change in his timing mechanism, no added leg-kick, nothing crazy. What I HAVE noticed so far is him turning his lead foot in more (pigeon-toed) and seems his cocked bat is more horizontal as opposed to vertical like last season. This is likely to an effort to help close his shoulders more and help his hands get the bat head through the zone at a more ideal launch angle. I’ll continue to watch this and likely do a writeup on him once I have more data/film.

 

The Board

Rank Name Team Pos Change Notes
1 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF 0
2 Christian Yelich MIL OF 1
3 Mookie Betts LAD OF 2
4 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF 1 batting stance?
5 Mike Trout LAA OF -3 baby countdown
6 Juan Soto WSH OF 0 now in camp
7 Bryce Harper PHI OF 0
8 J.D. Martinez BOS OF 0
9 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF 0
10 George Springer HOU OF 0
11 Starling Marte ARI OF 0
12 Ketel Marte ARI 2B/SS/OF 0 locked in
13 Eloy Jimenez CHW OF 1
14 Aaron Judge NYY OF 2
15 Jorge Soler KC OF 2
16 Ramon Laureano OAK OF 2
17 Eddie Rosario MIN OF 2
18 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF -5 COVID?
19 Austin Meadows TB OF -4 COVID
20 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF 0
21 Luis Robert CHW OF 1
22 Oscar Mercado CLE OF 1 not leadoff
23 Marcell Ozuna ATL OF 1
24 Charlie Blackmon COL OF 12 COVID return
25 Tommy Pham SD OF 0
26 Victor Robles WSH OF -5 COVID?
27 Nicholas Castellanos CIN OF -1
28 Joey Gallo TEX OF -1 now in camp
29 Michael Conforto NYM OF -1
30 Franmil Reyes CLE OF -1
31 Kyle Schwarber CHC OF -1
32 Hunter Dozier KC 1B/3B/OF 0
33 Cavan Biggio TOR 1B/2B/OF 0
34 Alex Verdugo BOS OF 0
35 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF 0
36 Scott Kingery PHI 2B/SS/3B/OF 20 looks healthy
37 Danny Santana TEX 1B/2B/SS/3B/OF 0
38 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR 2B/OF 0 now in camp
39 Willie Calhoun TEX OF -8 strained hip
40 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF -1
41 Whit Merrifield KC 1B/2B/OF -1
42 Max Kepler MIN OF 0
43 J.D. Davis NYM 3B/OF 0
44 Tommy Edman STL 2B/3B/OF 0
45 Shin-Soo Choo TEX OF 0
46 Brandon Lowe TB 1B/2B/OF 1
47 Mallex Smith SEA OF 1 now in camp
48 Ian Happ CHC 1B/2B/3B/OF 1
49 Byron Buxton MIN OF -3 mild foot strain
50 Joc Pederson LAD 1B/OF 0
51 David Dahl COL OF 0
52 Michael Brantley HOU OF 0
53 Andrew McCutchen PHI OF 0
54 Ryan Braun MIL OF 0
55 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF 2
56 Shogo Akiyama CIN OF 3 leadoff
57 Yoshitomo Tsutsugo TB OF 1
58 Trent Grisham SD OF 2
59 Jo Adell LAA OF -4 LAA mgmt
60 David Peralta ARI OF 1
61 Austin Riley ATL 1B/3B/OF 1
62 Yasiel Puig OF -21 COVID
63 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF 0
64 Jurickson Profar SD 2B/OF 0
65 Brian Anderson MIA 3B/OF 0
66 Gregory Polanco PIT OF 0
67 Adam Eaton WSH OF 0
68 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF 1
69 Sam Hilliard COL OF 1
70 Avisail Garcia MIL OF 1
71 Austin Hays BAL OF 1
72 Kyle Lewis SEA OF NA *eyes emoji*
73 Kyle Tucker HOU OF 2
74 Domingo Santana CLE OF NA not in platoon
75 Dylan Carlson STL OF -7 STL mgmt

The Bubble: Seth Brown, Tyler O’Neill, Kevin Pillar, Lorenzo Cain, Franchy Cordero

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  1. krazyivan says:
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    As strange as this may sound but Joc Pederson could be a sneaky buy low. We know he is a great pull hitter vs righties but he has come to training camp more agile and has even stolen a few bases. There was a time where Pederson swiped on avg 30 bases per season for 4 years in the minors.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Correct, i haven’t moved him up yet because not sure how Roberts will distribute DH etc. If he ends up with lionshare and plays everyday-ish. He’ll likely move up.

  2. Jonny C says:
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    I don’t see Tatis Alonso or Machado on this list???

    I guess You would approve my squad

    Betts
    Bellinger
    Robert
    Franmil
    Shwarber
    Kingery
    Gurriel jr

    • Paul says:
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      none of them play OF

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Yep, because this list is solely for OFs. And yes part 2, I do like those players on 1 squad.

  3. William Hung says:
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    Where in the lineup do you see Kingery batting? I’m liking Cavan if he’s batting 2nd in that lineup, but if Kingery is also batting in the top of that Phillies lineup ahead of Bryce, then that’s solid too

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Right now he’s batting 8th, once season starts i see him moving up to 6th

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        if he proves to hit well, we’ll see if he gets bumped to front

  4. Wake Up says:
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    I would definitely take the meadows discount if I were drafting right now.

    • Wake Up says:
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      It’s clean and bright…

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        hahaha, yeah its tempting not sure how long he’ll be out yet.

  5. Stat Man says:
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    Yelich has looked horrible in camp.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      not the most inspiring, but I don’t usually put much faith in spring results unless there proves to be an underlying problem.

  6. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    UPDATE: Polanco got the COVID… he will be moved down

  7. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    UPDATE: Robles reported to camp on Sunday after clearing quarantine protocols… he will move back up

  8. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    UPDATE: Grisham has been batting towards top of the lineup, that’s going to move him up a tad, love it.

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