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How is Giancarlo Stanton slipping outside of the top 20?
Outfield is always a loaded position. Every year, an outfielder comes out of nowhere and puts up very respectable numbers. Last year, two-thirds of my outfield corps came from the waiver wire.
Slightly after the midway point, Torii Hunter and Ryan Ludwick earned a spot on my squad and stayed there for the rest of the season. If you decide to wait on an outfielder, here a few options that will produce.
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
ADP: 27.30 overall, 11th outfielder taken
When I first started writing this article, I never anticipated Giancarlo Stanton would find a place here. After looking at Mock Draft Central's numbers, I was very surprised. Stanton is roughly being drafted 27th overall, which I find insane. In my mock draft written a month ago, I ranked Stanton 17th.
Some of the guys going ahead of Stanton are: Paul Goldschmidt, Bryce Harper, Carlos Gonzalez and Justin Upton. I'm not saying any of those players are bad, but they shouldn't be drafted higher than Stanton. Maybe Miami's fire sale situation is scaring owners away, but there's nothing to be afraid of a 23-year-old physical specimen.
2013 Prediction: .280 BA, 43 HR, 85 R, 100 RBI, 5 SB
Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays
ADP: 228.46 overall, 66th outfielder taken
Myers dominated in the minors last season. Across Double-A and Triple-A, Myers hit a combined .316 with 37 homers, 98 runs, 109 RBI and six steals. Many have been anxiously awaiting Myers' call up, and it seems like it's just right around the corner.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said he won't rush Myers, but I don't expect the highly-touted prospect to get too comfy in Durham. Back in 2008, Evan Longoria started the year at Triple-A, but he was called up in April, in the Rays' 11th game of the season. And remember, Mike Trout started last year in Triple-A and completely dominated the MLB the rest of the season.
2013 Prediction: .255 BA, 20 HR, 55 R, 60 RBI, 5 SB
Darin Mastroianni, Minnesota Twins
Who's Darin Mastroianni? Well, according to MLB Depth Charts, he's the guy who will be the Twins' starting center fielder and leadoff hitter. He was called up last season and had an impressive rookie campaign. He hit .252 and stole 21 bags in 77 games.
His speed will be his obvious asset. His 21 steals in just 186 plate appearances last year projects very well. If he can register 450 at-bats in 2013, 35 stolen bases is certainly attainable.
Monitor the situation more closely as the season comes closer. Mastroianni will be battling Aaron Hicks for the starting gig. If he wins the job, he'll be a nice source of stolen bases, runs and batting average.
2013 Prediction: .285 BA, 7 HR, 75 R, 35 RBI, 35 SB
Others to consider: Adam Eaton (204.33 ADP) and Domonic Brown (ADP unavailable)