Here’s the first look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Outfielder Rankings.
1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
Mike Trout regressed a little from his .326-129-30-83-49 line, but his .323-109-27-97-33 line still makes him likely to be the top outfielder taken off the boards in fantasy baseball drafts. He’s just 22 and excels in all aspects of the game.
2. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen has been a fantasy force for five seasons, but he has really stepped in up in the past two years, averaging .322 with 102 runs, 26 home runs, 90 RBI and 23.5 stolen bases.
3. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
CarGo has averaged just 129.5 games over the past four seasons, but when he’s playing, he’s highly effective. Over that span, he has hit .311 while averaging 91 runs, 27 home runs, 91 RBI and 21.3 stolen bases.
4. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
Adam Jones has developed into a terrific all-around player. Over the past three years, he’s averaging a .284-90-30-91-14 line.
5. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
Ryan Braun has put up monster numbers throughout his career, but how much of that can be tied to his use of performance-enhancing drugs? He is certainly a risk, but he is capable of delivering big numbers if he proves he’s for real.
6. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees
Jacoby Ellsbury didn’t endear himself to the Boston faithful when he jumped ship to the Yankees. If he can stay healthy, expect a high average, a lot of runs and one of the highest stolen base totals in the league.
7. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Bryce Harper has played just 128 games per season in his two years in the bigs. He’s averaging .272, 84.5 runs, 21 home runs, 58.5 RBI and 14.5 runs. He’s still just 21. I expect him to make a leap this year.
8. Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Gomez has hit .273 over the past two years while averaging 76 runs, 21.5 home runs, 62 RBI and 38.5 stolen bases.
9. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
Giancarlo Stanton is a pure power hitter. In four seasons, he has averaged 29.3 home runs while playing just 122 games per season. Imagine if he stays healthy.
10. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
Yasiel Puig burst on the season, putting up a .319-66-19-42-11 in 104 games (382 at-bats). He could be even better in his second season.
11. Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds
Jay Bruce has hit at least 30 home runs in each of the past three seasons while averaging 87.3 runs, 101.7 RBI and eight stolen bases. His only downfall is his .257 lifetime average.
12. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
Despite averaging 105 games over the past two seasons, Jose Bautista has averaged 73 runs, 27.5 home runs, 69 RBI and six stolen bases. You’ll have to live with his .254 lifetime average, but he can provide the power you seek.
13. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Holliday doesn’t excel at any category, but his .300-103-22-94-6 line is evidence that he contributes across the board.
14. Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves
Justin Upton got off to an amazing start by slugging 12 home runs in April. He finished with a .263-94-27-70-8 line. He’s just 26 and is capable of doing more.
15. Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers
Shin-Soo Choo produced a solid .285-107-21-54-20 line. It was his third season with at least 20 home runs and stolen bases. The move to Texas should be favorable.
16. Alex Rios, Texas Rangers
Alex Rios finished with a .278-83-18-81-42 line. He stole 16 bases in 47 games after coming over to the Rangers from the Chicago White Sox. His OPS also jumped 23 points.
17. Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
Jason Heyward was limited to 104 games and a .254-67-14-38-2 line. In 2012, he produced a .269-93-27-82-21 line. He’s only 24 and should have no problem bouncing back.
18. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants
Hunter Pence has been a consistent force throughout his career, hitting .285 with averages of 80.9 runs, 23.6 home runs, 87.9 RBI and 12.7 stolen bases.
19. Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays
Wil Myers hit .293 with 50 runs, 13 home runs, 53 RBI and five stolen bases in 88 games en route to being named the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year.
20. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
Matt Kemp has averaged just 89.5 games over the past two seasons. He will likely miss at least the Dodgers’ opening series, but once he’s healthy, he should be one of the most versatile fantasy options.
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