We’ve been releasing our outfield rankings and projections in pieces but, for draft reference purposes, you’d likely like to have them all in one place. Below are the full XN Sports outfield rankings and projections for 2014, featuring the top 90 outfielders in the game.
Owners should also avoid the perils of the hype machine. Players like Bryce Harper and Yasiel Puig are perfectly good players but they tend to come off the board much earlier than their real value. The same can likely be said of Giancarlo Stanton who proved last season that he’s not the same player without any real supporting cast. Young highly-touted prospects like George Springer and Oscar Taveras certainly have all the talent in the world but they are both highly unlikely to start every day or even spend the whole season on the roster, much less post a top-50 season. Sure, you can look at Springer as this year’s Wil Myers, worth keeping on your bench until he finally emerges, but you need a bench deep enough to support such a move, and a draft pick low enough where you’re actually getting the value Springer can truly provide in a rookie season.
The backend of the rankings feature some solid names that will be available in later rounds and even on the waiver wire that can help fill up roster spots and categories as well. If you need power, someone like Khris Davis, Colby Rasmus, or Josh Willingham can certainly provide 20+ home runs if your lineup is deficient in the pop department.
With all that in mind, let’s take a look at our full outfield rankings and projections. Be sure to check out our first base rankings and projections, second base rankings and projections, third base rankings and projections, shortstop rankings and projections, and catcher rankings and projections. Stay tuned for our starting pitcher rankings coming this week.