Overall rankings will consist of the player’s value in a points format, earning points for each H, R, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, basically a formula of Total Bases + RBI + Runs = Total Value. Here are the rankings for outfielders (Note: Due to the number of OF, stats will not be given. Quit being lazy and look them up; however, I have provided thoughts about players when warranted):
1. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, RF:
“Joey Bats” has proven that a leg kick and a swing reinvention is greater than any female hormone. Manny could use some lessons from this superstar slugger. Expect continued success in 2012 with a dramatic increase in runs scored due to being pitched around.
2. Matt Kemp, Dodgers, CF:
The should-be reigning MVP of the NL will probably see a slight decrease in his numbers in 2012. He just won’t be given the chance to beat the opposition like he was last year, especially with the lack of punch surrounding him in the Dodger lineup. 30/30 should be easy, 40/40 is attainable, but somewhere in the middle will be fantastic.
3. Ryan Braun, Brewers: LF:
Whether you believe the doping or not, “The Hebrew Hammer” will have a full season to torment opposing pitchers in 2012. Braun will continue to be very valuable, but you have to wonder if Prince Fielder’s departure will factor into his final numbers. Could Braun be the Jeff Kent to Barry Bonds’ Fielder?
4. Justin Upton, Diamondbacks, RF:
When a guy is this young and shows dramatic power increases, what isn’t there to get excited about? Upton could top this list by the end of the season with above average power in a hitter’s paradise.
5. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies, LF/CF:
CarGo should be over the wrist injury that sapped his production in 2011, when he still managed to post solid numbers across the board. He will post some impressive numbers in Colorado, sitting comfortably in the middle of the order with Troy Tulowitzki.
6. Curtis Granderson, Yankees, CF:
The Grandy-man looks to have taken the Bautista reinvention route, as well. He doesn’t hit for the attractive average that Bautista does, but Granderson is another player in a hitter’s park with an attractive lineup. He could continue mashing while piling up strikeouts, but he has improved on his plate discipline in the last couple of seasons. If that also continues, Granderson could be in for a 45-HR season in 2012.
7. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, CF:
I’m not a believer in Ellsbury’s power from 2011, but I am not accusing him of being Brady Anderson, either. He’ll probably hit closer to 18 HR in 2012, while regaining his value as an elite basestealer with power, rather than the powerful basestealer that he became last season.
8. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates, CF
9. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins, RF:
New name, new stadium, same giant human being with tremendous raw power. It won’t be long before Stanton is ripping 40+ HR every season, and it will start around August when he breaks 40 for the first time.
10. Jay Bruce, Reds, RF:
This is the year that he puts it all together. He’ll become the MVP of a team that will need to replace one, as the Reds head towards the end of the Votto Era.
11. Matt Holliday, Cardinals, LF
12. Josh Hamilton, Rangers, LF:
Let the man have a beer and shut up. Hamilton needs to stay healthy and that is all that he and the Rangers need to worry about. Putting him in LF should help prevent ranging too aggressively on defense and tearing any further groinal region muscles in 2012.
13. Alex Gordon, Royals, LF
14. BJ Upton, Rays, CF
15. Adam Jones, Orioles, CF:
Jones is still just 26 (until August) and he ripped 26 2B and 25 HR in 2011. He plays in a hitter’s park and is in his prime. He isn’t rated highly enough by others for a continued breakout. Jones will hit 30 HR this year.
16. Hunter Pence, Phillies, RF
17. Carl Crawford, Red Sox, LF:
Rebound. God help the Red Sox if he doesn’t.
18. Shin-Soo Choo, Indians, RF:
Trouble in Korea and a DUI could distract anyone. Choo returns to form in 2012.
19. Nelson Cruz, Rangers, RF:
If Cruz would just keep his legs healthy for a full season, he could really put up incredible numbers.
20. Michael Morse, Nationals, LF:
Very underrated. Morse exploded with a full season of power in 2011, rewarding the Nats for giving him a shot. Now, he’ll be in LF for part of the season and at 1B with LaRoche’s shoulder falls off and Bryce Harper arrives.
21. Ben Zobrist, Rays, RF (primarily 2B)
22. Nick Swisher, Yankees, RF
23. Shane Victorino, Phillies, CF
24. Corey Hart, Brewers, RF
25. Michael Cuddyer, Rockies, RF
26. Carlos Beltran, Cardinals, RF
27. Desmond Jennings, Rays, LF:
Jennings was missing in action in September, but he showed a lot more power than scouts thought he had prior to that meltdown. It’ll be interesting to watch what he can do over a full season.
28. Michael Bourn, Braves, CF
29. Jason Kubel, Diamondbacks, LF:
Kubel showed power before Target Field for the Twins. He’ll play an ugly LF, but his bat PLUS Chase Field EQUALS a sexy time.
30. Jayson Werth, Nationals, RF
31. Melky Cabrera, Giants, LF/CF:
Cabrera had a fantastic spring in 2011 and had a breakout season. He is having another fantastic spring in 2012. He will continue to show talent with a spacious home park for the Giants.
32. Torii Hunter, Angels, RF
33. Cameron Maybin, Padres, CF
34. Jason Heyward, Braves, RF
35. Chris Young, Diamondbacks, CF:
In points leagues, Young is undervalued. He can hit for power and steal plenty of bases. He is nearly a clone of Mike Cameron in his prime, strikeouts included.
36. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners, RF:
Ichiro is a unique player who can become the type of hitter that he is needed to be by his team. He had been a hits machine in the leadoff spot until his on-base skills were viewed as less than satisfactory. He’s now a #3 hitter. He’ll drive in more runs and hit for more power because that is what is expected of him. Look for a return to a .320 average with about 15 HR in 2012.
37. Logan Morrison, Marlins, LF
38. Drew Stubbs, Reds, CF
39. Andre Ethier, Dodgers, RF:
Ethier has had knee issues the last couple of seasons, but that doesn’t explain how awful he has been against LHP in that time. He needs to start hitting lefties again to avoid an eventual platoon.
40. Lucas Duda, Mets, RF:
Duda is a large individual, but he can hit. He could be the Mets best player, offensively, when the season is over.
41. Coco Crisp, A’s, LF
42. Brett Gardner, Yankees, LF
43. Josh Willingham, Twins, LF/RF:
Someone needs to come out with a ridiculous video for this guy like Tim Tebow had with “All I do is hit, hit, hit, no matter what, what, what.” He should still hit for power, even in Target Field.
44. Carlos Quentin, Padres, LF:
Quentin will miss the first few weeks of the season due to knee surgery, but he will be an intriguing acquisition for the Padres. The Friars have been without a power bat since they traded Adrian Gonzalez, so Quentin will be “that guy” when he comes back. San Diego needs to hope his shoulder holds up in the outfield again, as he has had issues with it during his career.
45. Jason Bay, Mets, LF
46. Jeff Francoeur, Royals, RF
47. Colby Rasmus, Blue Jays, CF:
Rasmus was a nightmare when he arrived in Toronto. He just couldn’t hit. He has power and showed earlier in his career that he has All-Star potential. If he hits .260, he could hit 25-30 HR in 2012. Another guy to watch in Toronto as Lawrie and Bautista help form a dynamic lineup.
48. Martin Prado, Braves, LF
49. Delmon Young, Tigers, LF:
Young has been outstanding this spring. He was pretty impressive once he went to Detroit last year, too. Young with Fielder and Cabrera…could be very scary.
50. Matt Joyce, Rays, RF
51. Dexter Fowler, Rockies, CF:
HUGE 2nd half last season. Fowler will be overlooked by many due to a lack of power, but he could have 20 2B, 15 3B, 15 HR, and 25 SB in a full season.
52. Eric Thames/Travis Snider, Blue Jays, LF:
This is a major, major battle to watch. While neither are superstars, whoever wins the job is going to strike out a ton…while hitting around 15-20 HR and driving in 70-80 runs. Both of these young guys have talent and Snider has failed several times prior to this, so, personally, I feel like Thames deserves a full-time shot after holding his own last season.
53. Vernon Wells, Angels, LF:
How in the HeLLLLLLLLL did the Angels take on his whole contract and give away Mike Napoli in the process? Brilliant!!!
54. Brennan Boesch, Tigers, RF
55. Josh Reddick, A’s, RF
56. Yoenis Cespedes, A’s, CF:
Oakland’s lottery ticket will be swinging for the fences all season. He has tremendous raw power, but, like many Cuban defectors, will initially struggle to make contact.
57. Alfonso Soriano, Cubs, LF
58. Jose Tabata, Pirates, RF
59. Alex Presley, Pirates, LF
60. Ryan Ludwick/Chris Heisey, Reds, LF:
This is another intriguing battle. Ludwick will play a lot because Dusty Baker loves his veterans, but Heisey has proven that he can hit 15+ HR in around 300 at bats. If one of these two get full-time at bats, they would be a top 30 OF; however, I’m counting on a solid share, especially because Heisey has a backwards platoon history, killing RHP to the tune of .288/.346/.539 with 22 HR in 330 at bats, compared to a .180/.248/.300 with 4 HR in 150 at bats against LHP.