Fantasy Baseball Outfield Preview: Sleepers, breakouts, busts, top prospects, rankings, and more for 2020

Outfield is a tough position to break down for Fantasy in 2020, because there’s no one way to approach it. It is the most top-heavy position, with the potential for each of the first five picks in your draft to come from there, but it’s also an incredibly deep position with value all the way through the draft.

That means you probably don’t need a strategy on Draft Day with outfield. If you pick in the top five, you’re probably going to start with an outfielder anchoring your squad:  Mike Trout, Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts and Ronald Acuña in some order. That’s a great start because all five have five-category skills nearly unmatched by anyone else in Fantasy. But if you want to wait on outfield, you can do that too — the likes of Michael Brantley, Max Kepler, Danny Santana and Franmil Reyes should all be available after the 10th round, with plenty of upside beyond.

Just know this: Whether you’re in a three-outfielder league or a five-outfielder league, you won’t have any trouble filling this position. 

2020 Draft Prep

Outfield Preview

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Outfield Sleeper, Breakout & Bust

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Outfield Top Prospects

1. Luis Robert, White Sox

Age (on opening day): 22
Where he played in 2019: high Class A, Double-A, Triple-A
Minor-league stats: .328 BA (503 AB), 32 HR, 36 SB, 1.001 OPS, 28 BB, 129 K  

There was a temptation to write off Robert after he failed to hit even a single home run during an injury-plagued 2018, but the steadfast were rewarded with a breakout season in which he positioned himself as a Rotisserie darling — one who surely would have gotten a late-season look for a more competitive team. He’s not the perfect prospect, coming up short in the plate discipline department, but his tools are so loud that you can be sure he’ll impact the game in some way.

2. Jo Adell, Angels

Age (on opening day): 20
Where he played in 2019: high Class A, Double-A, Triple-A
Minor-league stats: .289 BA (305 AB), 10 HR, 7 SB, .834 OPS, 30 BB, 94 K

The tools for Adell aren’t so different from Robert, namely the top-of-the-line bat speed that translates to high exit velocity to all fields, but he has yet to actualize them in the same way. A 2020 impact is less than assured after his 2019 ended with him failing to homer across 121 at-bats in the outrageously hitter-friendly PCL, but when he does heat up at Triple-A, there won’t be any holding him back.

3. Alex Kirilloff, Twins

Age (on opening day): 22
Where he played in 2019: Double-A
Minor-league stats: .283 BA (375 AB), 9 HR, 18 2B, .756 OPS, 29 BB, 76 K

Fresh off a breakthrough 2018 that saw him hit .348 with 20 homers, 44 doubles and a .970 OPS across two levels, Kirilloff disappointed with his move up to Double-A. But considering he missed all of April with a wrist injury that also cost him time in June, it’s fair to assume he wasn’t playing at 100 percent. He recovered to hit five home runs in August and still possesses a kind of innate hitting ability that has invited comparisons to Christian Yelich.

4. Jarred Kelenic, Mariners

Age (on opening day): 20
Where he played in 2019: low Class A, high Class A, Double-A
Minor-league stats: .291 BA (443 AB), 23 HR, 20 SB, .904 OPS, 50 BB, 111 K

Though he’s only 20, Kelenic stands out most for his polish, demonstrating an ability to work the count, a willingness to go with the pitch and a comfort level against same-handed pitchers. It’s why he was able to move up two levels, showing enough power at every stop to cement himself as one of the game’s elite prospects and most certainly the biggest asset in the deal that brought Edwin Diaz to the Mets last offseason.

5. Dylan Carlson, Cardinals

Age (on opening day): 21
Where he played in 2019: Double-A, Triple-A
Minor-league stats: .292 BA (489 AB), 26 HR, 20 SB, .914 OPS, 58 BB, 116 K

Some aggressive assignments early in his professional career kept this switch-hitter’s numbers down and prospect profile low, but improved production from the left side led to a massive breakthrough in 2019 — one that got bigger and bigger as the season went on. Of particular note was the .306 batting average, 15 homers, nine steals and .989 OPS over Carlson’s final 209 at-bats, and most of that came before he got a whiff of the juiced ball-infused PCL.

6. Julio Rodriguez, Mariners
7. Cristian Pache, Braves
8. JJ Bleday, Marlins
9. Riley Greene, Tigers
10. Trevor Larnach, Twins

So which sleepers should you snatch in your draft? And which undervalued first baseman can help you win a championship? Visit SportsLine now to get rankings for every single position, all from the model that called Kenta Maeda’s huge breakout last season, and find out.

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