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Fantasy Baseball: Ray's Top 25 Outfielders For 2010

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Continuing with our position rankings, I present the Top 25 outfielders for 2010 fantasy drafts. The list is headed by Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who I think is on the verge of a 30-30 season in 2010. Most other fantasy writers would pick Ryan Braun ahead of Kemp, but, to me, Kemp is closing in on being one of the few 30-30 hitters in all of baseball.

Here is the Top 25 outfielders for 2010 fantasy drafts, with their 2009 stats:

Name AB HR R RBI BB SO SB AVG
Matt Kemp 606 26 97 101 52 139 34 0.297
Ryan Braun 635 32 113 114 57 121 20 0.320
Justin Upton 526 26 84 86 55 137 20 0.300
Grady Sizemore 436 18 73 64 60 92 13 0.248
Matt Holliday 581 24 94 109 72 101 14 0.313
Carl Crawford 606 15 96 68 51 99 60 0.305
Jayson Werth 571 36 98 99 91 156 20 0.268
Jason Bay 531 36 103 119 94 162 13 0.267
Adam Lind 587 35 93 114 58 110 1 0.305
Jacoby Ellsbury 624 8 94 60 49 74 70 0.301
Carlos Lee 610 26 65 102 41 51 5 0.300
Manny Ramirez 352 19 62 63 71 81 0 0.290
Andre Ethier 596 31 92 106 72 116 6 0.272
Bobby Abreu 563 15 96 103 94 113 30 0.293
Ichiro Suzuki 639 11 88 46 32 71 26 0.352
Carlos Beltran 308 10 50 48 47 43 11 0.325
Torii Hunter 451 22 74 90 47 92 18 0.299
Ben Zobrist 501 27 91 91 91 104 17 0.297
Nelson Cruz 462 33 75 76 49 118 20 0.260
Shin-Soo Choo 583 20 87 86 78 151 21 0.300
Andrew McCutchen 433 12 74 54 54 83 22 0.286
Nick Markakis 642 18 94 101 56 98 6 0.293
Michael Bourn 606 3 97 35 63 140 61 0.285
Curtis Granderson 631 30 91 71 72 141 20 0.249
Adam Dunn 546 38 81 105 116 177 0 0.267

If the Indians Grady Sizemore rebounds from his 2009 season with a 30-30 season, he would be in the Top 3, but I like Upton just as much as the rest of fantasy owners out there. Upton could easily go 35-20 in 2010, and he's only 22 years old.

As you can see from the list, I value guys who can hit a home run and steal a base, regardless of the batting average. This may be contrary to how others may rank players, but that is what I am most comfortable doing. As a result, I don't rank the Jacoby Ellsbury's and Michael Bourn's as high as others. I am curious if both can steal 60+ bases in 2010. I am not so sure, and I think Ellsbury is being ranked too high in pre-season rankings because of that.


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I also think guys like Carlos Lee and Manny Ramirez are being ranked too low by others. I have them just outside my Top 10, and think they can still put up a 30-100-.300 season for fantasy owners in 2010. Many forget that Ramirez was injured last season after returning from his 50 game suspension, and attribute his "mediocre" second half to him coming off steroids. I don't buy it.

One guy who I probably ranked higher than others is Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen. I can see McCutchen stealing 35 bases this season with 15 HRs and 100 runs scored.

I would have ranked Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran higher but I don't know when he will return this season. If he comes back by early May, I think he can outperform some of the guys I ranked ahead of him, but I also wonder how much power he will show this season.