I have started looking at my Top 50 Outfielder Rankings, which will be published on November 28th, and was surprised to see how similar Alex Gordon and Andrew McCutchen were in 2011. McCutchen is one of my favorite fantasy players, and he is NOT a Dodger. Shocking right? I just love hitters who can go 20-20, and McCutchen reached the 20-20 club for the first time in 2011.
But Gordon became another personal favorite of mine earlier this season, as he was a feel good story after getting off to a hot start to the 2011 season, and finally reaching his potential after a few hiccups at the big league level. Gordon was probably drafted in the mid to late teen rounds in fantasy drafts in 2011, while McCutchen was probably a 4th-5th round choice, yet they ended up with very similar stats. McCutchen will still probably be ranked higher amongst fantasy outfielders heading into 2012 fantasy drafts, but if you focused on their 2011 stats, you would think they should be ranked right much closer.
Let's take a look at their 2011 stats after the jump:
Here are the 2011 stats for Alex Gordon followed by Andrew McCutchen's, courtesy of Baseball-Reference:
|162 Game Avg.||162||675||595||85||156||38||3||20||72||13||66||145||.262||.343||.434||.777||108||258|
|162 Game Avg.||162||704||608||98||168||37||7||20||77||30||82||115||.276||.365||.458||.822||123||278|