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Fantasy Baseball: Early Look at Outfielders 21-50 Rankings for 2013

Sept 12, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano (12) hits a home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE
Sept 12, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano (12) hits a home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

I started the Early 2013 Position Rankings series by looking at my Top 20 Outfielders for 2013 and have decided to expand it to my Top 50 Outfielders. In case you missed it, here are my Top 20 Outfielders for 2013:

1. Mike Trout, LAA

2. Matt Kemp, LAD

3. Ryan Braun, MIL

4. Andrew McCutchen, PIT

5. Josh Hamilton, TEX

6. Giancarlo Stanton, MIA

7. Justin Upton, ARI

8. Jason Heyward, ATL

9. Matt Holliday, STL

10. Carlos Gonzalez, COL

11. Allen Craig, STL

12. Jay Bruce, CIN

13. Bryce Harper, WAS

14. Jose Bautista, TOR

15. Josh Willingham, MIN

16. Adam Jones, BAL

17. Alex Rios, CHW

18. Desmond Jennings, TB

19. Andre Ethier, LAD

20. Curtis Granderson, NYY

My rankings for outfielders 21-50 follow after the jump:

The outfielders ranked in the 17-20 spots could easily drop into the 21-50 group when I post my updated outfielder rankings later in the offseason. Once I write up my in-depth profiles of each outfielder, many of the guys listed after the Top 10 could change a spot or two as well. And as a result, a few of the guys ranked in the 21-50 group could jump into the Top 20. Now onto my 21-50 outfielder rankings for 2013:

21. Mark Trumbo, LAA

22. B.J. Upton, TB

23. Yoenis Cespedes, OAK

24. Shin-Soo Choo, CLE

25. Alfonso Soriano, CHC

26. Michael Bourn, ATL

27. Carlos Beltran, STL

28. Corey Hart, MIL

29. Carl Crawford, LAD

30. Nelson Cruz, TEX

31. Josh Reddick, OAK

32. Michael Morse, WAS

33. Jayson Werth, WAS

34. Ben Zobrist, TB

35. Melky Cabrera, SFG

36. Jason Kubel, ARI

37. Hunter Pence, SFG

38. Alex Gordon, KC

39. Dexter Fowler, COL

40. Nick Swisher, NYY

41. Carlos Gomez, MIL

42. Torii Hunter, LAA

43. Colby Rasmus, TOR

44. Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS

45. Ryan Ludwick, CIN

46. Austin Jackson, DET

47. Michael Cuddyer, COL

48. Garret Jones, PIT

49. Tyler Colvin, COL

50. Angel Pagan, SFG

One outfielder who just missed my Top 50 outfielders is Royals top prospect Wil Myers, KC. Myers had an excellent 2012 season in AAA this season, and I was a bit surprised the Royals did not call him up this season. It appears he has nothing left to prove in the minors and it really makes no sense that he was not called up. I was thinking about this a few days ago. Could the Royals be ready to make a monster deal for a starting pitcher involving Myers? I doubt it, but the team does need an ace-level starting pitcher and Myers certainly could bring back that starter they so desperately need.

Angels outfielder Mark Trumbo is having an excellent sophomore season in the big leagues, hitting .268-.320-.495 with 30 HRs, 62 runs and 84 RBI. He is 7th amongst all outfielders in home runs this season, and now has 59 home runs in his first two seasons in the league. Had he not slumped in August (.204 BA) and September (.121 BA), his triple slash line would be looking a lot better at this point.

B.J. Upton is definitely one outfielder who could make a move into the Top 20 in my next set of rankings. Upton won't provide much batting average and is not valuable in OBP leagues, but he does hit for power and steal bases. Upton is hitting .248-.300-.444 with 23 HRs, 67 runs, 68 RBI and 30 stolen bases this season, and has stolen 150 bases in the last 4 seasons combined. This season marks his second straight 20 HR - 30 stolen base season, and at 28 years of age, he probably has a few more of them in his bat and legs.

Cubs outfieler Alfonso Soriano is having one of the quietest 29 HR - 100+ RBI seasons in recent memory. Soriano is hitting .261-.318-.499 with 29 HRs, 61 runs and 101 RBI this season, and once he hits his 30th HR, he will be only one of four outfielders with 30 HRs and 100 RBI this season. He might be a few spots too low at 25.

Two years ago, Fake Teams readers would have scoffed at a ranking of 29 for Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford, but after a poor first season in Boston and an injury filled 2012 season, many will want to see more from Crawford before drafting him in 2013. He only managed 117 at bats this season, hitting .282-.306-.479 with 3 HRs, 23 runs, 19 RBI and 5 stolen bases. He had Tommy John surgery in August and should be ready for spring training or shortly thereafter.

Another surprise in my 21-50 Rankings is Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez. His solid 2012 season definitely deserves some notice as he is having the best season of his career, hitting .247-.296-.447 with 16 HRs, 63 runs, 47 RBI and 32 stolen bases. The question is whether he can repeat in 2013. There is a chance he could fall out of my Top 50 rankings if he isn't guaranteed as much playing time in 2013.