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Top 50 Outfielder Rankings for 2016: George Springer and Mookie Betts are rising

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Ray ranks his top 50 outfielders for 2016 showing plenty of love for Astros outfielder George Springer and Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts.

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Over the past week I have published some of my early position rankings, and you can find them in the links below:

Early 2016 Rankings

First Base

Second Base

Shortstop

Third Base

The outfield position appears deeper than ever with rising stars like George Springer, Starling Marte, Mookie Betts and others making significant moves in my rankings heading into the offseason.

I do not hide how much I like Springer, and I think he could have a Bryce Harper-like breakout in 2016. The only question for me is his health. He has returned from the disabled list, so I assume he will be 100% heading into spring training. In just 95 games this season, he has put up a 14 home run, 15 stolen base season. Most of that came in one month, but you can say that about plenty of hitters as well. With a full season of health, I can see Springer putting up a 30 home run, 25 stolen base season in 2016.

And Bryce Harper has unseated Mike Trout as the top fantasy outfielder heading into 2016.

I was high on Harper coming into this season but there was no way I was expecting 40+ home runs from him this season. He has always had the potential for 40+ home runs, and I could see him putting up several 40+ home run seasons over the next few years. Due to the leg injuries has has sustained over his first few seasons, Harper isn't running much these days and probably won't in the future either.

The same can be said for Angels outfielder Mike Trout. Like Harper, he isn't running much anymore as he is focusing his game on staying healthy and hitting for power. His 40 home runs are a career high and I expect a few more 40 home runs seasons from him in the near future.

Has Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun had the quietest 20-20 season or what? Braun has put up a 25 home run, 24 stolen base season in 2015, and his numbers would probably look better if catcher Jonathan Lucroy wasn't hurt for most of the season, as Lucroy usually hits ahead of Braun in the Brewers lineup, and gets on base quite a bit.

Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts is probably going to get a lot of love this offseason, and I may move him up a spot or two in my rankings later in the offseason. In his first full season in the big leagues, Betts has hit .293 with 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases hitting atop the Red Sox lineup. I see a 20 home run, 100 runs scored, 75 RBI, 20+ stolen base season from him in 2016.

Speaking of breakouts, Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain is having a career year for the Royals this season, hitting .305 with 16 home runs and 28 stolen bases. I actually might have him ranked a few spots too low. His FanGraphs Hard Hit % rose from 22% last season to 32% this season, partly explaining his breakout, but I wonder if that will be seen as a career best.

Rank

Name

G

PA

HR

R

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

SLG

wRC+

WAR

1

Bryce Harper

147

630

41

117

96

6

0.339

0.470

0.663

203

9.8

2

Mike Trout

151

647

40

98

88

10

0.297

0.399

0.588

171

8.3

3

George Springer

95

416

14

53

37

15

0.263

0.357

0.434

120

2.8

4

Andrew McCutchen

150

657

22

88

95

10

0.293

0.403

0.493

147

5.8

5

Giancarlo Stanton

74

318

27

47

67

4

0.265

0.346

0.606

151

3.7

6

Ryan Braun

140

568

25

87

84

24

0.285

0.356

0.498

128

2.7

7

Jose Bautista

147

640

39

106

110

8

0.252

0.377

0.543

149

4.2

8

Starling Marte

146

602

18

82

79

29

0.290

0.337

0.449

117

3.6

9

Mookie Betts

137

617

15

88

72

20

0.293

0.342

0.471

117

4.4

10

Yoenis Cespedes

154

661

35

100

105

7

0.293

0.328

0.548

136

6.7

11

Nelson Cruz

146

629

43

87

90

3

0.308

0.378

0.579

165

5.1

12

J.D. Martinez

151

629

37

89

98

3

0.284

0.345

0.539

138

4.8

13

A.J. Pollock

150

640

19

106

75

36

0.318

0.366

0.500

131

6.2

14

Carlos Gonzalez

147

583

39

85

93

2

0.267

0.323

0.539

112

2.5

15

Lorenzo Cain

135

583

16

98

71

28

0.305

0.360

0.478

129

6.1

16

Justin Upton

147

612

26

85

81

19

0.253

0.339

0.457

120

3.5

17

Charlie Blackmon

150

652

17

89

56

41

0.290

0.350

0.458

104

1.9

18

Corey Dickerson

59

208

8

25

26

0

0.323

0.356

0.540

127

0.7

19

Matt Kemp

152

642

23

80

99

12

0.266

0.313

0.446

110

0.5

20

Adam Jones

136

577

27

74

82

3

0.269

0.308

0.476

110

3.7

21

Hunter Pence

52

223

9

30

40

4

0.275

0.327

0.478

126

1.6

22

Michael Brantley

135

588

15

68

84

14

0.314

0.381

0.486

137

3.9

23

Carlos Gomez

112

472

12

59

56

14

0.253

0.313

0.408

94

2.4

24

Brett Gardner

144

625

16

93

65

19

0.260

0.346

0.408

109

2.6

25

Dexter Fowler

150

664

17

97

45

20

0.249

0.344

0.416

110

3.2

26

Hanley Ramirez

105

430

19

59

53

6

0.249

0.291

0.426

89

-1.9

27

Curtis Granderson

152

663

25

96

69

11

0.256

0.363

0.452

130

4.9

28

Jason Heyward

149

590

12

77

56

23

0.287

0.352

0.430

115

5

29

Kole Calhoun

151

650

24

76

79

4

0.260

0.313

0.424

107

3.5

30

Yasiel Puig

77

306

11

30

38

3

0.256

0.324

0.440

112

1.5

31

Jorge Soler

97

393

10

39

47

3

0.266

0.326

0.406

97

0.1

32

Gregory Polanco

146

619

9

81

49

26

0.254

0.318

0.378

93

1.8

33

Josh Reddick

142

557

20

65

76

10

0.270

0.332

0.453

118

3.1

34

Christian Yelich

119

495

7

57

41

16

0.292

0.358

0.403

110

1.9

35

Jacoby Ellsbury

105

472

7

62

32

21

0.260

0.318

0.347

83

0.8

36

Michael Conforto

50

172

8

29

23

0

0.283

0.355

0.520

142

1.9

37

Kyle Schwarber

62

248

16

49

43

3

0.245

0.351

0.509

134

1.7

38

Shin-Soo Choo

141

617

20

86

77

4

0.275

0.376

0.459

127

3

39

Eddie Rosario

116

450

12

55

49

11

0.265

0.286

0.458

97

1.9

40

Jay Bruce

149

618

26

71

84

9

0.230

0.299

0.445

95

0.9

41

Stephen Piscotty

60

244

6

28

38

2

0.315

0.369

0.500

137

1.1

42

Joc Pederson

146

570

25

65

52

4

0.211

0.345

0.416

114

2.8

43

Randal Grichuk

97

332

17

49

47

4

0.283

0.334

0.567

143

3

44

Adam Eaton

147

662

13

94

51

17

0.283

0.356

0.422

115

2.8

45

Billy Hamilton

114

454

4

56

28

57

0.226

0.274

0.289

52

1.9

46

Rusney Castillo

75

271

5

35

29

4

0.266

0.300

0.379

81

0.5

47

Marcell Ozuna

116

465

9

43

40

2

0.252

0.301

0.375

84

0.4

48

Jayson Werth

83

358

12

51

42

0

0.228

0.313

0.402

95

0

49

Domingo Santana

46

164

8

20

26

4

0.255

0.348

0.475

123

0.5

50

Alex Gordon

97

393

12

38

45

1

0.274

0.382

0.433

125

2.6

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