Bold Predictions: Outfield

White Sox Prospect Eloy Jimenez  (Photo: John Antonoff/For the Sun-Times)

White Sox Prospect Eloy Jimenez (Photo: John Antonoff/For the Sun-Times)

1. Eloy Jimenez out earns Vlad Guerrero Jr. in 2019

Look, I love Vladito as much as the next person but his price got out of control before his oblique injury. He’s still a 20 year old prospect and that profile doesn’t come without risk. Eloy has more power and should play just as much as Vlad. It will likely come with a lower average, but Eloy could hit 30 HR in the big leagues this season.

2. Nomar Mazara is a top 25 outfielder

Mazara is a cautionary tale of what can happen with 20 year olds who debut in MLB. He didn’t have any draft day hype prior to his promotion because the Rangers surprised us all with the move early in 2016. I don’t have any statistical evidence that Mazara will finally break out. I’m just hoping he finally puts it all together.

3. Austin Hays is a top 75 outfielder

I wrote about Hays earlier this week in the Dumpster Dives and Dynasty Finds series. TL;DR: he’s having a big spring, was a top prospect, still just 23, and the Orioles outfield stinks.

4. Franchy Cordero hits 20 HR and steals 20 bases

My favorite baseball player is going to be a fantasy monster this season. Don’t try and tell me otherwise.

5. Tyler O’Neil leads the national league in HR

Yup. These are called BOLD predictions people. If you wanted to read a prediction about how Kris Davis will bat .247 this year then I guess you wouldn’t have clicked on this article.

6. Charlie Blackmon doesn’t finish as a top 20 outfielder

Blackmon’s stolen base totals have for the last 3 years. He’s no longer the power speed combo that we’re all looking for. He’s still safe for a solid batting average but he’s not as valuable when he’s not running.

7. Andrew McCutchen is a top 20 outfielder

Check out my Player Spotlight on Cutch. He’s fully capable of having his best fantasy season yet.

8. Billy Hamilton returns to relevance and steals 55+ bases

Billy Hamilton is a horrific hitter. That ain’t changing. The good news is that he’s on an equally horrific team that will let him and his putrid .298 OBP run wild. You’ll begrudgingly draft him in the middle rounds when you find yourself with no early steal threats.

9. Lewis Brinson is a top 50 outfielder

He’s currently on a tear to start his spring (.355 BA, 5 HR in 31 ABs) and the Marlins are hoping he’s turned a corner. He’s not going to replicate his ballpark inflated Triple-A numbers from 2017, but there are tools here for Brinson to be a post-hype sleeper. It won’t be pretty, but a 20-20 season will make him a top 50 outfielder.

10. Raimel Tapia finally becomes the starting CF in Colorado

Hahahahaha. No chance the Rockies will play him over Ian Desmond’s corpse. Poor Raimel.

2019 Outfield Rankings

2019 Outfield Rankings

Regression Candidate: Christian Yelich