As a part of our 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit, we examine the elite options at each position. Let’s take a look at our top fantasy outfielders for 2015, and compare our rankings to their current Average Draft Position (ADP) in mock drafts. As always, if your thoughts differ from these, please comment below or make use of our Fantasy Baseball Forum to share.
1. Mike Trout
Another season, another Mike Trout #1 OF (and overall) pick. There isn’t anything this guy can’t do, and he’s still somehow getting better. If Trout can somehow learn to limit his strikeouts, his upside could go even higher. Which is ridiculous to contemplate. The sky’s the limit here and he’ll go first in every serious standard league draft in 2015.
2. Andrew McCutchen
Cutch is so consistent that you almost take him for granted. He’s been over .300, over 20 HR, and over 80 Runs and RBI each of the last three years. The least SB he’s had during that time is 18. He takes walks and strikes out at a rate well below the league average. In a non-Trout era, McCutcheon would probably be the first selection every year. He’s a great player, and well worthy of the second pick.
3. Giancarlo Stanton
In the post-steroid era, there aren’t many guys that can hit 40 bolts. Furthermore, there aren’t many guys that can hit 40 bolts that are young, immensely strong, and still getting better. Stanton is all these things, and still managed to hit .288 with a 14% walk rate in 2014. Dude even chipped in 13 steals! He actually has some lineup protection this year, as the Marlins made a commitment to improving their roster. Would anyone be shocked if he ended up as the #1 overall fantasy player?
4. Jose Bautista
Another ho-hum, 30+ HR, 100+ R and RBI season from Bautista in 2014. He’s in the middle of a loaded Toronto offense in a batters ballpark and seems primed to deliver top-flight fantasy stats once again. Joey Bats is such a disciplined hitter that in the era of the strikeout, his walk rate is higher than his strikeout rate, which is borderline superhero. He’s done it so many years in a row now it’s almost a given.
5. Michael Brantley
Brantley broke out in a big way in 2014, posting career-highs in both HR (20) and SB (23) to go with 90+ Runs and RBI. For good measure, he threw in a .327 BA for his lucky owners. He’s just 27 despite being an MLB presence for years now, and is in his prime batting in the middle of a Cleveland lineup that also features fantasy producers like Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis and Yan Gomes. His upside could be even higher this year, and savvy investors can grab him in the late second round. It’s almost like stealing.
Adam Jones, Carlos Gomez, Corey Dickerson, Ryan Braun, and Yasiel Puig round out our top 10 at the position. A lot can change during spring training, so be sure to check out our most up-to-date outfield rankings.