Sunday, February 19, 2017


The deep outfielders are up next in terms of the players I will target so let's get right to it.

Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Bryce Harper, Starling Marte, Charlie Blackmon, Trea Turner:  I have said year after year that I want a five-tool outfielder in the first two rounds of the draft and would be perfectly happy to get any of these six stars who fit that bill.  Turner carries the most risk due to the lack of a track record but he, Marte, and Blackmon could be had in Round 2 while the other three are first round guys.

Yoenis Cespedes/Nelson Cruz:  I group Crus and Cespedes together as they are the same player whose game is based on pure power and a decent average to go with it.  There is a lot of value to be had here but if I went this route, that means I got steals at another position earlier.

Ian Desmond:  You got to love the fact Desmond has signed into Colorado and Coors Field after finding his 20/20 skills for the third time in the last four years last season when he hit 22 homers and 21 stole bases.  The average is up-and-down but in Colorado Desmond stands an excellent chance of reaching a personal best there.

A.J. Pollock:  There are more than a few who are knocking Pollock this season which is utter nonsense.  I will gladly scoop up this five-tool gem in Rounds 3-4-5 and love every second of it,  This is a guy who was a top tier player in 2015 (20 HR, 39 SB, 111 R, 76 RBI, .315) but fluky injuries did in the 2016 encore.  Be aggressive here.

J,D. Martinez:  Basically Martinez is a cheaper version of Cruz and Cespedes.  He is a dependable .300 hitter with 30 home runs and his 2017 draft price is down a bit off an injury-marred 2016 campaign.

David Dahl:  Have to think the Rockies will make sure there is an everyday spot for Dahl in their crowded outfield and this is a future five-tool stud for sure.  Just think the draft price might get a tad too high to make a sensible investment.  It is always about discipline at the draft table guys.

Christian Yelich:  Yelich has the .300 average down pat but he is annoying us with the wild swings in home runs and steals.  If he can blend the two together, then look out.

Stephen Piscotty:  Always have a soft spot for this line-drive machine who is developing some power now as well.  Makes for a perfect OF 3.

Lorenzo Cain:  Cain's career-year in 2015 has been forgotten off his injury-impacted 2016 but that just makes him more of an attractive buy.  While the power is now anything more than 10-15 long balls, Cain can run to the tune of 30 steals and his terrific hitting approach makes him a good average bet as well.

Michael Brantley:  Yes I have been a big critic here but like with Mark Trumbo in 2016, I will come back on a guy if the draft price falls enough.  That more than has happened with Brantley whose 2016 as completely ruined with shoulder complications.  The guy is as good a pure hitter as there is in baseball and a light five category contribution can be had again if he stays healthy.

Odubel Herrera:  My new favorite obsession is this burgeoning star.  While it is up for debate just how much power Herrera will hit for, the other four categories check out nicely.

David Peralta:  Was on his bandwagon prior to last season and am back on in giving Peralta a mulligan on his injury-marred 2016 campaign.

Josh Reddick:  The average has calmed down here the last few seasons and Reddick can go 25/15 in the HR/SB categories.

Kevin Kiermaier:  Few realize that Kiermaier has gone 10/18 and 12/21 the last two years.  Yes the average has been a problem but Kiermaier should have hit better than his .246 mark last season due to an unlucky BABIP.

Yasmany Tomas:  Yes he has not become the star many predicted but Tomas hit 31 home runs last season and has hit over .270 each of the last two years.  The critics have pushed Tomas' draft price down so much that he makes for a great OF 3.

Ender Inciarte:  Terrific leadoff man who can possibly score 100 runs and steal 25 bases with a .300 average.  Yes please.

Michael Conforto:  Really like the swing that Conforto has and this is a future 25 home run guy if he can get decent playing time in the New York Mets' crowded outfield.

Manuel Margot:  This kid can really run and Margot could be a quiet stolen base challenger if he makes the Padres out of camp as he should.

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