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“Sauer Notes” 2016 Outfielder Rankings (Part 1 of 3)

With Super Bowl 50 wrapping up this past weekend, it’s now time we should start thinking and talking baseball, as we presumably watching Peyton Manning ride off into the sunset.

For the first three editions of “Sauer Notes”, we will be ranking the outfielders to assist you as you make those draft day decisions.  The stars at the top like Trout, Harper, and McCutchen are the obvious choices when selecting the outfielder position in the first round.  Where you can really separate yourself from your opponents is in the back-end of the draft and being able to find some hidden value that others may not acknowledge.

This article will help aid you terms of being able to maybe pinpoint some of the late-round fliers that may have some upside as you get to the later rounds of the draft. So without further ado, let’s get into it.

120. Dustin Ackley- The Mariners had big expectations when they selected Ackley second overall back in 2009, but they finally gave up on him last July after he posted a .244/.306/.374 batting line over parts of five seasons with the club.  The former top prospect went down with a herniated disk in his back as soon as he joined the Yankees, but he made his return in September and hit .306 with four home runs and a 1.046 OPS over 21 games down the stretch.  The Yankees were considering platooning Ackley with Rob Refsnyder at second base in 2016, but he’s now headed for a super utility role after the addition of Starlin Castro. There’s some pop in his bat, but he likely won’t get enough bats to be fantasy relevant.

119.  Chris Coghlan- coghlanCoghlan almost fell off the map completely in the years after he was named the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year as a member of the Marlins. Indeed, he batted just .242/.307/.352 over his next 1,017 plate appearances that followed hanging that plaque.  After a non-tender in December 2013, Coghlan opted for a change of scenery.  And he couldn’t have found a better fit.  Coghlan has injected new life into his career on the north side of Chicago, posting an .804 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2014 and slugging a career-best 16 home runs for the Cubs in 2015.  The arrival of Kyle Schwarber and the offseason signing of Jason Heyward have registered Coghlan for more of a utility role in 2016, but that’s a job that suits him quite well.

118. Will Venable- Venable finally got out of Petco Park last season.  The problem was that it wasn’t until late August and he received just 82 plate appearances down the stretch for the Rangers.  Venable has hit just 14 home runs and stolen 27 bases over the last two seasons after a 20/20 campaign in 2013, and his average has been only .233 over that stretch.  Still, the 33-year-old has always teased with his power/speed combo and he could still be intriguing in fantasy leagues should he land in a good spot.  Venable’s new park will almost surely be more favorable than Petco, but his role isn’t assured to be prominent.

117. Travis Snider-snider Snider got off to a nice start with the Orioles in 2015, but he batted .216/.295/.304 over his final 57 games before getting designated for assignment on August 7 and then subsequently released.  He latched on a few weeks later with Pittsburgh, where he had previously played parts of three seasons, but the results didn’t get any more promising.  In a total of 265 plate appearances between the O’s and Bucs last season, Snider had an OPS of .633. He was considered one of the top outfield prospects in baseball as he was coming through the Blue Jays’ system and he has flashed the ability for high-level production at different periods, but the 28-year-old shouldn’t be considered anything more than a bench bat at this point in his career.

116. Matt Joyce- It was a disaster for Joyce in his lone season with the Angels. Joyce’s low OPS was .732 and his low OPS+ was 108 during his time with the Rays. Last season, those numbers were .564 and 60, respectively. We have seen Joyce in a steady decline at the dish the last few years, but he’s just 31 and no one foresaw the bottom falling out like it did in 2015.  The outfielder is still a free agent, but someone will take a shot on a bounce-back season from a guy with a career OPS of .795 against right-handed pitching.  For fantasy purposes, his value seems likely to be limited to single-league formats.

115. David Murphy- murph.jpg Long a prototypical platoon outfielder, Murphy hit .283 and popped 10 home runs while splitting his time between the Indians and the Angels last season.  His overall production has faded since he reached the other side of 30, with a .253/.305/.392 battling line over the last three seasons. Those waning numbers include the 34-year-old becoming a declining asset against right-handers, so it remains to be seen whether Murphy will be able to land a sizable role for 2016. His fantasy value figures to be limited to single-league formats, even if he wins up landing in a plum spot.

114. Gregor Blanco- Blanco has been a quietly solid all-around player since arriving with the Giants, but produced his best offensive season to date in 2015; putting up career highs in average, on-base percentage and slugging.  Unfortunately, the veteran outfielder dealt with concussion issues on two different occasions, with the final one ending his campaign prematurely.  Blanco has been given a clean bill of health since then, and is again in line to serve as an active fourth outfielder for San Francisco. He’s best relegated to NL-only formats, but Blanco can even provide a little deep mixed-league value when he’s playing regularly.  That can happen for stretches at a time with the injury prone Angel Pagan still handling center field.

113. Franklin Gutierrez- frank gGutierrez’s re-emergence last season was cool to see after all he’s been through. After sitting out the 2014 campaign due to ankylosing spondylitis, the veteran outfielder began 2015 in the minors but hit a robust .292/.354/.620 with 15 homers and 35 RBI over 189 plate appearances after being called up in late June. He dealt with more joint issues during the second half, as it’s a chronic issue that’t not going to go away.  Gutierrez is obviously a very poor bet to remain healthy, and he’s slated to serve in a secondary role. The good news is that the 33-year-old showed he’s still capable of producing when on the field, so he’s worthy AL-only option and could wind up being an in-season pickup in mixed formats.

112. Angel Pagan- The four-year, $40 million extension the Giants signed Pagan to after winning the 2012 World Series hasn’t worked out terribly well. The veteran outfielder was pretty productive the on the field from 2013-14 but averaged just 83.5 games played per season. Last year, he dealt with nagging right knee injury and sported easily the worst OPS of his career at .635. Pagan has arthroscopic surgery after the season and the Giants are hopeful that the ailment is behind him, as they’re counting on him to be their leadoff hitter and center fielder again in 2016.  He’s simply not likely to stay healthy, though, and will turn 35 before the All-Star break. Pagan is merely a late-round flier at this stage of his career.

111. Scott Van Slyke- vanVan Slyke earned more playing time in 2015 after his strong showing as a semi-regular player in 2014. Unfortunately, he often wasn’t healthy enough to take the field, dealing with back, neck and wrist ailments. There’s a good chance all the bumps and bruises bled into some depressed production at the plate, as Van Slyke saw his OPS drop over 200 points from the season before. He did continue to fare well against left-handers with a .784 OPS and it’s against southpaws where the 29-year-old should see most of his at-bats in 2016.  Van Slyke figures to play enough and be productive enough to be an NL-only asset, but mixed leaguers don’t need to worry about him.

110. Anthony Gose- The Tigers acquired Gose from the Blue Jays last November for second baseman Devon Travis and immediately installed the 25-year-old speedster as their starting center fielder. The results weren’t all bad, but they weren’t all good. Gose struck out 145 times in 485 at-bats and finished with an on-base percentage of .321. That’s not a horrible mark for a center fielder who can fly and it actually stands as Gose’s best full-season OBP to date. However, it’s less than satisfactory for a guy who regularly hit leadoff in front of the likes of Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, J.D Martinez, and for a time, Yoenis Cespedes. Gose was also caught on 11 of his 34 stolen base attempts in 2015. There is intriguing fantasy upside here, but Gose hasn’t quite tapped into it yet.

109. Brandon Guyer- guyerGuyer had some sneaky value as a part-time outfielder with the Rays in 2015, collecting eight home runs and 10 stolen bases over 128 games. The 30-year-old was at his best against southpaws, posting an .844 OPS compared to a .672 OPS against right-handers. He received the majority of his at-bats out of the leadoff spot and posted a .359 on-base percentage and 51 runs scored in the process. That’s an impressive number considering he only logged 385 plate appearances. This sort of player offers limited impact in standard mixed leagues, but he’s certainly valuable AL-only leagues and makes for an intriguing play in DFS formats.

108. Kelly Johnson- After a down 2014 where he bounced around to three different teams in the American League East, Johnson experienced a resurgence after making his return to Atlanta last season. Making starts at both corner infield and outfield positions, the 34-year-old clubbed nine home runs with a .772 OPS in 62 games prior to being traded to the Mets in July. He hit five home runs with a .718 OPS the rest of the way while continuing to play all over the field. His track record doesn’t give much credence to the batting average, but his power and versatility give him value. Johnson returned to the Braves over the winter and is capable of doing some damage in a part-time role.

107. Nolan Reimold- reimoldAfter spending time with the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays in 2014, Reimold returned to the Orioles last season and stayed healthy enough to appear in his most games at the major league level since 2011. Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything all that appealing from a fantasy perspective. The 32-year-old displayed good patience, but he struck out 24.1 percent of the time and failed to take advantage of the inviting fences at Camden Yards by hitting a lot of balls on the ground. Reimold did enough against southpaws for the O’s to bring him back in 2016, but fantasy owners have better options to choose from.

106. Jake Marisnick- As a superb athlete with loud talent but many rough edges, it’s not surprising that Marisnick’s first full major league season was filled with highs and lows. He got off to a blazing start with a .379/.422/.621 line in April, and he closed strong with a nice September (.275/.367/.510), as well. Unfortunately, Marisnick was simply dreadful in the four middle months with a .191/.223/.296 batting line across 87 games. The 25-year-old’s 24 steals were nice and he provided the occasional long ball, but Marisnick’s .236 average was a drag and his hideous 105/18 K/BB hints at no hope of improvement in that area. What’s making matters worse is that Marisnick is out of a starting job after Colby Rasmus accepted the Astros’ qualifying offer. He’ll need an injury to see regular starts and even then, likely would only provide value in spurts.

105. Chris Young- young.jpgAfter a strong finish with the Yankees in 2014, Young proved useful in a part-time role last season. The 32-year-old did most of his damage against left-handed pitching, slugging nine home runs with a .972 OPS compared to a .182 batting average with a .585 OPS against right-handers. The bounce back showing earned him a two-year $13 million contract with the Red Sox over the winter. Young is expected to function as a fourth outfielder again in 2016, though he could take on a larger role depending on how Rusney Castillo and Jackie Bradley Jr. fare. He should be owned in AL-only leagues, but those in mixed leagues can wait and see how things play out.

104. Seth Smith- The quintessential platoon bat, Smith put up his usual nice numbers against right-handers last season, batting .255/.343/.458 with 11 home runs over 399 plate appearances. He was predictably awful in the rare occasions he faced a southpaw (.200/.231/.340), and the Mariners will again do their best to avoid exposing Smith to too many lefties in 2016, platooning him in right field with Franklin Gutierrez. The 33-year-old is a nice DFS target as a guy you can plug in when the opposition is throwing a less-than-intimidating righty, but his appeal in season-long leagues is a limited to AL-only formats.

103. Alejandro De Aza- de aza.jpgBaltimore surprisingly removed De Aza from their 40-man roster two months into last season and wound up trading him to Boston, where he got his season back on track. He finished the year in San Francisco and played well there, ultimately settling for a .755 OPS with seven homers and seven steals across the three stops. De Aza signed on with the Mets over the winter and is slated to share center field with Juan Lagares. The 32-year-old’s running game has declined steadily over the last few seasons and his 17-homer outburst in 2013 certainly looks like an outlier. That said, if De Aza winds up with most of the at-bats in center field versus right-handed pitching, it’s not difficult to envision him holding some deep-league value.

102. John Jaso- Jaso was set to be the Rays’ primary leadoff hitter against right-handers last season, but he injured his wrist on a slide in the first inning on Opening Day and ended up missing three months. Fortunately, he was very productive after returning in July and landed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Pirates over the winter. He’s expected to be on the strong side of the platoon at first base, despite playing only two games at the position in his career. Jaso doesn’t have much pop, so losing catcher eligibility hurts him in mixed leagues, but he could have some relevance in deeper formats which use on-base percentage as a category.

101. Michael Saunders- saunders.jpgSaunders had some momentum going into 2015, but his season never got off the ground due to a freak knee injury suffered during spring training. The 29-year-old was originally expected to be sidelined through the All-Star break after surgery, but he beat that timeline by making his season debut on April 25. Unfortunately, he appeared in just nine games before going back on the disabled list with knee inflammation. He was given some extended rest after being diagnosed with a bone bruise in the knew and eventually the Blue Jays shut him down for the year. The Blue Jays decided against non-tendering Saunders during the offseason and trading Ben Revere to Washington means that he could have a chance to play his way back into relevance.  He’s worth watching in the spring.

100. Shane Victorino- After back issues limited Victorino to just 30 games in 2014, he was healthy enough to start on Opening Day in right field for the Red Sox last season. Unfortunately, he predictably hurt his hamstring in late April and then injured his calf in late May just after returning. All told, Victorino was just limited to 71 contests between the Red Sox and Angels and had his worst season ever at the plate, posting a .601 OPS. The 35-year-old has reportedly worked hard over the winter and is motivated to show people he’s not done. That’s all well and good, but Victorino’s body might have already given up on him even if his mind hasn’t. It is hard to see him getting a good enough opportunity, staying healthy enough and producing enough in 2016 to have much fantasy value.

99. Joey Gallo- galloGallo’s big league career started off with a bang after he was called up last June, as the young slugger cracked home runs in each of his first two games and had five long balls in first 14 contests. Things predictably turned South after that, as Gallo hit .155/.246/.276 with just one homer over his final 22 games while shuttling back-and-forth between the majors and the minors. The appeal with Gallo is obvious. He is arguably the best raw power of anyone in the American League, majors or minors. The problem is he swings and misses. A lot. Gallo whiffed 57 times in 123 plate appearances with the Rangers in 2015 and struck out 139 times across 374 plate appearances in the minors last year. The Rangers are set at third base, in the outfield and at DH, which means Gallo will get a chance to develop further at Triple-A.

98. Aaron Hicks- Hicks finally showed signs of breakout in 2015, amassing 11 home runs and 13 steals over 97 games while significantly cutting down on his strikeouts. While the 26-year-old missed some time with forearm and hamstring injuries, his season was an encouraging step forward. The Twins cashed-in on his progress over the winter by dealing him to the Yankees, where he is expected to fill the fourth outfielder role formerly held by Chris Young. With the aging players in New York’s lineup, Hicks is in a good position to find significant time and do some damage in a hitter-friendly ballpark. Be ready to strike in mixed leagues if an opportunity arises.

97. Mikie Mahtook-mahtook.jpg A first round pick by the Rays in 2011, Mahtook made his major league debut last April and struggled while bouncing back and forth to Triple-A Durham through the end of August. It was a different story for the 26-year-old after he returned in September call-up, as he batted .353 with six home runs and four stolen bases over his final 27 games. There’s obvious danger in making too much out of a small sample size, but the regular playing time surely helped matters and he posted strong numbers against left-handers in the minors. He has at least shown potential as a fourth outfielder or a platoon player.

96. Juan Lagares- Fresh off winning his first Gold Glove Award, Laggers landed a five-year, $23.55 million contract extension last April. The Mets were hoping that he would take a step forward offensively in 2015, but instead he regressed on both sides of the ball while being bothered by an elbow injury for most of the year. He was relegated to a platoon role when Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto were brought into the fold. While surgery on the elbow wasn’t deemed necessary, Lagares’ stock is down form where it was a year ago and he’ll likely have to share center field duties in 2016. He doesn’t provide much pop or speed and the short side of a platoon doesn’t leave much opportunity for value outside of NL-only formats.

95. Alex Guerrero- guerreroGuerrero seemingly homered every time he stepped to the plate early on last season, batting an absurd .423/.429/1.077 with five dingers in April. He wound up hitting .297/.333/.683 with 10 longballs over his first 40 games of the season. The Cuban defector could never find a defensive home, however, and he sported a hideous .178/.197/.220 batting line the rest of the way. The same defensive concerns remain with Guerrero, and he’s blocked at the positions he can play (poorly). A trade would be in the 29-year-old’s best interest, as he appears to be in line to serve once again as a glorified pinch-hitter.

94. Melvin Upton- Upton changed his name (or rather decided to go by his original name) and also changed teams last winter, getting shipped to the Padres to be reunited with his brother. Sesamoiditis in his left foot meant that Melvin missed the first two months of the season, and he didn’t receive everyday playing time upon his activation. He did, however, show notable improvement at the plate from his disastrous run with the Braves, putting up a solid .757 OPS while providing a little pop (five homers) and some speed (nine steals). The Padres are pretty thin in the outfield, which means Upton could receive regular playing time. He’s obviously hard to trust and is scary gamble from an average perspective, but it’s possible Upton might wind up being a decent power/speed option if he’s given regular at-bats.

93. Preston Tucker- tucker.jpgAll Tucker has done since entering pro ball is hit, and the Astros summoned him in early May last season after he got off to a .320/.378/.650 start with 10 homers in his first 25 games at Triple-A. He predictably found the sledding a little tougher at the big league level with a sub-.300 OBP, but he did whack 13 homers across his 98 contests. Tucker doesn’t have anything left to prove in the minors, but that’s almost surely where he’s headed after Colby Rasmus accepted the Astros’ qualifying offer to return to the club. The 25-year-old is an injury away from being relevant but could be of interest in deeper mixed formats should he get the opportunity.

92. Enrique Hernandez- Hernandez failed to crack the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster after being acquired in the Dee Gordon deal, but he was called up before the end of April and wound up playing quite a bit. He was particularly needed in the second half when Joc Pederson was slumping. Even though he missed time with a hamstring injury in September, Hernandez batted .320/.358/.560 with five homers over 107 plate appearances after the All-Star break. The Dodgers brought Chase Utley back as an option at second base and added Micah Johnson. This means Hernandez will probably begin the season, once again, in a utility role. That said, Utley is no safe bet at this point in his career and neither is Pederson after his awful second half. Hernandez could be active and same deep-league appeal.

91. Dalton Pompey- pompeyPompey was a popular sleeper last spring, but he struggled after making the Opening Day roster as the starting center fielder and found himself in Triple-A by the first week in May. The scuffles continued from there, so he was soon sent all the way down to Double-A. He quickly turned things around in a big way and returned to Triple-A before joining the Blue Jays as a September call up. While his season wasn’t what many were hoping for, he’s just 23 years old and the skills that made him interesting a year ago are still present. After all, he batted .307 with an .804 OPS in the minors last season. January’s Ben Revere trade has opened the door for another opportunity in 2016.

90. Eddie Rosario- Rosario has climbed on and fallen off top-100 prospect boards a couple of different times since the Twins made him a fourth-round selection out of Puerto Rico in 2010. He was a very up-and-down player in the minor leagues and didn’t carry the look of a future major league regular when he batted .243/.286/.387 in 87 games between High-A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain in 2014. But something may have clicked for the 24-year-old outfielder when he was called up to the majors to fill in for Oswaldo Arcia (hip) in May 2015. Rosario led all big leaguers in triples with 15, adding 13 home runs and 11 steals. Regression is probably coming this season, but don’t be surprised if it goes the other way. He’s always had the raw talent.

89. Gerardo Parra- parra.jpgParra capitalized on injuries in the Brewers’ outfield last season to get off to the best start of his career, batting .328 with nine homers and nine stolen bases through his first 100 games. He became a very popular waiver wire pick-up in the process. The 28-year-old was red-hot in July, which was perfect timing leading into the trade deadline. However, everything fell apart for him after being traded to the Orioles, as he hit just .237 with five homers and a .625 OPS the rest of the way. Parra shouldn’t be playing center field on a  regular basis and was overexposed to left-handers in 2015, but he still owns a .289/.335/.432 batting line against right-handers in his career. Parra signed with the Rockies, which allows him to have half of his at-bats in the most hitter friendly of ballparks in Coors Field.

88. Carl Crawford- After a bit of a resurgence at the plate in 2014, Crawford fell back to earth again in 2015, producing easily his worst OPS (.707) as a Dodger while being limited to just 69 games. The low games total was partly because he was hurt (again), but also because the Dodgers often simply had better options for the lineup. Unfortunately for the 34-year-old, that looks to be the case again heading into 2016. Crawford will be, at best, the fourth outfielder for Los Angeles, and while he still runs a decent amount when he plays, the man with the $142 million contract has little chance of producing more than single-league value.

87. Jon Jay- jayJay was traded from the Cardinals to the Padres this offseason for second basemen Jedd Gyorko and cash considerations. He’ll be part of a rebuild in San Diego, and probably isn’t going to offer much in terms of fantasy production. Jay served as the Cardinals’ starting center fielder off and on from 2010-2015 before finally getting pushed out of the mix last summer by 24-year-old Randal Grichuk. The 31-year-old Jay is .287/.354/.384 career hitter and he has only reached the 10-homer plateau once, back in 2011. It’s highly doubtful that he’ll reach that mark again while playing 81 games at Petco Park.

86. Rusney Castillo- Castillo showed the potential of being worthy of his $72.5 million contract during a small sample at the end of 2014, but last year was a major step back. The 28-year-old was expected to compete for a starting job during spring training, but an oblique strain resulted in him starting the season in Triple-A. He eventually made it to the majors in May, but his struggles resulted in a demotion a month later. While he was called back up around the trade deadline and stuck with the team the rest of the way, he did little to help fantasy owners. Castillo hit a ton of ground balls last season, which isn’t a terrible thing with his speed, but the power was missing. The Red Sox are expected to give him an opportunity as a regular in 2016, but he still has a lot to prove and should be looked at as nothing more than a late-round flyer right now.

85. Michael Taylor- taylor.jpgTaylor emerged as the Nationals’ top position prospect after a monster 2014 campaign in the minors and he took advantage of the injuries last season to appear in 138 games as a rookie. There were some positives and negatives to take away from it’s as he amassed 14 home runs, 63 RBI, and 16 steals despite batting just .229 with a .282 OBP. He struck out in 31 per cent of his plate appearances along the way. Strikeouts were also an issue for him in the minors, so fantasy owners can’t count on him as a batting average asset unless he makes some adjustments. Even with his flaws, the power and speed should come in handy in mixed formats if the playing time is there. However, January’s acquisition of Ben Revere has put a damper on his fantasy prospects for now.

84. Alex Rios- Rios has been tremendous fantasy producer for different periods in his 12-year major league career. He averaged 20 home runs, 74 RBI and 23 stolen bases per year with the White Sox between 2010-2012 and he racked up a career-best 42 steals in 156 games between Chicago and Texas in 2013. But the ship has appeared to have sailed for the 35-year-old outfielder, who a registered a career worst .640 OPS with only four home runs, 32 RBI and nine stolen bases in 105 games with the Royals last season. Rios might carry fantasy value over certain stretches in 2016, but he is highly doubtful to be considered a consistent performer throughout the season. Depending on where he lands in free agency may lend a hand to the value Rios has for 2016.

83. Marlon Byrd- byrdByrd kept plugging along in his age 37 season last year, popping over 20 homers for the third straight seasons while doing his usual high-strikeout, low-OBP thing. The veteran outfielder was shipped from the Reds to the Giants in late August and San Francisco benched him down the stretch so that his $8 million option for 2o16 wouldn’t vest. Byrd is still a free agent, although he turns 39 late in the year, he looks like a guy who is still capable of holding down a starting job. He could garner some attention in deeper mixed formats depending on where he ends up and what kind of role he’ll have.

82. Rajai Davis- Needing outfield depth with Michael Brantley’s shoulder rehab threatening to delay his start in 2016, the Indians went out and signed Davis to a one-year, $5.25 million free agent contract this offseason. Davis figures to start in left field for Brantley for much of April and can then shift into a center field rotation with Abraham Almonte, Davis could also see playing time in right field, where Lonnie Chisenhall and Collin Cowgirl are set up for a platoon that will likely prove disappointing. Davis has the speed and gap-to-gap power to produce significant fantasy value if he’s getting everyday-like playing time, though he turned 35 years old last postseason.

81. Andre Ethier-ethier.jpg It seemed like a forgone conclusion last spring that the Dodgers would trade Ethier before Opening Day. They didn’t, though, and they’re glad for that fact. With both Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford hobbled by injuries, Ether wound up seeing the fifth-most plate appearances on the team and produced a fine season, with his 136 OPS+ actually representing the highest total of his career. The 33-year-old doesn’t have 20-homer power anymore, but he still hits for average and crushes right-handed pitching. Ethier’s upside is obviously capped at this point in his career, but he still does enough to be worth rostering in deeper mixed leagues.

80. Leonys Martin- Martin began last season as the Rangers’ center fielder and leadoff hitter, but before the All-Star break he has been passed on the depth chart by Rule 5 pick Delino Deshields. Things got even worse for the Cuban defector in the second half, as he was optioned to Triple-A and then fractured his right hamate bone. With Texas committed to Deshields in center going forward, they shipped Martin to the Mariners over the offseason. He’ll get another shot in center, at least right-handers, but will probably be banished to the lower-third of the batting order. Martin was truly awful in 2015, but he stole over 30 bases each of the previous two seasons and didn’t kill you in the batting average. A mini bounce-back season is a decent possibility.

Come back next week as we will be breaking down outfielders 40-79, possibly the most integral part of player knowledge as most of these players will be drafted in the later rounds of your mixed leagues.

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