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“Sauer Notes” Playing Not To Lose: Outfield Rankings 2016 (3 of 3)

 

We now have 80 outfielders in the books. Last week, I was preaching that some of the players ranked last week could find supreme value on draft day and help take your squad to the championship.

For this week, in drafting these players, what you really want is consistency. Yes, of course you want the Harpers and Trouts of the world that can put up gaudy statistics, but not everyone can pick in the top-three slots. When screening the second and third tiers of outfielders (Harper and Trout are tier-one), you want to look for players who have a consistently high floor, but can also present a relatively high ceiling or upside as well.

In these rounds, consistency should be valued over upside. While a player like Puig has a crazy amount of upside, you should look at a player like Ryan Braun who has been putting up numbers consistently for years. When drafting in rounds one through three, hitting on players is not what can win you championships, sure, it definitely helps. Nevertheless, missing on a player in these rounds will definitely assist you greater for a losing season.

39. Stephen Piscotty- piscPiscotty was ranked a consensus top-100 prospect heading into last season despite posting a relatively underwhelming .761 OPS with only nine home runs in 136 games for Triple-A Memphis in 2014. He opened 2015 back at Memphis and began showing a little more pop, but very few fantasy mixed leaguers were rushing out to claim him when he arrived in the majors for the first time on July 21. Piscotty was old for a prospect and didn’t seem capable of having an immediate offensive impact in St. Louis. Then he went and registered a shiny .853 OPS with 26 extra-base hits and 39 RBI over his first 63 major league games. The graduate of Stanford has a smart, mature approach at the plate and he should get something resembling every day playing time this year between the corner outfield spots and first base.

38. Jay Bruce- The three-trade that had Bruce heading to the Blue Jays is now “dead,” according to Buster Olney. The other significant player in the deal was Michael Saunders, so the medical issues must have stemmed from him or Bruce.  The Reds have forced their hand and would like to trade Bruce within the next week. If nothing is to gain any traction, he will open up the season in Cincinnati. If he does get traded, it will likely give his fantasy value a boost. Bruce was a top-flight slugger during a four-year stretch from 2010-2013, averaging 30 home runs and 94 RBI per season. He registered an ugly .554 OPS with only 18 home runs in 137 games for the Reds in 2014, and the 28-year-old was only marginally better in 2015. Bruce will never help you in average, but is still relevant in home run and RBI categories.

37. Curtis Granderson- grandGranderson’s first season in Queens had some ups and downs, but he was arguably the Mets’ most valuable position player last season. Serving as the teams regular leadoff man, the 34-year-old smacked 26 homers to go along with a .364 on-base percentage and 98 runs scored. While Granderson gave up contact for power during his time with the Yankees, he has cut down on the strikeouts during his first two seasons with the Mets while showing increased patience at the plate. The only real negative is that he had an .892 OPS against right-handed pitching compared to a .550 OPS again southpaws. Still, he’s aging well and his power and on-base ability out of the leadoff sponsored keep him relevant in all formats.

36. Kole Calhoun- It was a breakthrough season in 2015 for Calhoun from a power perspective, as an ultra-aggressive approach lead to a career-high 26 home runs and 83 RBI. The 28-year-old walked less and struck out more, which helped result in a lower average and runs total. However, Calhoun appears happy to trade those off if it means hitting more balls out of the park. Something to consider when it comes to Calhoun’s home runs total is that he had 16 of his 26 bombs at Angel Stadium, a place that’s typically not kind to left-handed power. The Gold Glove-winning outfielder is unlikely to repeat that again, which means fantasy owners would be wise to expect a bit of a drop in power.

35. Gregory Polanco- polancoPolanco had the appearance of a budding fantasy superstar as he was climbing through the minor leagues. The power, the speed and the Calvin Johnson-like frame. But it has taken a little longer than expected for him to find his way. Through his first 964 plate appearances at the major league level, Polanco owns a weak .249/.316/.369 batting line and he has slugged only 16 home runs in 242 games. He has racked up 41 stolen bases, but the 24-year-old was caught on 10 of his 37 attempts in 2015. The early returns of his defense in right field have also been underwhelming for a guy who should have great reach and range. Maybe this is the year Polanco begins to put it all together, and the sky is the limit once he does in fact do so.

34. Hunter Pence- One of Pence’s biggest assets throughout his career has been his ability to avoid injuries, but he finally showed a chink in his armor last season. The veteran outfielder made three trips to the disabled list in 2015 with a fractured forearm, wrist tendinitis and a strained oblique, ultimately being limited to just 52 games. That’s quite a drop for a guy who has played at least 154 contests in each of the previous seven campaigns. The good news is that all of Pence’s ailments have healed and there’s no reason to believe he can’t go back to being an iron man in 2016. Bet on a bounce-back season form the 33-year-old three-time All-Star.

33. Joc Pederson- jocPederson had his owners smiling for the first three months of last season when he slammed 20 home runs while batting .244/.384/.527 entered a trip to the All-Star game. He then went into a prolonged tail spin, batting .170/.300/.284 with 16 dingers the rest of the way, even losing his starting job for a while. If you’re in an on-base percentage league, you should be fine with Pederson, as he was still drawing walks and keeping his OBP afloat even when he was slumping. A batting average league is trickier, especially since the youngster has been disappointing so far from a stolen base perspective. Peterson certainly isn’t as bad as he looked over the final three months last season, but the Dodgers have another option for centerfield in Enrique Hernandez if he slumps again.

32. Matt Kemp- Kemp’s Padres career got off to an inauspicious start, as he batted an ugly .249/.284/.332 with just one home run over his first two months. That’s when things took off, particularly in the power department, as Kemp slugged 17 long balls and drove in 56 over 76 games the rest of the way, hitting .285/.342/.561 during that stretch. The 31-year-old even chipped in with 12 steals, which was his highest total in four years. It’s clear at this point that Kemp is no longer going to be an MVP candidate, but he’s now put together two straight healthy seasons and been a nice source of power. He’ll hit in the middle of San Diego’s lineup again and isn’t a bad guy to target after the elite outfield options are off the board.

31. Mark Trumbo- trumboThings never quite worked out for Trumbo in Arizona despite being a power hitter in a very hitter-friendly environment. The 30-year-old wound up getting traded to the Mariners last June and smacked 22 homers across 545 plate appearances between the two clubs. The best news might be that he stayed healthy after missing half of 2014 due to injury. Trumbo was on the move again over the winter, landing with the Orioles in a December trade. Camden Yards caters better to left-handed power, but it’s favorable for right-handed powers, as well, which is obviously good news for Trumbo. He remains a poor bet in the average department and isn’t going to score many runs as an impatient hitter with poor speed, thought it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Trumbo flirt with returning to the 30 homer level in 2016.

30. Jacoby Ellsbury- Ellsbury’s first season in New York didn’t jump off the page, but it was still productive. However, year two is quickly making his $153 million contract look like a mistake. While the power wasn’t there, the 32-year-old was hitting .324 with a .412 on-base percentage and 14 steals through his first 37 games last season prior to going down with a right knee sprain in May. He ended up missing six weeks and struggled upon his return, hitting just .224 with a .601 OPS over his final 74 games; stealing just seven bases. Joe Girardi sat him in the Wild Card game, which would have been an unthinkable scenario coming into the year. Ellsbury’s speed gives him his best chance to rebound, but the injury risk will only increase as he moves closer to his mid-30s and his rising strikeout rate is a cause for concern. The only positive is that he won’t cost nearly as much on draft day as he once did.

29. Billy Hamilton- billyHamilton was a guy with seemingly endless upside back in 2012 when he produced .311/.410/.420 batting line with 155 stolen bases in 132 games between High-A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola. He debuted at a major level in 2013 with seven hits and 13 stolen bases in this first 13 games. But as we project what’s to come in what will be his third full big league season, the 25-year-old centerfielder is really just disappointing sideshow. Over the last two years, he has swiped 113 bases in 266 games. That has come alongside a brutal two .240/.285/.327 batting line. You’re drafting him for steals, and that’s it. Crafty fantasy strategists will find better ways to address a single scoring category.

28. Carlos Gomez– Fantasy owners who used a first round pick on Gomez last spring wound up being disappointed. Injuries limited him to just 115 games, and a nagging hip ailment was reportedly the reason a potential trade to the Mets was nixed. The Astros wound up dealing for Gomez in spite of the rumored hip injury, only to see him hit just .242/.288/.383 for them while being plagued by an intercostal strain down the stretch. If he’s healthy, Gomez is a candidate to bounce back in 2016, as his power/speed combo remains among the best in the game. There is some risk, but at least it won’t cost you a first-round pick this time around.

27. Randall Grichuk- grichukGrichuk was initially presented as a side dish in the 2013 trade that sent David Freese and Fernand0 Salas to the Angels for Peter Bourjos, put a 24-year-old outfielder has quickly become the main course. Freese was good but not great for LA and Bourjos is already out of the picture in St. Louis. Grichuk, meanwhile, has emerged as a potential long-term contributor for the Cardinals with impressive talent, both defensively and offensively. He struggled with an elbow issue in 2015 and was limited to 323 at bats, but the former first-round pick cranked 17 home runs in that short time alongside an .877 OPS. With a full serving of playing time in 2016, it’s easy to think he could be a 25 homer or even 30 homer guy. Just a quick side note, Grichuk was drafted one spot ahead of Mike Trout in 2009.

26. Michael Conforto- Conforto was expected to move quickly after being drafted number 10 overall in 2014, but the Mets mostly called him up out of desperation last July. It was tough to know what to expect from him after he played a grand total of 133 games in the minors, but he provided a real shot in the arm for the Mets’ offense down the stretch, posting an .841 OPS over 56 games. He showed impressive power and patience beyond his years. Conforto played almost exclusively against right-handed pitching as a rookie, so he still has to prove he can hit southpaws, but he has all the makings of a middle-of-the-order force for years to come. There is profit potential here.

25. Hanley Ramirez- hanramThe Red Sox gave Ramirez a four-year, $88 million contract last winter to be their starting left fielder. It didn’t take long for the experiment to be a bust. While the 32-year-old was hitting enough to make up for his defensive miscues in the early part of the season, he hurt his shoulder crashing into a fence in May and the discomfort lingered. He hit just .183 with zero homers and a .450 OPS during the second half and didn’t play another game after August 26. The Red Sox would surely like to trade Ramirez if they could, but the plan right now calls for him to make the move to first base in 2016. There’s some rebound potential here if he’s healthy, but he’s just not as interesting to fantasy leagues without shortstop-eligibility.

24. Yasiel Puig- It wasn’t a pretty 2015 campaign for Puig. He was limited to just 79 games due to injuries to both hamstrings and was never able to really get going at the plate, seeing his OPS drop 130 points from his career mark going into the season. Not only that, but he had another off-the-field issue over the winter involving a fight at a nightclub and drew heat in the media from an anonymous teammate. The Dodgers still seem convinced that Puig is worth the headache, and it’s hard to blame them given his reasonable contract and immense talent. He might wind up being value in fantasy draft in he falls too far following his disappointing 2015 season.

23. Christian Yelich- christianDespite dealing with back in the injuries in 2015, Yelich ended up posting very similar numbers to his first two seasons in the majors. While fantasy owners would surely like to see more power, the sweet swinging 24-year-old head displayed a very steady skill set, hitting for average and getting on base while utilizing his speed. He hits ground balls more often than any hitter in the majors, so expecting a sudden jump in home runs is probably not realistic. Still, this version of Yelich is valuable in mixed leagues. Likely the Marlins’ number two hitter in 2016, he should see an improvement in counting stats with improved health and the return of Giancarlo Stanton.

22. Khris Davis- As the Brewers find themselves in a full-on rebuilding mode, Davis ended up being traded to the A’s for two prospects.  We knew a trade was imminent for whatever talent was left on the roster in Milwaukee, one just hoped that it would be a parallel or slightly lower park shift for Davis.  Well, that was not the case as he goes from the best HR park to the fourth-worst in 2015. When Davis hits the ball, he hits it hard, and all 27 of his homers would have cleared the walls of the Coliseum in Oakland last year. Davis owned a career .877 OPS at Miller Park and a .736 OPS on the road as a Brewer, so look for his numbers to fall somewhere in between those numbers for 2016.

21. Jason Heyward- heywardHeyward landed a massive eight-year, $184 million free agent contract from the Cubs in December and will take over as Chicago’s center fielder this season, offering defensive assistance to Kyle Schwarber in left field and Jorge Soler in right. Heyward is by all measures an elite defender, and the Cubs will hope he reaches his full offensive potential under their watch. He did some nice things at the plate and on the base paths with the rival Cardinals in 2015, and he carries huge fantasy potential as the likely leadoff man. Heyward registered an .849 OPS as a 20 year-old rookie back in 2010 and slugged 27 home runs as a 22-year-old in 2012. The ceiling for Heyward is very high.

20. Corey Dickerson- After a big breakout season in 2014, Dickerson was selected around the fourth round in fantasy drafts last spring. Unfortunately, his 2015 campaign was sabotaged by injury as he was limited to just 234 plate appearances due to plantar fasciitis and also fractured two ribs. The 26-year-old maintained a healthy .869 OPS when on the field while banging out 10 homers in just 65 contests. The Rays desperately were looking to add some punch in their outfield, and they were able to do so when they acquired him from the Rockies. The move from Coors to the Trop definitely hurts his power, but not enough to make him worse than a second outfielder in 2016.

19. Jorge Soler- solerSoler had the world on a string as the 2015 season opened, having registered a shiny .903 OPS with five home runs and 20 RBI over his first 24 major league games in 2014. The young Cuban outfielder appeared to have endless upside, and you could find some mixed leagues where he was being drafted as high as the fourth round. All that hype made his first full-season out tremendously disappointing. Soler struck out 121 times  in 366 at-bats and he finished with a lower OPS than middling majors like Martin Prado, Brock Holt and Billy Burns. Soler is still an intriguing talent at age 24 and he is locked in with the loaded Cubs through 2020 on an incredibly team-friendly deal.

18. Lorenzo Cain- A good fact to remember about Cain is that he didn’t begin playing baseball until his sophomore year in high school. And he actually showed up to that first try out at Madison County High School with no glove, wearing blue jeans. Cain is still learning and still picking up new things, even at age 29. Kane registered a .658 OPS with four home runs and 14 stolen bases in 2013, his first full season with the Royals. He then posted a .751 OPS with five home runs in 28 stolen bases in 2014. Last year, Cain turned in an .838 OPS, 16 HR and 28 steals, earning his first American league All-Star nod and a third-place finish for American League MVP. The sky is the limit.

17. Nelson Cruz- cruzThe four-year deal the Mariners handed Cruz last winter looked mighty wise in its first year. The slugger smacked a career-high 44 homers, a total that trailed only Chris Davis, while driving in 93 runs and easily setting a five-year high with a .302 average. The average is obviously going to drop quite a bit, as Cruz’s .350 BABIP simply isn’t sustainable. But while Cruz will turn 36 during the season, it doesn’t appear that his power is ready to drop off  a cliff. Being used in the DH spot more and the outfield less would likely help keep Cruz healthy, and the Mariners figure to do their best to keep him at the plate. He’s not going to keep pumping out these 40-homer campaigns forever, but for now Cruz still looks like one of the better power sources in the game.

16. Justin Upton- The Padres acquired Upton last winter and the 28-year-old proved to not have issues in spacious Petco Park, hitting .277/.360/.506 at home on his way to a 26-homer, 81-RBI campaign. Upton was fantastic in April, May and August, but dreadful in June, July and September. While the inconsistency might have been frustrating, the numbers were basically there in the end. We even saw Upton revive his running game, as he swiped 19 bases after totalling just 16 steals over the previous two seasons. Upton being moved to Detroit definitely is a positive boost for his fantasy value, as he gets positives in a friendlier park for hitters and an improved lineup construction around him.

15. Carlos Gonzalez- cargoGonzalez reminded us last season what kind of player he is when healthy. After being limited to 180 games over the previous two years due to injury, CarGo played in a career-high 153 games in 2015 and exploded for a career-best 40 home runs to go along with 97 RBI. 36 of those 40 bombs came after June 1, as Gonzalez went on an improbable run over those 108 games, driving in 84 while slugging .624. The risks involved are obvious, as he remains a poor bet to stay healthy. Also, he is no longer a stolen base threat with just five stolen bases over the last two seasons. However, the upside is massive and the price you have to pay for CarGo isn’t as steep as it was a couple years ago.

14. Adam Jones- Jones failed to match his lofty draft status last season, largely in-part due to shoulder and back injuries, but he remains a consistent run producer. The 30-year-old has now reached at least 25 home runs and 82 RBI in five straight seasons. While his batting average took a minor dip in 2015, he posted the highest contact rate of his career. Unfortunately, some of it was bad contact, as he swung at more pitches outside of the strike zone, Jones’ stolen base totals have dropped sharply over the past three seasons, so it’s hard to count on him for speed at this point. His draft position should reflect the change this spring, but he’s still capable of being a top-20 outfielder in mixed leagues.

13. Ryan Braun- braun2015 saw a return to form in some ways for Braun, who was popped with a performance-enhancing drugs suspension in 2013 and struggled with a rare thumb injury throughout the 2014 season. He’s probably never going to get all the way back to the MVP-caliber numbers he produced for the Brewers in 2008-2012. Stricter drug testing and the natural aging process can ensure that, but the 32-year-old right fielder was named a member of the 2015 National League All-Star team and finished the season with his best numbers since his very public PED fiasco. There’s a full-on rebuild underway in Milwaukee and that will take a toll on Braun’s opportunities to rack up teammate-reliant stats like runs scored an RBI, but he remains a highly valuable five category fantasy commodity leading into 2016.

12. J.D Martinez- Martinez set out last spring to prove that his 2014 was no fluke, and he accomplished that and more during a 2015 season that netted him his first American League All-Star nod and Silver Slugger Award. The 28-year-old outfielder even garnered some MVP votes this past October. We saw hints of this high level pop when he was with the Astros, and now Martinez appears to have discovered that often-elusive trait for big swingers, consistency. He was regularly batting cleanup for the Tigers at the end of 2015, and that set up will hopefully roll right into 2016 with 37-year-old designated hitter Victor Martinez in a full-on late-career fade. The upside would be huge for J.D. if he gets to spend 150+ games taking at-bats directly behind Miguel Cabrera.

11. Charlie Blackmon-blackmon Blackmon was a popular bust picked by pundits last spring following his surprising breakout 2014 campaign. Not only did the Rockies outfielder avoid flopping in 2015, he actually got even better, finishing as a top-15 fantasy hitter with an impressive five-category performance. We probably can’t count on 43 steals again, as Blackmon finished behind only burners Dee Gordon and Billy Hamilton in that category. Over 20 is a given, provided health, and Blackmon could again push for 20 homers with the help of Coors Field. The 29-year-old should be treated more fairly and drafts this spring after proving he’s the real deal.

10. Yoenis Cespedes- Cespedes has always been exciting to watch, but he was generally overrated as a fantasy option since his debut in 2012. We can’t say that any longer. The 30-year-old reached new heights last season while finishing with career-highs in home runs, RBI and OPS. After getting off to a strong start with the Tigers, Cespedes was dealt to the Mets on July 31 and went on an insane power surge from mid-August through mid-September where he slugged 17 home runs with 37 RBI in the span of 31 games. He was largely credited with the team’s resurgence. Fantasy owners can’t count on a similar hot streak in 2016, but he’s coming off the highest line drive and hard-hit rates of his career. Landing in a hitter-friendly home ballpark would help alleviate fears of a significant regression.

9. Jose Bautista- batsDespite dealing with a nagging shoulder injury during the first half last season, Bautista still managed to finish with his first 40 homer season since 2011 and is most RBI since 2010. Only Chris Davis and Carlos Gonzalez had more home runs during the second half. Bautista saw a dip in batting average as a result of hitting fewer line drives and more five balls, but the trade off worked for fantasy owners. He also had more walks (110) than strikeouts (106) for a second straight season. Bautista turned 35 in October, so his ability to stay healthy is a concern, but he’s still mashing and getting on base while playing in a great lineup and home ballpark. He should be one of the first handful of outfielders off the board again in 2016.

8. Starling Marte- Marte has been a bright beacon on fantasy radars since his days in the upper minors and he posted career-bests in home runs, RBI and runs scored for the Pirates in 2015. He probably won’t ever top his career-high 41 stolen bases from 2013, but that came at age 24, the prime for most Olympic sprinters. Nevertheless, the other elements of his game keep evolving and improving. Marte earned his first Gold Glove Award last year for his stellar play in left field, and he rates as a much better defender than star center fielder and teammate Andrew McCutchen. There has been no thought from the Pirates, at least publicly, on swapping those two positionally, but that could become a topic of debate very soon. Marte batted all around the Bucs’ lineup in 2015 and will probably do the same in 2016 given the absence of typical heart-of-the-order hitters.

7. George Springer- sprtingerYou know the talent is tantalizing when a player can miss two months of the season and still finish as a top-40 fantasy outfielder. Springer did just that in 2015 when he was out for much of the second-half because of a fractured wrist, but he was a terrific source of power and speed when healthy with 16 homers 16 steals across 451 plate appearances. Lots of swings and misses and a .342 BABIP last season means the average will probably come down in 2016, but Springer is a good bet for his first 20/20 campaign and runs and RBI shouldn’t be an issue either. The 26-year-old has the star potential but shouldn’t cost you a star level draft pick just yet.

6. Mookie Betts- 2015 was a disappointing season for the Red Sox, but things couldn’t have gone much better for Betts. While he was a little quiet over the first two months of the season, he soon took things to another level, batting .315 with 13 HR and an .886 OPS after the start of June. The 23-year-old offers pop and speed and has firmly established himself as Boston’s leadoff man, which is a great thing if you call Fenway Park home. Betts already has one of the best contact rates in the league, so there is reason to believe he’s just getting started. With his five-category production, he’ll be a top 10 outfielder on draft boards.

5. A.J Pollock- pollockPollock might have had a true break out in 2014 if not for injuries, but he stayed healthy in 2015 and had a monster season. Only teammate Paul Goldschmidt finished higher than Pollock among fantasy value for hitters, as the 28-year-old was a true five- category stud. Pollock has been able to maintain a high BABIP in his career, and with a high contact rate he’s capable of hitting .300 again. Where he might see a drop off in 2016 is in the power department. Pollock has always had a good number of ground balls and did so again in 2015, but he still managed to hit 20 homers in what was his first double-digit homer season. However, a good reason for that is he greatly increased his flyable distance, so he might not fall off in power as much as some presume. Pollock is worthy of consideration in the first round.

4. Andrew McCutchen- Cutch could be safely ranked among the top players in baseball between 2012-2014, when he produced a .939 OPS over 460 games and rattled off three straight top-three finishes in the National League MVP balloting, capturing his one and only MVP award in 2013. Last year brought a slight fall from that elite level of play, but there’s no reason to think he can’t return to form in 2016, which will be his age-29 campaign. It’s probably time to start thinking about what McCutchen’s decline will look like, as we can see it in his defense and base-stealing ability, but it still feels like a far-off issue. He should fall off draft boards near the middle of the first round.

3. Giancarlo Stanton- stantonStanton was well on his way to a 50-homer season last year before he suffered a fractured hamate bone in his left hand on June 26. He was originally expected to miss 4-6 weeks after surgery, but discomfort lingered and he wasn’t able to make it back before the end of the season. Despite appearing in just 74 games, Stanton finished tied for 10th in the National League in home runs. This puts in perspective how prolific he was prior to the injury. The good news is that he resumed a hitting program in December and all signs point to him being healthy for spring training. Stanton will be the odds-on favorite to lead the majors in home runs in 2016 if he can stay healthy, but there’s obvious risk attached at this point.  Fortunately, his last two injuries were derived from hit-by-pitches which are more of a freak incidence, rather than a soft-tissue injury that can linger on for months, or even seasons.

2. Bryce Harper- It was obvious that Harper had another level to his game and that it could happen at any moment. Well, 2015 was that year, as he managed to stay healthy and put together a historically great season. The 23-year-old led the majors in on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS while tying for National League lead in home runs. He also came within a few points of a batting crown. His 195 OPS+ was the highest in the majors since Barry Bonds in 2004. There was tremendous skills growth, as Harper increased his walk rate by nearly 10 per cent while cutting his strikeout rate over six percent from 2014. He also hit fly balls more frequently than ever before, legitimizing the power spike. He didn’t do much running, but that’s a mere nitpick on what was a brilliant season. Suddenly the Trout v.s. Harper debates are relevant again, and it’s merely splitting hairs at this point. Only giving the edge to Trout because he has done it consistently over the past three seasons, whereas, Harper had his MVP season in 2015 and not much prior to that.

1. Mike Trout- mike troutIt was another banner season from Trout as we saw the 24-year-old blast a career high 41 home runs while leading the American League in slugging percentage (.590) and OPS (.991). His numbers surely would have been much better if not for a wrist injury in late July that contributed to a lowly .218/.352./337 batting line with one homer in August. Thankfully, Trout showed in September that he was over the ailment, sporting a .315/.430./.648 line with eight bombs in the final month. Trout’s stolen bases have steadily declined, as he stole just 11 bags in 2015 and was caught seven times. You could make the argument that the drop in stolen base production means Trout is no the longer the no-questions-asked No. 1 overall fantasy option, but as mentioned in the Harper write-up, he still is deserving of this spot.

 

 

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