Prime 100 Outfielders For 2023 Fantasy Baseball: Faceless Males Version


Hey Razzers, I’m again within the saddle this week after a while off. Life has a manner of giving us a recent perspective now and again, no? This baseball season has been wild, to say the least. No extra wild than lots of your trusted pitching starters crashing and burning and a laundry listing of no-name faceless outfielders ascending to higher heights beforehand unknown. Up to now this season house runs, steals, and runs are up league-wide. By way of Could 15, 2022 there was 989 house runs, and as of yesterday, there have been 1388 this season. There’s been a bit extra video games performed however the enhance remains to be very actual. To say the setting has turn out to be extra offense-friendly could be an understatement.

As such, the waiver wire has turn out to be your buddy and ally, and your OF4-OF5, presumably even OF3, is now a revolving door of sizzling arms greater than ever. Welcome to the wartorn medieval outfield (I assume relying on perspective) the place your non-star draft picks are cannon fodder. Stars and Scrubs outfielders are trying like the trail ahead. Let’s meet up with the storylines of our Faceless Males and royalty jockeying for the throne. *cue Sport of Thrones theme music*

King Sh*t

Ronald Acuna Jr. – 5-Cat King life. He’s doing the work of two gamers, actually unimaginable stuff. 9 HR, 17 SB, and batting .346 on the season. He’s nicely on his option to a 60-steal season. Glowing adjectives.

Randy Arozarena – Rice Bowl is sort of a Pokemon, I swear. 10 HR, 3 SB, batting .320 on the 12 months. He’s developed into completely different kinds every season and we could also be seeing his ultimate type. He began out flashing huge energy in his 17 HR playoff bombing run. Then he grew to become a gradual 20-20 man for a few seasons. Then he grew to become a 20-30 man. Now it appears he’s developed right into a 35-15 dragon. Wawa-wee-wa. He’s right here and he’s improbable.

Hunter Renfroe – Took him a minute to get his timing proper however now he’s a menace in the course of the Angels lineup. Ought to have been extra in on him than the 1 league, he’s the identical wherever he’s and is underappreciated for it. Since April 15, he has 7 HR (tied for 1st) and 17 RBI.

Adolis Garcia – Limitless manufacturing *Elmo on hearth meme*. Since April 15, he has 7 HR and 29 RBI. Sure, you learn that accurately.

Christian Yelich – Is he “again”? I’m not so certain he’s a full 5-tool man once more. His GB% remains to be round 50 %, his common launch angle has improved some however remains to be under 10 levels, and his maxEV has really ticked down. That stated, his onerous contact is up so possibly he’s higher than 2022 Yelich. 2019 isn’t coming again, although a 20-20 season could be in attain however his common won’t get above .265 ever once more.

Faceless Males

Josh Lowe – One other Rays hitter smashing the quilt off the ball. Earlier than the season started I needed almost all of the Rays pitchers (RIP), however evidently I ought to have needed all of the Rays hitters too. Not like another faceless males, he has proven no signal of slowing down. He’s trying like he could be the 20-20 OF2 steal of the 12 months along with his solely weak point thus far trying like excessive and inside.

Jake Fraley – The newest sizzling bat in Cincinnati rising from the ashes of TJ Friedl. Fraley began sluggish attributable to lingering knee/toe accidents however seems like he’s lastly wholesome(ish) and swinging the bat nicely. I don’t have to let you know that any Reds hitter remotely wholesome and hitting is value a glance on this setting. Giddy up.

Dominic Fletcher – The fantasy gods giveth, and taketh. Was Jose Altuve reincarnated as an outfielder once I wasn’t trying? That’s the one clarification I can consider. Dom is generously listed at 5’5″ and is by some means in a position to generate first rate energy. One factor about being quick is a smaller strike zone, so technically it may gain advantage him. He seems like a 15 HR bat with first rate contact expertise and is the most recent sizzling bat within the desert. Snakes appear to be giving anybody who can hit the runway proper now; so smoke ’em, in the event you obtained ’em.

Alex Kirilloff – Gray has instructed you a lot about his wrist and hope for well being. He’s hitting over .400 in his first 8 video games and all indicators level to him being wholesome proper now, and that’s all it’s essential to know. All his contact has been loud up to now and that’s sufficient to get me excited.

Trevor Larnach – The Larnach monster rises once more. B2B homers, what to do.

Robbie Grossman – We’re coming into the summer season months in Arlington and international warming within the midwest is spectacular (belief me). [Formerly-]Attractive Rexy has continued to get common enjoying time and has began to come back alive in Could. After a 3-game set with ATL the Rangers will then face the Rockies, Pirates, Orioles, and Tigers. Alternative reveals itself.

Christopher Morel – After crushing 11 HR within the minors earned a callup with Nico injured. He now has 4 HR in like 4 video games, not less than it feels prefer it. He doesn’t have a giant body and profiles very streaky like the subsequent man however may need sufficient pace to offset a few of it (not like the subsequent man). Whereas he’s sizzling, journey the lightning however I wouldn’t be shocked if he has a 0-20 stretch coming which may additionally coincide with Nico returning to the lineup. However to your OF4-5, reside for as we speak, YOLO, and set your coronary heart ablaze.

Brent Rooker – He has slugged his option to 11 HR to start the season on a gutted A’s crew. Is he for actual? Meh, let’s not get too hasty. Proper now his HR/FB% is close to 30, which is unlikely to proceed. He additionally swings and misses fairly a bit (backside 7%). My guess is because the season goes on, pitchers will proceed to offer him fewer issues to hit hoping he will get himself out. He’s run into some breaking balls early, however on the identical time, owns a 40% whiff price vs such. Take pleasure in it whereas it lasts.

Brandon Marsh – Final season after becoming a member of the Phillies, that they had him make a swing adjustment. And it seems to have largely caught round this season. He was on my listing for potential sleeper posts however determined towards giving too many Angels merchandise headlines, haha. Anyway, what change did he make? He adjusted his strategy from being Johnny Damon to extra Curtis Granderson. And in so doing, it has allowed him to hit the fastball a lot better. He’s not the April celebrity as he first appeared, however since cooling off he’s due for some optimistic regression to being a good common. Undecided if he’s obtained 20 HR energy however possibly he can run into 15 if he will get going.

Jack Suwinski – Began out trying like the subsequent 20-20 star out of nowhere for the season, however then the bat went chilly. He’s obtained a whole lot of swing and miss, so he might be a streaky hitter all season. I’m maintaining my eye on him. If he randomly has a multi-hit recreation it might be the beginning of one other run.

James Outman – Made some mechanic changes within the minors and holy moly, it’s paid off. I believed he was the In-man early on, however wow. He’s cooled off fairly a bit in Could, however seems like he may nonetheless be a good contributor going ahead. Perhaps of the OF3 selection.

Jarred Kelenic – One other April surprise that has since cooled off considerably. Within the final 15 video games, he’s hitting .246 with just one HR. As was mentioned in our Razzball author chat, appears the league remembered to not throw him fastballs. Now’s the place the rubber meets the street and we see if he has certainly discovered one thing new and might modify to hit balls that bend.

Josh Naylor – Had a serious weekend towards the Angels with 3 HR. Not off to the most effective begin for the season, however warming up. HOWEVER, having watched these video games, every of the house runs was a foul pitch left in his wheelhouse. So take it with considerably of a grain of salt. He could be getting his timing on observe now, however all 3 of the pictures this weekend had been unhealthy pitches.

The Board

As all the time, the person ranks (and to a level the {dollars}) don’t actually matter, what’s necessary are the tiers, and extra necessary than that—your roster development. Any outfielder not listed, contemplate them tier 5.

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