Back with another fantasy pickup report and I’m going to review the Outfield. With any outfielder eligible to play all 3 OF positions, at the start of the year the outfield position seemed like it wasn’t going to be much of a problem for any fantasy owners. Time told a different story, with injuries to early picks such as Jacoby Ellsbury, Grady Sizemore, Jason Bay, Manny Ramirez, Chris Coghlan and mid-round outfielders like Magglio Ordonez, Nyjer Morgan, Carlos Gomez , Kyle Blanks, Milton Bradley, Daniel Murphy, Ryan Sweeny, David DeJesus, Conor Jackson, and Jordan Schafer. The list goes on and on as outfielders this year have been going down like flies. Sadly, for the fantasy owners of these players, their replacements on the team generally have not fared well. Even with starting players like Trevor Crowe and Darnell McDonald, they will never replace the shoes of solid fantasy contributors. The season is almost over and so is the fantasy season, so let’s grab some outfielders in the pool to salvage your fantasy team.
Pickups (note: this is based on a general outfielder free agent pool on MLB open 2010):
The list goes from 1-5, 1 being the worst pickup and 5 being the best.
1) Jerry Hairston Jr, San Diego Padres: What is not to like about Jerry Hairston? He hustles, has some speed and power, and has a decent batting average. Being eligible to play 2nd base, 3rd base, shortstop, and the outfield makes him a perfect backup player on any fantasy roster. He’s one of those players that will probably never produce big numbers, but with a .290 clip in the month of August, his versatility makes him a great option for any fantasy owner.
2) Juan Pierre, Chicago White Sox: I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again, speed does not go into slumps, and what does Juan Pierre possess? Speed. Although the mighty outfielder has hit 1 homerun this year his speed is impeccable. He has stolen 45 bases this year with only 14 caught. Batting .302 after the all-star break, all Juan Pierre needs for a great season is to get on base. Just pick him up and let him run wild, he can’t do you wrong.
3) Fred Lewis, Toronto Bluejays: You always like to have an athletic guy with some speed and pop, and that’s what Freddy Lewis is. He’s hitting at a .272 clip with 8 homeruns and 11 stolen bases. It’s nothing impressive but does warrant a potential outfield option.
4) Travis Snider, Toronto Bluejays: Not many people outside of Canada or that follows the Jays really knows this kid. He’s a bulky outfielder that is inconsistent but can hit 2nd deck homeruns with ease. He’s young, and at the age of 22 this kid could do some damage. A prototypical powering hitting lefty, he’s worth a look.
5) Michael Stanton, Florida Marlins: Another small market team with big league talent. Michael Stanton has quietly hit 14 homers at a .270 clip. At the young age of 20, he has potential to be a star. Even at this point he has catching fire, 270-14-39 line in fewer than 200 at-bats. That is amazing.