This article is part of our The Z Files series.
Outfield is an interesting position this season. It's typically loaded at the top but not as flush in the middle and bottom. The first of the two-part top-50 outfield rankings will feature 25 names not discussed yet, with 25 more to follow next week. Nine others will be intertwined but they've already been thumbnailed.
59. Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers
For the past several seasons, Choo has split time between the outfield and designated hitter and is likely to do so once again. He's defied Father Time, eclipsing 635 plate appearances the past three seasons and four of his past five. Still, since he'll turn 38 next summer, it's a risk to pay for another 630-plus campaign. Further, it's unclear how the new Globe Life Field will play, though it appears to be more pitcher-friendly, if only due to the lower temperatures when the roof is closed.
58. Randal Grichuk, Toronto Blue Jays
Grichuk is coming off his first season with full-time play. He took advantage by cracking 31 homers, a new personal best. Grichuk's contact rate improved a tad, but a drop in average exit velocity caused a dip in BABIP and batting average. Counting on a repeat in playing time is a bit risky as the Blue Jays are stocking up on young outfielders, so if Grichuk's contact wanes, he could find himself on the bench.
57. Austin Hays, Baltimore Orioles
Last season, Anthony Santander took advantage of an injury to Hays and made a good