The Z Files: Top 50 Outfielders, Part One
The Z Files: Top 50 Outfielders, Part One

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

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Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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