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No need to waste words on an intro. I did that yesterday, along with my ranking of the top 40 outfielders. Let’s ramble our way to the century mark.

41. Kevin Pillar
42. Delino DeShields
43. Ender Inciarte
44. Billy Burns

As I alluded to in the last segment of yesterday’s list, I think establishing small tiers of similar players is a smart strategy when you get to this point of the rankings. There’s not much separation in this group of speed-first players. Pillar is the most well rounded, DeShields owns the highest stolen-base upside, and Inciarte and Burns are leadoff hitters who are likely to swipe more than 25 apiece. DeShields was the only one who didn’t crack the top 30 at the position last season, and he didn’t play regularly until May.

45. Stephen Piscotty
46. Dexter Fowler
47. Gerardo Parra
48. Kevin Kiermaier
49. Wil Myers
50. Hanley Ramirez

I love Piscotty’s floor and I’m optimistic he’ll settle into more power than most thought possible early in his professional career. Fowler, Parra, Myers, and Kiermaier offer probably double digits totals in both power and speed. I’m not sure why Kiermaier doesn’t get more love. He’s not a special offensive player, but his defense assures him of full time duty and he won’t turn 26 until after Opening Day. It’s still reasonable to project growth at the plate. Myers and Ramirez come with a substantial amount of injury risk, as well as the likelihood of losing outfield eligibility after this season. They’d both be higher without those concerns.

51. Randal Grichuk
52. Kole Calhoun
53. Marcell Ozuna
54. Khris Davis
55. Mark Trumbo
56. Domingo Santana
57. Jay Bruce

Can I interest you in some home runs? To an extent, the ordering of this group reflects the accompanying batting average risk each guy presents. Feel free to bump up the heavier thumpers if you’re willing to trade average for power.

58. Josh Reddick
59. Cameron Maybin
60. Aaron Altherr
61. Steven Souza
62. Odubel Herrera
63. Eddie Rosario
64. Jackie Bradley
65. Rusney Castillo

I don’t think there’s much potential in this group for anyone to suddenly rise 20 spots in next year’s rankings, but I think each has a chance to be a solid contributor for all three years that these rankings consider. Exciting, huh?

66. Nomar Mazara
67. Joey Gallo

This is the point where I’m willing to forego some immediate production to chase a potential 2017-18 star. It’s not out of the question that the either of these guys see substantial time in 2016, either. Josh Hamilton isn’t exactly a bastion of health.

68. Denard Span
69. Jarrod Dyson
70. Alex Gordon
71. Melky Cabrera
72. Nick Markakis
73. Colby Rasmus

The players in this early-30s collection all come with the standard aged-related production and injury concerns. The latter is especially true for Span, who would rank higher if I had any confidence at all that he could get to 500 at-bats. There’s a distinct possibility Dyson earns enough in 2016 alone to make this ranking way too low. He’s managed no fewer than 26 stolen bases in each of the past four seasons, despite never eclipsing 330 plate appearances. If he starts in right field often enough to get to 400, a 40-steal season is in play.

74. Michael Taylor
75. Aaron Hicks
76. Jake Marisnick
77. Preston Tucker

Playing time is an open question for all of these guys, so whether or not they can return this kind of value is largely a function of opportunity. If any of them gets a regular job—and it will be harder for the Houston pair because of the organizational depth—a significant jump up the list is conceivable.

78. Avisail Garcia
79. Dalton Pompey
80. Rymer Liriano
81. Oswaldo Arcia
82. Max Kepler
83. Jesse Winker
84. Aaron Judge

I’m not quite ready to cut bait on Avisail and Oswaldo, despite a brutal 2015 for each. Liriano, and to a lesser extent, Pompey are enigmas who have playing time questions but considerable upside. The three prospects at the bottom of this cluster need another half-season on the farm, but could see a fair share of major league time in 2016 depending on the health and performance of incumbents on their respective big league clubs.

85. Austin Jackson
86. Andre Ethier
87. Matt Holliday
88. Mark Canha
89. Melvin Upton
90. Hyon-soo Kim
91. Carlos Beltran
92. Jayson Werth
93. Rajai Davis
94. Nori Aoki
95. Chris Colabello
96. Leonys Martin
97. Marlon Byrd

That right there is a list of baseball players whose position is outfield. Some of them are employed, even.

98. Andrew Benintendi
99. Mallex Smith
100. Nick Williams

Carsley listed Benintendi as an outfielder to know for 2017 and beyond, and I should probably defer to his expertise on Red Sox-related matters. However, I’m very bullish and don’t see why he can’t follow the same timetable as Conforto did in 2015, which would put him in Boston this September. The Sox appear to have adequate outfield depth, but Castillo and Bradley aren’t exactly sure things.

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lipitorkid
2/19
If speed is in such demand than doesn't the possibility of Souza going 20/20 put him in a tier above where he is currently ranked. If I knew he was going to get 550 ABs, I'd put him in the 45-50 tier. Health was his undoing last year. They really need to trade someone from that OF.
gregwellemeyer
2/19
No question Souza could move up to that range, but as you point out, that's a crowded outfield. More importantly, I tend to be conservative on players that strikeout 30 percent of the time.
boatman44
2/19
Where are my two Indians, if Benintendi is here surely at least one of them should be too.
gregwellemeyer
2/19
I really like Frazier as a prospect but he didn't get any consideration for the list because I don't feel he's close enough to making major league impact. Zimmer was closer to making the cut, but he missed for basically the same reasons. I don't see him as a regular in Cleveland until 2017 Opening Day at the earliest, and more likely after the Super 2.
boatman44
2/19
That's fair, but I feel Zimmer, in particular maybe there sooner, but thanks for the reply.
lvhawk
2/19
How close was Roman Quinn to making this list? Personally, I see real impact with his speed starting this fall. Too soon? Thanks.
gregwellemeyer
2/19
Quinn was in a small group of prospects (with Zimmer) that fell barely on the outside of the list. I wanted to find a place for him but ultimately decided he won't provide value soon enough to warrant it. He doesn't have much upper level experience and the Phillies have no incentive to rush him to the majors.
Kongos
2/19
Now I'm glad I didn't ask "where is Kevin Pillar?" in the comments on the first part of this list. I agree that "Kiermaier doesn’t get more love." Surprised to see him ranked this low, in fact. His numbers aren't THAT bad. Maybe I'm biased because he's such a treat to watch.