2011 Top Outfielders for MLB Fantasy Baseball Drafts
Two of the more interesting players coming into this season for me are both found at the outfield position. First is Rockies star Carlos Gonzalez and another is a minor league player for the Giants named Brandon Belt.
Gonzalez was an all world stud in 2010 as he led fantasy owners to one of the better value picks of all time. Last season wasn’t Gonzalez’s first season in the pro’s like Albert Pujols years ago but his impact was felt much like the Cardinals’ star. My only concern for Gonzalez is if he will repeat his dominate production in 2011.
I can’t say with a vote of confidence that he will match his 2010 numbers, but he should be one of the top producers for fantasy. Gonzalez is on a good team and the weather for hitting in Colorado seems to only thrive as the season moves along. Don’t take Gonzalez with the No.1 pick this season as options like Albert Pujols and even Hanley Ramirez have earned a higher rank.
Still, Gonzalez should be a clear first round pick and the top outfielder to come of the boards in 2011.
As for future rookie Brandon Belt, he is a player you need to keep in mind as we head close to June. The Giants are ectatic about what this kid has to offer, and fantasy owners should be as well. Belt flew through the minor league ranks last year on his way to .352 batting average, 23 home runs, 22 stolen bases and 112 RBI’s. Considering that was Belt’s first year in the minors and you can see why he’s on the fast track to San Francisco’s starting lineup.
Much like Buster Posey last season, the Giants probably won’t bring Belt up to the team to start the season, even if he has a strong spring. This team has lots of veteran talent, but they clearly needs more bats like Belt in the future. If this kid does make it to the show in 2011, he should see regular playing time right away. This organization wouldn’t bring him up to be a bench player, unless it was a September call up.
We will be very active throughout the coming months as we get set for MLB spring training, and another fun filled season of MLB fantasy baseball. Be on the lookout for future articles for outfielders and more.