Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Outfielders in 2013 World Baseball Classic
Top 10 Fantasy Outfielders In 2013 WBC
March 2-6: Pool A – Fukuoka, Japan
March 2-5: Pool B – Taichung, Taiwan
March 7-10: Pool C – San Juan, Puerto Rico
March 8-12 - Tokyo, Japan
March 12-16 - Miami, Florida
March 17-19 - San Francisco, California
The 2013 World Baseball Classic will obviously feature some heavy hitters this season. However, the majority of the power hitters in this year’s Classic will be featured in the outfield, so fantasy baseball owners will certainly be taking notes.
The United States boasts perhaps the best collection of outfielders the WBC has ever seen. Big names like Ryan Braun, Giancarlo Stanton, Adam Jones, and Shane Victorino will be on the US roster alone, giving them an amazing advantage in the outfield.
The Venezuelan team will also feature some homebred talent. They will be bringing Carlos Gonzalez, Gerardo Parra and Martin Prado along with them to the WBC. It may not be the most experienced collection of outfielders, but it will certainly be the most exciting position to watch on the team.
However, the Puerto Rican team also has a strong array of talent in the field. They will be led by All-Star Carlson Beltran, but will also feature big leaguers Angel Pagan and Alex Rios. This is perhaps the one outfield that can compete with the US, so it is only fitting that Puerto Rico is pushing to gain US statehood.
The WBC will be filled with excitement again this year, so here are the top-10 fantasy baseball outfielders to watch in 2013:
10. Michael Saunders, Canada (Seattle Mariners)
Michael Saunders, Canada ( Seattle Mariners) - The 26-year-old will be one of the only true power hitters left on the Canadian squad, so expect Saunders to be swinging for the fences each at-bat. He will be a great potential fantasy sleeper to watch for this year.
9. Melky Cabrera, Dominican Republic (Toronto Blue Jays)
Melky Cabrera, Dominican Republic ( Toronto Blue Jays) - Cabrera may have been shockingly suspended for 50 games last season for using PEDs, but that did not keep the Toronto Blue Jays from signing him or the Dominican team from asking him to join their WBC team.
8. Alejandro De Aza, Dominican Republic (Chicago White Sox)
Alejandro De Aza, Dominican Republic ( Chicago White Sox) - De Aza was one of the biggest sleepers heading into the 2012 fantasy baseball season and after clubbing two home runs in his first five games, many people thought they had a superstar.
However, the 28-year-old only finished the season with nine total home runs in 131 games. He did show a glimpse of his true power, but he needs to have a great WBC to warrant being drafted as a fantasy starter in mixed leagues in 2013.
7. Martin Prado, Venezuela (Atlanta Braves)
Martin Prado, Venezuela ( Atlanta Braves) - Prado is one of the most valuable utility players in the WBC this season. He will obviously be eligible in the outfield, but he also still qualifies at second and third base in most fantasy leagues. Prado’s versatility makes him one of the most coveted fantasy players each season.
6. Alex Rios, Puerto Rico (Chicago White Sox)
Alex Rios, Puerto Rico (Chicago White Sox) - Rios had a resurgent season last year, as he hit .304, clubbed 25 home runs and drove in 91 runs. They were all career-highs and provided Rios with amazing fantasy value last season.
5. Carlos Gonzalez, Venezuela (Colorado Rockies)
Carlos Gonzalez, Venezuela ( Colorado Rockies) - Cargo has been overlooked this year with Miguel Cabrera sitting in the heart of the Venezuelan batting order. However, Gonzalez’s .299 career batting average will make him an amazing contact hitter to get on base in front of the 2012 AL Triple Crown Winner.
4. Adam Jones, United States (Baltimore Orioles)
Adam Jones, United States ( Baltimore Orioles) - Jones is another promising hitter groomed in America. He crushed a career-high 32 homers last year and drove in a very respectable 82 runs. Jones is entering the prime of his career and will start his ballot for the 2013 fantasy baseball All-Star team this March at the WBC.
3. Carlos Beltran, Puerto Rico (St. Louis Cardinals)
Carlos Beltran, Puerto Rico ( St. Louis Cardinals) - Beltran amazingly crushed 32 homers last season for the birds and has enjoyed a resurrected career since heading to St. Louis. He will be the leader of the Puerto Rican team and will be the team’s most dangerous power hitter as well. As long as PR is in the tournament, Beltran will be swinging for the fences. The WBC will be a great opportunity for Beltran to get in to mid-season form heading into the 2013 fantasy season, just hope it doesn’t take too much of a toll on the soon to be 35-year-old’s legs.
2. Giancarlo Stanton, United States (Miami Marlins)
Giancarlo Stanton, United States ( Miami Marlins) - Stanton is one of the most monstrous home run hitters in the game. He makes hitting a 470-foot home run look easy and it is scary that this kid is only a 23-years-old. Stanton will be one of the elite outfielders in fantasy baseball in 2013, so expect the WBC to be the beginning of his outstanding fantasy season.
1. Ryan Braun, United States (Milwaukee Brewers)
Ryan Braun, United States ( Milwaukee Brewers) - Braun is the best American hitter in the tournament, and perhaps the best hitter in the entire WBC. Braun crushed 41 home runs last season, with 112 RBI, a .319 batting average and a .391 OBP. He is the ultimate fantasy outfielder and will showcase his talents in every at-bat this March.