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2020 Preseason Power Rankings: Outfield

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When we rolled out our Preseason All-America Teams, we followed one guiding principle: If we were building a team to win the 2020 national title, which players would we choose? We use the same philosophy to construct our Position Power Rankings — think of them as an extension of our Preseason All-America Teams.

These are NOT professional prospect lists, though they do take pure talent into consideration. Players who proved themselves against top competition in summer ball and look poised for breakout years might rank higher on the list than other players who had gaudier stats from last spring. We considered past performance and offensive statistics, but we also try to keep the numbers in context, because some leagues or ballparks are more offensive than others, and some leagues simply have more talent than others — so all stat lines are not created equal. So in addition to the numbers, we also factored in raw talent, defensive ability (especially at premium positions), makeup and reports of development over the summer and fall.

Finally, remember that there are 301 Division I teams, and we’re ranking the top 10 percent of starting players at each position. These lists reflect our projections of which players will be the best of the best this spring, but many good players in the remaining 90 percent just didn’t make the cut. We’ll revisit the Position Power Rankings over the course of the season and make adjustments as players prove themselves on the field.

Our list of the top 100 outfielders in college baseball is headlined by three players with differing skill sets: Arkansas’ Heston Kjerstad is one of the nation’s premier sluggers, while UCLA’s Garrett Mitchell is a marquee athlete with speed and standout tools across the board, and Tennessee’s Alerick Soularie is simply one of the best pure hitters in college baseball. Find out who else cracked the top 100.

Top 100 Outfielders

RankPlayer, SchoolAVG/OBP/SLGOPSABHRRBIBBSOSB
1Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas.327/.400/.575.975266175121655
2Garrett Mitchell, UCLA.349/.418/.566.984258641274118
3Al Soularie, Tennessee.357/.466/.6021.068196114637398
4Hudson Haskin, Tulane.372/.459/.6471.106207105226294
5Ethan Wilson, South Alabama.345/.453/.6861.139220175136456
6Alec Burleson, East Carolina.370/.399/.573.97224696114243
7Daniel Cabrera, LSU.284/.359/.516.875225125024541
8Chris Lanzilli, Wake Forest.347/.409/.6201.029245166723533
9Colton Cowser, Sam Houston State.361/.450/.6021.05221675426299
10Jordan Nwogu, Michigan.321/.435/.557.9922461246445116

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