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by contributing author Bill Berthold

What Ifs – Outfield Edition?

What if on draft day in a 12 team league with the traditional 5-x-5 scoring categories you decided to forgo selecting an outfielder to say round 10. Over 108 selections until you addressed the position. Can quality still be obtained? A close examination of the position suggests there are many outfield gems to be had in the later rounds. Here are the top 11 outfielders available from the 10th round and beyond.



1. Kendrys Morales, Los Angeles Angels

The last time Kendrys Morales played a full season in 2009, he hit .306 with 34 homeruns and 108 runs batted in. That was without the best hitter of the last decade, Albert Pujols, in the line-up. Morales 2010 leg injury was gruesome and kept the slugger out for the entire 2011 season. If he can come anywhere close to his 2009 statistics, fantasy owners will be ecstatic.

2. Logan Morrison, Miami Marlins

In many ways Logan Morrison is the forgotten man in Miami. While Mike, excuse me, Giancarlo Stanton, Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes garner the headlines, Morrison is following up on a rocky 2011 season that saw the third year player demoted to the minors for disciplinary reasons. Still he managed in which he hit 23 homeruns and 72 RBI in 462 at bats. With 600 at bats Morrison can post numbers worthy of a second outfielder. Morrison battled knee issues in spring training, but owners should not be scared.

3. Chris Young, Arizona Diamondbacks

When will Chris Young put it together and have a career year? It could be in 2012. Young has hit 20 home runs and swiped 20 bases twice in his six year career. An uptick in batting average could mean a 30/30 year for this underrated source of power and speed.