Tiers are a practical way of displaying rankings for optimal use on Draft Day. The goal is to accentuate which position is closest to a drop-off by denoting where the drop-offs are at each position. During the heat of the draft, you'll know that the position to target is the one that's current tier is closest to depletion.
Below are the outfield tiers for 2022, depicting a position that's balanced and well-rounded, particularly in the middle stages of the draft.
The Elite: Fernando Tatis, Juan Soto, (Shohei Ohtani), Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Kyle Tucker, Ronald Acuna, Luis Robert
The Near-Elite: Cedric Mullins, Starling Marte, Whit Merrifield^, Aaron Judge, Yordan Alvarez, Teoscar Hernandez, George Springer, Byron Buxton, Ketel Marte
The Next-Best Things: Eloy Jimenez, Nick Castellanos, J.D. Martinez, Jesse Winker, Bryan Reynolds, Tyler O'Neill, Kyle Schwarber, Giancarlo Stanton, Mitch Haniger, (Nelson Cruz), Randy Arozarena, Kris Bryant, Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich
The Fallback Options: Austin Meadows, Tommy Edman^, Chris Taylor, Daulton Varsho, Robbie Grossman, Hunter Renfroe, Alex Verdugo†, Michael Brantley†, Lourdes Gurriel^, Ryan Mountcastle^, (Franmil Reyes)^, Joey Gallo^, Jarred Kelenic
The Last Resorts: Alex Kirilloff, Jorge Soler, Ramon Laureano, Jo Adell, Trent Grisham, Michael Conforto, Marcell Ozuna, Ian Happ, Adam Duvall, Adolis Garcia^, Eddie Rosario, A.J. Pollock, Harrison Bader, Charlie Blackmon, Mark Canha, Dylan Carlson, Kyle Lewis^, Tommy Pham^, Akil Baddoo^, Avisail Garcia^
The Deep-Leaguers: (Gavin Sheets), Andrew Vaughn, Connor Joe, Jeff McNeil, Myles Straw^, Eric Haase, Andrew McCutchen, Enrique Hernandez, Rafael Ortega, Austin Hays, Mike Yastrzemski, Andrew Benintendi, Brandon Nimmo, Max Kepler†, Raimel Tapia^, Wil Myers, Dominic Smith, Jarren Duran^, Jesus Sanchez^
The Leftovers: Brandon Marsh, Anthony Santander, Victor Robles, Julio Rodriguez, Riley Greene, Garrett Hampson, Alek Thomas, LaMonte Wade, Randal Grichuk, Joc Pederson, Jake Meyers, Luis Arraez, Tyler Naquin, Josh Rojas, Odubel Herrera, Lorenzo Cain, Trevor Larnach, Nick Gordon, Willie Calhoun, Lane Thomas, Aaron Hicks, Nick Senzel, Joshua Lowe, Brennen Davis, Garrett Mitchell, Jorge Alfaro, Sam Hilliard, Tyrone Taylor, Manuel Margot, Bryan De La Cruz, Josh Harrison, Tony Kemp, Jose Siri, Chas McCormick, Garrett Cooper, Seth Brown, Kevin Pillar, Leody Taveras, Dylan Moore, Bradley Zimmer
^ one tier lower in points leagues
† one tier lower in categories leagues