Ladies and Gentlemen: 30 days, 30 MLB position rankings. Nine positions and the top starting pitcher ranked from each team in three parts each. Each player on the list is based on who the projected starter is for a team for the 2020 season by position. On day sixteen of this series, we’ll look at the MLB’s left fielders ranked from 30-21.
Check out my previous rankings from this series:
Catchers 30-21 | Catchers 20-11 | Catchers 10-1 | First Base 30-21 | First Basemen 20-11 | First Basemen 10-1 | Second Basemen 30-21 | Second Basemen 20-11 | Second Basemen 10-1 | Third Basemen 30-21 | Third Basemen 20-11 | Third Basemen 10-1 | Shortstop 30-21 | Shortstops 20-11 | Shortstop 10-1
30. Christin Stewart, Detroit Tigers
2019: 104 games, .233/.305/.388 splits, .693 OPS, 10 Home Runs, 40 RBIs
In his first full MLB season, Christin Stewart provided next to nothing for Detroit as he struggled. At the plate, Stewart doesn’t provide a ton of power while he also hits for a low average. In the field, he isn’t much better, as a below-average defender. At age 26, Stewart is hoping to turn it around in 2020.
29. Alex Dickerson, San Francisco Giants
2019: 68 games, .276/.332/.489 splits, .820 OPS, 6 Home Runs, 28 RBIs
After being acquired by San Francisco in June, Alex Dickerson finally got the opportunity to play every day. While Dickerson flashed some power, he hasn’t shown much else in his four-year career. In the field, Dickerson is right around a league-average left fielder. If he struggles, veteran Hunter Pence, Steve Duggar, or Austin Slater could take his playing time.
28. Kyle Lewis, Seattle Mariners
2019: 18 games, .268/.293/.592 splits, .885 OPS, 6 Home Runs, 13 RBIs
While Lewis performed well, the fact that he has only played 18 MLB games means I cannot rank him much higher. Lewis showed he could hit for power in his brief stint last season. 2020 will officially be Lewis’ rookie year (if there is a season). It will be interesting to see how he performs as Seattle’s projected everyday left fielder.
27. Dwight Smith Jr., Baltimore Orioles
2019: 101 games, .241/.297/.412 splits, .708 OPS, 13 Home Runs, 53 RBIs
In his first full MLB season, Dwight Smith Jr. didn’t provide much for the Orioles in 2019. He wasn’t a lock to play every day in 2020; however, after Trey Mancini began chemotherapy for cancer, Smith became a clear option at left field. Defensively, Smith Jr. struggled last year, posting a -11 Rdrs in 86 games in left field.
26. Justin Upton, Los Angeles Angels
2019: 63 games, .215/.309/.416 splits, .724 OPS, 12 Home Runs, 40 RBIs
After several strong seasons, Justin Upton, a four-time all-star, had easily the worst year of his career in 2019. After missing the first two and a half months of the season, Upton struggled to find his groove and hit for a career-low of .215. Upton also had the worst year of his career in the field as he posted a -13 Rdrs last year.
25. Ian Desmond, Colorado Rockies
2019: 140 games, .255/.310/.479 splits, .788 OPS, 20 Home Runs, 65 RBIs
Since coming to Colorado in 2017, Ian Desmond has fallen off from his all-star form, despite playing at Coors Field. Desmond posted a horrendous -1.8 WAR in 2019. Not to mention, he only stole three bases last year, after having at least 13 in his previous nine seasons. In the field, he is well below-average as well. Desmond has played several positions throughout his career but has yet to perform well in the field.
24. Jesse Winker, Cincinnati Reds
2019: 113 games, .269/.357/.473 splits, .830 OPS, 16 Home Runs, 38 RBIs
While he performed somewhat better in 2019, Jesse Winker still hasn’t shown much in his three-year career. After the team signed Nick Castellanos, Nick Senzel doesn’t have a set position in the field but deserves one. For 2020 specifically, Castellanos could play DH, with Senzel occupying right field. However, as a long-term option, Winker needs to improve to secure his spot in left, else Senzel will take it.
23. Corey Dickerson, Miami Marlins
2019: 78 games, .304/.341/.565 splits, .906 OPS, 12 Home Runs, 59 RBIs
Now a bit of a journeyman, Corey Dickerson signed with the Marlins in the offseason, his fifth MLB team. Dickerson has proven that he has the talent at the plate, but he needs to stay healthy. While he hits for a high average, he doesn’t hit many home runs and struggles at drawing walks. Defensively, he is well below league-average as well.
22. Oscar Mercado, Cleveland Indians
2019: 115 games, .269/.318/.443 splits, .761 OPS, 15 Home Runs, 54 RBIs
After breaking into the majors last season, Oscar Mercado showed some signs of potential. Mercado has some speed in addition to his solid hitting numbers as he stole 15 bases on 19 attempts in 2019. He may split time in left field with Tyler Naquin. Either way, it will be interesting to see how Mercado can build upon his solid rookie campaign.
21. Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
2019: 150 games, .266/.345/.396 splits, .741 OPS, 13 Home Runs, 76 RBIs
Alex Gordon doesn’t provide much at the plate at this point in his career except for the occasional home run. However, he’s still one of the best defensive outfielders in MLB. Last year, Gordon earned the seventh gold glove nod of his career, as he only committed two errors in left field. Heading into his age 36 season, Alex Gordon likely doesn’t have much time left in his career.
Come back tomorrow for the second part of my left field ranking!
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