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 seventeen of this series, we’ll look at the MLB’s left fielders ranked from 20-11.
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 | Left Field 30-21
20. Willie Calhoun, Texas Rangers
2019: 83 games, .269/.323/.524 splits, .848 OPS, 21 Home Runs, 48 RBIs
At age 24, Willie Calhoun showed what he could do at the MLB level when given the opportunity in 2019. Calhoun showed he has a ton of power while hitting from the left side of the plate. Defensively, he needs to improve, but still only 25 years old, he has time to improve. It will be interesting to see how he performs as the Rangers’ everyday starter in 2020.
19. Tommy Edman, St.Louis Cardinals
2019: 92 games, .304/.350/.500 splits, .850 OPS, 11 Home Runs, 36 RBIs
After breaking into MLB as a rookie in 2019, Tommy Edman was able to make an immediate impact for St.Louis. Edman plays around the diamond but is projected to play primarily in left field next season. He hits for a high average and has a lot of speed as he stole 15 bases last year. Heading into his age 25 season, Edman may be in line for a breakout campaign.
18. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Toronto Blue Jays
2019: 84 games, .277/.327/.541 splits, .869 OPS, 20 Home Runs, 50 RBIs
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. got the opportunity to play in 2019, and he took advantage as he hit 20 home runs in 84 games. Gurriel’s biggest issue is that he strikes out too much while failing to draw walks. In the field, he is just below league-average, as he recorded a -2 Rdrs in left field in 2019. As the everyday starter, Gurriel is hoping to improve upon his breakout 2019 season.
17. Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox
2019: 138 games, .266/.343/.431 splits, .774 OPS, 13 Home Runs, 68 RBIs
Four years into his career, Andrew Benintendi has yet to have his breakout season. He struggled at times in 2019, as his offensive numbers dropped across the board, while his strikeouts numbers rose. Defensively, Benintendi fell off from 2019 as his Rdrs dropped 9 in 2018 to -3 in 2019. Heading into 2020, he is hoping to have a breakout year … finally.
16. Hunter Renfroe, Tampa Bay Rays
2019: 140 games, .216/.289/.489 splits, .778 OPS, 33 Home Runs, 64 RBIs
After spending the first four years of his career with the Padres, Hunter Renfroe was traded to Tampa Bay in exchange for Tommy Pham. While Renfroe has a lot of power, he hits for a low average and strikes out way too often. Defensively, he is very solid, but has more experience in right field as opposed to left. With Austin Meadows occupying right field, Renfroe projects to be the Rays’ everyday left fielder in 2020.
15. Mike Tauchman, New York Yankees
2019: 87 games, .277/.361/.504 splits, .865 OPS, 13 Home Runs, 47 RBIs
After Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge each went down due to injury in 2019, Mike Tauchman took advantage of his opportunity to play. In just 87 games, Tauchman had an OPS well over .800, while also hitting 13 home runs. However, the reason he’s so high on this list is because of his defense. In 472.2 innings at left in 2019, Tauchman did not commit a single error. The Yankees’ outfield is crowded, but Tauchman should be able to carve out playing time next season.
14. Andrew McCutchen, Philadelphia Phillies
2019: 59 games, .256/.378/.457 splits, .834 OPS, 10 Home Runs, 29 RBIs
Once Andrew McCutchen suffered a Torn ACL in 2019, everything went downhill for the Phillies. A five-time all-star and former MVP, McCutchen does a great at drawing walks and still has some power at age 33. He’s an ideal leadoff hitter for Philly. Defensively, he’s above league-average; however, with McCutchen coming off a serious injury, the Phillies may play him at DH in 2020.
13. Marcell Ozuna, Atlanta Braves
2019: 130 games, .241/.328/.472 splits, .800 OPS, 29 Home Runs, 89 RBIs
After a solid year with the Cardinals in 2019, Marcell Ozuna earned a one-year prove-it deal with Atlanta for 2020. Ozuna brings a lot of power to the plate; however, his average has dropped off the past two seasons. Ozuna may not be an all-star like he was a few seasons ago, but he’s still a very solid left fielder. It will be interesting to see how he performs with his new team in 2020.
12. Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox
2019: 122 games, .267/.315/.513 splits, .828 OPS, 31 Home Runs, 79 RBIs
Eloy Jimenez had a great rookie season in 2019, displaying a ton of power while finishing fourth in the AL Rookie of the Year race. While he has a ton of pop in his bat, Jimenez needs to work at drawing walks and limiting strikeouts. Defensively, he was well below league-average in 2019. However, at age 23, Jimenez is an integral part of Chicago’s future and could be a perennial all-star.
11. JD Davis, New York Mets
2019: 140 games, .307/.369/.527 splits, .895 OPS, 22 Home Runs, 57 RBIs
The Houston Astros must be kicking themselves for letting JD Davis slip through the cracks (he’s not the first guy named JD that Houston has let go). Davis came out of nowhere and had a breakout year in 2019, hitting above .300, while smashing 22 home runs. While he mostly played third base last season, he’ll likely play more in left field for 2020. Hopefully, Davis can build upon his great year from a season ago.
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