2021 MLB Rankings: Left Field 20-11

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2021 MLB Rankings: 30 days of MLB rankings! In this series, we will be ranking every projected starting player for the 2021 season at each in position, each in three parts. On day nine of this series, we’ll look at the middle ten left fielders in MLB. 

Check out the previous rankings from this 2021 MLB Rankings series: 

Catchers 30-21 | Catchers 20-11 | Catchers 10-1First Base 30-21First Base 20-11 | First Base 10-1Second Base 30-21Second Base 20-11Second Base 10-1Shortstop 30-21Shortsop 20-11Shortstop 10-1Third Base 30-21| Third Base 20-11Third Base 10-1| Left Field 30-21

2021 MLB Rankings: 20-16

20. Andrew Benintendi, Kansas City Royals 2020: 17

2020: 14 games, .103/.314/.128 splits, .442 OPS, 0 Home Runs, 1 RBI

2020 was an absolute disaster for Andrew Benintendi, who struggled prior to suffering a season-ending rib injury. Heading into his age 26 season, Benintendi will get a change of scenery with the Kansas City Royals. He clearly can be an all-star but needs to become more consistent and find his 2017 form.  

19. Corey Dickerson, Miami Marlins 2020: 23

2020: 52 games, .258/.311/.402 splits, .713 OPS, 7 Home Runs, 17 RBIs

At this point in his career, it’s evident what Corey Dickerson is as a player. He doesn’t do anything special, but he’ll be a league-average outfielder who teams can stick in the five or six spot in a lineup. Dickerson earned an all-star nod back in 2017 and Gold Glove in 2018, but it seems unlikely that he will earn another award again in 2021.  

18. Alex Dickerson, San Francisco Giants 2020: 29

2020: 52 games, .298/.371/.576 splits, .947 OPS, 10 Home Runs, 27 RBIs

Once a career backup, Alex Dickerson had the best year of his career in 2020, establishing himself as a legit starter-level player. Dickerson does a great job at limiting strikeouts while getting on base and providing decent power. If he can replicate that success in 2021, then don’t be surprised if he cracks the top ten next season.  

17. Jesse Winker, Cincinnati Reds 2020: 24

2020: 54 games, .255/.388/.544 splits, .932 OPS, 12 Home Runs, 23 RBIs

In a similar spot as Alex Dickerson, Jesse Winker had the best year of his career in a shortened 2020 season. He does a great job at drawing walks while providing a ton of power at the top of a potent Reds lineup. Defensively, Winker is right around league-average. If Winker can replicate his 2020 success in 2021, he could fly up the rankings.  

16. Bryan Reynolds, Pittsburgh Pirates 2020: 5

2020: 55 games, .189/.275/.357 splits, .632 OPS, 7 Home Runs, 19 RBIs

After an incredible rookie season, Bryan Reynolds struggled from a horrendous sophomore slump in 2020. His power and contact numbers dropped considerably at the plate while he struck out 57 times in 55 games. Regardless, he’s only 26, and growing pains are part of the process; he should get back on track in 2021.  

2021 MLB Rankings: 15-11

15. Mark Canha, Oakland Athletics 2020: 10

2020: 59 games, .246/.387/.408 splits, .795 OPS, 5 Home Runs, 33 RBIs

After a breakout year in 2019, Mark Canha was extremely underwhelming in 2020 as his numbers dropped across the board, per 162 games. Canha has the potential to hit 25+ home runs in a season, but he hasn’t been able to put it all together consistently. It will be interesting to see if Canha can re-gain his 2019 form in 2021. 

14. Andrew McCutchen, Philadelphia Phillies 2020: 14

2020: 57 games, .253/.324/.433 splits, .757 OPS, 10 Home Runs, 34 RBIs

Coming back from a torn ACL, Andrew McCutchen had a solid season as the Phillies’ leadoff hitter in 2020. While he is nowhere near the player that he once was, McCutchen still has some power and does a good job limiting strikeouts. Now fully healthy, he could be in line for a big season with the Phillies in 2021. 

13. David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks 2020: 9

2020: 54 games, .300/.339/.433 splits, .773 OPS, 5 Home Runs, 34 RBIs

The Diamondbacks’ leadoff hitter, David Peralta plays his role well due to his ability to get on base and provide occasional power. He needs to draw more walks, but his career .291 average is intriguing. Defensively, Peralta is one of the best in MLB as he earned the NL Gold Glove nod in 2019. While he won’t be an all-star, Peralta is an excellent starting left fielder.  

12. Kyle Schwarber, Washington Nationals 2020: 8

2020: 59 games, .188/.308/.393 splits, .701 OPS, 11 Home Runs, 24 RBIs

Coming off of the worst year of his career, Kyle Schwarber heads to Washington after spending the first six years of his career in Chicago. Schwarber has an incredible amount of power but strikes out way too often and hits for a low average. Defensively, he’s below league-average, and Schwarber may be better suited as a DH once the DH becomes universal.  

11. Joc Pederson, Chicago Cubs 2020: 7

2020: 43 games, .190/.285/.397 splits, .681 OPS, 7 Home Runs, 16 RBIs

In a similar position as Kyle Schwarber, Joc Pederson heads elsewhere after coming off the worst year of his career. Now with the Cubs, Pederson has great power at the plate but struggled to put it all together in 2020. However, considering it was a shortened season, he doesn’t fall too far down the rankings, considering he hit 36 home runs in 2019.  

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