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 bottom ten left fielders in MLB.
Check out the previous rankings from this 2021 MLB Rankings series:
Catchers 30-21 | Catchers 20-11 | Catchers 10-1| First Base 30-21| First Base 20-11 | First Base 10-1| Second Base 30-21| Second Base 20-11| Second Base 10-1| Shortstop 30-21| Shortsop 20-11| Shortstop 10-1| Third Base 30-21| Third Base 20-11| Third Base 10-1
2021 MLB Rankings: 30-26
30. Jose Marmolejos, Seattle Mariners 2020: NR
2020: 35 games, .206/.261/.411 splits, .672 OPS, 6 Home Runs, 18 RBIs
In 35 games as a rookie, Jose Marmolejos was far from spectacular but is marginally better than the other options in Seattle’s outfield. Marmolejos has occasional power but doesn’t provide much else, and he’s a poor defender. If Marmolejos struggles in 2021, Jake Fraley and Shed Long could take some of his playing time.
29. Franchy Cordero, Boston Red Sox 2020: NR
2020: 16 games, .211/.286/.447 splits, .733 OPS, 2 Home Runs, 7 RBIs
After four years and 95 total games as a backup with San Diego and Kansas City, Franchy Cordero will get the chance to be an everyday starter in 2021. After the team traded Andrew Benintendi, Cordero has the opportunity to break out. However, going off how he’s performed so far, Cordero doesn’t bring a lot to the table besides his speed.
28. Alex Kiriloff, Minnesota Twins 2020: NR
*2019(Double-A): 94 games, .283/.343/.413 splits, .756 OPS, 9 Home Runs, 43 RBIs
The Minnesota Twins top prospect, Alex Kiriloff is a Rookie of the Year candidate and is projected to replace Eddie Rosario in left field in 2021. Kiriloff made his MLB debut in the ALCS last season, going 1-for-4 in his only appearance. A 23-year-old with the potential to be a power hitter, Kiriloff will be super-interesting to watch this season.
27. Wilie Calhoun, Texas Rangers 2020: 20
2020: 29 games, .190/.231/.260 splits, .491 OPS, 1 Home Run, 13 RBIs
After a breakout year in 2019, Willie Calhoun had a disastrous campaign in 2020. It started off in Spring Training, where he suffered a broken jaw after getting hit in the face by a 95 MPH Julio Urias fastball. Struggling with injuries once baseball returned, Calhoun was awful in every statistical category. Hopefully, he can get back on track in 2021.
26. Austin Hays, Baltimore Orioles 2020: (24- CF)
2020: 33 games, .279/.328/.393 splits, .722 OPS, 4 Home Runs, 9 RBIs
Austin Hays is nothing special, but in a lackluster Orioles outfield, he should get the opportunity to play every day in 2020. Hays provides power and speed but he is not consistent enough at getting on base to be considered reliable. Defensively, left field is his best position as he posted an Rdrs of 5 at that spot in 2020.
2021 MLB Rankings: 25-21
25. Adam Engel, Chicago White Sox 2020: NR
2020: 36 games, .295/.333/.477 splits, .811 OPS, 3 Home Runs, 12 RBIs
While he may split time with Leury Garcia, Adam Engel is currently being penciled in as the White Sox’ 2021 left fielder. Engel has a ton of speed, but with the rapidly evolving world of analytics, he doesn’t get the chance to steal a ton of bases. Having played right field in 2020, Engel is naturally a left fielder, where he will play in 2021.
24. Raimel Tapia, Colorado Rockies 2020: NR
2020: 51 games, .321/.369/.402 splits, .772 OPS, 1 Home Runs, 17 RBIs
Once a pinch-runner specialist, Raimel Tapia has carved an everyday role for himself heading into 2021. Tapia’s best ability is his speed, as highlighted by his eight steals in ten attempts last season. He also hits for a decent average, making him a candidate for the Rockies’ leadoff hitter in left field for this season.
23. Justin Upton, Los Angeles 2020: 26
2020: 42 games, .204/.289/.422 splits, .711 OPS, 9 Home Runs, 22 RBIs
At this point in his career, Justin Upton fits the Adam Dunn archetype as a low-average power hitter who doesn’t bring much else to the table. Upton struggles mightily with strikeouts, and his walk rate isn’t outstanding either. Defensively, he’s a liability, but with Albert Pujols on the team, it’s tough to stick him at DH.
22. Tyler O’Neill, St.Louis Cardinals 2020: NR
2020: 50 games, .173/.261/.360 splits, .621 OPS, 7 Home Runs, 19 RBIs
At the plate, Tyler O’Neill was not very good in 2020. The reason he ranks ahead of eight guys is because of his defense. Getting the chance to play every day in 2020, O’Neill earned an NL Gold Glove award in left field as he posted an Rdrs of 9 and did not commit a single error all year.
21. Robbie Grossman, Detroit Tigers 2020: NR
2020: 51 games, .241/.344/.482 splits, .826 OPS, 8 Home Runs, 23 RBIs
A career backup with Houston, Minnesota, and Oakland, Robbie Grossman had the best year of his career in 2020. Now with the Detroit Tigers, Grossman will have the opportunity to play every day in left field in 2021. Grossman showed what he could be in 2020, but he has to put it all together for a full season to be ranked any higher.
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