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2021 MLB Rankings: Center Field 30-21

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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 eighteen of this series, we’ll look at the bottom ten center 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 10-1Left Field 30-21Left Field 20-11| Left Field 10-1

2021 MLB Rankings: 30-26

30. Myles Straw, Houston Astros 2020: NR

2020: 33 games, .207/.244/.256 splits, .500 OPS, 0 Home Runs, 8 RBIs

With George Springer heading north for Toronto, Myles Straw will get the chance to play center field for the Astros in 2021. Straw has mostly been used as a pinch-runner to this point in his career, as he has elite speed. However, Straw doesn’t bring much else to the table as a hitter or fielder.  

29. Michael Taylor, Kansas City Royals 2020: NR

2020: 38 games, .196/.253/.424 splits, .676 OPS, 5 Home Runs, 16 RBIs

A backup with the Nationals over the past seven seasons, Michael Taylor heads to Kansas City for the 2021 season. Taylor doesn’t bring much to the table besides his speed. On a Royals’ team that likes to steal bases, Taylor could be good for up to 30 steals in 2021, however, his other offensive credentials are lacking.  

28. Oscar Mercado, Cleveland Indians 2020: (22- CF)

2020: 36 games, .128/.174/.174 splits, .348 OPS, 1 Home Run, 6 RBIs

After a great rookie season in 2019, Oscar Mercado was one of the worst hitters in MLB in 2020, recording two extra-base hits in 36 games. Sophomore slumps are legitimate, but Mercado took that term to a whole new level last season. It will be interesting to see if he can turn it around in 2021.  

27. Anthony Alford, Pittsburgh Pirates 2020: NR

2020: 18 games, .214/.241/.500 splits, .741 OPS, 2 Home Runs, 7 RBIs

After getting traded from Toronto to Pittsburgh mid-season last year, Anthony Alford projects to be Pittsburgh’s everyday center fielder in 2021. It will be interesting to see what Alford can bring to the table as he only has 51 career games under his belt. If Alford struggles, Dustin Fowler may take his playing time. 

26. Nick Senzel, Cincinnati Reds 2020: NR

2020: 23 games, .186/.247/.357 splits, .604 OPS, 2 Home Runs, 8 RBIs

A former top prospect with the Reds, Nick Senzel has struggled in his first two MLB seasons. Regardless, he’s going to get the chance to play center field every day for the Reds in 2021. If he can reach his full potential, Senzel could hit 20+ home runs and 20+ stolen bases while playing solid defense. 

2021 MLB Rankings: 25-21

25. Cedric Mullins, Baltimore Orioles 2020: NR

2020: 48 games, .271/.315/.407 splits, .723 OPS, 3 Home Runs, 12 RBIs

While he may split playing time with DJ Stewart in 2021, Cedric Mullins projects to be the Orioles’ center fielder in 2021. In 2020, Mullins flashed a bit of power, but he doesn’t do a great job at drawing walks. Defensively, he’s right around league-average as well. Ideally, Mullins is more suited as a backup, but he’s a starter on a lackluster Orioles’ roster.  

24. Christian Pache, Atlanta Braves 2020: NR

2020: 2 games, .250/.250/.250 splits, .500 OPS, 0 Home Runs, 0 RBIs

While he may split time with Ender Inciarte, it appears rookie Christian Pache will be the Braves’ starting center fielder in 2021. Pache has the potential to be an above-average hitter with decent speed and power. However, with only two MLB games under his belt, I can’t rank him much higher than 24th.  

23. Sam Hilliard, Colorado Rockies 2020: NR

2020: 36 games, .210/.272/.438 splits, .710 OPS, 6 Home Runs, 10 RBIs

Sam Hilliard will have the chance to be the Rockies’ everyday center fielder in 2021 after Ian Desmond opted out. Hilliard showed off some power at the plate in 2020 but hasn’t been very consistent in any other aspect of his game. It will be interesting to see what Hilliard can do in a full season.  

22. Scott Kingery, Philadelphia Phillies 2020: (11- 2B)

2020: 36 games, .159/.228/.283 splits, .511 OPS, 3 Home Runs, 6 RBIs

After a great year in 2019, Scott Kingery fell off the map in 2020 as he battled the after-effects of COVID-19. Roman Quinn, Adam Haseley, Odubel Herrera, and Mickey Moniak all may play center field, but for now, Kingery is the projected starter. Don’t be surprised if Herrera ultimately takes the starting job.  

21. David Dahl, Texas Rangers 2020: 11

2020: 24 games, .183/.222/.247 splits, .470 OPS, 0 Home Runs, 9 RBIs

After an all-star year in 2019, David Dahl was horrendous in 2020 as he battled injuries. Now with the Texas Rangers, Dahl is healthy and will have the chance to be the Rangers’ everyday center fielder in 2021. At full strength, Dahl can be a great power hitter but needs to find his groove and put it all together once again. 


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