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2021 MLB Rankings: Right 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 top 10 right 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 20-11Left Field 10-1Center Field 30-21Center Field 20-11

2021 MLB Rankings: 30-26

30. Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates 2020: 30

2020: 50 games, .153/.214/.325 splits, .539 OPS, 7 Home Runs, 22 RBIs

A former top prospect, Gregory Polanco never panned out, and that continued in 2020. While he provides occasional power, Polanco is too inconsistent and injury-prone to become a reliable option. It will be interesting to see how many more opportunities Pittsburgh will give him before they move on.  

29. Jordan Luplow, Cleveland Indians 2020: NR

2020: 29 games, .192/.304/.359 splits, .663 OPS, 2 Home Runs, 8 RBIs

After a breakout year in 2019, Jordan Luplow took a massive step back in 2020 as he struggled and battled injuries. While he draws a ton of walks, Luplow is not aggressive enough at the plate, resulting in his average dipping below the Mendoza line. Luplow is looking to get back on track in right field in 2021. 

28. Dylan Carlson, St.Louis Cardinals 2020: NR

2020: 35 games, .200/.252/.364 splits, .616 OPS, 3 Home Runs, 16 RBIs

Dylan Carlson may have a very bright future. However, based on what Carlson has shown so far and considering that he is only 22 years old, it’s tough to rank him any higher. At the plate, Carlson has the potential to be a power hitter at some point in his career. It will be interesting to see if he takes a step forward in year two in 2021.

27. Nomar Mazara, Detroit Tigers 2020: 20

2020: 42 games, .228/.295/.294 splits, .589 OPS, 1 Home Run, 15 RBIs

A player who once looked like a potential all-star, Nomar Mazara has failed to reach his expected full potential. After spending 2020 with the Chicago White Sox, Mazara heads to Detroit to play right field in 2021. Now with a new team, Mazara has the opportunity to re-gain his 2017 form and rise in the 2021 MLB rankings.

26. Manuel Margot, Tampa Bay Rays 2020: NR

2020: 47 games, .269/.327/.352 splits, .679 OPS, 1 Home Run, 11 RBIs

With Austin Meadows becoming a designated hitter, Manuel Margot is projected to be the Rays’ right fielder in 2021. Margot’s best ability is his speed, as he stole 12 bases in 2020. However, Margot doesn’t bring much else to the table. Defensively, he’s barely above league-average, posted an Rdrs of 3 in the outfield in 2020.  

2021 MLB Rankings: 25-21

25. Dexter Fowler, Los Angeles Angels 2020: 28

2020: 31 games, .233/.317/.389 splits, .706 OPS, 4 Home Runs, 15 RBIs

A one-time all-star, Dexter Fowler is nothing more than a below-average right fielder at this point in his career. After spending 2020 with the Cardinals, Fowler heads to Los Angeles, where he will have the opportunity to earn the starting job. If he struggles, prospect Jo Adell could take his playing time.  

24. Stephen Piscotty, Oakland Athletics 2020: 26

2020: 45 games, .226/.271/.358 splits, .629 OPS, 5 Home Runs, 29 RBIs

After a breakout season in 2018, Stephen Piscotty has been extremely underwhelming the past two seasons. While he’s far from an awful player, Piscotty has never been able to take that leap forward to the next level. At the plate, he has decent power. Defensively, Piscotty had a solid year in 2020, posting an Rdrs of 2 in right field.  

23. Hunter Renfroe, Boston Red Sox 2020: (16-LF)

2020: 42 games, .156/.252/.393 splits, .645 OPS, 8 Home Runs, 22 RBIs

After a great season in 2019, Hunter Renfroe failed to replicate that success in 2020 with the Tampa Bay Rays. Now in Boston, Renfroe is hoping to find his 2019 form. Renfroe can hit 30+ home runs in a season at full potential, but he needs to become more consistent and limit his strikeouts to move up the 2021 MLB rankings.

22. Adam Eaton, Washington Nationals 2020: 17 

2020: 41 games, .226/.285/.384 splits, .669 OPS, 4 Home Runs, 17 RBIs

At age 31, Adam Eaton had the worst year of his career in 2020, as his OPS+ dipped to a lackluster mark of 76. Once a speed threat, Eaton has slowed down the past few seasons and is no longer a reliable leadoff hitter. Defensively, Eaton is a liability now as he recorded an Rdrs of -7 in right field in 2020. 

21. Tim Locastro, Arizona Diamondbacks 2020: NR

2020: 33 games, .290/.395/.464 splits, .859 OPS, 2 Home Runs, 7 RBIs

With Kole Calhoun out indefinitely due to a torn pectoral, Tim Locastro is projected to be the Diamondbacks’ right fielder in 2020. Locastro has a ton of speed on the base paths and does a great job at getting on base, making him a solid leadoff hitter. With Locastro getting the opportunity to play every day this season, it will be interesting to see how he performs. 

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