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 middle 10 right 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| Left Field 30-21| Left Field 20-11| Left Field 10-1| Center Field 30-21| Center Field 20-11| Center Field 10-1| Right Field 30-21
2021 MLB Rankings: 20-16
20. Anthony Santander, Baltimore Orioles 2020: 19
2020: 37 games, .261/.315/.575 splits, .890 OPS, 11 Home Runs, 32 RBIs
After a breakout year in 2019, Anthony Santander had another solid season for Baltimore in 2020. While Santander gets almost no attention playing for the Orioles, he’s certainly a player to keep an eye on. Santander could become an all-star at full potential, and if he replicates his 2020 numbers in 2021, he will fly up the rankings.
19. Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners 2020: 14
*2019: 63 games, .220/.314/.463 splits, .778 OPS, 15 home Runs, 32 RBIs
After an All-Star season in 2018, Mitch Haniger struggled in 2019 at the plate. Luck has not been on Haniger’s side as he decided to opt-out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. Now two years removed from being an all-star, it will be interesting to see if Haniger can re-gain that form in 2021.
18. Jason Heyward, Chicago Cubs 2020: 16
2020: 50 games, .265/.392/.456 splits, .848 OPS, 6 Home Runs, 22 RBIs
While Jason Heyward is still an elite defender, he has not performed well at the plate during his tenure in Chicago. While he draws a ton of walks, Heyward’s power has completely dipped after he hit 27 home runs back in 2014. A five-time Gold Glove winner, Heyward is not the defender he once was but is still above league-average.
17. Kyle Tucker, Houston Astros 2020: NR
2020: 58 games, .268/.325/.512 splits, .837 OPS, 9 Home Runs, 42 RBIs
Getting the chance to play every day, Kyle Tucker had a breakout campaign for the Astros in 2020. Tucker has solid power and great speed as he led MLB with six triples in 2020. Not to mention, he also stole eight bases on nine attempts. Defensively, Tucker is above league-average, posting an Rdrs of 2 in right field in 2020.
16. Adam Duvall, Miami Marlins 2020: NR
2020: 57 games, .237/.301/.532 splits, .833 OPS, 16 Home Runs, 33 RBIs
After a great season with the Braves in 2020, Adam Duvall heads to Miami to play right field in 2021. Duvall flashed his elite power at the plate as he hit 16 home runs and posted an OPS+ of 113 last season. While he struggles with strikeouts and getting on base, Duvall is a great pickup for the Miami Marlins.
2021 MLB Rankings: 15-11
15. Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins 2020: 5
2020: 48 games, .228/.321/.439 splits, .760 OPS, 9 Home Runs, 23 RBIs
After a great season in 2019, Max Kepler took a minor step back in 2020 as he drops ten spots in the ranking. In reality, Kepler is likely somewhere in between the 2019 and 2020 versions that we saw from him. Now heading into his prime at age 28, it will be interesting to see if Kepler becomes an all-star caliber player once again in 2021.
14. Wil Myers, San Diego Padres 2020: 27
2020: 55 games, .288/.353/.606 splits, .959 OPS, 15 Home Runs, 40 RBIs
Someone who looked like he may be on his way out of the league coming out of 2019, Wil Myers pulled a 180 on his career and had a great season in 2020. In a potent lineup, Myers hits cleanup and has great power, posting an OPS+ of 159 last season. While Myers is better suited as a designated hitter, his offense is enough for him to climb up the rankings.
13. Nicholas Castellanos, Cincinnati Reds 2020: 10
2020: 60 games, .225/.298/.486 splits, .784 OPS, 14 Home Runs, 34 RBIs
After a great season with Detroit and Chicago in 2019, Nicholas Castellanos struggled to replicate that success in his first year with Cincinnati. He has a ton of power at the plate, as he hit 14 home runs last year, but he struggles with strikeouts. Defensively, he’s an absolute liability, positing an Rdrs -40 throughout his four seasons in the right field.
12. Teoscar Hernandez, Toronto Blue Jays (12- DH)
2020: 50 games, .289/.340/.579 splits, .919 OPS, 16 Home Runs, 34 RBIs
A designated hitter in 2020, Teoscar Hernandez will play right field for the 2021 season. Hernandez has become an elite hitter the past two seasons, posting an OPS+ of 146 in 50 games in 2020. However, his defense is why he failed to crack the top ten as he posted an Rdrs of -7 in right field in 2019.
11. Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers 2020: 8
2020: 57 games, .181/.301/.378 splits, .679 OPS, 10 Home Runs, 26 RBIs
After a great season at the plate in 2019, Joey Gallo struggled at times in 2020. Gallo is one of the best pure power hitters in the game, but he often strikes out and does not hit for a high average. Defensively, Gallo has become one of the best in baseball as he earned the AL Gold Glove in right field in 2020.
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