Ladies and Gentlemen: 30 days, 30 MLB position rankings. Nine positions and the top starting pitcher ranked from each team in three parts each. Each player on the list is based on the projected starter for a team for the 2020 season by position. On day twenty-two of this series, we’ll look at the MLB right fielders ranked from 30-21.
Check out my previous rankings from this series:
Catchers 30-21 | Catchers 20-11 | Catchers 10-1 | First Base 30-21 | First Basemen 20-11 | First Basemen 10-1 | Second Basemen 30-21 | Second Basemen 20-11 | Second Basemen 10-1 | Third Basemen 30-21 | Third Basemen 20-11 | Third Basemen 10-1 | Shortstop 30-21 | Shortstops 20-11 | Shortstop 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
30. Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates
2019: 42 games, .242/.301/.425 splits, .726 OPS, 6 Home Runs, 17 RBIs
Once a top prospect for the Pirates, Gregory Polanco has never panned out at the MLB level. 2019 was the worst year of his career as he struggled to provide much of anything before suffering season-ending knee and shoulder injuries. Defensively, Polanco has always been below league-average, and last year was no exception. At age 28, time is already running out on this often-injured right fielder.
29. Victor Reyes, Detroit Tigers
2019: 69 games, .304/.336/.431 splits, .767 OPS, 3 Home Runs 25 RBIs
Heading into his age 25 season, Victor Reyes is likely to play every day in right field in 2020. Reyes doesn’t have a ton of power but hits for a high average. He projects to be a great base-runner who can steal a lot of bases, but he needs to draw more walks to get on base. He’s mostly played left in his two MLB seasons but will move across the outfield for 2020.
28. Dexter Fowler, St.Louis Cardinals
2019: 150 games, .238/.346/.409 splits, .754 OPS, 19 Home Runs, 67 RBIs
Heading into his age 34 season, Dexter Fowler is now well past his prime. Primarily a center fielder throughout his career, Fowler has played right field these last two seasons with Harrison Bader in center. At the plate, Fowler has some power but doesn’t hit for a high average. After having 27 steals in 2009 and 20 steals in 2015, Fowler no longer has the speed he once had and only stole eight bases in 2019.
27. Wil Myers, San Diego Padres
2019: 155 games, .239/.321/.418 splits, .739 OPS, 18 Home Runs, 53 RBIs
The numbers put up in 2020 from both Fowler and Wil Myers are nearly identical, with Myers a slightly better defender and younger. After hitting 30 home runs back in 2017, Myers’ power numbers have fallen a bit as he only hit 18 homers in 2019. Primarily a center fielder throughout his career, it appears Myers will go to right field for 2020, with Trent Grisham in center.
26. Stephen Piscotty, Oakland Athletics
2019: 93 games, .249/.309/.412 splits, .720 OPS, 13 Home Runs, 44 RBIs
After having the best year of his career in 2018, Piscotty took a big step back last year as he battled injuries. At the plate, Piscotty doesn’t hit for a high average and doesn’t do a good enough job at drawing walks. Defensively, he isn’t anything special either as he posted an Rdrs of -6 in right field last season. He’s hoping to re-gain 2018 form for 2020.
25. Brian Goodwin, Los Angeles Angels
2019: 136 games, .262/.326/.470 splits, .796 OPS, 17 Home Runs, 47 RBIs
After finally getting the opportunity to play every day, Brian Goodwin had the best year of his career in 2019. Goodwin isn’t anything special, but won’t hurt your team in right field either. He has some power in his bat and could hit up to 20-25 home runs for a full year. It will be interesting to see if he can improve at age 29 for the 2020 season.
24. Garrett Cooper, Miami Marlins
2019: 107 games, .281/.344/.446 splits, .791 OPS, 15 Home Runs, 50 RBIs
After getting the opportunity to play in 2019, Garrett Cooper flashed some power, while hitting for a high average. Cooper likely won’t ever be an all-star, but can still be a solid member of this Marlins’ team. Despite primarily playing first base last season, Cooper will move to right field for 2020 after the team signed Jesus Aguilar. If Cooper struggles, Harold Ramirez or Matt Joyce could take his playing time.
23. Domingo Santana, Texas Rangers
2019: 121 games, .253/.329/.441 splits, .770 OPS, 21 Home Runs, 69 RBIs
After a solid year with the Mariners in 2019, Domingo Santana got non-tendered and later signed a one-year deal with the Indians. After hitting 30 home runs back in 2017, Santana had a horrendous year in 2018. However, he was able to regain some of his power last year, filling in for the injured Mitch Haniger. It will be interesting to see how he performs with his new team.
22. Alex Verdugo, Boston Red Sox
2019: 106 games, .294/.342/.475 splits, .817 OPS, 12 Home Runs, 44 RBIs
Alex Verdugo: the key piece of the Mookie Betts-Dodgers trade. Playing across all three positions in the outfield for the Dodgers in 2019, Verdugo had a solid year, hitting 12 home runs while batting .294. At age 24, Verdugo may have a bright future in MLB, but for the moment, I can’t put him on the second part of this ranking.
21. Josh Reddick, Houston Astros
2019: 141 games, .275/.319/.409 splits, .728 OPS, 14 Home Runs, 56 RBIs
Looking back on all the rankings so far, Josh Reddick is the only player on the Houston Astros who appears on the 30-21 ranking at his position. Reddick is an MLB veteran who broke into the league back in 2009 with Boston. Defensively, he’s well above league-average as he posted an Rdrs of 11 in 2019. However, he doesn’t bring much to the plate and doesn’t draw enough walks.
Come back tomorrow for the second part of my right field ranking!
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