Top 10 Center Fielders

 The K Zone Overall RankingMike’s RankingIan’s RankingMojo’s RankingMaddie’s RankingJack’s RankingAaron’s Ranking
1Mike Trout (LAA)  Mike Trout (LAA)Mike Trout (LAA)Mike Trout (LAA)Mike Trout (LAA)Mike Trout (LAA) Mike Trout (LAA)
2Lorenzo Cain (MIL) Lorenzo Cain (MIL) Lorenzo Cain (MIL)Lorenzo Cain (MIL)Lorenzo Cain (MIL)Aaron Hicks (NYY)Lorenzo Cain (MIL)
3George Springer (HOU) George Springer (HOU) George Springer (HOU)Aaron Hicks (NYY)Aaron Hicks (NYY)George Springer (HOU) George Springer (HOU)
4Aaron Hicks (NYY) Charlie Blackmon( COL) Aaron Hicks (NYY)George Springer (HOU)George Springer(HOU)Charlie Blackmon ( COL)Starling Marte (PIT)
5Charlie Blackmon (COL) Aaron Hicks (NYY) Starling Marte (PIT)Starling Marte (PIT)Charlie Blackmon (COL)Starling Marte (PIT)Charlie Blackmon (COL)
6Starling Marte (PIT) A.J. Pollock (LAD) Kevin Kiermaier (TB)Charlie Blackmon (COL)Starling Marte (PIT)Lorenzo Cain (MIL) Aaron Hicks (NYY)
7A.J. Pollock (LAD) Ender Inciarte (ATL)A.J. Pollock (LAD)A.J. Pollock (LAD)A.J. Pollock (LAD)A.J. Polluck (LAD)A.J. Pollock (LAD)
8Ender Inciarte (ATL) Mallex Smith (SEA) Charlie Blackmon (COL)Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS)Ender Inciarte (ATL)Ender Inciarte (ATL)Mallex Smith (SEA)
9Mallex Smith (SEA) Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS) Ender Inciarte (ATL)Ender Inciarte (ATL)Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS)Mallex Smith (SEA)Ender Inciarte (ATL)
10Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS) Kevin Kiermaier (TB)Mallex Smith (SEA)Harrison Bader (STL)Mallex Smith (SEA)Kevin Kiermaier (TB)


Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS)


Center field has become a mix of the continuation of the tradition of the defense-first field commander, and the 5-tool powerhouse. Not much has to be said about unanimous #1 pick Mike Trout, as any half decent baseball fan knows enough about him, but it would be safe to say that he would be a Hall of Famer if he retired today, and he may have just had the best season of his career. As hard as it is to follow up Trout, Lorenzo Cain does a pretty good job. His 5.7 WAR, propelled by 20 DRS, set a career high, and made his $80 Million contract a worthy investment for the Brewers. George Springer is a core component of an Astros team that’s trying to make themselves a dynasty. He had a down season in 2018 but still put up 2.9 WAR, and hopes looks to rebound to his 140 wRC+ days of the year before. Aaron Hicks continues to fly under the radar as one of the most underrated players in baseball, staying in the shadow of other star Yankee outfielders despite his 7 year extension from this preseason. The five-tooled Hicks was worth 4.9 WAR last year despite a .264 BABIP, and he put up a 3.3 total in only 88 games the year before that. Charlie Blackmon put together an MVP-level campaign in 2017, but fell off a little last season, albeit still hitting 29 homers for 2.9 WAR last year in Coors. As bad as Blackmon’s problems were last season, Starling Marte had it worse two years ago, being suspended 80 games for a positive PED test. Marte, however, rebounded in a full season last year with a 20/33 season and 3.7 wins above replacement. A.J. Pollock has also had trouble staying on the field, in his case for health reasons. The Dodgers took a $60 Million dollar chance on him over the offseason, hoping he can replicate some of the numbers he’s put up in full seasons in the past, including his 6.8 WAR 2015. Ender Inciarte and his incredible has paid dividends to the Braves for a few years now. Last year, he totaled 17 DRS. New Mariners center fielder Mallex Smith comes in ninth on the list after a great 2018, when he stole 40 bases and posted a .367 OBP with 3.4 WAR. Finally, the inconsistent enigma of Jackie Bradley Jr. ranks tenth. He hit only .234 last year, but still was worth 2.8 WAR, and if he can expand one of his extreme hot streaks to a seasonal scale, he could easily jump into consideration for a very high spot next year. 



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