Our NL East rankings for the upcoming season by looking at the left field position
Throughout the month of February, we have been taking a look at each position in the NL East and ranking the projected starters at that position. Today, we finish out the outfield by taking a look at left field.
Heading into the 2016 season, this position looks a lot different than Opening Day last year for some teams. At Opening Day last season, the starters in left were Kelly Johnson (Braves), Christian Yelich (Marlins), Michael Cuddyer (Mets), Ben Revere (Phillies), and Tyler Moore (Nationals).
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However, things have changed drastically in this position whether it be injury or new players. If you remember, Jayson Werth missed Opening Day last season because of offseason shoulder surgery. As for the other teams, Michael Cuddyer has retired, Revere is with the Washington Nationals, and while Johnson went back to the Braves, he is not going to begin the season in left field.
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Barring any injuries this spring, Werth will be manning left field for the Nats and Yelich will remain in left for the Marlins. However, the Mets will have Michael Conforto in the lineup after he debuted last July, the Phillies will have Odubel Herrera, who will be in his second season, and the Braves will have veteran Michael Bourn.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at how I rank the five left fielders in the National League East. Remember, this is all part of our ranking system where fifth place gets one point and first place gets five points.
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