With a lot of trades this winter, many teams have a different look in their outfield. Some teams may have a great defensive outfield, but no production offensively and vice versa. So which teams have the best collective unit in the outfield that produce both offensively and defensively?
The St. Louis Cardinals have a solid group with Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, and Jon Jay. There’s no question this trio can hit some homeruns, but Holliday and Beltran aren’t the best defensive outfielders in the game. Thankfully, they have Jay to compensate.
Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Carl Crawford make up the Dodgers outfield. This is an intimidating list of outfielders all on their own. Collectively, if Crawford can come back healthy and return to form, these guys can do some serious damage.
The Washington Nationals have a great balance in their outfield with Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, and Denard Span. Harper and Span provide a lot of speed, while Werth certainly produces some great power. I’ll be looking for these three to do big things for the Nats in 2013.
Up, Up, and a Hey! This was a trending slogan when the Atlanta Braves acquired Justin Upton to complete their new outfield. BJ Upton, Justin Upton, and Jason Heyward are all young and very talented. Some have projected all three to have 30/30 years (30 homeruns and 30 stolen bases). Although a little unrealistic, these guys have a lot of speed and a lot of power. They will absolutely be something to watch in Atlanta.
With the addition of Josh Hamilton, the Los Angeles Angels and the Braves will duke it out for best outfield. Hamilton joins Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo in Anaheim. The rookie phenom, Mike Trout, has an amazing knack for pulling balls out of the air in centerfield. Combined with his and Hamilton’s power, this is a terrifying group of players.