Ranking the projected starting left fielders in the American League in 2019

Andrew Benintendi finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2017. [Image Source: Flickr | Bryan Green]
Andrew Benintendi finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2017. [Image Source: Flickr | Bryan Green]

Red Sox' Andrew Benintendi heads the list after helping his team win the World Series.

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After looking at all the projected starting infielders in both leagues, it’s time to shift to the outfield starting by ranking the American League left fielders.

As a subjective list, many of the players can almost be considered interchangeable regarding where they're ranked. Depth charts were taken from Roster Resource.

1

Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox

After finishing as the runner-up for American League Rookie of the Year in 2017, Benintendi followed up with a solid season last year. In 148 games, the 24-year-old hit .290 with 16 homers, 41 doubles, 103 runs, and 21 steals. He has finished with 11 outfield assists in both of the last two years to lead all major league left fielders.

2

Justin Upton, Angels

Despite seeing action in the last 12 major league seasons, Upton is still just 31 years old. In 145 games last year, he batted .257 with 30 home runs. It was the third straight season and fourth time in his career that he has reached the 30-homer threshold. He has been named an All-Star four times and won a Silver Slugger on three occasions.

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