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

Mike Trout is a perennial American League MVP candidate. [Image Source: Flickr | Beth Tenser]
Mike Trout is a perennial American League MVP candidate. [Image Source: Flickr | Beth Tenser]

Mike Trout is the obvious choice to lead the way for American League center fielders.

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After looking at the left fielders in both the American and National Leagues, it is time to move on to center field starting with the Junior Circuit.

While the choice for the top-ranked player couldn't be any easier, the rest of the list wasn't as simple (there seems to be a steep decline in talent after the top-three). As a subjective list, many of the players can almost be considered interchangeable as to where they are ranked. Depth charts were taken from Roster Resource.

1

Mike Trout, Angels

Not only is Trout the obvious choice for the top of the list, but perhaps all of baseball as he has been the near-consensus best player for a few years now. The 27-year-old batted .312 with 39 home runs, 24 doubles, 24 steals, and 101 runs last year. His league-leading 122 walks also helped him pace the American League for the third straight year with a .460 on-base percentage. Trout has finished no worse than fourth in American League MVP voting over the last seven seasons.

2

George Springer, Astros

While it was still a good 2018 season for Springer, it wasn't quite up to par when compared with his previous body of work. The 29-year-old posted a career-low .780 OPS (still well above-average), one year after his career-high of .889. Last year, he hit .265 with 22 home runs, 26 doubles, and 102 runs (third straight year with over 100). It has been a bout a 60/40 split between his time in center field and right respectively, and a full-time switch to right could be in the near future.

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