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

Ronald Acuna Jr. won Rookie of the Year in the National League last year. [Image Source: Flickr | Benjamin White]
Ronald Acuna Jr. won Rookie of the Year in the National League last year. [Image Source: Flickr | Benjamin White]

The recent signing of Bryce Harper, by the Phillies, adds him to a young core at the position including Ronald Acuna Jr. and Juan Soto.

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It is now time to look at the projected starting left fielders in the National League after looking at their counterparts in the Junior Circuit.

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

Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves

The #1 rated prospect by Baseball America heading into 2018, Acuna Jr. did not disappoint en route to winning National League Rookie of the Year. Now just 21 years old, he batted .293 with 26 homers, 26 doubles, and 16 stolen bases in 111 games. He also finished 12th in National League MVP voting. Acuna Jr. clearly has the athleticism to become more of an asset in the field.

2

Juan Soto, Nationals

Soto had one of the best season ever by a teenager during his rookie year of 2018, as he just turned 20 on October 25. He played 116 games and batted .292, walked 79 times, and had a .923 OPS. Soto also clubbed 22 home runs and 25 doubles. He was called up after just 122 career games in the minors where he batted .362. The defense could use some work for the 2018 National League Rookie of the Year runner-up, but that is somewhat expected for someone who was playing as a teenager.

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