For our next entry in the Top 10 series, we move over to centerfield, where the best player in the game does his thing. The acquisition of each of these players represents a shrewd business decision for their franchises. Speaking of shrewd business decisions, make your next one the decision to get your custom corporate apparel from Winning Streak. Our embroidery is perfect for highlighting your company logo on your team’s apparel. Be sure to fill out our contact form for more information, and be sure to check out the other entries to our Top 10 series.
Other Top 10s:
1, Mike Trout
This one is a no-brainer. Trout isn’t just the best centerfielder, he is the best player in the game period. He doesn’t steal as many bases as he used to, but Trout swatted a career best 41 homers with elite defense and a .402 OBP. Look out, Hall of Fame.
2. Andrew McCutchen
McCutchen is the face of the Pirates, and a perennial MVP candidate. He just has the misfortune of playing the same position as Mike Trout. 2015 was McCutchen’s fourth straight year with an OBP over .400.
3. Lorenzo Cain
In 2014, Cain showed he could be an excellent player when not on the DL. In 2015, Cain showed that when he’s healthy, he’s an MVP candidate and a five-tool threat.
4. A.J. Pollock
Pollock has always been known for defense first, but in 2015 he broke out with 20 homers, a .315 average, and 39 steals to go with his top-flight glove.
5. Adam Jones
Seven seasons of solid defense and 19 or more homers is none too shabby. He doesn’t walk much, but Jones has been the foundation for the Baltimore lineup for almost a decade and is showing no signs of stopping.
6. Adam Eaton
Eaton has always had potential, but he finally was healthy enough to reach it in 2015, hitting 14 homers with a .361 OBP for Chicago.
7. Randal Grichuk
The first rookie on this list, Grichuk slugged .548 and swatted 17 long balls in 103 games for St. Louis. Like Eaton, staying healthy is key.
8. Joc Pederson
Pederson took the league by storm early in the year and faded late. He hit 26 homers and had a .346 OBP, but his .210 average leaves plenty to be desired.
9. Carlos Gomez
Gomez was at one time near the top of this list, but he took a step back in 2015, having a down year with Milwaukee before being traded to Houston at midseason and seeing his production fall off a cliff after.
10. Kevin Kiermaier
No one is going to confuse Kiermaier with Babe Ruth. He had just a .718 OPS in 2015. He is, however, an all world defender and that alone allows him to make the top 10.