There are plenty of stars palying the various outfield positions in baseball, but what teams boast the best combination of players at those positions? Several teams stand above the rest when it comes to having top of the line outfields this season based on last year’s statistical output and forecasts for future production. As the 2019 season gets underway, let’s take a look at the five teams with the best outfield trios in the major leagues.
New York Mets
The Mets faithful are expecting big things from their corner outfielders in the years ahead. Brandon Nimmo showed flashes of greatness in 140 games in right field last year, the most he’s played in his career. He hit 17 home runs with 47 RBIs and a .404 on-base percentage. At the other corner, Michael Conforto broke out for 28 home runs with 82 RBIs.
The Mets have question marks in center field with the talented but inconsistent Juan Lagares slotted there in 2019. The promise of Conforto and Nimmo, however, is enough to skyrocket the Mets into the discussion for top outfields in all of baseball.
The Pirates feature an outfield with consistent offensive output across the board. Starling Marte, Corey Dickerson, and Gregory Polanco all had stellar 2018 seasons.
Polanco had the best season of his career in 2018, hitting 23 home runs with 82 RBI. The veteran Marte hit 20 home runs with 33 stolen bases for good measure. In his first season in black and yellow, Dickerson won a Gold Glove in left.
They may not have the firepower of some of the outfields on this list, but they do have reliable production that gives Pittsburgh one of the best outfield trios around.
Boston Red Sox
Last year was quite simply Mookie Betts’ year. For starters, he was the biggest offensive threat on a team that won the World Series. He also led the league in wins above replacement (WAR) at 10.9 on his way to the AL MVP award.
One of the main reasons the Sox won it all last year, however? Their outfield is deeper than just one star.
In left, Andrew Benintendi also had a strong showing last year. He hit 16 home runs with 87 RBI in his second full season. At only 24 years old, it appears that this young outfielder’s upside is high and will only get better with more experience.
Center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. may not have the same pop in his bat as Betts or even Benintendi, but he was able to reach base consistently with at a .380 clip. Bradley, Jr. also makes the highlight reel regularly for his play in the field. His defensive ability is highly regarded throughout the league, and both he and Betts took home Gold Gloves last year for their stellar defensive play. That kind of strong two-way play across the diamond gives the Red Sox one of the best outfield trios in baseball.
New York Yankees
Even with Aaron Judge missing significant time last year in the summer due to a wrist injury, the Yankees enjoyed potent offensive firepower from the outfield.
Though he was expected to spend more time at DH than in the outfield, Giancarlo Stanton delivered big numbers while filling in for Judge in right. He hit 38 home runs with 100 RBI in his debut season in pinstripes.
The Yanks also got big numbers out of Aaron Hicks in center with 27 home runs and 79 RBI. Hicks parlayed his breakout year into a seven year, $70 million extension this offseason.
There’s also the matter of that 6-foot 7-inch tall right fielder with a rocket arm capable of hitting moon shot after moon shot. Aaron Judge still managed to hit 27 home runs last year in only 112 games. Throw in the still reliable Brett Gardner and a full, healthy season from Judge, and the Yankees outfield is poised to be even stronger this year.
Los Angeles Angels
Mike Trout is so good, he could almost top this list by himself. The slugger had yet another monster season in 2018 despite missing 22 games. He hit .312 with an astounding .460 on-base percentage. Throw in 39 home runs, 79 RBI, 122 walks, and 24 stolen bases for a 10.2 WAR, and the five-tool threat seems poised to have another big year provided he can stay healthy.
It helps that he’s flanked by talent on either side, however. Justin Upton hit 30 home runs with 85 RBI last year in left field while Kole Calhoun added some pop with 19 home runs in right. Upton and Calhoun might not be world beaters, but when paired with Trout, they give the Angels one of the best outfield trios around.