NL East Preview: Left Field

Left field is an interesting position in the National League. The position has a lot of talent, some of that is unproven, and some of it has been proven in the past, but will be tested once again in the 2012 season.

Here is a glimpse of the starting left fielders for each NL East team in 2012.

 Martin Prado

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA WAR HR
Bill James 553 .289 .339 .423 .333 2.3 11
Roto Champ 610 .288 .334 .425 .331 2.5 14
Fans 597 .294 .345 .439 .341 3.1 13

Logan Morrison

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA WAR HR
Bill James 507 .265 .363 .475 .361 1.5 18
Roto Champ 614 .271 .365 .499 .373 2.6 25
Fans 589 .278 .369 .492 .373 3.3 22

Jason Bay

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA WAR HR
Bill James 555 .257 .355 .436 .346 2.2 19
Roto Champ 515 .251 .346 .404 .337 1.4 14
Fans 545 .262 .344 .439 .345 2.1 17

John Mayberry

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA WAR HR
Bill James 159 .257 .313 .439 .327 0.4 6
Roto Champ 531 .260 .331 .469 .347 2.5 22
Fans 481 .267 .324 .444 .337 2.2 18

Michael Morse

Projection PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA WAR HR
Bill James 553 .291 .347 .505 .363 1.9 25
Roto Champ 575 .284 .346 .530 .374 2.1 31
Fans 606 .284 .345 .481 .357 2.5 26

 

According to these projections, we can draw this:

  1. Martin Prado
  2. Logan Morrison
  3. Michael Morse
  4. John Mayberry
  5. Jason Bay

Unlike the other positions we have looked at thus far, left field is the position that is the most unclear. My rankings have Prado first, but do not be suprised if this list somehow gets flipped upside down. A lot of uncertainties involved with this position. As I have stated in the past, the Marlins will not get full value out of Logan Morrison in left field. The same holds true with Michael Morse and the Nationals. John Mayberry is expected to be holding down left field as a stop-gap guy until Domonic Brown is ready for the big leagues. Martin Prado is also a former second/third baseman that has been moved to left field. Overall, most players in the NL East are converts from another position to an unnatural left field.

Tags: Atlanta Braves Domonic Brown Jason Bay John Mayberry Logan Morrison Martin Prado Miami Marlins Michael Morse New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies Washington Nationals

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