2012 in Review: Outfield

Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, and Travis Snider could roam the outfield at PNC Park for years to come.

A mix of injuries and inexperience defined the corner outfielders, but all-star Andrew McCutchen was stellar in center.

The top five outfielders in 2012:

Andrew McCutchen 157 .327 31 96 .953
Alex Presley 104 .237 10 25 .683
Jose Tabata 103 .243 3 16 .664
Starling Marte 47 .257 5 17 .737
Travis Snider 50 .250 1 9 .652

Other players that saw action in the outfield: Garrett Jones (see our infield review for more info on GFJ), Drew Sutton, Nate McLouth, Gorkys Hernandez, Eric Fryer.

Center field was never a concern for the Bucs last year, but the corner positions seemed to be revolving doors all year.  Cutch was unbelievable, we know that.  The Gold-Glover may have struggled to close out the season, but he still put up unreal numbers.  He’ll only get better.  Presley began the year as a starter for the first time, and couldn’t produce much at all.  He did show some surprising pop and has good speed, so there may be a place for him on the team in coming years.  Tabata was a complete mess.  That’s about all for him.  Marte and Snider both showed that they could be major-league starters.  There’s no doubt that Starling will be a stud as he continues to get experience, and if Snider can hold down RF, the Bucs may have an outfield reminiscent of Bonds-Van Slyke-Bonilla for years to come.

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