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:
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.