MLB Network’s “Top 10 Right Now” series is under way for 2014, ranking the best players at each position. It kicked off Friday night with center fielders, which of course meant more recognition for the 2013 NL MVP.
For the second year in a row, Andrew McCutchen is ranked the second best CF in Major League Baseball. Only 22-year-old phenom Mike Trout placed ahead of him, just like last year. Trout and Cutch notched the two highest fWAR totals among all players in 2013, at 10.4 and 8.2, respectively.
Here’s the full list of the network’s “Shredder” rankings:
10. Coco Crisp
9. Dexter Fowler
8. Adam Jones
7. Austin Jackson
6. Carlos Gomez
5. Matt Kemp
4. Jacoby Ellsbury
3. Carlos Gonzalez
Three consecutive All-Star nods and an MVP award under his belt, McCutchen has continued to grow as a player over the last few years. He’s put everything together – offense, defense, speed, etc. The Pirates go as Cutch goes, and he’s certainly been a steady producer:
Best center fielder in the National League? I think so, especially “right now” like MLB Network defines it. Cutch is the man.