MLB: Top 5 Right Fielders in The Show for 2021 Campaign
In the MLB you’ll hear about stars making an impact, but specifically in right field for 2021.
In today’s piece, I’ll look at the best along the first-base line and go through their strengths.
Are you ready for some baseball? Let’s get to it.
No. 5: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
Judge is a slugger and will be productive for the Yanks, but how healthy will he be?
It’s hard to put Judge as the No. 1 guy in right field when he is not available to play for a full season.
Actually, Aaron Judge hasn’t come close to playing a full season since 2017. That year Judge won Rookie of the Year with 52 homers and 127 walks.
Judge is ranked as the No. 5 right fielder due to his power and it helps to have the talent he is surrounded by on a daily basis.
I’m not saying Judge will play in every game this season, but he has to be healthier than what he was last year.
No. 4: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
The former NL MVP struggled last year and posted a .205 batting average.
But, Yelich was trying to rebound and find a groove after breaking his right kneecap towards the conclusion of 2019.
There’s definitely more in the tank for Yelich and he should have a nice bounce-back season in 2021.
I’ve enjoyed watching Yelich’s combination of power and speed.
In 2019, Yelich stole 30 bags and smacked a career-best 44 homers.
Yelich should have more protection around him this season with Lorenzo Cain returning after opting out for most of last season.
The Brewers also signed second baseman Kolten Wong and utilityman Daniel Robertson.
No. 3: Ronald Acuna, Jr., Atlanta Braves
Acuna, Jr. has the pop and is a jolt of energy for the Braves offense.
The 23-year-old won his second Silver Slugger after driving in 29 runs in 46 games played last year.
In 2019, Acuna swiped 37 bases en route to being 5th in the NL MVP voting.
He can also play good defense and has range. Acuna has played in center field and is slated to be the right fielder in Atlanta this season.
No. 2: Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies
Harper has done an excellent job of getting on base while launching baseballs out of MLB parks.
In right field, Harper has shown his cannon arm and has thrown out base runners.
Yes, I’d like to see him drive in more runs and show more of his power, but I get it.
Harper has been able to hit the ball the opposite way and he’s even willing to bunt to reach base safely.
It’s fun to watch Harp hustle around the base paths and his pure energy just makes you want to run through a wall.
Bryce is also a clutch player and demonstrated that several times last season and in 2019.
He has more walks and RBIs than Acuna over the past two years and everyone raves about Acuna.
With J.T. Realmuto and Didi Gregorius back in the fold in Philly, that’s more protection for Harper and will help his numbers, potentially.
No. 1: Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers
Betts earned his mega-contract with the Dodgers in just his first season donning the blue and white.
Mookie Betts can do it all.
Between his power, speed around the bases, and strong arm from right field, it makes sense why Betts gets paid the big bucks.
Betts launched 16 homers in 2020 and drove in 39 runs.
The former Boston Red Sox player also hit .292 while earning a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger.
Mookie has been a driving force in two World Series teams during his successful career in the MLB.
One would think he would be in a few more Fall Classics before he retires.