Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Corbin Carroll ranked fourth on MLB Now’s Top 10 Right Fielders Right Now last night. The 2023 National League Rookie of the Year, who makes his debut on the ranking, finished one spot ahead of Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres and one spot behind Juan Soto of the New York Yankees. Last week, teammates Zac Gallen and Gabriel Moreno were ranked third and tenth, respectively, on MLB Now’s Top 10 Starting Pitchers Right Now and Top 10 Catchers Right Now.
On last night’s countdown, MLB Network analyst Cameron Maybin said on Carroll, “He’s a natural. The only thing he doesn’t have is a lightning bolt on his bat. But, this guy does everything well. I know his arm isn’t that great, but the OAA, top percentile, his base-running is elite. What that does as a team, you watch the way they play the game, the way they won games, close games, bunting, putting the ball in play and moving the guys over. Well, base-running is a huge part of that. He immediately turned into a leader of that team and the way he went, they went. He was impressive to watch, he’s only going to get better.”
The complete ranking for MLB Now’s top-10 right fielders is listed below
- Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves
- Kyle Tucker, Houston Astros
- Juan Soto, New York Yankees
- Corbin Carroll, Arizona Diamondbacks
- Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres
- Seiya Suzuki, Chicago Cubs
- George Springer, Toronto Blue Jays
- Teoscar Hernández, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Adolis García, Texas Rangers
- Josh Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays
It’s impressive that Carroll is ranked so highly, considering 2023 was his rookie season, and these rankings involve performance over multiple years. It just goes to show how dominant Corbin was. I’m a little less sure about the decision to classify him as a right-fielder, considering he played more games in left last year. But the number of innings played was exactly the same in both spots. Heck, he played 44 games in CF. He was the first player with that many games at each of the three outfield positions since Jay Payton in 2006, so add “extreme flexibility” to the list of Carroll attributes!
Hosted by MLB Network’s Brian Kenny, the 14th season of each Top 10 Right Now ranking considers player performance over the last three seasons, offensive and defensive metrics, both advanced Statcast data and traditional numbers, and expert analysis by the MLB Network research team. The series also features analysis from MLB Network on-air personalities and roundtable discussions with former SABR President Vince Gennaro, MLB.com writer and editor Sarah Langs, and MLB.com analyst Mike Petriello. The series continues tonight with the second-base spot: wonder if we’ll get a Ketel Marte sighting there?
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