New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes was ranked 2nd on MLB Network’s Top 10 Left Fielders Right Now! program yesterday, while Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard was ranked 9th on the Top 10 Starting Pitchers Right Now!.
Cespedes, 31, finished one spot ahead of the Pirates’ Starling Marte and one spot behind the Brewers’ Ryan Braun. Despite playing with a sore quad in the second half, Cespedes batted .280/.354/.530 with 25 doubles, 31 home runs, 86 RBI and a 133 OPS+ in 132 games for the Mets.
Syndergaard, 24, finished one spot ahead of the Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke and one spot behind the Giants’ Johnny Cueto. He posted a 14-9 record last season, with a 2.60 ERA, 1.149 WHIP, 2.29 FIP, 10.7 K/9 and a 5.3 WAR.
Taking into account player performance over several seasons with an emphasis on 2016, a number of offensive and defensive metrics both advanced and traditional, and projected performance for the upcoming season, MLB Network’s Top 10 Right Now series ranks the top players at each position heading into the 2017 season.
The complete rankings for left fielders and starting pitchers are listed below along with video recaps on Cespedes and Syndergaard.
Top 10 Left Fielders Right Now!
1. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
2. Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets
3. Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates
4. Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics
5. Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
6. Randal Grichuk, St. Louis Cardinals
7. Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers
8. Carlos Beltran, Houston Astros
9. Brett Gardner, New York Yankees
10. Adam Duvall, Cincinnati Reds
Top 10 Starting Pitchers Right Now!
1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
3. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
4. Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
5. Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
6. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
7. Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
8. Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants
9. Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
10. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
Now in its seventh season, MLB Network’s Top 10 Right Now series is hosted by Brian Kenny with contributing analysis from MLB Network on-air personalities, Boston Red Sox senior advisor of baseball operations and renowned sabermetrician Bill James, President of SABR Vince Gennaro and MLB.com analyst Mike Petriello.