Opinion: Pirates edge out Marlins for top outfield in Major Leage Baseball

With Opening Day of the Major League baseball season right around the corner, I read an article during the off-season by Buster Olney of ESPN which listed the top 10 outfields in the MLB.

Coming in on the list at No. 2 were the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Olney has the Miami Marlins placed at No. 1 on his list.

This is, in my opinion ,mostly based around the Marlins star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who was outstanding last year until his season came to an abrupt end in early September after being plunked in the face by a fastball.

Stanton finished second in National League MVP last season after batting .288 and hitting a National League leading 37 home runs and also led in slugging percentage with an insane .555 clip.

In left field for the Marlins is Christian Yelich, who will be entering his second full season in the majors.

Yelich is very young at the age of 23 and is a promising player who won a Gold Glove award last season while hitting .284.

The last player for the Marlins is center fielder Marcell Ozuna, who had a solid season last year hitting 23 home runs.

However, I believe he is the least talented guy in both outfields.

As for the Pirates, I feel that the team has a fantastic trio of outfielders with the four time all-star and former NL MVP center fielder Andrew McCutchen leading the way.

McCutchen is nothing short of absolutely sensational after winning the MVP in 2013; he was able to arguably improve, if not repeat that performance in 2014.

McCutchen fell just shy of winning back to back MVP finishing third place in voting.

Last season, McCutchen led the National League in both on-base percentage and on-base plus slugging percentages with .410 and .952 respectively.

These percentages were helped by the spike of power he had in 2014 putting up a career best 69 extra base hits.

Clearly McCutchen is more than just the cornerstone of the outfield for the Pirates but the cornerstone of its franchise.

Moving on to left field, Starling Marte will be entering his third full season for the Pirates, and if the second half of last season was any indication of what we can expect in 2015, he may be the breakout player of the NL along with being a dark horse for the MVP.

Last year, in the latter half of the season, Marte had a tremendous .348 batting average and contributed eight home runs while being one of the main bats in the lineup for the Pirates playoff push.

I believe Marte has established himself and is poised for a big 2015 season.

The last player in the Pirates outfield is right fielder Gregory Polanco, who is set to begin his first full season.

Polanco came up in June last year blazing hot, but cooled off quick and was never to regain that form the remainder of 2014.

I fully expect Polanco to take strides forward this season as the talent is clearly there, and in time he will become a star.

All in all, when you look at each of the two outfields, I believe they are both young and very talented I give the edge to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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