Mike Trout Is A Top Five Centerfielder According to MLB Network

By Jason Evans

Gearing up for the season, MLB Network will do a top 10 list for each position and then the top 100 players overall. The lists will start to come out as the top 10 centerfielders will be announced tonight, and even though he will be playing left field this year, Mike Trout will be among the top five of the 10, with Jacoby Ellsbury, Austin Jackson, Andrew McCutchen and Matt Kemp according to the OC Register.

Sept. 18, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; A Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (not pictured) supporter during the game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

If I had to guess at where Trout will be it will probably be two or three. I think Kemp will be number one and either Trout or McCutchen will be two or three in either order. You can’t go wrong with any of those guys. If any of those five are your centerfielder, you clearly have a strong building block for your team.

The fact that Trout is moving to left for Peter Bourjos speaks volumes about the kind of defense that Bourjos can play in center. Trout was one of the best defensive centerfielders in the game last year, and now he’s in left. Of course if Bourjos falters, Trout could go right back there and someone like Vernon Wells or Kole Calhoun could take over in left.

The top 10 second baseman right now will be on after it tonight as well. Will Howard Kendrick make the list?

Congrats to Trout on being on the list for centerfield. I wonder which list he will be on for 2014, leftfield or centerfield?