We move around the diamond to the AL West power rankings in centerfield. Center isn’t as strong as it once was due to player movement and position changes. Let’s take a look. Again this is off mlbdepthcharts.com.
- Houston Astros- Justin Maxwell
Feb 23, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielderPeter Bourjos
(25) singles during the third inning against the Chicago Cubs at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Maxwell has bounced around in recent years but is going to get a chance to start for the Astros this year. Maxwell did hit 18 homers in 354 at bats. He’s got some speed and can play pretty good defense as well.
With the departure of Josh Hamilton, the Rangers will use a platoon of Martin and Gentry in center. Martin has been a big prospect in the Rangers’ system and now he gets his chance. Gentry’s got some speed and does well against lefties.
- Los Angeles Angels- Peter Bourjos
Bourjos has the center field job to lose. He’s going to get a full chance to be the starter and show off his speed. He’s so good at defense that Mike Trout is going to move to left. The only question is will he hit enough.
- Seattle Mariners- Franklin Gutierrez
Gutierrez just can’t stay healthy. He’s had all sorts of ailments that past couple of years from a concussion to stomach issues. When he is healthy, he is an elite defender and can get you double digit homers.
- Oakland Athletics- Coco Crisp
Crisp is a good defender in his own right and has a ton of speed. He also can get you a lot of steals as well as a good amount of doubles, and is a good clubhouse guy. Chris Young and Yoenis Cespedes will see some time in this spot for the A’s too.
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