The outfield is home to some of the game's biggest superstars.
Aaron Judge, Ronald Acuna Jr., Juan Soto, Mookie Betts, Luis Robert and Bryce Harper are among the biggest names in the sport, and others like Riley Greene, Alek Thomas, Brennen Davis, Zac Veen, Robert Hassell III and George Valera represent the potential next generation of outfield stars.
With that said, some clubs are better set up for success at those positions than others.
Ahead, we've broken down each team's present and future across the outfield, highlighting their starters and top three prospects to help paint a picture of the organizational outlook.
Think of it as the team's five-year plan in the outfield.
Top prospect Alek Thomas is hitting .316/.333/.553 with five extra-base hits in 39 plate appearances since making his MLB debut May 8, and there's a good chance he's up for good as the team's center fielder of the present and future. Expect to see Arizona's longest-tenured player, David Peralta, shopped at the deadline if the Diamondbacks are not in contention.
- LF David Peralta (Age: 34; controllable through 2022)
- CF Alek Thomas (Age: 22; controllable through 2027)
- RF Pavin Smith (Age: 26; controllable through 2026)
- Corbin Carroll (Tier 1, ETA: 2023)
- Kristian Robinson (Tier 3, ETA: ???)
- Dominic Fletcher (Tier 3, ETA: 2023)
Corbin Carroll was No. 31 on our Top 100 prospect list to start the year, and with a 60-grade hit tool and 70-grade speed, he profiles as an impact table-setter. Former top-100 prospect Kristian Robinson remains a wild card as he deals with legal issues after he allegedly punched an officer for the Arizona Department of Public Safety in the face.
It looked for a while like the Atlanta Braves would roll with an outfield of Ronald Acuna Jr., Cristian Pache and Drew Waters for years to come. However, with Pache traded to the Oakland Athletics and Waters stalled in his development at Triple-A, the long-term outfield is more up in the air. Travis Demeritte has been a pleasant surprise in the early going, while Eddie Rosario has been a disaster after returning on a two-year, $18 million deal that includes a 2024 club option.
- LF Travis Demeritte (Age: 27; controllable through 2027)
- CF Adam Duvall (Age: 33; controllable through 2022)
- RF Ronald Acuna Jr. (Age: 24; controllable through 2028)
- Michael Harris II (Tier 1, ETA: 2023)
- Drew Waters (Tier 2, ETA: 2022)
- Jesse Franklin (Tier 3, ETA: 2023)
Michael Harris was No. 61 on our preseason Top 100 prospect list, and with a strong start to the year at Double-A, he's on track to challenge for a starting job as early as next season. Drew Waters still has intriguing upside, but his 32 percent strikeout rate in 619 plate appearances at Triple-A is alarming