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10 Best Left Fielders in MLB

Much like most other positions in this era of Major League Baseball, the left field position is full of power hitters. Generally, the left fielders are the worst defensive players among the three outfield positions, however, some can flash the leather with the best of them. Let’s look at 2023’s best left fielders in MLB.

Best Left fielders in MLB

10. Masataka Yoshida (Boston Red Sox)

Number 10 on our best left fielders in MLB list is Masataka Yoshida. Yoshida was a .327 hitter in seven seasons in Japan before signing with the Boston Red Sox as a 29-year-old rookie in 2023.

He hit .289 with 33 doubles, 15 home runs, and 72 RBI this past season, and had five assists and three errors in the field, for a fielding percentage of .977.

He is signed with the Red Sox through the 2027 season for $18 million per season.

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9. Austin Hays (Baltimore Orioles)

Hays made his MLB debut with the Orioles in 2017 and hit .217 in 60 at-bats. He returned to the Orioles in 2019 and set a career-high in home runs in 2021 with 22.

Hays’ production dipped the following year to a .250 batting average, 16 home runs, and 60 RBI. He improved his batting average in 2023 to .275 with 16 home runs and 67 RBI.

Hays was perfect in the field in 236 chances, whilst being named to the first All-Star team. He went 3-for-13 in the ALDS versus the Rangers.

8. Steven Kwan  (Cleveland Guardians)

Kwan has played two seasons in the Major Leagues and at first glance, nothing stands out in terms of appearance and his statistics.

Digging deeper you see that Kwan is good at many things offensively. He had 171 hits, 93 runs, 36 doubles, seven triples, 21 stolen bases, and 70 walks.

The one area Kwan stands out is in the field, winning a Gold Glove Award with a .989 fielding percentage and 10 assists.

He is arbitration-eligible in 2025 and free agent in 2028.

7. Ian Happ (Chicago Cubs)

Happ has spent his entire seven-year MLB career with the Cubs. He made his first All-Star team in 2022 and is a back-to-back Gold Glove Award winner. 

Happ has hit at least 20 home runs in a season three times, and hit 21 home runs with 84 RBI and 99 walks this past season.

In the field, Happ had 12 assists and four errors in 268 chances for a fielding percentage of .989. He is signed through the 2026 season.

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6. Bryan Reynolds (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Reynolds has played his entire five-year career with the Pirates and has been one of the most consistent left-fielders in the league since 2021.

He was named an NL All-Star in 2021. Reynolds hit .263 with 31 doubles, 24 home runs, and 84 RBI in 2023.

It was his third straight season with at least 20 home runs. Reynolds committed only one error in 206 chances last season. He is signed with the Pirates through the 2030 season.

5. Christian Yelich (Milwaukee Brewers)

Yelich has been with the Brewers since he was a 21-year-old rookie in 2013. His peak seasons were 2017 and 2018, when he hit a combined 80 home runs, won the batting title both years, NL MVP in 2018, and runner-up in 2019.

He hasn’t been the same player since, but still has some left in the tank at age 32. Yelich hit .278 with 34 doubles, 17 home runs, 76 RBI, and 28 doubles in 2023.

He went 4-for-8 in the NLWC round against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Yelich is a Gold Glove Award winner in the past and committed only two errors last season.

4. Corbin Carroll (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Carroll was a 21-year-old when he made his Major League Debut on August 29, 2022.

He hit a respectable .260 with four home runs and 14 RBI in 32 games, and surprised the league this past season, earning an All-Star appearance and Rookie of the Year honors.

Carroll hit .285 with a league-leading 10 triples, 25 home runs, and 54 stolen bases. He committed only one error while playing all three outfield positions, 74 of them in left field.

Carroll helped the Diamondbacks to the World Series, losing to the Texas Rangers.

3. Yordan Alvarez (Houston Astros)

After a Rookie of the Year campaign in 2019, Alvarez missed all but two games in 2020.

He returned in 2021 and put together his first of three consecutive seasons with at least 30 home runs. He made his first AL All-Star teams in 2022 and repeated in 2023 with 31 home runs, 97 RBI, and a .293 batting average.

Alvarez dominated in the 2023 playoffs, going 20-for-43 with six home runs, and was perfect in 40 games in the outfield.

Alvarez is signed through the 2028 season.

2. Randy Arozarena (Tampa Bay Rays)

Arozarena played in 19 games with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2019 and 23 with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2020.

He maintained his rookie status in 2021 and won the AL Rookie of the Year after hitting 20 home runs, 69 RBI, and 20 stolen bases. He repeated with 20 home runs and improved his stolen base total to 32 in 2022.

Last season, Arozarena made his first All-Star team and set a career-high in home runs with 23 to go along with 83 stolen bases.

He went 3-for-8 in the ALWC round against the Texas Rangers, and was excellent in the field with eight assists and no errors in 139 games.

1. Juan Soto (San Diego Padres)

Juan Soto is our #1 best left fielders in MLB, with a resume that dates back to 2018 as a 19-year-old rookie with the Washington Nationals. He spent 4 ½ seasons in Washington, making two NL All-Star teams.

Soto struggled in 52 games with the Padres in 2022, hitting only .236 with six home runs. He rebounded with a flourish last season, posting a career-high in home runs with 35.

In addition, Soto led the league in walks, knocked in 109 runs, and made his third NL All-Star team.

He was traded to the New York Yankees on December 6, 2023, and now teams with Aaron Judge to form a dynamic duo.

Soto has a .261 average with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 29 playoff games. He committed only three errors with 10 assists in 154 games last season.

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