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Best Outfielders in MLB in 2023

Some of the most iconic names in Major League Baseball history have roamed the outfield. The 2023 season had many tremendous performances in the outfield and with over 90 starting outfielders to choose from, narrowing the list to ten leaves numerous all-stars off the list. Let’s look at our list of the best outfielders in MLB from the 2023 season.

Best Outfielders in MLB

10. 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.

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

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9. Cody Bellinger (Chicago Cubs)

Bellinger won the Rookie of the Year in 2017 and NL MVP in 2019 after hitting 47 home runs and driving in 115.

He struggled over the next three seasons, hitting a combined .203 with 41 home runs in 295 games. Bellinger returned to form in 2023 in his first season with the Cubs, hitting .307 with 26 home runs, 97 RBI, and 20 stolen bases.

A Gold Glove Award winner in 2019, Bellinger flashed the leather last season, making only three errors while playing 84 of his 144 games in the outfield.

8. Juan Soto (San Diego Padres)

Soto’s resume 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. Soto 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.

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7. Julio Rodriguez (Seattle Mariners)

Rodriguez jumped onto the scene as a 21-year-old rookie in 2022. He opened eyes immediately, earning an All-Star berth and won the AL Rookie of the Year after hitting .284 with 28 home runs and 75 RBI.

Rodriguez improved to 32 home runs and 103 RBI, while adding 37 doubles and 37 stolen bases.

In the field, he made only two errors in 152 games manning centerfield. A Gold Glove Award soon isn’t out of the question for this rising superstar.

6. Luis Robert Jr. (Chicago White Sox)

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Robert was a rookie during the Covid-19 shortened 2020 season. He finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting and won a Gold Glove Award.

Robert hit .338 in 2021, but was limited to 68 games. After a mediocre 2022 season, Robert was extremely impressive this past season.

He belted 38 home runs, to go along with 36 doubles. Robert made his first AL All-Star team and had only three errors in the field in 142 games.

At age 26, Robert is just entering his prime and could soon crack the top five best outfielders in MLB.

5. Adolis Garcia (Texas Rangers)

Garcia had 23 MLB at-bats in 2018 and 2020 combined and was a 28-year-old rookie in 2021.

That season, he made the AL All-Star team, hitting 31 home runs with 90 RBI. After a 27 home run, 101 RBI campaign in 2022, Garcia hit new levels in 2023, blasting 39 home runs, knocking in 107 runs, making his second All-Star team.

In addition, he thrived in the field, winning a Gold Glove Award in right field. Garcia was MVP of the ALCS in 2023, hitting five home runs, helping the Rangers to their first World Series title.

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4. Kyle Tucker (Houston Astros)

Tucker made his Major League debut in 2018 and has played his entire career with the Astros. He became a starter in 2021 and made his first All-Star team in 2022 after his second consecutive 30-home-run season.

Last season, Tucker hit .284 with 29 home runs and a league-leading 112 RBI. In addition, he hit 37 doubles and stole 30 bases.

On the downside, Tucker had only six hits in 40 postseason at-bats. Tucker is a solid defensive outfield having committed only three errors last season for a fielding percentage of .990.

3. Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)

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Judge has been a mainstay in the Yankees lineup since his Rookie of the Year campaign of 2017.

He came off a career season in 2022 in which he set an AL record for home runs in a season with 62 and led the league in seven major offensive categories.

After his MVP campaign, Judge appeared in only 106 games due to injury. However, he made the most of his playing time, belting 37 home runs with an OPS of 1.019.

Judge isn’t spectacular in the field, but he’s very solid and committed only two errors in 72 games last season.

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2. Mookie Betts (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Betts has put together an impressive resume over a 10-year MLB career. He is a seven-time All-Star and won the AL MVP Award in 2018 after leading the league in runs scored, batting average, and slugging percentage.

In his third season with the Dodgers in 2023, Betts hit .307, slugged a career-best 39 home runs, and knocked in 107. Betts is also excellent in the field, having six Gold Glove Awards in centerfield.

He’s struggled in the postseason while with the Dodgers, going 6-for-48 in 13 games.

Despite his playoff struggles, Betts remains an upper-echelon outfielder at the age of 31.

1. Ronald Acuna Jr. (Atlanta Braves)

Acuna won Rookie of the Year with the Braves as a 20-year-old in 2018 and followed with his first All-Star selection with a 41 home run, 101 RBI season.

Acuna made his third All-Star team in 2022 despite dipping to .266 with 15 home runs in 119 games in 2022.

He put together a season for the ages in 2023, becoming the first player in MLB history to surpass 40 home runs and 70 stolen bases in the same season. Acuna’s efforts won him NL MVP.

He has a pedestrian .256 career postseason batting average, but at 25 years old, expect those numbers to climb as he is likely to build a Hall of Fame resume.

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