Making the Grade: Ranking Left Fielders in the AL Central

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Some of the greatest talent in the AL Central resides in left field. The most productive player at the position may be the answer to lead his team to a division crown.

From Silver Sluggers to Gold Glove, the AL Central is home to some of the most dynamic left field talent in the league.

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  • One of the most star-studded positions in the division, left field contains the likes of 2014 All Stars Michael Brantley, Alex Gordon and Yoenis Cespedes. It contains 2012 All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera, who has a World Series title to his name, and former Twins’ Minor League Hitter of the Year Oswaldo Arcia.

    While the Cuban slugger was not in the division last season, the AL Central now sports a two-time Home Run Derby champion in Cespedes. It fields Brantley, who earned the AL Silver Slugger and finished in the top five in AL MVP voting, and it fields Alex Gordon, who earned his fourth consecutive Gold Glove on his way to leading Kansas City to an AL crown.

    This piece highlights the left fielders who occupy the division and ranks them, from 1-5, in reverse order from least productive to most productive.

    Next: No. 5

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