Dodgers: NL West Position Rankings
1.Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, Gerardo Parra, COL
Gonzalez looks to be primed for a breakout season and is heading into a contract year. Don’t be surprised if he surpasses his 25 HR and 100 RBI total from last season. Blackmon continues to produce over in center field (29 HR, 82 RBI) for the Rockies and shows no signs of slowing up. Parra is the worst of the bunch and is coming off his worst year as a pro. Everything seems to work itself out though when you get to play in Coors for 81 games a season.
2. Andrew Toles, Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, LAD
Toles may have locked up the starting spot after Andre Ethier went down. He’ll likely regress, but hopefully, will hold his own with the bat and will look to prove himself a worthy major leaguer. Joc is primed for a breakout season and will look to use his new stance he’s implemented. I look for him to lead the Dodgers in home runs this year and possibly make the all-star team. Puig looked decent in spring and he too changed his stance. Hopefully, it will lead to production from him in right. If he can capture his wild horse form, then the Dodgers outfield will jump into the first position.
3. Yasmany Tomas, AJ Pollock, David Peralta, ARI
Tomas had a power surge last season as he smacked 31 home runs and will look to build upon his rough fielding “skills.” Even if he continues to hit bombs, it will not make up for his lack of other skill sets. Had Pollock not got injured last season, Arizona would be in 2nd, but he did and they’re not. Look for him to anchor down center field and compete for comeback player of the year. Peralta only had 166 PA last season, so let’s see if he can contribute like a starter. If he doesn’t pan out Arizona will be hard-pressed to find a replacement on the roster for him.
4. Jarret Parker, Denard Span, Hunter Pence, SF
Parker will be getting his first real season as a starter so let’s see how that goes. Span is coming off his worst season as a pro and age is looking to catch up to him a bit. He is still trying to live up to the contract that he received last year. Pence is probably the player I hate most in the majors, the Giants devil magic just seems to love him. Despite his awkward fundamentals, he still gets the job done.
5. Travis Janikowski, Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe, SD
San Diego has a lot of problems with its roster. It’s outfield, may just be the worst of its problems. All three of these players wouldn’t be starting anywhere else in the league let alone the division. The best San Diego can hope for is that Janikowski can show off his speed on the bases (30 SB) and the other two can at least hold their own.