Where Do Baltimore Orioles Outfield Rank Among Star-Studded AL East?

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Where does the Baltimore Orioles outfield of Trey Mancini, Adam Jones and Colby Rasmus rank in the American League East?

The Baltimore Orioles added veteran Colby Rasmus during the offseason to help bolster their right field depth.

But, when you think of the top outfielders in baseball, what are some names that come to mind?

Aaron Judge? Yep, AL East. Giancarlo Stanton? Yep, him too. Mookie Betts? Different team, same division.

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J.D. Martinez? Oh yeah, he is in the AL East now too. Kevin Kiermaier may not be one of the first you think of, but maybe he should be.

There is an apparent amount of firepower among the AL East outfielders. Some are sure sluggers, like Judge and Stanton. Others have speed and strong defense to their game, like Betts and Kiermaier.

Players like Adam Jones, Brett Gardner and Andrew Benintendi have excellent games. There are veterans like Stanton, Jones, Curtis Granderson, Gardner, Denard Span and more.

Furthermore, three players landed in the AL 2017 Rookie of the Year voting in Judge, Benintendi and Baltimore Orioles’ Trey Mancini.

Yes, the outfield in the AL East is a perfect place to play. The top two teams on this list should be fairly obvious, but the bottom is where the intrigue is.

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5. Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays’ Outfielders: Curtis Granderson (LF), Kevin Pillar (CF), Randal Grichuk (RF), Steve Pearce, Teoscar Hernandez, Dwight Smith Jr., Dalton Pompey, Anthony Alford

Gone is Jose Bautista. It is another aging outfielder, and an exciting option to flank Kevin Pillar.

Granderson split time between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers as a 36-year-old last season, amassing a .212/.323/.452 slash average with 26 home runs, 24 doubles, 64 runs batted in, 74 runs and 71 walks with 123 strikeouts in 147 games and 527 plate appearances.

While the speed is down, Granderson has also become more selective at the plate, cutting down on his strikeouts. However, he has never been a high average hitter, so you take the good with the bad.

After hitting .212 last year, and now as a 37-year-old, it will be interesting to see what is left in the tank. Also, it is a good thing that Kevin Pillar has an infinite range because Granderson doesn’t have much at all in the outfield.

Grichuk is a career .249 hitter, who is good for 20 home runs and 20 doubles if he starts regularly. A decent defender, it will be interesting to see how good Grichuk is in the American League and away from the NL Central.

As for Pillar, he had a few issues last year off the field but hit .256/.300/.404 with a career-high with 16 home runs. He added 37 doubles and 15 stolen bases, along with 72 runs scored. Pillar is better known for his defense, which is outstanding.

Pearce does a little bit of everything for the Jays, with Hernandez looking good last season during the second half when he got to play. Alford is a top prospect, but it seems hard for him to crack the lineup at this point, with DH held down by Kendrys Morales.