When it comes to Major League Baseball’s top-rated outfielders, batters find it difficult to follow the old axiom and “hit ‘em where they ain’t.” The sport’s bests seem to position themselves to snag every batted ball or — when the variables change — adjust in a flash to foil batters’ bids for base hits. As a result, there are some MLB outfielders that hitters should try to avoid at all costs.
The rankings for this list are based on the Total Zone rating, a figure that calculates the “total number of runs above average the player was worth based on the number of plays made,” as compiled by Baseball-Reference.com. This stat takes into account the amount of ground covered at a position, the number of putouts, and other factors to determine an overall defensive worth. In addition, outfielders’ Defensive Runs Saved and Defensive Wins Against Replacement (DWAR) were considered.
The following nine players make batters’ lives miserable day after day during the course of the marathon MLB season.