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2018 Position Rankings: Center Field

Any position group that includes the No. 1 prospect in the game is in good shape, and center field gets that distinction this year with Ronald Acuña. Backing him up are two more premium prospects in Victor Robles and Lewis Brinson. While that's a top three that contend with any position group, there is a clear dropoff into a mix of talented players with red flags (Alex Verdugo's maturity, Estevan Florial's strikeout rate, Austin Meadows' health) and young players in the lowest levels of the minors far away from contributing (Jo Adell, Leody Taveras, Luis Robert).

There is decent depth and the Top 100 players run down to No. 15, but that leads into another group of big names with significant questions about their overall future impact (Jeren Kendall, Magneuris Sierra, Daz Cameron, Mickey Moniak, Harrison Bader, Austin Beck). The elite talent at the top carries this center field class and there is big potential, but there are also a high level of potential variance, even more than usual.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Rule 5 Draft Protections Show Teams Picked Wisely In 2017, 2018

When it came to drafting, teams seemed to do better than normal in the first round of the draft recently.

1 Ronald Acuña, Braves
2 Victor Robles, Nationals
3 Lewis Brinson, Marlins
4 Alex Verdugo, Dodgers
5 Estevan Florial, Yankees
6 Austin Meadows, Pirates
7 Jo Adell, Angels
8 Leody Taveras, Rangers
9 Luis Robert, White Sox
10 Anthony Alford, Blue Jays
11 Monte Harrison, Marlins
12 Heliot Ramos, Giants
13 Brett Phillips, Brewers
14 Dustin Fowler, Athletics
15 Jahmai Jones, Angels
16 Cristian Pache, Braves
17 Jeren Kendall, Dodgers
18 Magneuris Sierra, Marlins
19 Daz Cameron, Tigers
20 Mickey Moniak, Phillies
21 Harrison Bader, Cardinals
22 Austin Beck, Athletics
23 Lolo Sanchez, Pirates
24 Zack Granite, Twins
25 Corey Ray, Brewers
26 Steven Duggar, Giants
27 Greg Allen, Indians
28 Franchy Cordero, Padres
29 Akil Baddoo, Twins
30 Khalil Lee, Royals
31 Jose Siri, Reds
32 Braden Bishop, Mariners
33 Randy Arozarena, Cardinals
34 Eduardo Diaz, D-backs
35 Mike Gerber, Tigers

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