Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
Mookie Betts put together a second consecutive All-Star season with the Los Angeles Dodgers and moved up MLB Network’s The Shredder rankings of the Top 10 Right Fielders Right Now for 2023.
Betts placed second behind New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, which was an improvement from ranking fifth heading into the 2022 season. Overall, Betts has been ranked by The Shredder as one of the top-10 right fielders in baseball eight consecutive seasons in a row, falling inside the top five each year.
Follow Judge and Betts on the list of top-10 right fielders for 2023 are Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper (third), Houston Astros’ Kyle Tucker, Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr., Toronto Blue Jays’ George Springer, New York Mets’ Starling Marte, Seattle Mariners’ Teoscar Hernández, San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatís Jr. and Hunter Renfroe of the Los Angeles Angels.
The Shredder ranked Tatís the No. 1 shortstop heading into the 2022 season, but he’s poised for a position change due to the Padres signing Xander Bogaerts.
MLB Network analysts Mike Petriello and Vince Gennaro also ranked Betts as the No. 2 right fielder in baseball behind Judge, and Sarah Langs placed him third after the reigning American League MVP and Harper.
After being bothered throughout the 2021 season by a bone spur in his right hip, Betts rebounded to have production closer to expected levels. He finished 2022 batting .269/.340/.533 with 35 home runs, 40 doubles, 82 RBI, 117 runs scored, 12 stolen bases and 144 wRC+ across 142 games.
Betts tied with Freddie Freeman for the National League lead in runs scored and set a career high in home runs. Betts won a fifth career Silver Slugger Award, sixth Gold Glove and was named to the All-MLB First Team.
While Betts remains an elite right fielder, there were some indications he would move to second base if it the Dodgers wanted to sign Judge. Manager Dave Roberts later clarified Betts possibly playing second base would be more on a sporadic basis to provide him with some rest.
MLB Top-10 Right Fielder Right Now for 2023
RankThe ShredderMike PetrielloSarah Langs Vince Gennaro
1Aaron Judge (Yankees)Aaron Judge (Yankees)Aaron Judge (Yankees)Aaron Judge (Yankees)
2Mookie Betts (Dodgers)Mookie Betts (Dodgers)Bryce Harper (Phillies)Mookie Betts (Dodgers)
3Bryce Harper (Phillies)Kyle Tucker (Astros)Mookie Betts (Dodgers)Ronald Acuña Jr. (Braves)
4Kyle Tucker (Astros)Ronald Acuña Jr. (Braves)Kyle Tucker (Astros)Kyle Tucker (Astros)
5Ronald Acuña Jr. (Braves)George Springer (Blue Jays)Ronald Acuña Jr. (Braves)Bryce Harper (Phillies)
6George Springer (Blue Jays)Bryce Harper (Phillies)Fernando Tatís Jr. (Padres)Fernando Tatís Jr. (Padres)
7Starling Marte (Mets)Fernando Tatís Jr. (Padres)Starling Marte (Mets)Starling Marte (Mets)
8Teoscar Hernández (Mariners)Starling Marte (Mets)George Springer (Blue Jays)George Springer (Blue Jays)
9Fernando Tatís Jr. (Padres)Seiya Suzuki (Cubs)Teoscar Hernández (Mariners)Lars Nootbaar (Cardinals)
10Hunter Renfroe (Angels)Teoscar Hernández (Mariners)Hunter Renfroe (Angels)Mitch Haniger (Giants)
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