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Ranking baseball's best defensive outfielders158dScott SprattTrouble brewing for Broncos: How they got here, what's next6hMike SandoFalcons drop chance to keep pace with Saints in shifting NFC South7hDan GrazianoBiggest NFL injuries of Week 92hESPNNFL players who protested during national anthem in Week 912hESPN staffWho had the best sneakers of Week 3?16hNick DePaulaWyshynski: Against all odds, Sakic won the Duchene deal4hGreg WyshynskiSource: Goodell to be deposed in Kap case14hAdam SchefterThe NFL's salty secret3dDavid FlemingRanking every team in college basketball from 1 to 3514dJohn GasawayOlney: Astros look ready to launch a dynasty, but so did the Cubs last year16hBuster OlneyPlayers travel home to U.S. Virgin Islands to help with hurricane recovery2dKeith LawInsiderRanking baseball's best defensive outfieldersEnder Inciarte has turned into a premium defender in center field now that he's getting a consistent opportunity with the Braves.Jasen Vinlove/USA Today SportsFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerEmailcommentJun 3, 2017Scott SprattSpecial to ESPN CloseResearch associate for Baseball Info SolutionsFollow on TwitterFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailcommentLast week, I ranked the top 10 defensive infielders in baseball This week it's time to hit the outfield. Interestingly, the outfield has generated more disagreements between the Gold Glove voters and modern defensive statistics such as Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) than the infield has. Only four of my top 10 ranked outfielders has a Gold Glove award to his name.Editor's PicksWho are baseball's best defensive infielders?Ian Kinsler has been consistently excellent at second Javier Baez's versatility puts him in his own class. Andrelton Simmons put up one of the best defensive seasons of all time. But only one can be No. 1.Projecting the playoff chances for all 30 teamsThe Cubs and Indians have performed below expectations, but the Astros and Rockies have exceeded them so far this season. But who among them still has the best shot at the postseason?Trade-deadline tiers: Who's buying? And who's selling?Are the Cubs and Indians looking to add to their rotations? Will the Blue Jays reverse course before July 31? We project which teams will be buyers, which teams could be sellers and who might stand pat.2 RelatedThis is my attempt to rank the best defensive outfielders based on my synthesis of various defensive metrics, my observations and the research we have done into the relative value of the three outfield positions. And for that last reason, no full-time left fielders made the list. In previous seasons, left fielders such as Alex Gordon and Starling Marte would have had a chance, but by and large teams still try to hide hitters in left field, and even the best defensive left fielders rarely excel when they try to play the more difficult outfield positions.10. Lorenzo Cain, CF, Kansas City Royals: The Royals' outfield isn't what it was at its peak in 2013-15 when it saved more than 40 runs per year and helped propel a defense- and bullpen-skewed team to consecutive World Series appearances, but at least Cain still serves as its anchor. Cain's success in center field is all about range Emmitt Smith Jersey. He makes his fair share of misplays and actually has a worse arm than an average center fielder, but he continues to save 10 or more runs per season by getting to balls that other center fielders can't reach.It will be interesting to see what the Royals decide to do when Cain becomes a free agent this offseason, assuming they don't trade him beforehand. On one hand, defensive production has typically been underpaid in free agency relative to offensive production, so Cain might be more affordable for a team that has traditionally been conservative with its free-agent dollars. But on the other hand, the Royals might be reluctant to hand out a long-term deal to a 31-year-old player whose skill set relies heavily on speed. Insider To find out who saves his team the most on defense, you must be an Insider. Subscribe Log In View Insider Benefits ABOUT COOKIES We use cookies to offer an improved online experience. By clicking "OK" without changing your settings you are giving your consent to receive cookies.