Top Defensive Outfielders

The effects of the trade of Carlos Gomez may be felt most defensively. Now after his exit, Inside Pitch Magazine takes a look at the top defensive outfielders breaking down who's got the best arm, the speed and overall skills in the Mets system.

5. Joe Holden: The Savannah outfielder is an all-out defensive player in the field. His good natural speed and hustle is second to none and the ground he covers allows him to play any of the three outfield positions. He chases down balls with terrific tenacity and is not afraid to lay his body out to make a play. All though his arm is not overly powerful, it is strong enough that he will not be a defensive liability and a trait allows him to play centerfield. He projects to be a solid defensive outfielder at the big league level someday. While he continues to mature his offensive tools, his defense will continue to earn him playing time.

4. Raul Reyes: Reyes has already garnered the attention of Mets scouts in large part to his big power, but it is defensive skills that truly captivated his coaches. Though he spent most of his time in Brooklyn last season patrolling right field, his terrific natural speed and quickness will allow him to battle for centerfield as he moves up the organization. He covers huge swaths of real estate as he can reach both power alleys as a centerfielder. He tops off his range with a tremendous arm strength that should always have baserunners and opposing coaches hesitant to run on him.

3. Daniel Stegall: Despite his well-documented offensive struggles during his first two seasons in the organization, Stegall will continue to receive a starter's amount of playing time because of his strong defensive skills. He has the speed and range to play a solid centerfield while his past as an elite collegiate football prospect gave him the arm strength to play right field, though his arm is better suited to play up the middle. With a crowded outfield projected in Savannah this upcoming season, Stegall figures to be in a heated competition for either centerfield or right field.

2. Fernando Martinez: Like Stegall, Fernando has played centerfield during his young career but figures to move to one of the corner positions as he closes in on the big leagues. His range is solid but not at the level that would be expected of one who figures to patrol centerfield in the Majors. His arm strength is good enough to be above average whether from the corner or centerfield, but again, not ideal for what most big league personnel look for in a big league centerfielder. It appears left field is in the cards for the 19-year-old outfielder.

1. Ambiorix Concepcion: Concecpion has endured a slip in his offensive production over the last season to season and a half, but what he has lacked at the plate, he continues to make up in the field. He boasts better range and a stronger arm than the preceding names on this list, and in fact, possesses one of the strongest arms across the minor leagues. He has the speed to cover the ground demanded in a centerfielder, but at the big league level, the Mets would most likely use him in right field so they could maximize his arm.


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\r\n \r\n\r\n5. Joe Holden: The Savannah outfielder is an all-out defensive player in the field. His good natural speed and hustle is second to none and the ground he covers allows him to play any of the three outfield positions. He chases down balls with terrific tenacity and is not afraid to lay his body out to make a play. All though his arm is not overly powerful, it is strong enough that he will not be a defensive liability and a trait allows him to play centerfield. He projects to be a solid defensive outfielder at the big league level someday. While he continues to mature his offensive tools, his defense will continue to earn him playing time.
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\r\n4. Raul Reyes: Reyes has already garnered the attention of Mets scouts in large part to his big power, but it is defensive skills that truly captivated his coaches. Though he spent most of his time in Brooklyn last season patrolling right field, his terrific natural speed and quickness will allow him to battle for centerfield as he moves up the organization. He covers huge swaths of real estate as he can reach both power alleys as a centerfielder. He tops off his range with a tremendous arm strength that should always have baserunners and opposing coaches hesitant to run on him.
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\r\n3. Daniel Stegall: Despite his well-documented offensive struggles during his first two seasons in the organization, Stegall will continue to receive a starter's amount of playing time because of his strong defensive skills. He has the speed and range to play a solid centerfield while his past as an elite collegiate football prospect gave him the arm strength to play right field, though his arm is better suited to play up the middle. With a crowded outfield projected in Savannah this upcoming season, Stegall figures to be in a heated competition for either centerfield or right field.
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\r\n2. Fernando Martinez: Like Stegall, Fernando has played centerfield during his young career but figures to move to one of the corner positions as he closes in on the big leagues. His range is solid but not at the level that would be expected of one who figures to patrol centerfield in the Majors. His arm strength is good enough to be above average whether from the corner or centerfield, but again, not ideal for what most big league personnel look for in a big league centerfielder. It appears left field is in the cards for the 19-year-old outfielder.
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\r\n1. Ambiorix Concepcion: Concecpion has endured a slip in his offensive production over the last season to season and a half, but what he has lacked at the plate, he continues to make up in the field. He boasts better range and a stronger arm than the preceding names on this list, and in fact, possesses one of the strongest arms across the minor leagues. He has the speed to cover the ground demanded in a centerfielder, but at the big league level, the Mets would most likely use him in right field so they could maximize his arm.
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