The American League Central Division is strong with left fielders.
Some are coming off career years, some are poised to be stars for a long time and one is an unproven first-time starter.
No. 1 - Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
The Royals former No. 2 overall draft pick has taken his game to the next level over the last two years. He was still struggling as a third baseman until the team moved to the outfield. Now he has two gold gloves and an All-Star future. He has the two gold gloves, but still hasn't reach his full potential as a defender. He can bat anywhere in the batting order, but needs to improve his walk-to-strikeout ratio.
No. 2 - Josh Willingham, Minnesota Twins
The Twins could not have expected Willingham to be as good as he was. He had a career-year, but it came in the most hitter-friendly home ballpark as he has played in during his career. The Twins hope the veteran outfielder can continue his success in year two with the team. He has very good power and the patience to draw walks in the middle of the Twins order. He has a good glove and an accurate arm, but lacks the tools to be a good overall defender. He lacks speed, range and arm strength.
No. 3 - Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
Until a few weeks ago, he was expected to be the team's center fielder. Brantley possesses good plate patience and the ability to make consistent contact. He is not a power threat, but has decent power potential. He is one of the better leadoff hitters in the division, but likely will spend the season in other spots in the order. Defensively, he has tremendous range and speed, but lacks arm strength.
No. 4 - Dayan Viciedo, Chicago White Sox
The Cuban defector has outstanding power with his bat and, like Gordon, has improved after changing positions from third base to the outfield. His game is all about the power. However, he needs to improve his plate discipline to improve his overall offensive game. He is still learning how to play the outfield and will make mistakes.
No. 5 - Andy Dirks, Detroit Tigers
The Tigers are turning its left field spot over to a talented player that has not proven he can be an everyday starter. He needs to prove he can do it for a title contending team. He has a solid overall offensive game, but does not excel in any one way. He needs to make more consistent contact and improve against left-handers. He has the versatility to play just about anywhere the Tigers want to play. When all is said and done, he may be best suited to play a reserve role.