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Cubs News: Seiya Suzuki ranked as an elite right fielder


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January 17, 2024 – Chicago Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki ranked sixth on MLB Now’s Top 10 Right Fielders Right Now last night. Suzuki, who makes his debut on the ranking, finished one spot ahead of George Springer of the Toronto Blue Jays and one spot behind Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres. Last week, teammate Dansby Swanson ranked fourth on MLB Now’s Top 10 Shortstops Right Now episode.

On last night’s countdown, MLB Network analyst Cameron Maybin said on Suzuki, “It was a solid rookie season, but it didn’t really overwhelm you. Last year, it really started to seem like he figured some things out. I think the thing for Seiya Suzuki is health. When he’s on the field, he’s extremely good out there in right field. You’re starting to see some things really come together. His patience at the plate I think will really see the power go up and this is a guy that is going to be a perennial right fielder for years to come in Chicago. I love what he’s doing, one of my favorite guys to watch in right field in the National League.”

The complete ranking for MLB Now’s top-10 right fielders is listed below, available at this link and can be seen here:

Top 10 Right Fielders Right Now

1. Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves

2. Kyle Tucker, Houston Astros

3. Juan Soto, New York Yankees

4. Corbin Carroll, Arizona Diamondbacks

5. Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres

6. Seiya Suzuki, Chicago Cubs

7. George Springer, Toronto Blue Jays

8. Teoscar Hernández, Los Angeles Dodgers

9. Adolis García, Texas Rangers

10. Josh Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays

Hosted by MLB Network’s Brian Kenny, the 14th season of each Top 10 Right Now ranking considers player performance over the last three seasons, offensive and defensive metrics, both advanced Statcast data and traditional numbers, and expert analysis by the MLB Network research team. The series also features analysis from MLB Network on-air personalities and roundtable discussions with former SABR President Vince Gennaro, MLB.com writer and editor Sarah Langs, and MLB.com analyst Mike Petriello.

The offseason rankings will continue tonight as Kenny and Tom Verducci count down MLB Now’s Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now at 8 p.m. ET.

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