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Ranking the Top 10 Outfielders to Watch on Opening Day 2014

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Ranking the Top 10 Outfielders to Watch on Opening Day 2014

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When MLB Opening Day 2014 rolls around, there will be plenty for baseball fans to talk about. More importantly there will be a lot of things to watch, as in baseball games to watch. Stories and games will converge as there are a few outfielders who should be watched closely. It is just one game but it is extremely important for the flow of the season. Take a look at these 10 outfielders and keep an eye on their performance Opening Day.

10 – Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers

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10 – Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers

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Last season was a complete disaster for the baseball side of Braun’s life. He struggled, then was injured and finally suspended longer than anyone not named A-Rod for PED usage. As he moves into 2014, both he and the Brewers need him to rebound from the forgettable 2013. What kind of reception will he get on Opening Day and more importantly how will he perform?

9 – Billy Hamilton – Cincinnati Reds

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9 – Billy Hamilton – Cincinnati Reds

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The Reds are a very good looking team and though the injury to Aroldis Chapman is a downer for sure, there is still a ton of excitement surrounding Hamilton. It appears he will be able to get on base. How often will he steal? Can he steal three bags on Opening Day or more? Will he be shut down in his first game of 2014? Only time will tell.

8 – Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates

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8 – Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates

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Last year McCutchen finally won the long-awaited MVP that he has probably deserved for a while. Interestingly enough many thought Paul Goldschmidt was more deserving of the award when Cutch finally won. Can he go out this year and show everyone why he deserved the MVP last year and possibly this year as well? His spring training numbers suggest he can.

7 – Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays

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7 – Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays

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If the Blue Jays are going to make the noise in 2014 that they wanted to make in 2013, it will need to include some improved run scoring. Bautista has five home runs and 11 RBI this spring in a showing that could be very important for the Jays. Can he burst onto the scene on Opening Day with a couple of jacks to help the Jays win?

6 – Jackie Bradley Jr. – Boston Red Sox

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6 – Jackie Bradley Jr. – Boston Red Sox

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Though there is a bit of competition for the starting job in center field for the Red Sox, popular word suggests Bradley is your guy at the start of the year. The Sox already know his defense is solid so the question remains will he be able to contribute offensively well enough? Opening Day is likely to lean one way or the other.

5 – Josh Hamilton – Los Angeles Angels

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5 – Josh Hamilton – Los Angeles Angels

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Hamilton didn’t have as bad of a year last year as it seemed he would have when his start was so dreadful. By the same token, if he wants to regain MVP form this season he clearly needs a great start when Opening Day gets here.

4 – Wil Myers – Tampa Bay Rays

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4 – Wil Myers – Tampa Bay Rays

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There are a lot of things to like about Myers. He is the reigning Rookie of the Year in the AL and is one of the most promising players for the Rays overall. That means there will be a lot of things to watch on Opening Day. Of course it will be interesting to tune in just to make sure there are no incidents in the outfield as well.

3 – B.J. Upton – Atlanta Braves

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3 – B.J. Upton – Atlanta Braves

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It was well reported just how bad Upton’s debut season in Atlanta was in 2013. One thing for sure that we know is that while Upton might not be the greatest offensive weapon in MLB, he is a lot better than that. Many will tune in and hope that he shows a sign of a better season when Opening Day arrives.

2 – Mark Trumbo – Arizona Diamondbacks

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2 – Mark Trumbo – Arizona Diamondbacks

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Trumbo has two Opening Days to look forward to as the DBacks have the honor of playing in Australia to start the season then will start it again a week later. On both occasions it will be worth watching to see what kind of immediate impact Trumbo has on his new team.

1 – Yasiel Puig – Los Angeles Dodgers

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1 – Yasiel Puig – Los Angeles Dodgers

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Things fizzled around Puig during the postseason and at the end of the year in 2013. Suddenly a few pitchers figured out a way to pitch him and he hit a slump at just the wrong time. Can he start with Opening Day and put that behind him or will he have one of the highest profile sophomore slumps in MLB history?