MLB The Show 19: Best Young Left Fielders (LF)

Which young left fielders could be the stars of the future in The Show 19?


Left field are often where powerful bats slot into the lineup. The likes of Barry Bonds and Manny Ramirez have made it their home, and current star left fielders include JD Martinez and Giancarlo Stanton. However there are several young players coming up that are staking a claim to be the next great left fielder.

How to choose the best young left fielders in MLB The Show 19’s Franchise Mode

This article will focus on the best young left fielders available in MLB The Show 19’s Franchise Mode. These players all have left field as their primary position and are aged 25 or under. They are all on an MLB roster when you start a new Franchise Mode save. So who are the best young left fielders in The Show 19?

*For a full list please see the table below

Juan Soto, Washington Nationals (OVR 88)

Age: 20

Potential: A

Throws/Bats: L/L

Secondary Position: CF, RF

Hitter Tendency: Whole Field

Best Stats: Discipline (99), Contact vs R (82), Arm Accuracy (80), Contact vs L (78), Power vs L (75)

Juan Soto signed with the Washington Nationals as an international free agent in July 2015. He got his MLB debut in 2018, playing 116 games with a .292 average, 22 homers, and shaky defense. Still, his production with the bat was encouraging and good enough to earn Soto the runner-up spot in Rookie of the Year voting.

In The Show 19 Juan Soto has superb discipline (99) at the plate for someone his age. He brings good contact skills (82/78) and solid power too (70/75). Soto’s arm accuracy (80) is good but his fielding (53) and arm strength (62) need a lot of work. 

Ronald Acuna Jr, Atlanta Braves (OVR 87)

Age: 21

Potential: A

Throws/Bats: R/R

Secondary Position: CF, RF

Hitter Tendency: Whole Field

Best Stats: Speed (88), Clutch (86), Contact vs L (82), Power vs L (81), Contact vs R (80), Power vs R (76)

Ronald Acuna Jr signed with the Atlanta Braves as an international free agent in July 2014. He got his MLB debut in 2018, playing 111 games with a .293 average, 26 homers, and average defense. Acuna Jr beat out Soto for Rookie of the Year and even earned some MVP consideration too.

In The Show 19 Acuna is a superb young player. His speed (88) helps make up for his shaky fielding (62) and at the plate he has excellent contact skill (80/82). His power (76/81) also flashes but his arm strength (50) and accuracy (50) is very poor. Acuna is good in the clutch (86) too.

Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers (OVR 84)

Age: 25

Potential: A

Throws/Bats: R/L

Secondary Position: 1B, 3B, CF, RF

Hitter Tendency: Extreme Pull

Best Stats: Power vs R (99), Power vs L (99), Discipline (98), Durability (90), Arm Strength (85)

Joey Gallo was a first-round pick for the Texas Rangers in 2012 and hit the Majors in 2015, playing just 36 games. His first full year in the Majors was 2017, when he played 145 games and blasted 41 homers with a .209 average and ok defense. Gallo followed that up with a similar season in 2018 to establish himself as a quality power bat in MLB.

In The Show 19 Joey Gallo is a elite power hitter (99/99) but has little else about him. He has the discipline (98) to lay off bad pitches and the durability (90) to play frequently, but his contact skills are poor (34/40) and his vision (18) is awful. Gallo can field well (72) and has the arm strength (85) to throw out runners.

Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox (OVR 82)

Age: 24

Potential: A

Throws/Bats: L/L

Secondary Position: CF, RF

Hitter Tendency: Whole Field

Best Stats: Clutch (98), Arm Strength (92), Durability (90), Arm Accuracy (87), Contact vs R (82)

Andrew Benintendi was a first-round pick for the Boston Red Sox in 2015. He played 34 games for them in 2016 but had his rookie season in 2017, playing 151 games with a .271 average, 20 homers, 20 steals, and good defense. Benintendi came second in Rookie of the Year voting and was a key part of Boston’s World Series win in 2018.

In The Show 19 Benintendi is a very well-rounded payer. He has terrific ability in the clutch (98) and the durability (90) to play regularly. He has good contact skill against righties (82) and solid speed (61). Benintendi’s arm (arm strength 92, arm accuracy 87) is terrific.

Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox (OVR 80)

Age: 22

Potential: A

Throws/Bats: R/R

Secondary Position: RF

Hitter Tendency: Whole Field

Best Stats: Durability (84), Arm Strength (72), Contact vs L (70), Arm Accuracy (70), Power vs L (69)

Eloy Jimenez signed as an international free agent for the Chicago Cubs in July 2013 and was traded to the White Sox in July 2017 as part of the deal for Jose Quintana. He rose through the Minor Leagues quickly and had a career .311 average with 65 homers in the Minors. He enters the 2019 season without an MLB at-bat but with a lot of interest around his talent.

In The Show 19 Jimenez is a star in the making. He has good durability (84) and solid contact skills (64/70). His arm strength (72) is good and he has reasonable power already (63/69). His vision (52) and discipline (47) are undeveloped but as a he is a rookie that is expected.

All the best young left fielders

PlayerOVRAgePotentialClubBat HandBest ContactBest PowerFieldingSpeed
Juan Soto8820AWashington NationalsL82 (R)75 (L)5351
Ronald Acuna JR8721AAtlanta BravesR82 (L)81 (L)6288
Joey Gallo8425ATexas RangersL40 (L)99 (R/L)7259
Andrew Benintendi8224ABoston Red SoxL82 (R)56 (R)6561
Eloy Jimenez8022AChicago White SoxR70 (L)69 (L)6641
David Dahl7925AColorado RockiesL80 (R)66 (R)6373
Jesse Winker7325ACincinnati RedsL95 (R)55 (R)4032
Tyler O’Neill7223ASt. Louis CardinalsR59 (L)68 (R)7087
Nick Williams7025APhiladelphia PhilliesL72 (R)65 (R)4570
Austin Dean6925BMiami MarlinsR45 (R)47 (R)6765
Chris Shaw6825ASan Francisco GiantsL61 (R)68 (R)5331
Chrsitin Stewart6825ADetroit TigersL56 (R)66 (L)4050
Pablo Reyes6725BPittsburgh PiratesR56 (L)36 (L)6670
Willie Calhoun6724ATexas RangersL59 (R)62 (R)4540
Kyle Tucker6622AHouston AstrosL61 (R)57 (R)5472
Billy McKinney6224BToronto Blue JaysL51 (R)51 (R)4356
Clint Frazier6224ANew York YankeesR43 (L)44 (R)5470
Andrew Stevenson5624BWashington NationalsL60 (R)23 (R)6378

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Toby Durant

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