Buster Olney posted his list of the top ten center fielders on Wednesday morning and Andrew McCutchen has fallen out of the top ten. That is one year after McCutchen ranked fifth overall for Olney and just two years after he was the second best center fielder in the game.
It appears that Starling Marte will be the only top ten player at his position according to Olney, who also gets help from MLB evaluators and some ESPN staff in his rankings. That's a drop of three players in the top ten last year and more favorable rankings in prior seasons. McCutchen was listed among his "best of the rest" and Olney spoke highly of him in his brief mention, so it appears that he lost out by a combo of depth at the position, plus the decline from his best days.
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