5 MLB players who could benefit most from universal DH

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Dominic Smith #2 of the New York Mets looks on from the field during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 18, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Dominic Smith #2 of the New York Mets looks on from the field during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 18, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – JULY 11: Nick Castellanos #2 of the Cincinnati Reds up to bat against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on July 11, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Reds defeated the Brewers 3-1. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – JULY 11: Nick Castellanos #2 of the Cincinnati Reds up to bat against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on July 11, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Reds defeated the Brewers 3-1. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /

3. Free agent outfielder Nick Castellanos

Soon-to-be 30-year old Nick Castellanos has consistently shown that he is a serious threat with a bat in his hands. Last season as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, Castellanos posted a career-high in home runs and came one short of his career-high in RBI with 100.

On the defensive side of the ball, Castellanos is a right fielder by trade who projects as more of a DH-only type of player. He came up a third baseman and eventually made the switch to right field and has been well below-average since.

Castellanos proved last year that he should no longer be viewed as an option in the outfield. Per StatCast, he appeared in 150+ games in right field last year and finished near the very bottom of the league in OAA and made just 83% of total catches last season. His routes were extremely poor and Baseball-Reference has him at -1.3 dWAR last season.