2023 First Baseman and DH Rankings

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Up this week are my mostly-for-fun 2023 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be 20-game eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams if those options have a legitimate chance of being exercised. Those players are noted with asterisks.

Click to see other other preliminary 2023 rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

First Baseman and Designated Hitter rankings

2023

First basemen

Team

2022

July

1

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Blue Jays

1

1

2

Freddie Freeman

Dodgers

2

2

3

Pete Alonso

Mets

4

4

4

Paul Goldschmidt

Cardinals

5

3

DH 1

Shohei Ohtani

Angels

DH 1

DH 1

5

Matt Olson

Braves

3

5

6

Josh Bell

7

6

7

Rhys Hoskins

Phillies

6

8

8

Andrew Vaughn

White Sox

n/a

16

9

C.J. Cron

Rockies

9

7

10

Jose Abreu

8

9

DH 2

Franmil Reyes

Guardians

DH 2

34 OF

11

Ty France

Mariners

18

12

12

Anthony Rizzo

Yankees*

17

10

13

Luis Arraez

Twins

n/a

15

14

Vinnie Pasquantino

Royals

60

26

15

DJ LeMahieu

Yankees

13

14

16

Ryan Mountcastle

Orioles

11

20

17

Jake Cronenworth

Padres

10

13

DH 3

Nelson Cruz

Nationals*

DH 3

DH 2

18

Alex Kirilloff

Twins

20

21

19

Trey Mancini

23

19

20

Josh Naylor

Guardians

n/a

28

21

Jared Walsh

Angels

16

17

22

Nathaniel Lowe

Rangers

19

22

23

Rowdy Tellez

Brewers

26

25

24

Spencer Torkelson

Tigers

25

36

25

Luke Voit

Padres

22

31

DH 4

Edwin Rios

Dodgers

41

67

26

Joey Votto

Reds

12

18

DH 5

Mitch Garver

Rangers

7 C

33 C

27

Brandon Belt

21

30

28

Bobby Dalbec

Red Sox

15

32

29

Garrett Cooper

Marlins

n/a

27

30

Eric Hosmer

Padres*

28

29

31

Christian Walker

Diamondbacks

44

24

32

Connor Joe

Rockies

n/a

33

33

Jurickson Profar

Padres*

45

34

34

Jose Miranda

Twins

n/a

60

35

Nick Pratto

Royals

36

65

36

Wilmer Flores

39

41

DH 6

Matt Carpenter

NR

57 2B

37

Yandy Díaz

Rays

38

53

38

Jesus Aguilar

33

43

39

Keston Hiura

Brewers

42

48

40

Triston Casas

Red Sox

52

72

41

Ji-Man Choi

Rays

59

50

42

Yuli Gurriel

29

38

43

Franchy Cordero

Red Sox

n/a

46

44

Hunter Dozier

Royals

n/a

56

DH 7

Miguel Cabrera

Tigers

48

55

45

Carlos Santana

46

61

46

Miguel Sano

Twins*

31

74

47

Mike Moustakas

Reds

n/a

57

48

Darin Ruf

Giants

32

47

49

Seth Brown

Athletics

n/a

45

50

Dominic Smith

Mets

n/a

66

51

Cavan Biggio

Blue Jays

n/a

51

52

Owen Miller

Guardians

n/a

52

53

Harold Castro

Tigers

n/a

69

54

Frank Schwindel

Cubs

27

58

DH 8

Darick Hall

Phillies

NR

NR

DH 9

Seth Beer

Diamondbacks

DH 5

DH4

55

Colin Moran

35

73

56

Spencer Horwitz

Blue Jays

NR

NR

57

Alfonso Rivas

Cubs

n/a

71

DH 10

Daniel Vogelbach

Pirates

51

76

DH 11

Yermin Mercedes

Giants

DH 8

NR

58

Jordan Díaz

Athletics

NR

NR

59

Michael Chavis

Pirates

n/a

75

60

Evan White

Mariners

NR

NR

  • I have 11 designated hitters listed here, though not all will necessarily be locked into that spot. Franmil Reyes has made 11 outfielder appearances this season and he has a decent chance of gaining 20-game eligibility. Matt Carpenter might also wind up making enough starts at a position to avoid the DH fate, though that would probably necessitate an IL stint for one of the infielders ahead of him in New York.

  • Vinnie Pasquantino is off to a .203/.313/.347 start in 20 major league games, but his exit velocity numbers are far, far better. In fact, he has the fourth-best average exit velocity (95 mph) and 37th-best barrel rate (13.8%) of the 418 major leaguers with at least 50 batted-ball events. He’s a strong 14th here for 2023.

  • The Tigers just sent down Spencer Torkelson, something they would have been justified in doing a couple of months ago. I don’t think there are any fatal flaws here, though his star potential seems blunted at the moment. For what it’s worth, Statcast gave him an xBA of .235 and xSLG of .392, which were nice improvements on his actual marks of .197 and .295. His contact numbers and exit velocities were both pretty good for a 22-year-old with only one season of minor league experience. I don’t think he’ll bust out as a fantasy stud next year, but I’m guessing that he will have a little mixed-league value.