May First Baseman Rankings

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Up this week are the May rest-of-season position rankings and overall top 300 for 5x5 leagues.

In the interests of full disclosure, the 2022 preseason rankings here are actually a snapshot from Friday, April 8, rather than from prior to Opening Day on April 7, since I continued to update the rankings for drafts taking place that weekend. There weren’t more than a few big changes during that timeframe, but Steven Kwan and Tylor Megill are higher in the 2022 column here than I had them in the preseason.

Click to see other May rankings:

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

First Baseman Rankings

May

First Basemen

Team

2022

1

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Blue Jays

1

DH 1

Shohei Ohtani

Angels

DH 1

2

Freddie Freeman

Dodgers

2

3

Matt Olson

Braves

3

4

Pete Alonso

Mets

4

5

Paul Goldschmidt

Cardinals

5

6

Josh Bell

Nationals

7

7

Rhys Hoskins

Phillies

6

8

Jose Abreu

White Sox

8

9

C.J. Cron

Rockies

9

10

Jake Cronenworth

Padres

10

11

DJ LeMahieu

Yankees

13

12

Anthony Rizzo

Yankees

17

13

Ty France

Mariners

18

DH 2

Franmil Reyes

Guardians

DH 2

14

Max Muncy

Dodgers

14

DH 3

Nelson Cruz

Nationals

DH 3

15

Joey Votto

Reds

12

16

Jared Walsh

Angels

16

17

Connor Joe

Rockies

n/a

18

Nathaniel Lowe

Rangers

19

19

Brandon Belt

Giants

21

20

Eric Hosmer

Padres

28

21

Bobby Dalbec

Red Sox

15

22

Rowdy Tellez

Brewers

26

23

Spencer Torkelson

Tigers

25

24

Ryan Mountcastle

Orioles

11

25

Trey Mancini

Orioles

23

26

Luke Voit

Padres

22

27

Owen Miller

Guardians

n/a

28

LaMonte Wade Jr.

Giants

30

29

Yuli Gurriel

Astros

29

30

Josh Naylor

Guardians

n/a

31

Jonathan Schoop

Tigers

24

32

Luis Arraez

Twins

n/a

33

Garrett Cooper

Marlins

n/a

34

Darin Ruf

Giants

32

35

Alex Kirilloff

Twins

20

36

Jurickson Profar

Padres

45

37

Wilmer Flores

Giants

39

38

Yandy Diaz

Rays

38

39

Pavin Smith

Diamondbacks

37

40

Nick Pratto

Royals

36

41

Brad Miller

Rangers

34

42

Jesus Aguilar

Marlins

33

43

Keston Hiura

Brewers

42

44

Christian Walker

Diamondbacks

44

DH 4

Seth Beer

Diamondbacks

DH 5

45

Tyler Stephenson

Reds

40

46

Edwin Rios

Dodgers

41

47

Alfonso Rivas

Cubs

n/a

48

Triston Casas

Red Sox

52

49

Frank Schwindel

Cubs

27

50

Ji-Man Choi

Rays

59

51

Seth Brown

Athletics

n/a

52

Dominic Smith

Mets

n/a

53

Colin Moran

Reds

35

54

Daniel Vogelbach

Pirates

51

55

Albert Pujols

Cardinals

49

56

Carlos Santana

Royals

46

57

Miguel Cabrera

Tigers

48

58

Yoshi Tsutsugo

Pirates

43

59

Miguel Sano

Twins

31

60

Vinnie Pasquantino

Royals

60

61

Lewin Diaz

Marlins

53

62

Michael Chavis

Pirates

n/a

63

Juan Yepez

Cardinals

50

64

Matt Duffy

Angels

n/a

65

Matt Beaty

Padres

54

Dropping off: Bobby Bradley (47th), Jake Bauers (55th)

  • I’m including the four remaining DHs here. The list will probably be down to two players next month, as Franmil Reyes is seeing occasional starts in right field and Seth Beer should get more time at first base.

  • I was feeling better about the depth at first base going into this year than I had in recent seasons, but that’s hardly the case now. There’s a pretty huge gap after Max Muncy at No. 14, and four of those top 14 players are, in theory anyway, more valuable at other positions. Three guys originally in my top 15 are shaping up as disappointments; Joey Votto has looked terrible, Ryan Mountcastle has been hampered by the changes at Oriole Park and Bobby Dalbec is struggling and losing playing time. I still think there’s hope for Dalbec, but the ball isn’t traveling well at Fenway and I’ve downgraded the Red Sox offense as a whole in these rankings.

  • I also don’t have a ton of faith in the April surprises. Eric Hosmer is actually hitting the ball on the ground more than ever and has even taken an exit velocity hit. I like Connor Joe’s approach and I’ve given him a big bump now that he’s established himself in the Rockies lineup, but even with Coors Field helping him along, his power numbers will likely be mediocre. Rowdy Tellez is someone I was a fan of in NL-only leagues going into the year and I think he’ll remain quite effective, but his upside is rather limited.

  • Keep an eye on Josh Naylor, who has 18 hard-hit balls and just seven strikeouts in 50 plate appearances since coming off the IL. He hasn’t had anything to offer fantasy leaguers in previous seasons, but his line-drive approach gives him an edge in the current environment and he should have plenty of RBI chances in the middle of the Guardians order.

  • Alfonso Rivas has overtaken Frank Schwindel as the Cubs’ first baseman against righties with his .429/.520/.619 line in 25 plate appearances. He doesn’t have the power to turn into a force in mixed leagues, hence his modest placement here, but he’ll post a nice OBP if he keeps his spot.