MLB Network's 'The Shredder' puts Yankees' Luke Voit among top first basemen in the league

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Luke Voit reacts after home run against Rays in Game 4 of ALDS
Luke Voit reacts after home run against Rays in Game 4 of ALDS

"The Shredder," MLB Network's analytics-based research team that plugs in past and present performance on both sides of the ball, has come to the conclusion on who the Top 10 first basemen are in the game right now.

Yankees 1B Luke Voit, the reigning home run leader form the 2020 shortened season, falls in at No. 3.

Voit was on the list at No. 7 last season, but after mashing 22 homers in just 56 games to lead the league, he moved up four slots to crack the Top 3. Freddie Freeman repeated as the top first baseman followed by Paul Goldschmidt, who has found his niche with the Cardinals.

The slugging Yankees first baseman has also found his role in the Bronx, and Voit has become one of the key cogs on the roster. GM Brian Cashman’s acquisition of Voit in 2018 has turned out to be a steal because he came cheap. But the Yanks saw something in Voit and they’re reaping the rewards of that now.

Voit owns a .279/.363/.543 slash line with 57 homers and 147 RBI in his 213 games with the Yankees thus far. He’s also been a solid fielder at first, flashing the leather with some solid diving plays. And though his submarine throws look awkward, it usually works when he needs to fire it to a base.

After Greg Bird flamed out, the Yankees’ first base situation was one that was left up to many questions. Voit has silenced them, though, and has quickly become a mainstay at the position.

And based off “The Shredder,” the numbers don’t lie. He’s one of the best in the game.