2014 1B and DH Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
Rotoworld
Matthew Pouliot breaks down the June first baseman and designated hitter rankings

June 1B and DH Rankings

Matthew Pouliot breaks down the June first baseman and designated hitter rankings

Here are some very preliminary 2014 first baseman and designated hitter rankings for your perusal. Try not to take the lists all too seriously; I haven't actually done projections for any of these players and many, many changes will be in store for the first official rankings in January.

These aren't true keeper rankings, since only the 2014 season is being taken into consideration here. But if you're looking to make trades in keeper leagues in the coming weeks, I hope this piece will help you along.

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2014 First Baseman Rankings


  • Hmmm. Of the position player lists, this one definitely has the most potential for change before I actually finalize my preseason rankings in January. I feel pretty good about the first nine here occupying the top nine spots then, but the order could be pretty different depending on how Chris Davis and Goldschmidt finish out the season. I also like Hosmer and Morrison quite a bit for the long term, but since they don't have the kind of power needed to put up big numbers in tough pitcher's parks, they're a clear notch below. I'd consider pushing Ike Davis back up to 10th with a big second half, but we'll have to wait and see if that materializes.

  • Morales gets a little bonus here since he might find himself in a better lineup and ballpark next year. He's part of a rather deep first base class that includes Napoli, Hart, Morneau, Konerko and Loney. Lind is also a possible free agent, but not quite as intriguing. His $7 million option has a $2 million buyout, so if his second half looks anything like his first half, it will be exercised. If he falls way off, then he'll be a free agent, but not a very attractive one.

  • It didn't seem like a good sign for next year's first base crop that the Angels' C.J. Cron and Tigers' Jordan Lennerton were the Futures Game first basemen this year. The 27-year-old Lennerton is probably going to be a quad-A player, while Cron, a 2011 first-rounder, has a modest .763 OPS as a 23-year-old in the Texas League. The prospect first basemen with the best chance of making an impact next year are Singleton in Houston and Morris in Milwaukee. Neither rates particularly highly here, though. Both have contact issues, and while Singleton's power potential is excellent, he shouldn't be expected to be an above average regular before 2015. Morris should get a look with the Brewers sometime next month as the team decides how to approach first base this winter. They also have Gamel coming back from ACL surgery and Juan Francisco, so they could let Hart go and stay in-house.

2014

First Base

Team

2013

July

1

Chris Davis

Orioles

47 OF

1

2

Paul Goldschmidt

Diamondbacks

8

3

3

Joey Votto

Reds

2

2

4

Albert Pujols

Angels

1

5

5

Prince Fielder

Tigers

4

4

6

Allen Craig

Cardinals

9

8

7

Adrian Gonzalez

Dodgers

3

6

8

Anthony Rizzo

Cubs

11

10

9

Freddie Freeman

Braves

7

9

10

Eric Hosmer

Royals

12

11

11

Logan Morrison

Marlins

23

18

12

Mark Trumbo

Angels

58 OF

41 OF

13

Kendrys Morales

 

17

19

14

Corey Hart

 

21

NR

15

Mark Teixeira

Yankees

18

NR

16

Ike Davis

Mets

10

17

17

Mike Napoli

 

7 C

3 C

18

Adam LaRoche

Nationals

14

14

19

Ryan Howard

Phillies

13

13

20

Adam Lind

*

26

12

21

Justin Morneau

 

20

20

22

Brandon Belt

Giants

19

23

23

James Loney

 

36

16

24

Paul Konerko

 

16

21

25

Nick Swisher

Indians

60 OF

62 OF

26

Justin Smoak

Mariners

25

28

27

Yonder Alonso

Padres

22

27

28

Adam Dunn

White Sox

27

22

29

Brandon Moss

Athletics

29

25

30

Mitch Moreland

Rangers

31

26

31

Matt Adams

Cardinals

43

34

32

Jonathan Singleton

Astros

55

NR

33

Garrett Jones

Pirates

30

29

34

Darin Ruf

Phillies

141 OF

NR

35

Gaby Sanchez

Pirates

38

35

36

Nate Freiman

Athletics

57

36

37

Josh Satin

Mets

80

37

38

Hunter Morris

Brewers

46

39

39

Mat Gamel

Brewers

NR

NR

40

Daric Barton

Athletics

42

NR

2014 Designated Hitter Rankings

DH

Team

2013

July

Billy Butler

Royals

6 1B

7 1B

David Ortiz

Red Sox

1

1

Victor Martinez

Tigers

3 C

6 C

Lance Berkman

Rangers

15 1B

15 1B

Luke Scott

 

3

99 OF

Wilson Betemit

*

33 3B

32 3B

Travis Hafner

Yankees

2

2

Manny Ramirez

 

NR

NR

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