July 1B and DH Rankings

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

July 1B and DH Rankings

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

Here are the July first baseman and designated hitter rankings. As always, players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 scoring over the rest of the season. I try to list players at the positions at which they're most valuable, so if you can't find that second baseman you're looking for, check shortstop instead. Included along with the position rankings you'll find a fully updated top 300 list.

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

First Baseman and Designated Hitter Rankings


Dropping off: Mark Teixeira (12th), Corey Hart (16th)

  • Since it was just going to be a two-person DH ranking this month, I folded Ortiz and Hafner into the first base rankings here.

  • While the Pirates are sporting the game's best record, there's an obvious opportunity for an upgrade at first base. Jones is struggling, and while Sanchez has done well against lefties, he's hit just .210/.322/.360 versus right-handers. Besides, if Jones does start hitting, right field would still be open for him. It remains to be seen whether any first basemen will change hands this month. Maybe Morneau will if the Twins aren't feeling overly sentimental, and he'd be a good fit. Konerko would seem to be an obvious choice as a free-agent-to-be on a lousy team, but he has full no-trade protection and the White Sox appear disinclined to move him. Morrison can be had, but the price would be substantial and he's far from a sure thing. Lind isn't going anywhere if the Jays remain in contention. Ike Davis could be available, but the Mets won't want to sell low. Kyle Blanks, listed here as an outfielder, likely could have been had a month ago, but probably not now. Pena might not be any sort of upgrade.

  • Ike Davis is currently at .288/.432/.627 with five homers and a 14/15 K/BB ratio in 59 at-bats for Triple-A Las Vegas. He return should come soon.

  • A lot of the guys in the 20s (Dunn, Carter, Moss) are currently outperforming some of the guys in the teens here (LaRoche, Berkman, Davis), and I gave considerable thought on which ones to move up. In the end, I thought only Hosmer and Lind were worth a big bump.

Rank

First Base

Team

2013

May

June

1

Chris Davis

Orioles

47 OF

9

2

2

Joey Votto

Reds

2

1

1

3

Paul Goldschmidt

Diamondbacks

8

6

3

4

Prince Fielder

Tigers

4

3

4

5

Albert Pujols

Angels

1

2

7

6

Adrian Gonzalez

Dodgers

3

4

6

1 DH

David Ortiz

Red Sox

1 DH

1 DH

1 DH

7

Billy Butler

Royals

6

7

8

8

Allen Craig

Cardinals

9

11

11

9

Freddie Freeman

Braves

7

8

9

10

Anthony Rizzo

Cubs

11

10

10

11

Eric Hosmer

Royals

12

15

25

12

Adam Lind

Blue Jays

26

30

27

13

Ryan Howard

Phillies

13

14

15

14

Adam LaRoche

Nationals

14

19

14

15

Lance Berkman

Rangers

15

16

13

16

James Loney

Rays

36

32

21

17

Ike Davis

Mets

10

13

26

18

Logan Morrison

Marlins

23

26

24

19

Kendrys Morales

Mariners

17

22

17

20

Justin Morneau

Twins

20

24

20

21

Paul Konerko

White Sox

16

17

18

22

Adam Dunn

White Sox

27

31

31

23

Brandon Belt

Giants

19

25

19

24

Chris Carter

Astros

28

27

28

25

Brandon Moss

Athletics

29

21

29

26

Mitch Moreland

Rangers

31

29

23

27

Yonder Alonso

Padres

22

23

22

28

Justin Smoak

Mariners

25

33

35

29

Garrett Jones

Pirates

30

28

30

30

Carlos Pena

Astros

34

36

32

31

Todd Helton

Rockies

33

39

34

2 DH

Travis Hafner

Yankees

2 DH

2 DH

2 DH

32

Chris Parmelee

Twins

32

37

33

33

Lyle Overbay

Yankees

35

38

36

34

Matt Adams

Cardinals

43

34

37

35

Gaby Sanchez

Pirates

38

35

39

36

Nate Freiman

Athletics

57

40

38

37

Josh Satin

Mets

80

NR

40

38

Brett Wallace

Astros

40

NR

NR

39

Hunter Morris

Brewers

46

NR

NR

40

Jason Giambi

Indians

45

NR

NR

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