May 1B and DH Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
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Brad Johnson covers the latest closer news including the return of Wade Davis and a couple new injuries

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Brad Johnson covers the latest closer news including the return of Wade Davis and a couple new injuries

Welcome to the May first baseman and designated hitter rankings. Players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 leagues over the remainder of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll soon find a fully updated top 300 list.

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


First Baseman Rankings


Dropping off: Mike Olt (No. 37), Casey Kotchman (No. 39), Brett Wallace (No. 40)

  • Fielder has been far and away the best of the 'big four' first basemen so far, though I had him ranked below the other three initially. So, the question was whether it was time to change that. Votto and Gonzalez both have excellent OPSs, but neither is hitting as for as much power as hoped. Gonzalez has also been handicapped by the dreadful play behind him in the Dodger lineup; his 25 singles, seven doubles and 11 walks have turned into just five runs scored.

Then there's the sore-footed Pujols. Of course, he's still off to a far better start than in 2012; he was hitting .184/.237/.269 until finally hitting his first homer on May 6 last season. Pujols rebounded from there and was a top fantasy first baseman the rest of the way. The difference this year is his plantar fasciitis. While Pujols is tough enough to play through it, perhaps it's taking a toll on his numbers. That said, he did hit three homers last week anyway. I'm more concerned about the possibility of a three-week absence than of continued diminished production. So, for now, I'm going Votto, Fielder, Pujols and then Gonzalez.

  • If Chris Davis can hit .280 the rest of the way, then maybe he's a top-five first baseman. I think something in the .250-.260 range is more likely. He's a threat to reach 40 homers, though.

Rank

First Base

Team

2013

1

Joey Votto

Reds

2

2

Albert Pujols

Angels

1

3

Prince Fielder

Tigers

4

4

Adrian Gonzalez

Dodgers

3

5

Edwin Encarnacion

Blue Jays

5

6

Paul Goldschmidt

Diamondbacks

8

7

Billy Butler

Royals

6

8

Freddie Freeman

Braves

7

9

Chris Davis

Orioles

47 OF

10

Anthony Rizzo

Cubs

11

11

Allen Craig

Cardinals

9

12

Mark Reynolds

Indians

24

13

Ike Davis

Mets

10

14

Ryan Howard

Phillies

13

15

Eric Hosmer

Royals

12

16

Lance Berkman

Rangers

15

17

Paul Konerko

White Sox

16

18

Mark Teixeira

Yankees

18

19

Adam LaRoche

Nationals

14

20

Corey Hart

Brewers

21

21

Brandon Moss

Athletics

29

22

Kendrys Morales

Mariners

17

23

Yonder Alonso

Padres

22

24

Justin Morneau

Twins

20

25

Brandon Belt

Giants

19

26

Logan Morrison

Marlins

23

27

Chris Carter

Astros

28

28

Garrett Jones

Pirates

30

29

Mitch Moreland

Rangers

31

30

Adam Lind

Blue Jays

26

31

Adam Dunn

White Sox

27

32

James Loney

Rays

36

33

Justin Smoak

Mariners

25

34

Matt Adams

Cardinals

43

35

Gaby Sanchez

Pirates

38

36

Carlos Pena

Astros

34

37

Chris Parmelee

Twins

32

38

Lyle Overbay

Yankees

35

39

Todd Helton

Rockies

33

40

Nate Freiman

Athletics

57


Designated Hitter Rankings

  • Obviously, it's a short list. For reference, if I were to rank the DHs alongside the first baseman, Ortiz would slot in 10th behind Chris Davis and Hafner would come in 26th, below Belt, with the caveat that he has more short-term value than that.

Rank

DH

Team

2013

1

David Ortiz

Red Sox

1

2

Travis Hafner

Yankees

2

3

Luke Scott

Rays

3

4

Jim Thome

 

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