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First Base

Below are our rankings of first basemen entering the 2017 season.  The list was last updated on January 12, 2017.

The Elite

1.

Paul Goldschmidt (Ari) Power speed and an improving offense around him makes Goldy a lock for a Top-5 overall pick.

2.

Anthony Rizzo (CHC) I miss those 17 stolen bases from 2015 but if that’s my only complaint it’s a rather moot one.

3.

Miguel Cabrera (Det) Best pure hitter in the game today.

4.

Freddie Freeman (Atl) He won’t be free man but with the emerging group of talented youngsters in Atlanta could be on the verge of an incredible run of 100+ RBI reasons.

5.

Edwin Encarnacion (Cle) The Edwing will continue to soar in Cleveland.

6.

Joey Votto (Cin) In the past eight seasons Votto has only failed to obtain a .400+ OBP once and that was in 2014 when he slumped to a pedestrian .390 OBP.

The Tier of Very Good

7.

Wil Myers (SD) Breakout year in 2016. Wil it be sustainable in 2017?

8.

Albert Pujols (LAA) 31-119 in 2016 and he accomplished that feat on one foot. The march to the HOF continues.

9.

Jose Abreu (CWS) The power simply hasn’t developed.

10.

Hanley Ramirez (BOS) Will he get the at-bats to hold his first base eligibility in 2017?

11.

Chris Davis (BAL) If one believes in the odd/even year trends 2017 is going to be a very good year for Davis.

12.

Eric Hosmer (KC) Free agency is looming. A move to friendlier confines will do nothing but help those power numbers.

13.

Carlos Santana (CLE) Those “Evil Ways” have proven to be very successful.

14.

Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) “Yo Adrian”…….Can you give us another solid year?

15.

Brandon Belt (SF) His walks soared from 56 in 2015 to 104 in 2016. The OBP is closing in on the .400 mark. Did anyone other than Rich Wilson see this coming?

Intriguing Options

16.

16. Eric Thames It’s not the same Eric Thames that left for Korea in 2014.

17.

Josh Bell (PIT) The power will develop. The rest of the skills are already in place.

18.

C. J. Cron (LAA) Slow but very steady growth. There’s still more in the tank for Cron.

19.

Chris Carter (FA) The 2016 co-winner of the NL home run title is still searching for a home.

20.

Tommy Joseph (PHI) He won’t have to look over his shoulder at Ryan Howard in 2017.

21.

Mike Napoli (FA) 2016=Outlier.

22.

Lucas Duda (NYM) 57 combined homers in 2014/15. Can he bounce back after the injury-riddled 2016 campaign?

23.

Justin Bour (MIA) Are a bouring 25+ homers in his future?

24.

Daniel Vogelbach (SEA) It appears he has the job coming into spring training. The kid can hit for power don’t let his youth dissuade you.

The Rest

25.

Mitch Moreland (BOS) 20-60 and great D.

26.

Greg Bird (NYY) Can he shoulder the job?

27.

Sean Rodriguez (ATL, OF/2B/SS elig) The multi-eligibility comes in very handy in deeper formats.

28.

Jefry Marte (LAA, OF/3B elig) 15 homers in 258 at-bats. See above.

29.

Ryan Zimmerman (WAS) He has averaged 329 at-bats over the past three years and based on his deteriorating contact skills is that such a bad thing?

30.

John Jaso (PIT) Please don’t tell me that John Jaso will be the cause for putting the brakes on Josh Bell.

31.

Joe Mauer (MIN) Best left for large….no make that very large formats.

32.

Justin Smoak (TOR) Two bats are better than one.

33.

Steve Pearce (TOR) No they’re not.

34.

Matt Adams (STL) He’ll leave you in a lurch. It’s time for a change of scenery for Mr. Adams.

35.

Marwin Gonzalez (HOU, 3B eligible) As a Yu Darvish fan I’m still bitter.

36.

A. J. Reed (HOU) Lost in the chase for the big prize.

37.

Yonder Alonso (OAK) There’s a reason the A’s signed Trevor Plouffe.

38.

Joey Gallo (TEX) The Rua/Profar combo is not the answer. If the Rangers don’t “rent” one of the available free agents we’ll see Gallo in the second half. If they do catch you in 2018  Joey

39.

Clint Robinson (WAS)

40.

Tyler Austin (NYY)

41.

Kennys Vargas (MIN)

42.

Mark Canha (OAK)

43.

Logan Morrison (FA)

44.

Ryan Howard (FA)

45.

Rowdy Tellez (TOR)

46.

Rhys Hoskins (PHI)

47.

Mark Reynolds (FA)

48.

Adam Lind (FA)

49.

Dominic Smith (NYM)

50.

Byung-Ho Park (MIN)

51.

Tyler White (HOU)

52.

Casey Gillaspie (TB)

53.

Chris Johnson (MIA)

54.

Darin Ruf (LAD)

55.

Tyler Moore (MIA)

56.

Ben Paulsen (MIN)

57.

Ji-Man Choi (LAA – OF elig)

58.

Dae-Ho Lee (FA)

59

.Michael Morse (SF)

 

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