“Foster Your Roster” – 2013 MLFB First Basemen Ranks
As usual, first base should provide a great deal of productivity for you. There is definitely a shift happening, with a number of young players that were highly touted prospects ready to become the next stars. It’s a balancing act to avoid overrating them, while still making sure you don’t miss out.
- Albert Pujols: Once he got over the slow start, he looked like the Pujols we’re all used to and his adjustment period to AL is over.
- Joey Votto: Assuming he starts the year healthy.
- Prince Fielder: You can make a case for him anywhere in the top 3.
- Edwin Encarnacion: I tried to find reasons to call last season a fluke, and I couldn’t. He may not hit 40 HRs again, but he can get into the 30s, and put up RBI’s and Runs in what appears to be a good Blue Jays lineup.
- Adrian Gonzalez: Playing in LA agreed with him last year, and a .300 avg with 30+ HRs and 100+ RBIs is still possible.
- Billy Butler: Finally delivered the power everyone was waiting for, and maintained a strong average to go with it. He should be able to do both again.
- Paul Goldschmidt: He had multiple 30 HR seasons in the minors, hits for a good average, steals bases, and plays in a hitter friendly home park.
- Mark Teixeira: He missed some games last year, which is why his numbers were lower, but that may help you get him for less or later in the draft.
- Anthony Rizzo: He finished last year strong. Prorating his stats over a full season, makes him a star. Any improvement on top of that makes him elite.
- Ike Davis: His BABIP shows some bad luck last season, but in the second half he hit .255 with 20 HRs. Potential for 40 HRs is a rarity, and he is worth the risk because of it.
- Paul Konerko: People ignore him every draft because he’s old, but every year he puts up solid stats.
- Freddie Freeman: Improved his walk and strikeout rates last season and should hit for a higher average, but if he doesn’t break 30 HRs, then he won’t reach the next level.
- Ryan Howard: His average was down when he came back, but a full season could see that correct itself. Plus, 30+ HRs looks likely, even based on 2012’s numbers.
- Adam LaRoche: See Paul Konerko.
- Corey Hart: You may be better off using him as an OF, but he should put up good numbers either way.
- Allen Craig: I don’t think his HR total will be enough to be anything more than slightly above average for first basemen.
- Chris Davis: With 22 HRs at home, Camden Yards was good to Davis. The career prospect is 27, and the Orioles seem committed to playing, but the 30% strikeout rate is a big concern.
- Eric Hosmer: He should improve on last year’s numbers, but with so many other productive options at 1B, I wouldn’t take a chance on him until I had another source of production locked up.
- Kendrys Morales: His power came back in the second half (14 HRs, compared to 8 in the first half). Hopefully, being fully healthy will offset playing in Seattle.
- Adam Dunn: All 41 HRs still counted, despite the low average, which can’t possibly get any worse.
- Todd Frazier: I’d rank him higher if the Reds weren’t, foolishly, still entertaining the idea of bringing Scott Rolen back.
- Lance Berkman: Injuries have taken their toll on Berkman, but he’s worth starting when able to play.
- Justin Morneau: Can be an average first basemen, as long as he stays on the field for enough at bats.
- Yonder Alonso: It was a disappointing season, but ended positively, so there is hope for improvement.
- Mitch Moreland: He may be a platoon player, but he’s useful against right-handed pitchers.
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