First Basemen Rankings
1.) Joey Votto (Reds) – With Choo and Phillips hitting before him in the line up it will give Votto more chances to drive in runs. Based off of his spring and willingness to participate in the World Baseball Classic, Joey’s knee is just fine. Look out.
2.) Prince Fielders (Tigers) – The big guy’s strikeout numbers were way down (compared to his previous years). Cabrera will most likely hit in front of Fielder which hurts Fielder because of the likeliness of the bases being cleared by Cabrera. Needs HR numbers to go back up.
3.) Albert Pujols (Angels) – Remember his 110 ABs without a home run? His .305 avg, 36 HR, 102 RBIs say you on’t remember his slow start. With the addition of Hamilton and Trout’s great numbers, pitchers will have to pitch to Pujols.
4.) Allen Craig (Cardinals) – Craig quietly hit 22 moon shots while driving in 92 runners last season playing in just 119 games. Berkman’s departure opens the door for Craig to play upwards of 150 games.
5.) Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks) – 18 stolen bases and very aggressive base running (tagging on shallow fly balls) puts Goldschmidt as a quality asset to any team. As far as power, expect around 20 HRs.
6.) Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers) – For Gonzalez to have big numbers the guys around him are going to have to hit pretty well. Fortunately for Gonzalez, he has Kemp, Ramirez, and Ethier (for now) hitting around him.
7.) Adam LaRoche (Nationals) – Are 33 HRs with 100 RBIs a fluke? Probably. Can he do it again? The Mike Morse-less Nationals need him to if the Nationals expect to contend with the hard hitting Braves.
8.) Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays) – 2012 was a great year for Edwin. Can the Encarnacion reincarnation carry over into 2013? The rejuvenated Blue Jays are hoping so.
9.) Freddie Freeman (Braves) – The only reason Mr. Freeman is making this list is because of his potential and who is batting around him. Freeman has an opportunity of a lifetime and needs to prove himself this season.
10.) Kendrys Morales (Mariners) – He found his stroke with the Angels towards the end of 2012. If that carrier over into 2013 with the Mariners, Morales could have a great year at the recently shrunken Safe-Co Field.
1.) Brandon Moss (Athletics) – Had a great 2012 over shadowed by teammates Reddick and Cespedes. Will start for the A’s.
2.) Brett Wallace (Astros) – Has a chance, just a chance, to rip the relatively poor AL West pitching, but has to prove himself.
3.) Garret Jones (Pirates) – The Bucco’s 1B will most probably bat behind McCutchen which will greatly help his numbers.
4.) Tyler Colvin (Rockies) – Hit .290 last year as a super-utility player. Helton’s age and health could give Colvin more playing time.
5.) Anthony Rizzo (Cubs) – Perhaps underrated on this list, but needs to prove his 15 HRs and 48 RBIs wasn’t just a 1/2 season thing.
1.)Mark Texiera (Yankees) – Admitted he is too old for what he is being paid. Old man of an old, oft-injured Yankees lineup.
2.) Ryan Howard (Phillies) – Bigger health risk than a 90 year old. Always near the top in strikeouts. Not worth declined power numbers.
3.) Corey Hart (Brewers) – Off-season surgery has already shortened his season. Not enough weapons around him to boost his numbers.
4.) Eric Hosmer (Royals) – Guess who was in my top 10 in 2012. Guess who flopped. Perhaps too highly touted.
5.) Brandon Belt (Giants) – Belt only belted 7 yard shots in 145 games. Really needs to improve his power numbers.