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May First Baseman Rankings

Tuesday, May 03, 2011


Welcome to the May rankings. Players are ranked based on how much value I believe they'll provide in 5x5 leagues over the rest of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll find a fully updated top 250 list.

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Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

First Basemen

Falling off: Carlos Delgado (No. 38), Chris Davis (No. 39)


  • Very little movement at the top here. I did slide Votto ahead of Gonzalez and into the top 10 overall. Teixeira, Fielder and Howard are all moving up in the top 250 as well.

  • After that, there were a lot of tough calls. I figured Morales would be back right about now, but after his setback last week, it looks like he's at least four weeks away. As for the slow starting first basemen in the 11-20 range, I'm a lot more concerned LaRoche and Pena than Lee and Huff. LaRoche has the shoulder issue that may require surgery, and Pena has looked flat-out horrible. I expected the subpar April from Lee coming off surgery, though I was hoping he'd be better than this.

  • After that, there were a lot of tough calls. I figured Morales would be back right about now, but after his setback last week, it looks like he's at least four weeks away. As for the slow starting first basemen in the 11-20 range, I'm a lot more concerned LaRoche and Pena than Lee and Huff. LaRoche has the shoulder issue that may require surgery, and Pena has looked flat-out horrible. I expected the subpar April from Lee coming off surgery, though I was hoping he'd be better than this.

  • Berkman has outproduced every first baseman in the game to date, but I think he remains a huge injury risk while playing in the outfield. Even if it doesn't result in a DL stint anytime soon, I think he'll start getting dinged up and that it will cut into his effectiveness.

  • I didn't even give Cooper a projection after he hit .257/.327/.442 in Double-A last year, but now he's up with the Jays and getting an opportunity to win a starting job against right-handers. The power isn't there to make him a major asset, and my guess is that he'll be a fringe player in AL-only leagues for now. I doubt he's in the majors for good.


  • RankFirst basemanTeamApril
    1 Albert Pujols Cardinals 1
    2 Miguel Cabrera Tigers 2
    3 Joey Votto Reds 4
    4 Adrian Gonzalez Red Sox 3
    5 Mark Teixeira Yankees 5
    6 Prince Fielder Brewers 6
    7 Ryan Howard Phillies 7
    8 Adam Dunn White Sox 8
    9 Billy Butler Royals 10
    10 Paul Konerko White Sox 13
    11 Justin Morneau Twins 12
    12 Adam Lind Blue Jays 2 DH
    13 Ike Davis Mets 16
    14 Derrek Lee Orioles 14
    15 Aubrey Huff Giants 15
    16 Lance Berkman Cardinals 22
    17 Kendrys Morales Angels 11
    18 Gaby Sanchez Marlins 17
    19 Justin Smoak Mariners 23
    20 Daric Barton Athletics 19
    21 Mitch Moreland Rangers 26
    22 Todd Helton Rockies 27
    23 Freddie Freeman Braves 29
    24 James Loney Dodgers 21
    25 Matt LaPorta Indians 25
    26 Adam LaRoche Nationals 18
    27 Carlos Pena Cubs 20
    28 Brett Wallace Astros 30
    29 Garrett Jones Pirates 33
    30 Lyle Overbay Pirates 24
    31 Russell Branyan Diamondbacks 32
    32 Brandon Belt Giants 31
    33 Casey Kotchman Rays 37
    34 David Cooper Blue Jays NR
    35 Kila Ka'aihue Royals 28
    36 Eric Hosmer Royals 49
    37 Xavier Nady Diamondbacks 34
    38 Mark Trumbo Angels 40
    39 Dan Johnson Rays 11 DH
    40 Juan Miranda Diamondbacks 36



    Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter at matthewpouliot.
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