June First Baseman RankingsMonday, June 06, 2011
Welcome to the June 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.
Click to see other June rankings: Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DHFirst basemenFalling off: Kendrys Morales
(No. 17), David Cooper
(No. 34), Kila Ka'aihue (No. 35), Dan Johnson
Had I done the rankings a week ago, I may well have dropped Pujols behind Cabrera. There's no way I'm going there now, though. The only switch near the top has Gonzalez edging back ahead of Votto, and that's mostly because Votto isn't getting much to hit.
Likewise, Huff was due to tumble a bit before his three-homer game. I probably would have placed him 17th behind Smoak, Berkman and Hosmer if he didn't already have four homers during June.
Belt was going to be ranked 29th before suffering a wrist injury that put him on the disabled list. If the Giants had decided to plug him in as their left fielder, I would have ranked him 20th or so.
A pair of minor leaguers make the list in Rizzo and Carp. Everyone's heard about Rizzo's exploits by now -- he's hitting .377/.455/.738 with 16 homers and 62 RBI for Triple-A Tucson -- and he comes in at No. 34, even though I suspect that he won't debut until after the All-Star break. Petco Park probably won't leave him with any value in mixed leagues anyway. Carp isn't as exciting, but there's the chance we'll see him sooner. It would have happened already if he were a better left fielder. The converted first baseman is hitting .337/.395/.630 with 16 homers and 48 RBI for Triple-A Tacoma.