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June First Baseman Rankings

Monday, 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 | DH

First basemen

Falling off: Kendrys Morales (No. 17), David Cooper (No. 34), Kila Ka'aihue (No. 35), Dan Johnson (No. 39)

  • 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.

  • RankFirst basemanTeam2011May
    1 Albert Pujols Cardinals 1 1
    2 Miguel Cabrera Tigers 2 2
    3 Adrian Gonzalez Red Sox 3 4
    4 Joey Votto Reds 4 3
    5 Mark Teixeira Yankees 5 5
    6 Prince Fielder Brewers 6 6
    7 Ryan Howard Phillies 7 7
    8 Paul Konerko White Sox 13 10
    9 Billy Butler Royals 10 9
    10 Adam Dunn White Sox 8 8
    11 Justin Morneau Twins 12 11
    12 Adam Lind Blue Jays 2 DH 12
    13 Gaby Sanchez Marlins 17 18
    14 Aubrey Huff Giants 15 15
    15 Justin Smoak Mariners 23 19
    16 Lance Berkman Cardinals 22 16
    17 Eric Hosmer Royals 49 36
    18 Derrek Lee Orioles 14 14
    19 Todd Helton Rockies 27 22
    20 Mitch Moreland Rangers 26 21
    21 Carlos Pena Cubs 20 27
    22 Ike Davis Mets 16 13
    23 Matt LaPorta Indians 25 25
    24 Freddie Freeman Braves 29 23
    25 Mark Trumbo Angels 40 38
    26 Daric Barton Athletics 19 20
    27 James Loney Dodgers 21 24
    28 Brett Wallace Astros 30 28
    29 Garrett Jones Pirates 33 29
    30 Lyle Overbay Pirates 24 30
    31 Juan Miranda Diamondbacks 36 40
    32 Casey Kotchman Rays 37 33
    33 Brandon Belt Giants 31 32
    34 Anthony Rizzo Padres 74 NR
    35 Adam LaRoche Nationals 18 26
    36 Xavier Nady Diamondbacks 34 37
    37 Russell Branyan Angels 32 31
    38 Chris Davis Rangers 39 NR
    39 Mike Carp Mariners 51 NR
    40 Jason Giambi Rockies 45 NR




    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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