July First Baseman RankingsFriday, July 01, 2011
Up this week are the July rankings. Players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 leagues over the remainder of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll find a fully updated top 250 list.
Click to see other July rankings: Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DHFirst Baseman RankingsFalling off: Adam LaRoche
(No. 35), Russell Branyan
I still have faith that Dunn will get it together. I expected a slow start as a result of the league switch, though certainly nothing like this, with steady improvement as he figured out AL pitchers. That he's done nothing at all during interleague play isn't a good sign, but playing time has been an issue there. I think he'll be good for 15-18 bombs over the final three months.Even though Berkman is coming off his worst month of the year, he climbs three spots. I feel he's a better bet to remain healthy while playing first most of the time.Goldschmidt debuts at No. 35 here, while Brandon Allen moves up to No. 101 in the outfield rankings. I think one of them is going to get an opportunity in Arizona at Juan Miranda's expense soon. Allen seems more deserving to me, but Goldschmidt, the minor leagues' home run leader, appears more likely to get the callup. If Goldschmidt does get the call, I'd bump him up to No. 27 or so.Chris Davis could well be traded for a reliever at some point within the next few weeks. He's hitting .374/.421/.878 with 19 homers in 131 at-bats for Triple-A Oklahoma, plus he more than held his own in 52 at-bats for the Rangers earlier this season, so he seems worthy of a long look at either first or third.