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July First Baseman Rankings

Friday, 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 | DH

First Baseman Rankings

Falling off: Adam LaRoche (No. 35), Russell Branyan (No. 37)

  • 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.


  • RankFirst basemanTeam2011MayJun
    1 Adrian Gonzalez Red Sox 3 4 3
    2 Miguel Cabrera Tigers 2 2 2
    3 Joey Votto Reds 4 3 4
    4 Mark Teixeira Yankees 5 5 5
    5 Prince Fielder Brewers 6 6 6
    6 Ryan Howard Phillies 7 7 7
    7 Paul Konerko White Sox 13 10 8
    8 Albert Pujols Cardinals 1 1 1
    9 Adam Lind Blue Jays 2 DH 12 12
    10 Billy Butler Royals 10 9 9
    11 Adam Dunn White Sox 8 8 10
    12 Gaby Sanchez Marlins 17 18 13
    13 Lance Berkman Cardinals 22 16 16
    14 Carlos Pena Cubs 20 27 21
    15 Aubrey Huff Giants 15 15 14
    16 Justin Smoak Mariners 23 19 15
    17 Eric Hosmer Royals 49 36 17
    18 Todd Helton Rockies 27 22 19
    19 Derrek Lee Orioles 14 14 18
    20 Freddie Freeman Braves 29 23 24
    21 Mark Trumbo Angels 40 38 25
    22 James Loney Dodgers 21 24 27
    23 Matt LaPorta Indians 25 25 23
    24 Garrett Jones Pirates 33 29 29
    25 Mitch Moreland Rangers 26 21 20
    26 Anthony Rizzo Padres 74 NR 34
    27 Justin Morneau Twins 12 11 11
    28 Casey Kotchman Rays 37 33 32
    29 Brett Wallace Astros 30 28 28
    30 Lyle Overbay Pirates 24 30 30
    31 Ike Davis Mets 16 13 22
    32 Brandon Belt Giants 31 32 33
    33 Mike Carp Mariners 51 NR 39
    34 Juan Miranda Diamondbacks 36 40 31
    35 Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks NR NR NR
    36 Chris Davis Rangers 39 NR 38
    37 Daric Barton Athletics 19 20 26
    38 Xavier Nady Diamondbacks 34 37 36
    39 Jesus Guzman Padres 54 NR NR
    40 Jason Giambi Rockies 45 NR 40


    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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